Developer: McLean Mobile Solutions, Inc.
Version Reviewed: 1.70
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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I don't really have anything against the stock iPhone weather app but I have still found myself looking for an appropriate alternative that delivers more info in an aesthetically pleasant way. I have seen many third-party weather apps but I've still struggled to like them enough to keep them on my phone and I always go back to the stock app. After using Weather 2x, I think it could be the replacement weather app that actually makes the cut and earns a place on my iPhone home screen.
The main thing I enjoy about Weather 2x is its interface. It appears to not offer very much data at first glance but there is a lot hidden beneath the surface. The main screen displays the current weather with some really nice graphics representing the current conditions. Underneath the main display are several different screens that can be revealed to show more detailed weather data. Sliding a finger to the right from the left side of the screen reveals an area where users can add in different cities around the world to check on weather conditions. By default, the user's current location is always listed. Sliding a finger to the left from the right side of the screen reveals a more robust breakdown of the weather by hour. Last but not least, sliding a finger up from the bottom will reveal the next five-day forecast.
As I said above, it is important to me that an app presents weather data in an aesthetically pleasing way. Weather 2x definitely accomplishes this and then some. The interface is fluid and full of rich, stunning graphics. However, despite its beauty, I did find it to be a little unreliable when it came to actual weather temperatures for the five-day forecast. For example, the temperatures given by other sources are showing that the next few days will be in the low 80s. Weather 2x is showing that it's going to be cooler and in the low 70s. I struggle to trust the app as a reliable source of the forecast since multiple other sources have shown the temperatures to be different. I'm not sure where Weather 2x pulls its data but I hope it begins pulling in data that coincides with other sources to become a more trusted source of the forecast. The app does however seem to reflect current temperatures that agree with many of my other sources.
In summary, Weather 2x is a beautiful and viable replacement for the stock weather app. I have really enjoyed using it and it has stayed on my phone longer than any other weather app. While it does seem to have some contradictory weather data on occasion, I still have to give it a positive recommendation for overall functionality and aesthetics.