February 15, 2013

I just found my new favorite weather app

John Gruber once wrote, “In hindsight, I think the use cases for the original iPad are simplicity and delight.” Haze for iPhone nails that mission for weather:

“Is it going to be warmer tomorrow? Don’t read it. See it. The beautifully animated background shows you the trend. Use Haze frequently to unlock colorful themes and customize the look.”

The UI rewards exploration with lots of polished details, and the use of theme unlocking is an interesting way to encourage active use.

The one downside I’ve detected thus far is that the reliance on taps & gestures rather than on traditional buttons & labels leaves some functionality obscure. I feel dumb for not having discovered one of the most basic operations (tapping the central readout circle) on my own. (I hadn’t seen the video before downloading the app.) Even so, the app’s easy to navigate & a joy to use.

Oh, and if you like this sort of thing, check out Summly for news. It crashes too much & the summaries aren’t always great, but it’s lovely enough to explore that I stick with it.

Posted by John Nack at 12:54 PM on February 15, 2013

Comments

  • Genex — 10:20 PM on February 15, 2013

    Nice app,John, and they have dropped the price to 99 cents for a while anyway.

    Which reminds me, Fontbook v3 is also 99 cents now.

    You can’t even get a cup of coffee at these prices nowadays.

    Gene

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