I will go on record now to say I will not review another weather app unless it’s sprinkled with fairy dust and knighted with a unicorn horn. I enjoy my meteorological application evaluations, but at some point a new trend for working on UIs needs to arrive. With that out of the way, let’s get down to business.
The end to my weather app reviewing is called Aero and it’s focus is a minimalistic layout, consisting of clean type and subtle yet rich animations, bringing to life to the weather forecast.
Upon first look at Aero, it’s hard to deny the striking resemblance of iOS7′s weather app – and therefore Yahoo!’s weather app – in Aero’s interface. In fact, the resemblance is uncanny, but thankfully the team behind Aero has added some neat little features to differentiate itself, and in my opinion put it above either the iOS7 weather app or Yahoo!’s weather app.
The first screen you’ll see upon opening the app consists of the designated location, the temperature, a summarized forecast, and a five-day forecast for planning ahead. You’ll also notice a rather squiggly line going across the application, above the five-day forecast. This is a simple, yet effective way to show you the temperature variance throughout the day, relative to what is currently is.
Behind all of this information, you are presented with animations pertaining to the weather forecast being shown. If it’s snowing, you’ll get a nice little animation of snowflakes, if it’s raining, you’ll get some raindrops falling down your screen. But where it gets a bit more fun, is when there’s a thunderstorm going on. If the forecast is consisting of thunder and lightning, you’ll get flashes of lightning on the screen and your phone will vibrate as the thunder rolls in. It’s a neat way to make the experience more tactile and interactive.
To access the menu, there is a button in the upper-left hand corner which will bring out the slider-type menu which has been a trend for quite some time. From the menu, you can select imperial or metric system, choose to show the current temperature via the icon badge, and you can also turn on push notifications which will update you of the forecast throughout the day. The menu is also where you can add or remove cities where you want to keep an eye on the forecast.
For those wanting a more detailed analysis of the day, selecting the clock icon in the upper-right-hand corner will bring out another sliding menu, showing an hour-by-hour summary of the weather, complete with temperature and icon.
Granted you probably already have a folder dedicated to various weather apps, I would definitely suggest taking a look at Aero, as it efficiently displays the weather while adding a more thorough experience than most weather apps. I wasn’t initially sure how much I’d like it, but after using it for a bit it’s now replaced Haze as my go-to weather app while on the go.
It’s available now for download in the App Store for $.99. If you’ve already purchased it or are going to upon finishing this post, come back and let us know your thoughts. As always, I enjoy the conversations and I will certainly reply to everyone!