ForecaWeather vs OMWeather for the N900

Posted: March 31, 2010 in Applications
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In February I posted a side-by-side comparison of AccuWeather and SPB Weather for Symbian 5th devices. Since then I have been using a N900 (I really love this device), and as there are two weather apps available for it, I figured why not do a follow-up review. So here it is, a review of the default weather app ForecaWeather and the down-loadable OMWeather:

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ForecaWeather

Pros Cons
  • Free
  • Homescreen widget with current conditions
  • Up to 7 day forecasts on homescreen
  • Save up to 4 locations
  • Hourly & 9 day forecasts, and animated maps available for all locations
  • 4 main areas to customize – Units of measure, Steps (number of days for homescreen), Forecast type and Update frequency
  • Easy to add locations by name search and selection from a results set
  • Cannot scroll through saved locations in homescreen widget so must open app to see all
  • Must add a new location as there is no ability to get current conditions at current location with GPS
  • Adding a new location changes location order and deletes the last location from quick view
  • Hourly forecasts and animated maps are not internal and can only be viewed via the built-in browser

OMWeather

Pros Cons
  • Free
  • Homescreen widget with current conditions
  • Save up to 4 locations
  • Can scroll through locations on homescreen widget
  • Can view current conditions on the homescreen via GPS location in addition to preset locations
  • Multiple day views that expand to individual days and hourly forecasting
  • Select number of days for forecasting
  • Vertical or horizontal display for the homescreen widget
  • 1 default icon set (animated) with 6 additional available in Application Manager
  • Very easy to search countries, regions and cities for preset locations
  • Settings for Units of measure &  update frequency
  • All data resident on the device and no links to internet via browser
  • GPS current conditions refresh does not work unless another GPS app like Ovi Maps or the location widget is active
  • A choice is available to select weather source yet the only choice allowed is weather.com
  • No weather maps

Both applications are great apps and offer so much more than those offered on the Symbian platform. The speed and responsiveness of each is great and the visual appeal is unmatched. But the conclusion I reached is that OMWeather is just a much better app. It offers more in the way of selections to customize the app to meet what I want. I also like that I don’t have to worry about connecting to the internet to access what should be device resident data like hourly forecasts, though adding maps would be an improvement. Current conditions via GPS without needing to add a location and down-loadable icon sets are the biggest advantage OMWeather has over ForecaWeather.

Have you tried both? Which do you prefer?

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Comments
  1. Vicky says:

    Hi, i am using OMWeather and i really love it…… I think its the best app for weather 🙂

  2. Rolf says:

    Loved OMWeather, used it for almost 2 years now.
    Lately I have problems updating though. Nothing changed – as every user says 🙂
    Don’t know why. Seems N900 is dying slowly.
    I hate to look for another phone. Loved and love this brick.

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