Weather apps are the new rage at the minute, with a number of good looking and unique weather experiences finding their way onto the iOS App Store and Google Play Store in recent weeks. One of the latest to be released is the Solar app for iPhone and iPod touch that introduces a minimalist interface that has clearly been introduced by the look and feel of the remarkably popular Clear to-do app which landed some time ago.
Designed and developed by Hollr Inc., Solar is attempting to gain traction by offering daily and forecasted weather conditions in a unique way which makes great use of vivid colors and user gestures to navigate through the app. Aside from a small amount of text on the display that shows the conditions as well as the inputted location, Solar changes the color of each part of the screen to represent different values. An example of this is shown in the image below where the top color represent the actual weather and the bottom gradient is a representation of the current temperature.
Scrolling up in the app provides the user with a twenty-four hour weather forecast, with a pull-down feature also being available which displays a very handy three day forecast, allowing users to plan their next trip in a handy fashion.
Pinching or double tapping anywhere on the display produces a tiled view that conjures up memories of the Multifl0w jailbreak tweak and is used to show each weather location which the user has specified. Swiping between each different location is also possible with right and left swipe gestures, something that can be used instead of viewing all locations at once.
Solar is definitely a very accomplished and polished app. The fact that is based around Mark Rothko’s colorscapes is certainly a unique appeal, but with the amount of beautiful free weather apps in the store at the minute, it is hard to decide whether users would be convinced to pay $0.99 for this. In our opinion; it is worth the money just to check out the visuals and play with the interface.
Head on over to the Solar App Store page and check it out. The app is compatible with the iPhone and iPod touch and requires iOS 5.0 or above.
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