When I got sent the link for Animated Weather HD + Voice I wasn't initially very excited as we already have a pretty nice native weather app on the PlayBook. My thoughts soon changed though once I had actually used the app - it is awesome!

When you first load up the app you clearly need to enter your location. The app will then show current conditions and a forecast using tabs at the base of the screen. You can toggle these tabs between a seven day forecast and an hourly one. Once you have a location stored the app will speak the current conditions to you when you open the app. You can also add plenty of other locations if required.

Over on the right side of the screen is a weather map. You have the option of a few different styles ranging from Google maps with layers to regional temperature maps.

Settings can be quickly altered using the small tabs at the top of the screen and overall the application is both beautiful, smooth and user friendly. This one is staying on my PlayBook for sure. You will need to pay for it I'm afraid but I think it is worth the money. It will set you back $2.99/£3.00.

Features of the app include:

  • You can add an unlimited number of cities
  • Very good international and USA locations support because it uses 3 different location providers simultaneously
  • Local Radar (available ANYWHERE in the world, to enable it go to Maps and select Animated Radar)
  • Weather maps for any country(International support) including clouds layer, temperature maps
  • You can add your own URL to display such as webcam, other maps, etc.
  • This is the only app for PlayBookTM that has international weather map support!
  • UNIQUE feature: Weather Voice! - the application reads to you the weather, temperature and current condition! The quality of voice, pronunciation is like SIRI assistant on IphoneTM.
  • How it feels temperature(RealFeel)
  • Hourly Forecast
  • 7 days forecast
  • Humidity
  • Ultraviolet index and skin cancer risk meter(like "High risk","No risk" etc.)
  • Wind Speed and Direction
  • Probability of Rain
  • Fahrenheit / Celsius scales (metric/imperial units)
  • Beautiful HD background slideshow with pictures that change according to current weather conditions (HD Videos are coming in next update)
  • Manual refresh button
  • Offline Mode(It will still display the last retrieved weather even if you don't have an Internet connection at some times)
  • Swipe from top bezel to enter settings, swipe towards top bezel to close the settings page
  • Weather forecast refreshes automatically (15 min - 3 hour)

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