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Weather applications on Pocket PC
Posted on 14-Mar-2005 21:26 by M Freitas | Tags Filed under: Blog


There are a few weather applications for Windows Mobile Pocket PC. One question remains: how accurate are they?

I'll not exactly answer this question, for that would require a long study - not only a couple of days. But I put the question here. I realised I had two weather applications (well not really - one of them is a travel helper) showing weather forecast in one of my Pocket PCs' Today screen. I noticed that most of the times I looked at them they had different forecasts - even when updated at the same time!

Just for the sake of following this up I decided to refresh both applications (157838 SPB Weather and 28186 WorldMate) at the same time and compare the results.

So, be bored with these screenshots... And notice how many times the applications actually showed the same forecast (my comments at the bottom):


Not here


Yes, close


Not here


Not here


Yes, close


Sort of close


Sort of close


Not here


Yes, close

Note that there are quite few different icons representing close ideas, but not the same. Check the 13 March 10:38am to have an idea of cloudy, sunny, overcast. I assume that WorldMate uses less icons, hence the difference. So I'll be picky only when one says "sunny" and the other shows "cloudy" or "rainy". You get the idea.

Which one is correct? Could it be that one uses a proxy service that updates less frequently than the other one? Really, the ones that bother me are 11 March 07:49am, when one says "Sunny" the other says "Rain". Then 12 March 01:25am it's the other way around. Note that temperatures are pretty close though.

I wonder if I install 129613 WeatherNow or 157740 My|weather how much more confusion I'll put in the mix. Any ideas? Or better quit using these applications altogether and just look through the window?



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