WeatherWOW is an app that combines today’s weather, the week’s forecast, and local news into one interface. Set up is as simple as typing the names of up to 10 cities into the app. After that, loading WeatherWOW up on either the iPhone or the iPad presents you with a quick summary of the weather […]
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Quick Look: WeatherWOW for iPhone and iPad

WeatherWOW is an app that combines today’s weather, the week’s forecast, and local news into one interface. Set up is as simple as typing the names of up to 10 cities into the app. After that, loading WeatherWOW up on either the iPhone or the iPad presents you with a quick summary of the weather in your city along the top half of the screen. The weekly forecast — complete with weather conditions and highs and lows — as well as local headlines scroll upwards along the bottom half of the screen. Tapping on forecasts won’t do anything, but tapping on one of the news headlines will load the tapped story up in mobile Safari.

I’ve spent a few days playing with WeatherWOW, but the app seems to have spread itself too thin to really be useful. The current forecast (complete with cute animated backgrounds) at the top of the screen is clear enough, but it’s nothing I can’t already get from the default weather app on the iPhone (or any other weather app, for that matter). That means that it’s up to the scrolling column of information to really set this app apart, but it’s this portion of WeatherWOW, in particular, that could use some work. The upcoming forecasts are detailed enough for me, but they’re also a little buggy, since they only show in Fahrenheit, despite my having specified Celsius.

The scrolling section of the app also doesn’t work in a way that’s useful to me. I figure that WeatherWOW is either meant for quick checks while out and about, or is meant to sit in a dock and act like a scrolling feed of relevant information. Unfortunately, the implementation of the scrolling window renders it ineffective for either scenario. If you accidentally missed the weather forecast for Wednesday, you’d have to wait for both the weather forecast and the news feeds to finish their journey upwards before the entire process repeats itself. There is no option to simply scroll up with a swpie; you can only hold your finger on the screen to temporarily stop the upward momentum of the news and forecasts. The smaller scale of the window is understandable on the iPhone version of the app, but it was disappointing to see that it was exactly the same size on the iPad version, as well. The iPad version really should have been adapted to display more information and take advantage of the much larger screen.

At $0.99, WeatherWOW is a cheap purchase on the app store, but I wouldn’t recommend it in its current state. It’s functional, but not any more so than the apps you might already be using for the weather and news. Combining the two concepts (weather + news) in one app is a good idea, but the execution here needs some work. I’d love to see more information available on the iPad, as well as a more user-friendly scrolling panel. Once that has been accomplished, this app should be in a better position to “wow”.

 

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