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Netatmo Weather Station for iOS Review

While there are plenty of weather apps that will keep you updated on the forecast for the week, actual weather stations for iOS devices are not so commonplace, which is why the Netatmo Weather Station is such a breath of fresh air for all budding meteorologists. If you want to enjoy a much more practical approach to keeping track of the weather then you may want to purchase this hardware. It costs $179 dollars and its free corresponding app is compatible with both the iPhone and iPad.

The Netatmo Weather Station comprises of two pieces of hardware, one six inch tall module to keep indoors and a smaller four inch one to place outdoors. Both are cylindrical and while the indoor one needs to be plugged in, the outdoor module runs on batteries, although you must also keep it within range of your Wi-Fi network.
Setting it up is easy enough. The indoor module connects to your iOS device via USB cable and then the app transfers your various device settings to it. The outdoor module syncs with the indoor module and all this takes is a few button presses and then you are ready to go.

Using your iPhone, the weather station can determine your exact geographic location and calibrate its sensors accordingly, for a more accurate reading. The outdoor module can measure pressure, temperature and humidity while the indoor module measures CO2 and ambience. All findings go to your device and the app takes it from there. That’s all there is to it and you can get going straight away, although it may need a few days to acclimatise so your initial readings may not be so accurate. Be patient though and before you know it, you have a very effective weather station running from your device.

Through the iOS app provided, you will be able to view all of the data collected in the form of easy-to-read graphs. However there is a little more to it than that and you can customise these graphs to view the results in more specific detail. For example, you can select specific aspects, such as temperature and see what their readings were at a certain time. The weather station takes readings every five minutes so you have a lot of freedom when it comes to viewing timeframes. A simple push of a button brings you back to current readings.

The software is very clear and easy to navigate and it takes a quick slide on the screen to choose what data you want to view. In addition to your own readings you can also check the weather forecast up to six days in advance, which is based on forecast sources from the internet and based on your location. The only issue is that you need your device handy to check readings and it would be nice if the modules themselves could tell you themselves.

But this is a minor complaint and the Netatmo Weather station is a great accessory for anyone interested in the weather. Easy to set up and use with clear, accurate information, this is as good as a weather application can be, provided you can afford it.

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