This morning Contrast launched Perfect Weather for iPhone. A weather app — oh — I must take a look at it. Perfect Weather is $2.99 — so it is looking right at me and daring me to install it — blue icon and all.
First a little bit about the current state of my weather apps. On my home screen for the past few months have been two weather apps: Dark Sky, and Apple’s iOS 7 weather app. I like the iOS weather app, but I hate one thing about it: no precipitation percentages for future days. This really irks me, but for some reason I just like that app so I keep using it.
Back to the App At Hand
Enter Perfect Weather. When David Barnard emailed me about the app he noted that this was the perfect weather app for him. (Honestly, at this point how could I not write about this app?)
I am happy to say that Perfect Weather quickly displaced the Apple weather app on my phone. Here’s what I like about Perfect Weather:
- The precipitation forecast is right there with no extra taps for today and the rest of the week. This is immensely helpful for me.
- The app is highly glanceable, with a lot of in-depth data buried just a tug and swipe away.1
- The icon. Yes, that blue square. I like it.
Ok, now on to the part you wanted to read. Here’s what I don’t like:
- I am not a fan of the fold out animation when you pull down on the gripper. It doesn’t feel like the right animation.
- The light weight of the fonts makes the smaller temps, and specifically the low temps, hard to read.
- Lastly, when you are using your current location as the location for the weather data, Perfect Weather gives you little indication of what location it thinks you are at. And yes, the radar map helps, but that’s not a great indicator. I personally would like to see a zip code or something to indicate that the app is accurate on this front.
I like Perfect Weather. It’s going to stick on my home screen for a while so I can put it through it’s paces. Even though my time with the app has been limited, I think it is the best weather app on my iPhone. (Please note: Nothing can touch Dark Sky, but it’s a specific app for a specific use, not a general weather app like Perfect Weather.)
That sounds dirty, I know, but you gotta love that phrasing. ↩