Featured Android App Review: eWeather HD, Radar HD, Alerts [Weather]

by Robert Nazarian on
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Are you a weather buff or maybe you’re someone who wants the most comprehensive weather app available on Android? Well you have come to the right place because I am going to tell you about eWeather HD, Radar HD, Alerts from Elecont Software. You might be thinking that I am talking about three different apps, but I kid you not that I am talking about one app that has all those features, plus some of the best weather widgets you will find in Google Play.

A few months ago I reviewed eRadar HD: Real-Time and Alerts, which is basically the “Radar HD” portion of the title as a standalone app. That app in itself is probably the most comprehensive radar app for Android, but if you are really into the weather, then you’re going to want to step up to this full fledged product, which adds in the forecast aspect, more alerts, and cool widgets.

When you first open the app, you get a beautiful analog clock that shows you the degrees and visual weather icon for each hour. So if it’s 10:30am, you will easily see how things will look at 5:00pm when you’re driving home. Tapping the center of the clock changes what’s displayed. You can changed it to show chance of precipitation, humidity, pressure, UV, wind, and K-index all by the hour.

In all the screens you will see an exclamation point icon if there are any alerts, such as high winds, black ice, snow, etc. Just tap on them to get the information. You can even share these alerts with friends and family.

A quick swipe of you finger and you will see the 10 day forecast with the high and low temperatures shown in chart format. You can also see the visual icon, moon phases, wind, etc. One more swipe and you will get a detail of the current conditions as well as any alerts.

Now the really nice thing is that if you have a tablet, Elecont has optimized eWeather so that it uses the entire display in that you will see more information without having to swipe through different screens.

What I have shown you is already enough to make this one of the top weather apps available today, but that’s not all. By tapping the bottom right, you can take a look at the radar. The functions in this section are similar to the eRadar HD app that I reviewed. For starters, this is the only app that I know of that gives you the most current radar conditions. Most apps have a 20 to 30 minute delay, but eWeather shows you the radar from a few minutes before the current time. Just like eRadar HD, you will see what areas have alerts, and you get the same pointer that shows you how far away you are from your current location. This is convenient when you see some rain or snow heading towards you. There are also so many settings, that you can spend hours fooling around with them.

They also offer another map that gives you even more customization. You can show additional information for major cities and towns such as temperatures, visual weather icons, wind, dew points, humidity, and local times.  You can even throw on the radar and the alerts, so in a sense, you can make your own custom map.

Are we done yet? Hell no because I haven’t even started on the widgets yet. Elecont has thrown in a bunch of widgets that represent the clock and charts from the app. For example you can have the analog clock with the hourly conditions so you will always know how things look later on. Want to see a 10 day forecast instead? You can do that too. They offer sizes from 1 x 1 all the way up to 5 x 5. Just tap the widgets to go into the app and get more information. These are not only informational, but they will look pretty good on your screen and blow away iPhone users.

Finally, there’s still more as you can customize notification alerts for whatever information you want to see in your notification area.

I opened this post by saying that eWeather, Radar HD, Alerts is the most comprehensive weather app available for Android. If you have gotten this far, you probably agree. Now it’s time to head over to the Play Store and grab this bad boy and see for yourself. Now based on the complexity of this app, you can’t expect it to be for Free. It’s priced reasonably at $3.99. For the amount of features that eWeather gives you, I think it’s more than a fair price, not to mention it’s cheaper than a Starbucks foo foo drink. You can check out my hands on video below and hit one of the download links to get started. As always, let me know what you think.

Features:

  • Hi-Def, Real-Time animated NOAA (NEXRAD) Radar on Google maps (USA only),
  • Two world-renowned weather providers: Foreca and US weather provider,
  • 130,000 locations all over the world,
  • Twenty original widgets of the weather, radar, time, moon phase, barometer, geomagnetic index, and UV index (1×1, 2×1, 2×2, 1×4, 4×1, 4×2, 3×3, 4×4, 5×2, 5×5 etc),
  • 126 weather alert categories.
  • Radar widget on OpenStreetMap (for USA only),
  • Ten day forecast,
  • Ten notification indicators in the status bar: temperature, moon phase, earthquakes, alerts, barometer etc,
  • Earthquakes widget on OpenStreetMap,
  • Weather Alerts (Advisory, Watch, or Warning) from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) for USA,
  • Black ice and freeze warnings,
  • One-hundred latest earthquakes in the world on Google map,
  • Barometer with headache indicator,
  • Pressure forecast graph (Foreca only),
  • Moon phase, moon rise and moon set times,
  • Sunrise and sunset times,
  • Duration of the day,
  • World map with weather alerts, weather, earthquakes and local time.
  • Geomagnetic storm forecast,
  • Wind speed and directionality indicators in both 10-day and hour-by-hour forecasts (except Foreca),
  • 24 hour by hour forecast,
  • Current weather conditions,
  • Only uses 8 KBytes of internet traffic per city for each weather update,
  • World clock,
  • METAR from weather station (except Foreca),
  • UV index,
  • Precipitation probability,
  • Precipitation amount: rainfall and new snowfall amount,
  • Follow by location (uses GPS or Cell Network location determination),
  • Full tablet support,
  • Send weather forecast, weather alerts, Earthquakes by e-mail

eWeather HD:

  • Is an easy to use, handy assistant for staying informed about changing weather conditions,
  • Has a built-in barometer. A diagram is displayed which shows the atmospheric pressure changes for the past 24 hours. A red warning display is produced when the barometer detects changes more than 0.2 inhg.
  • Provides information on the last 100 earthquakes from all over the world. View the latest earthquakes in a list or on a map. Provides information regarding magnitude, time and distance. You can filter earthquakes by their magnitude and distance from your location

 

 

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  • Marty

    Thank you. Looks great on my Galaxy Tab 10.1 and NoteII.

  • Alper Ian

    it will be good if you add earthquake info screenshots.

  • Richard Boss

    I think you have done lots of efforts to develop this application. One thing is good that the apps covered 130,000 locations all over the world with sunrise, sunset, moon phase rise & set times and lots of other features which makes apps excellent. Even I am Android App Developer work at and know how much effort spent to do. I appreciate your efforts guys.