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by Marty Gabel

1Weather is a new weather app from OneLouder. It’s very beautiful, functions well and is completely free.

OneLouder also created apps like TweetCaster, FriendCaster and Bacon Reader, so they know a thing or two about snazzy design. 1Weather, however, outshines them all in terms of looking great. If you’re a fan of weather apps, I definitely recommend you check it out, despite a few issues that make it less-than-perfect. But for free, there’s really nothing to lose, right?

On first launch, you’ll notice 1Weather offers a clean, crisp design inspired by Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). It automatically finds your location and presents the latest temperature and conditions. Click the weather icon and it will switch to a 48-hour forecast. Scroll right (or touch one of the icons at the bottom of the screen) and you will see a 7-day forecast complete with graph, severe weather alerts if available, precipitation levels, radar, air quality and UV index, sun and moon phases, tweets about the city in question (though these aren't removable, so some may question their value) and even popular weather images. Oh, and did we mention you’re getting all this for free?

What makes 1Weather shine

What sets 1Weather apart are its little design flourishes. Apart from being clear and easy-to-read at all times, the little animated water buckets on the precipitation page are a cute touch, as are the animated weather icons in general. 1Weather also offers a very pleasing circular widget – certainly a bit different from other apps out there, but unique and legible nonetheless.

Within the settings you will get the chance to adjust things even further. You can choose a different background (even though the default wooden fence look is simple but effective), select from different readings like pressure, UV index and dew point, whether you want the app to refresh on launch and the refresh interval itself for both app and widget, plus a few other things. Even in its default mode, 1Weather already offers a lot. With all these extra options, well, it’s just the icing on the cake.

Complaints?

Well, quibbles mainly, and I hate to be down on an app that’s offered for free. But there are a few anyway. Of course, the ad at the top of the app is a little irritating, but here’s hoping OneLouder will eventually release a paid-for ‘pro’ version like they did with TweetCaster and Bacon Reader. It would be nice to see a temperature notification icon in the Android status bar – without a doubt, one of my favorite features of many other weather apps. I’d like to see a ‘feels like’ temperature reading too. On a cold, winter’s day in Chicago, even though the mercury might read 32 degrees, the wind chill can make it feel significantly cooler. I’m not sure if the ‘real feel’ calculations offered by apps like Accuweather are patented, but it’s a super useful addition. Also, a little more variety with widgets would be appreciated, but that’s just nitpicking.

Apart from that, 1Weather is still highly recommended. Fixing these few criticisms would make it my perfect go-to weather app every day. Bearing in mind that 1Weather is a very new release and all these things I’m hoping for could appear with future updates, it’s an excellent start.

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