Peepometer – Weather With Style

Total Score:   29.5

  I have been in the “seen one weather app, seen them all,” mode until now. The Peepometer app gives you extensive up-to-date information in a stylish format that just begs to be opened and enjoyed.  This iPad only app offers you a complete view of the weather.  You don’t want to just jump into this app and jump out.  You want to stay and explore.

  Price Rating = 5     $1.99.  I am actually surprised this app doesn’t cost more.  It is full-featured and beautifully delivered.  This a free version for you to try and test.

Ease of Use Rating = 5     Getting around in this app is easy.  You have multiple ways to view information making it easy regardless of how you like to navigate.

  Readability Rating = 5     The full screen of the iPad allows for a good size font I most cases.  The fonts on the icons at the bottom of the screen are somewhat small in portrait mode, but nicely readable in landscape.

 Will You Use It Rating = 5     One of the amazing things about smart phones is how much data is available to us.  Checking the weather has become a normal part of my day and I expect yours.

 Downsides Rating = 0     I did not see any downsides.

 Consumer Review Rating = 4.5     There have been over 200 reviews of the app and the ratings have been very positive.  A few people would like to have hourly weather information.      

Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5     Several features on this app move it from one you would like to have to one you need to have.  The radar can give you up-to-the minute information about storms in your area.   The other feature of this app is the alerts section.  In my area, windy and dry conditions bring a fire alert.  I can also see some storms south of me.

How does it work?

  1. When you open up the app and enable location finder, it sets the location for your weather.  You can add other cities through the settings tab.  Through this tab you can adjust a whole host of things including sound effects, clock tick, motion detection, locations and editions (style of peeps).
  2. Each dial on a screen has the look of a 50’s meteorological instrument.   You touch the screen and move the dial around to get different readings.  As you move between readings, the dial gets fuzzy for a second to add to the vibe.
  3. The peeps screen gives you the basic information for your city – latitude, longitude, temperature, time, humidity, wind speed and gusts, pressure and visibility.  It also tells you what the temperature feels like.  Your peeps are dressed appropriately for the weather.  In my area there are dressed in shorts and for Chicago, jackets and long pants.
  4. The forecast screen provides you with all of the information on the peep screen.  If you move the dial, you get new information like a UV index, chance of precipitation and sunset time.  It allows you to choose your forecast times – current, today, tonight, tomorrow and any of the next six days.
  5. The temperature screen provides you with all the information on the peep screen and shows a temperature dial.
  6. The barometer screen shows all the information on the peep screen and a barometric dial.
  7. The wind screen shows you all the information on the peep screen and a wind dial.
  8. The imagery screen shows the information on the peep screen and satellite imagery.  You can move the dial around to zoom in on your area, see your region, see multiple regions or a larger geographic area.
  9. The compass has the basic information about the weather and a large compass.
  10. The clock screen pretty much follows the model – all the key information and a beautiful clock.
  11. There is a refresh icon at the bottom of the screen to refresh the data as needed.
  12. An alert icon will highlight when there are alerts you need to see.
  13. There is a location icon so that you can quickly edit your locations.  This can also be done in settings.

There is a lot of functionality in this app and as I mentioned above it is easy to use.  I touched on the main uses, buy you will find other surprises as you explore.  You can move back and forth between screens by tapping the icons or by swiping the screen.  This app has been fun to test and I find myself opening it more often than other weather apps.

Devices:  This app is compatible with the iPad.  It requires iOS 4.3 or later.  It was developed by AGLogic, LLC.

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