Windows Phone App Review: Vadret

Vadret for Windows Phone

"Vadret" is Swedish for "weather" (which I've probably mispronounced terribly) and Vadret is a simple but nicely laid out weather app for your Windows Phone. It gives you quick and easy access to your basic weather conditions and forecasts for up to five of your favorite worldwide locations.

When you first launch Vadret you are prompted to go to the Settings Menu where you will choose your cities, establish the general layout of the app, how you want your live tiles to look, and which of the eleven backgrounds you want to use.

Vadret has pages that display an eight day forecast or long forecast that displays the morning, noon and night predictions. A text forecast (a little more detailed) for the next nine days. An hourly forecast for the next 48 hours that includes a meteogram (graph of temps and wind).

There is a utility page that will allow you to select your city, show the forecasts in group view for all your cities, and access Vadret's settings.  Settings cover which forecast page you would like to see at start-up, which pages you want to hide, and how you would like the temperature displayed (Fahrenheit or Celsius).  Forecast information is provided by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute.

The live tile has the options to use metro styled or illustrated (like the ones within the app) icons and will display the city name on the tile. The city you have selected within the app is the city currently highlighted on the tile and the tile will update every thirty minutes. Vadret's live tile will display current conditions, a forecast icon and the flip side will display the wind speed/direction and barometric pressure.

Vadret would be considered a basic weather app for your Windows Phone when compared to other weather apps such as Accuweather or the Weather Channel apps. While it may be a basic weather app, Vadret has a very nice layout with regards to navigation and appearance. It would have been nice to have had the ability to pin live tiles for each city but maybe that ability will show up with future updates.  The only other observation that may be a downside to some is that any forecast measurements in the text forecast is displayed in metric units.  Same can be said of the wind and barometric pressure displayed on the live tile.

All in all, Vadret is a very nice, well presented weather forecast application for your Windows Phone.  It's a free app that you can grab here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Thanks, Anders, for the tip!

QR: Vadret

George Ponder

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.