Orbit is a beautiful virtual earth, weather app and world clock in one

By Bla1ze on 22 Aug 2013 09:56 pm EDT
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When it comes to weather apps these days there's certainly no shortage of them available in BlackBerry World. Of course, my favorite weather app is just simply looking out the window but if you're looking for a bit more than that, the latest from Innovatology may pique your interest. They've recently released Orbit and Orbit is essentially a virtual earth, weather app and world clock app all combined into one beautiful package that is quite full of features.

  • Orbit contains a 3D model of Earth and the Sun. It displays a brilliant view of our planet from space, including up-to-date cloud cover and city lights. Fly around the planet, zoom in and out, head north or south to see the poles. The position of the earth relative to the sun is scientifically accurate, showing correct sunrise, sunset and angles throughout the year. Tweak the view by adjusting sunlight, moonlight and more.
  • Show your favorite cities, including a world clock with time zones. Add cities by name, then just tap to go there. Of course, Daylight Saving Time (summer-time) is automatically taken into account.
  • Get the latest weather conditions with sleek weather icons of 1700+ major cities. Get a 10-day weather forecast from ECMWF, the most accurate weather service in the world. The scrolling forecast chart shows temperature and rainfall in one easy-to-understand infographic. Choose your favorite units of measurements.
  • Tweak your view of our planet with the handy sliders. Fine-tune sunlight, moonlight, cloud transparency and color saturation. You can also choose a 12 or 24-hour clock and change your units for temperature, pressure, rainfall and wind speed.

In my time spent with Orbit, I can only say it's quite beautiful to play around with. I found myself looking up weather in different areas just to see the interactivity with the Earth displayed in the app. A bit of a novelty for me I suppose as it's just plain cool but if you're really looking for a weather app to check, Orbit is a pretty easy suggestion to make.

For some though, the $2.99 price point may be a cause for concern so make sure you check out the video to get a better look at the offering. Orbit is available now in BlackBerry World for all BlackBerry 10 devices, in all countries on all carriers.

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56 comments

sklotz2000

Nice! It's worth checking out....

And, it's from the same developer that wrote "Files & Folders" -one of my all-time favorites!!

Already downloaded. Time to go play! :D

nick canada

Hoping my new z30 will have 64gb internal memory for all these apps.. I haven't even got around to downloading the 47k from sb44 yet

I kid, keep them coming !

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labyrinth9

This really does look beautiful.

FuzzyFish

That looks pretty freaking nice. Does it load fast and is it choppy when you spin the Earth around?

I'll pay $3 for this for sure, it looks like it can become my go-to weather app!

VeniceBB

Not choppy at all. It's really beautiful and the dev has done some good stuff in the past (files and folders for playbook, which he updated regularly) and he's also active on the forum. I really like the app and from what I've seen on the forum it will only get better.

FuzzyFish

Thanks for your feedback! :)

sonicpix

Bought it.

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moyjoy

Gorgeous!

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Benjamin_NYC

Funny. Bought it last night. I'm actually disappointed by the quality of the graphics when you zoom in. It gets very pixelated when going in close. I feel it should sharpen as you get close to a city, but it's just pixels. Given the quality of some graphics one some games I've seen on my Q, I wasn't very impressed. 3 stars, and I feel not worth the money.

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djraz_official

Thanks for your feedback and opinion. You have saved a potential user some money that I can now spend towards my child's education. That is of course when I have a child, on the meanwhile of course I'm using those funds to explore new world's and go where no man has gone before.

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tw1g_007

Hahahaha! ROFLMAO! Nice.

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djraz_official

Uhm. BeWeatherPro. That's all I'm saying. Hah. That's of course knowing what Orbit is but not seeing the video or having the app. That's my rant of the day. Kindly contribute $0.99 towards the slush fund since you have abviously spent the time to read this rant :). Thanks

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FuzzyFish

You need "The Last Weather App".

;)

djraz_official

Haha I have that. That's cool

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61728297886numbers

Last weather is the best haha

Swordsmanship Channel: C000C9AF6

eliirodz

I love my BlackBerry- I am a BlackBerry veteran.

I also own an iPod and this was a free download. The only thing that bugs me about BlackBerry is the lack of cool and FREE apps.

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VeniceBB

Erm... This Orbit app was created specifically for BlackBerry and therefore doesn't exist on the Apple platform so I'm very interested in learning how you got this as a free download on your iPod. Just sayin'...

RP Singh

Attempting to educate an Ipod owner? You're braver than I am...

Sent from my iPuh-lease-as-IF

avatsaev

>>and therefore doesn't exist on the Apple

lol don't worry, the Apple platform has something like this in like 3 times much cooler AND for free, only on BlackBerry we pay for apps that others get for free.

avatsaev

Exactly what I was think about! All other platforms have these apps for free and usually they are much more cooler, and we have to pay like $4 for these, I could understand 0.99, but people are taking us for idiots, I feel like a low class smartphone owner.

Dukun

And I'm sure all those free apps don't mine your unique ID, connections to others, and data and create profiles which are then sold to others. Because everything free is always totally free.

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Benjamin_NYC

Why is BeWeather Pro better than the free weather Apps like AcuWeather? I like BeProducts, but why their weather app?

