Swackett – Weather is the New Cool

Total Score:   28.5

Why does weather have to be dull?  Well, actually it doesn’t.  You can use this new cool weather app to get the information you need in a format that does not bore you silly.  Swackett does not skimp on information.  You get the full gamut from current conditions to in-depth radar.  All of this is wrapped up in a colorful, fun package.  I can easily see it as valuable for adults and a way to engage children in understanding how weather works.

Price Rating = 5     Free.  What a deal this is. It is a full-featured weather app at no cost.   It does have ads at the bottom, but that is the usual “price” for a free app.    You can permanently disable ads through a 99 cent in-app purchase.

 Ease of Use Rating = 5     The flow of this app is good.  You can navigate in several ways, by either tapping icons or swiping.

 Readability Rating = 4     Big fonts on the main screens.  The small displays shown in landscape mode can be tapped twice to enlarge.

Will You Use It Rating = 5     It provides you with the weather info you need in a colorful fun format.

Downsides Rating = 0     I did not have any issues with the app.  Works well.

 Consumer Review Rating = 4.5     There have been over 650 ratings and they are very positive.       

 Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5     For me, a weather app is almost as important as the calendar.  Is it going to be cool enough a night for my tomatoes? That is easy to check.  Should I bring an umbrella?  Also easy to check.

How does it work?

  1. When you open the app you see the current temperature, what it feels like, and of course, a Peep (one of the people) appropriately dressed for the day.  You can swipe up or down to change the clothing of the peep.  Or, swipe right to left to change from a female to a male peep.  Another swipe right takes you to a pet peep.   These variations can be selected through the settings screen.  Three settings are free and right now one is enabled through an in-app purchase.
  2. There are fun facts scattered around these screens.   I didn’t know that the top city for hail was Tulsa, Oklahoma.  I did know the top state for lightning strikes was Florida.
  3. When you turn your phone to landscape mode you see additional options.  You can tap the forecast icon to see an hour-by-your forecast for the current day and daily forecasts for the next six days.   Tap them once and they switch to a view that shows you temperature, real feel, humidity, dew point, wind direction and wind speed.  You can then swipe right to left or left to right to see additional forecasts.
  4. Tapping on the imagery icon brings up local and regional radar maps.  This would be very handy in a storm.  Tapping on a map enlarges it. Tapping again brings you back to the selection of four views.
  5. There is an icon for weather watches and warnings.
  6. Tapping on the location button will allow you to set multiple cities.
  7. You can set the app to show temperatures in Fahrenheit or Celsius.  You can also adjust the weather ranges to meet your expectations.  Above 85 is set as Hot, maybe you think it shouldn’t say “hot” unless it’s 90.  You can control that setting.

All in all an enjoyable app that provides you with information you want.  It is a new way at looking at weather, but don’t be fooled, you still get solid weather information when you need it.  It is my new go-to weather app.

Devices:  This app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.  It requires iOS 4.0 or later.  It was developed by AGLogic, LLC.


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