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Weather & Toggle Widget: Easily personalize your weather settings

“Is my hair going to be frizzy today?” “How many sets of long johns should I wear?” Both are common questions asked daily. Most people rely on the weather man; some rely on their godly ability to forecast the weather themselves, but with the Weather & Toggle Widget you’ll never have to guess again.

The Weather & Toggle Widget, developed by Android Apps, is extremely detailed and a fully functional app for the most finicky of weather watchers. It is beautifully designed and highly customizable – allowing users to have a system that reflects their personality as well as weather and toggle switches right on their desktop!

The weather widget itself is comprised of a flip clock as the prominent feature and the weather embedded into the same widget, so you not only get the weather, you also get a very nice clock that is easy to read. The weather widget has many settings to further customize the widget, such as Fahrenheit and Celsius settings, and an option to choose another program when you click on the weather part of the widget, (which also brings up a separate dialog to forecast the rest of the week). The weather dialog portion also has an add-on found in the Market that gives extra capabilities to the widget, such as animated clouds and other related images. Also, one very cool feature is the screen shots option to show images of your area and the surrounding areas, which gives a user a visual heads up to what they could encounter on their way to wherever it is they’re heading.

In addition, the Weather & Toggle Widget includes a set of toggle switches that allow the user a quick and easy way to change particular settings on their phone with a simple click of the widget – including brightness level, GPS, WIFI and more.

To top it all off, Android Apps provides a method to “theme” the widget along with the toggle switches, which completes the customization we all enjoy. The themes add a skin to the widget, as well as images associated with the widget. The theme also skins the toggle switches to provide a complete custom look.

The Weather & Toggle Widget is a paid or “donate” version which costs $1.99. There is a free version which does not come with all of the features of the Weather & Toggle Widget; it does, however, still allow themes and other customizations. Android Apps also developed add-on packs for the free version to include some of the paid features to the non-paid widget.

The Goods:

  • The ability to completely theme the entire widget and accompanying widgets.
  • The ability to choose a separate program to open, which allows for quicker use of resources.
  • Accurate weather
  • Animated forecasts
  • Screen shots from surrounding areas
  • Large, skinable, flip clock
  • Toggle widgets that can also be skinned or “themed”
  • A free and donate version to allow one to “try before you buy”
  • Excellent support, if anything happens to fail.

The Bad:

  • Would like to see more themes
  • Sometimes can be buggy, but not often enough to destroy its performance.
  • The widget must be excluded from any task killer list (not really a bad thing, but a requirement)

Final Verdict

The Weather & Toggle Widget by Android Apps is a fully featured and highly customizable widget that boasts sleekness and efficiency that a smart phone user has come to expect. If you need a nice flip clock, weather forecast and toggle switches for ease of use, then this is for you. With the Weather & Toggle Widget, you will never have to squint to see the time, worry if your hair will look like a 70’s rock band mid-day or harness your godly forecasting abilities – you can save your powers for something a bit more useful!

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Note: This review was submitted by Phillip Toohill as part of our app review contest.

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  • http://androidexpress.wordpress.com Nate

    Another downside – you can’t preview themes. At least, not the last time I tried to.

  • http://Website hiddengopher

    “The widget must be excluded from any task killer list (not really a bad thing, but a requirement)”

    shouldn’t this just go unter special note?

  • http://Website Hans

    It reminds me a lot of Beautiful Widgets.

  • http://Website Gabriel

    Cant download. Android 2.0.1 TMO here.

  • http://Website Jason

    How does this differ from Beautiful Widgets? Is it just a pricing model? Beautiful Widgets seems to have the same feature set and you can preview themes. What sets this apart if I were to be looking at something different?

  • http://Website Ms. Matrix

    I have the weather widget and I love it, BUT I found that the time was always off and never updated. I shouldn’t have to do that. Now it has been getting a lot of updates, so hopefully it should be good. I guess I will try it again when I’m ready.

    Right now I’m rocking Beautiful Widgets, which is great. I just wished it was animated like weather widget and then it would be perfect.

  • http://Website B

    I’ve had this pretty much since the Nexus One came out. Great app for the most part.

  • http://Website Adlerrot

    No where in the description does it say that it cost 1.99. While that is not expensive that should certainly be part of the description…..or did I miss something

  • http://Website Adlerrot

    oops… sorry the price is mentioned in the last paragraph of the writeup

  • http://androidandme.com Beverly

    I downloaded the Weather & Toggle widget and I just can’t seem to get this thing to activate. Any tricks to this? I went through the entire setup and still can’t get the skins to work. HELP!!!

    • http://Website Clayton

      I paid for this app and cant get it to work on my samsung moment android 2.1 either.

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  • http://Website PD

    How come when I try to install skins it doesnt change the skin on my actual homepage. One digit of the clock will be the new skin, but the other two digits will be the old skin and they never switch. I can’t get my newly downloaded skins to load. Some will say skin install failed as well. Hate to return a $2 app.

  • http://Website Shiggity

    Has anyone who’s used the H7C HTC Sense-esque clock skin gotten it to actually flip like the one on the Evo and other Sense devices does? That was my only reason to get Epic or Evo (I got an Epic). Is the HTC Sense weather/clock widget downloadable anywhere?

    Other than that, yeah it’s a cool little widget. The other one I had (can’t remember what it was called) froze up a lot and wouldn’t stay in syc with the clock on the top right hand corner of the screen.

  • http://google leniese

    I downloaded it and can’t seem to get it to do anything…ugh!
    can anyone help meeh out?

  • http://Website Debs

    I’ve just installed it on my Motorolla Dext and seems to be working but how do you change the location and are there more detailed instructions? I’m new to all this and getting a bit confused. Thanks.

  • http://Website Dennis

    This is a great app that I installed on my wife’s Droid 2. I have the HTC Incredible and this app makes her phone look more like mine. But her location seems to be wrong quite often–it conjures up past locations sometimes. Any advice?

  • http://Website taylor

    i have a htc aria and im thinking about buying this app is there anything bad i should now about this app befor i buy it ? and when i say me buying it i really mean my dad cuz well im 16 i just wanna make sure i want regret making him buy this for me

  • http://koowie.com Koowie

    Not able to preview themes..

  • Sonny

    Does this app or widget change locations automatically like the one on the htc evo 4 g