oW Weather – a beautifully minimalist weather application
Aug 13, 2013 8:29 AM –
oW Weather is a free and beautifully minimalist weather application. Forecasts are accurate, the app provides timely weather update notifications and it also gives you information like chance of precipitations, wind speed and moon cycle. Additionally you get a handy 5 day forecast to keep you in-the-know.
Tested on: Nexus 4
Pros & Cons:
- Looks great!
- Responsive UI!
- 5 day forecast!
- Plenty of info!
- Lacks widgets (currently).
- No landscape mode.
oW Weather is a deliciously simple yet incredibly smooth weather application that includes a minimalist design and a 5 day weather forecast. The design certainly stands out, it’s very stripped back and lacks much in the way of exuberant flourishes you get in visually mind-blowing apps such as BeWeather. If you like the eye-candy, this probably isn’t for you. If you however value minimalism and accurate, straight-forward information, this is an app you’ll want to check out.
Despite the simplicity, the app is very responsive to touch and you can swipe right through the 5 day forecast from the main page. I think it could be smoother, but it works absolutely fine. You also get quite a lot of information too. You can view the current temperature and expected temperature for night time. There’s a symbol for the weather condition and a descriptive. Below this you can get the chance of rain, wind speed and moon cycle. It’s all very concise, but looks good.
It’s clear that the app continues to be in development and the developers promise a widget in the next update- something sadly missing in the version I tested. Additionally, there is no landscape mode which, while not a biggie- if you check out the iOS version of the app, it’s sad this isn’t included in the Android release as it looks pretty cool.
oW Weather – Up to five days of forecast (3)
oW Weather – Color coordinated backgrounds
oW Weather – Up to five days of forecast (1)
oW Weather – Up to five days of forecast (2)
oW Weather – Loading page
oW Weather – Weather notification
oW Weather – Location setting
For knowing quickly what the weather is and predicted to be, oW Weather is as accurate and fast as any other app. Its strength is in its design, which is minimalist, simple and very battery-friendly.
Ease of Use:
The weather is displayed when you open the app, and you can easily view up to 5 days of forecast by swiping through to the right hand side.
This will depend very much on the user and how close you need to pay attention to the weather.
The interface is beautifully simple and shows different colours based on the weather predicted. Navigation is simple and it’s a nice and user-friendly application to operate. The design reminds me significantly of apps like Any.Do and if you’re a big user of that app, oW Weather kinda compliments it.