Windows Phone App Review: Weather Flow
Looking for a basic weather forecast app? Take a look at the Windows Phone app Weather Flow. The app is from the developers of AppFlow and Cocktail Flow and is a visually appealing app that presents you with current conditions and a five day forecast.
Throw in an hourly forecast, two design layouts and an interesting live tile and Weather Flow is a basic, very nice looking weather app worth considering.
Weather Flow has two layouts to choose from. There is a metro styled layout that has current conditions displayed up top, an hourly breakdown, and then your five day forecast. Forecast information displays the projected high/low and a weather icon illustrating the expected conditions.
The other layout option is described as "rich" that replaces the metro style with a nicely animated weather background. Current conditions remain at the top of the screen but the hourly and extended forecast are side swipable at the bottom of the screen. In the settings you can choose which layout you prefer as the default view. Otherwise, to switch between the two layouts all you need to do is swipe up or down to switch layouts.
Regardless of which layout you prefer, at the very top of the screen is your location listing and from the three dot menu you can access the settings and pin the location to your Start Screen.
From the Weather Flow settings you can add locations (predictive keyword search) and tweak the display settings (units, background color, default theme). The Live Tile displays the current forecast and how the weather will compare to yesterday (e.g. "today will be cooler") with an icon to let you know if you should take an umbrella.
All in all, Weather Flow is a visually appealing weather app for your Windows Phone. While it lacks detailed forecast information, weather radar, and weather alerts it does what it does really well. I really liked the weather comparison to yesterday that shows up on the Live Tile. The more I use Weather Flow, the more it grows on me for its simplicity. If I need more, there's always apps like Accuweather but for the basics, Weather Flow does rather nicely.
There is a free trial version available for Weather Flow that will let you try things out before buying. The full version of Weather Flow is running $1.99 and you can find it here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.