Weather Radar for Windows Phones

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We know the drill now. If we feature a Mac product, we have to appease the PC crowd, and vice versa. Otherwise, the earth spins off its axis and our inbox starts smoking. So while the iPhone crowd gets their fill with our review of navigation apps , heres a morsel for readers using Windows Mobile devices.

Weather Radar for Windows Phones

After testing several navigation programs for Windows Mobile handhelds in December 2009, we had the opportunity to evaluate Memory-Maps Weather Radar for Windows Mobile cellphones.

While many of the applications for Windows Mobile devices left us wondering if these were more gadgets than tools, we found this application quite handy. Most phones with Internet capabilities will have some access to useful weather data, even weather radar, but the interface can be clunky or impossible.

Memory-Maps Weather Radar makes getting a decent-if small-radar picture easy. This useful bit of software can download and display a National Weather Service Doppler radar image, complete with animation. Priced at $9.95, the only after charge for its use is the data service fee you normally pay your cellular provider. The base map (50 to 100 kB) for your region is downloaded and saved the first time you download a radar image. After that, the size of the data download varies from 1 to 2 kB for a clear sky to about 10 kB if theres heavy rain in the area.

If you own a Windows Mobile phone, sail in an area known for its thunderstorm activity, and the local waters are covered by NWS Doppler radar, then the simple interface on Memory-Maps Weather Radar will be well worth the $10.

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