Rings Digital Weather Clock
Tested version: 3.6.1
Latest version: 3.6.1
Requires Android: from 1.5
In the endless iOS vs. Android discussion, one of the main arguments pro-Androiders use it that Android has widgets. These smart little things can relay a good amount of information without actually having to access whatever app they’re connected to.
Rings Digital Weather Clock comes with a widget. Let’s find out if this weather app and its crafty little companion is any good.
Features & Use
First off, a confession: I don’t tend to use landing displays or widgets. This just hikes up the amount of energy that is used, and what’s more, I simply prefer everything to look nice and neat and minimal. That said, one widget has been my constant companion for the past three years, and that’s a widget that display the weather forecast and time. I also like to see how the battery life is looking. And that was reason enough for me to want to check out what Rings Digital Weather Clock could do.
When it comes to widgets, customisability is key. Every user will have his or her preferences for which information they’d like to keep an eye on, meaning that it’s important that widgets can be adapted to suit a user’s individual needs.
What struck me first about Rings Digital Weather Clock: Graphically, it’s very appealing. Different sets of information are displayed in circles, making it easy to keep them apart at a glance. In contrast to other widgets, the battery stats are not lost within a 4x2 window. Instead they are displayed prominently on the top right.
While I appreciate the simplicity and graphic differentiation of the three main areas – clock, weather, battery – I am disappointed that it can’t be customised.
The provided circles can’t be changed according to a user’s fancy. You can change the font colour but has not influence over the shape or colour of the actual circle.
If you opt against the weather forecast information, a circle is freed and used to display an analogue clock instead. I can’t really think who would need two clocks displayed as a widget on their homescreen.
To end on a brighter note: There is an option for setting the alarm clock within the widget. The alarm clock can also be accessed via the widget itself.
Rings Digital Weather Clock might be a good fit for users who like the aesthetic and don’t wish to make any changes to it. Crafters and creatives take note: There’s not much room for making changes here. Overall I would say that a few more options for letting users customise the widget would not go amiss.
Screen & Controls
Rings Digital Weather Clock makes a great first impression thanks to its appealing graphics.
A few minor bones of contention: When city names are displayed the last few letters are often cut off and the battery level display is never quite correct.
Furthermore, the app has a few flaws when it comes to controls. For instance, I tried to access the clock during my test runs but the app did not always respond correctly. This proves to be especially annoying when you’re feeling sleepy and want to set the alarm clock before nodding off.
Speed & Stability
Rings Digital Weather Clock has left a good impression on us—no crashing throughout the test runs.
Rings Digital Weather Clock is free of charge and of ads.
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