Solar is a beautiful app. It’s an app for Apple people – really aesthetically pleasing, easy to use, and straightforward overall.
By Sara O’Connor
It’s not news to anyone that the stock apps in Apple products (Weather, Maps, Stocks, Notes, etc.) aren’t always the most useful. The Apple weather app has never blown my skirt up. It gets the job done, but it’s really nothing special. Last week, wanting something new, I searched “weather” in the App Store, and I came across Solar. I’ve been using it exclusively this past week.
Solar is a beautiful app. It’s an app for Apple people – really aesthetically pleasing, easy to use, and straightforward overall. It doesn’t provide any extraneous information, just the bare essentials: time, date, temperature, and forecast, displayed against beautiful gradients.
The interface feels clean and simple. Swipe up for the 24 hour forecast, swipe down for the three-day forecast. Swipe left or right to navigate between cities of your choosing and to add a city. Double tap or pinch for thumbnails. The aesthetic is minimalist, with thin font in all-capital letters, and a good amount of whitespace.
There’s nothing bad to say to about Solar. Like the Apple weather app, it gets the job done, but looks cool doing it. My single critique is that Solar only offers, “chance of rain,” without giving a real percentage, which can make it difficult to decide whether or not to forego the rain boots.
Solar is free, and available for iOS and Android.
Sara O’Connor was born and raised in east Central Florida. After graduating with honors from Florida State University, she moved to the Great White North. After eight winter months, she came to her senses and moved back to where she could enjoy 105 degree weather.