Developer: SixAxis LLC
Price: Free (Limited Time; Normally $0.99)
Version: 1.1
App Reviewed on: iPad 2

iPad Integration Rating: Rating: ★★★★☆
Users Interface Rating: Rating: ★★★½☆
Re-use Value Rating: Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

The App Store is packed with many different weather apps that promise to not only provide accurate weather but to look visually pleasing as well. Some include features like alarm clocks, others incorporate a lot of weather details and then there’s those like Weather+ Touch HD that just look great.

Weather+ Touch HD is a way to visually see the weather once the app is launched. It works by changing colors to match the weather outdoors. For instance, the background will be orange when it’s hot, blue when it’s cold, green when the weather is pleasantly nice and white whenever it’s just too darn cold.

Aside from changing colors, this app lets users input four different cities to keep track of the weather forecasts. It should be noted that not all cities are included as I tried to add my small Appalachian hometown, and I was forced to pick a bigger city nearby. It’s not required to enter four cities, but it’s a nice way to keep up-to-date with the weather nearby as well as around the country or the globe for that matter.

The app is completely interactive and allows users to swipe to see more information. Swiping down reveals the four day forecast, swiping up shows the hourly forecast (which is only available for U.S. cities), swiping to the left or right shows additional weather for the cities that users added and double tapping shows all the weather for the cities on the same screen.

What’s great about Weather+ Touch HD is that it’s simple, easy and quick. Instead of frantically trying to find the weather while traveling, users have all the information they need at their fingertips. Where the app fails is that its design is blatantly like another well known weather app known as Solar: Weather. I don’t like to compare apps to each other, but it’s worth mentioning that this app looks eerily similar if not almost exactly the same as this well-known app.

There are some features that Weather+ Touch HD lacks that could make it stand out from its competition such as forecasts for more cities, more than just four days of weather forecasting and even a way to customize the screen and colors to let users personalize the app. These are just a few recommendations, but my point is that it needs more if the developers want to make it better than what’s already available in the App Store.

Overall, anyone who needs a simple and easy weather app with an intuitive interface may want to consider checking out Weather+ Touch HD now while it is currently free. However, those who have the previously mentioned app will want to steer clear for obvious reasons.

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