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mnc76

Is it smoother in real life? It looks kind of choppy in the video...

Otherwise looks very cool.

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VeniceBB

Much smoother. Keep in mind, the dev created this video obviously using a simulator or virtual machine on a computer (you can tell by the fact of movements and clicks are recognizable by the white dot that moves on the screen) and those usually aren't as smooth as the real app. I have it and am very pleased with the app.

mnc76

Thanks!

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rally5464

As a student studying physical geography this is a great app that I WILL buy. I am more interested with natural hazards that happen across the world and if they implement that in an update would be icing on the cake. But having all the essentials that this app provides is great.

mckillio

Can someone post a pic of the active frame, please.

Benjamin_NYC

Note, the Active Frame is *not* animated:

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Benjamin_NYC

Forgot the pic:

Wait, why can't I attach a pic here???

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Benjamin_NYC

Posted it in the longer thread in BB10 Apps forum. Can't seem to post attachments here.

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FuNKBerryZ

I knew I didn't buy weather pro for a reason. This was it.

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Benjamin_NYC

What is the reason?

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VeniceBB

Tip: the dev is active on the forum here. He created the Files and Folders app for the PlayBook and kept that updated. From the topic on Orbit it looks like the first improvements are already planned. Check the topic here: http://forums.crackberry.com/blackberry-10-apps-f274/introducing-orbit-b...

EggTarts

Beautiful app, but it's a battery killer; especially on the Z10.

BBPandy

Amazong beautiful app!

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Aman Darred

Just purchased this app. Worth the $2.99 but I agree with the other comment that the graphics could be a little better when zooming in. I've seen the quality of some of the games on the market today so I know it's possible. otherwise a fun app!

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Cylon69

I love it. download it

Pard

It's a cool app but it shows my location as New South Memphis, I contacted the developer and asked him what's up with this New South Memphis and why isn't my city included. The developer responded right away and informed me that it's a glitch in the database they use and currently they are only doing cities with population of 250k or more or country capitals. They intend to include state capitals in a future update but for now it's weather for New South Memphis.

Turnda643

Ok, I bought. Does look nice until you super zoom in. Then pixelates as stated. Only has major cities, but that's fine. Works as advertised. I'll use this for the major city conditions and continue to use Accuweather for all the 'little' cities I frequent for their conditions. Thats the one thing I like about Accuweather. You can add a city/location based on the zip code. Comes in handy on my 75 mile commute to and from work during the winter months.

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gordo51

Well "The weather Network" and Accuweather both have weather for Nanaimo but this app doesn't so it's more of a curiosity than a useful app for me. Can get some idea from nearby big cities though. It seems pretty fast and smooth. I agree that zooming in is not really worth while. Should get better with time.

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Aman Darred

It doesn't have Regina either unfortunately.

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shootsscores

This app and ARKick demonstrate the potential of BB10.

niss63

I bought it. It's a cool app to play around with and is very smooth. As others have said, the zoom is disappointing, but maybe we're spoiled by desktop programs like Google Earth. I think the app has real potential and is a good idea.

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ivorberry

Very pretty but totally useless. As stated above this app cannot detect my current location and the closest city it can find is 100 miles away.. reported to developer if it cannot be fixed will be deleted immediately

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billow

Just downloaded orbit. Fantastic well worth the money. I pay a lot of money on the pc for satellite images for my business and this will save me loads. Well done to all at blackberry and app developers. 5 stars all round. Why do people have to knock what others create, perhaps they should try and create an app.

FuzzyFish

Okay downloaded it last night and it really is gorgeous, but the Earth is spinning the wrong way! Lol.

As someone else mentioned above, once you zoom in the Earth gets a bit pixelated, would be nice if that wasn't the case but otherwise this is a great app.
Definitely worth the money!

Go download it even if you're on the fence.

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tightlybound

The light and dark regions aren't very accurate (it's showing the US west coast as pitch dark right now — at 7:45 a.m.), but it's still a pretty cool app. Just use the map in the Clock app if you really want to know where it's daytime.

Loving my Q10

jupiter8

I'm curious about the comment "2.99 might be a concern". How cheap must an app be? For 3 bucks you can get about 2 soft drinks. Pocket change.

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Tool n Toymaker

Great start but would like to see it developed to something like "Earth Browser". That would give the Snap Dragons a proper workout :-)

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BGK

I got this app last week - I like it

craiggger

Looks nice. I'm weary of buying tho because:

I hope it's available on Google Play for when Rogers picks up the Sony xperia Z ultra (my Sony TV has screen mirroring) and I do away with my slow as hell PlayBook and Q10 combo (might keep the Q for instances where I absolutely can't take a phablet around; about once a month I'm pretty sure). I'm thinkingof the first week of September.

BlackBerry, u got 2 weeks to do something. Get bought, go private or whatever.
Just do something to show me I should continue buying into Blackberry's ecosystem...or not.

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tw1g_007

Gonna have to wait for more updates based on the comments I've read on here so far. These days I'm very selective with what apps I buy. I mean if I buy an app and never use it then what is the point?

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Parrillas NY

Love it, Downloaded in Honduras Too, work great!!!

staraf

Well nothing special. I'm really disappointed. Anyway I got it and let's see what's will bring future updates.

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xamdam

2.99 lmao never will u pay that

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