The new app stinks 1/5
Needs fast speeds and high bandwidth to open. Uses too much data. Useless most places as it will not open. Try the channel 7 app. Works better
New App 1/5
I am not the least impressed or thrilled with the new map. It - the animated map- appears faded and blurred. The old app was much better and more detailed. The “pin drop” for your location is way to large and obscures activity in the area. Anyway to roll back to the original app???
The app was great. Now it’s horrible. Searching for something better.
STICK WITH FOX13 RADAR 1/5
By spanky knows
Fox 13 has the best and most accurate radar. This Max radar is horrid. It used to be good.
Hate the update 2/5
I loved the MaxDefender8 weather app before the updates. I absolutely hate the app now. It is much harder to use, the radar is not easy to use. I really wish that it was not so un user-friendly. I will use another app until this one is better!
A 1 cause It won’t let me rate it a 0 1/5
This app is pathetic. Takes forever to load up. Lucky if it actually shows rain. Please don’t get excited and think it will show it in motion, cause it just freezes up. By gosh the ads work good though. Don’t waste your time
Poor Upgrade 1/5
Really dislike the new version. Basically they’ve put their brand on a canned version used by other stations. The radar is horrible.
New max defender weather App. 1/5
By Bill1 Ipod
I have used your weather app for years till this latest version which really doesn’t deserve even a one star. I think it’s time you either returned to the previous one which was the best coupled with the new radar.
I am a retired NWA Pilot with 29 years of staring at Radars and until this new version you had a weather APP that was really good easy to use and second to none. I do not use it anymore I check once a week to see if you have finally admitted to your mistake and returned to the old one.
The old saying don’t tamper with success certainly applies here. The amazing thing is surely somebody has looked at the reviews and if so why hasn’t something been done. All the weather people keep applauding the app how can that be.
I now use Storm Radar which has at this point a great radar.
You know making a mistake is one thing not correcting it is the real mistake and I can’t believe you continue to use this terrible new version. Go back to the old trusted version that put you number 1 across the Bay Area and Florida.
Weather App Comparison 2/5
I notice this app is showing rain every hour of each day when there isn’t any, while other non-news apps are more accurate. It’s not showing the same weather prediction that the on air news is. Kind of disappointed about it.
Downright Horrible 1/5
By Prof Daniels
I couldn’t be more disappointed. The best radar matched with the worst GUI one can imagine. I don’t want to say too much here. Perhaps the GUI was written by one of our local junior high schools. Basically, It’s not ready for roll out. There are far better.
The app is bloated 1/5
The app is very sluggish and bloated. It is now hard to find a view of the weather for the week and it will not load up appropriately when on cellular service. The older app was much better. Please make some improvements to this one so it is useable
Mixed Feelings, but can't argue with AWESOME 4/5
There's a few bugs in this app, true...
1. Some of the links don't work
2. The radar imagery freezes every time you pan the map
3. It seems to eat battery a little fast (it's getting better with updates though)...
BUT!!! This app is still technically a beta version as of this review--and is the first app of its kind ever to include the actual radar data from Max Defender 8. No more "just NEXRAD" stuff: the actual accuracy and resolution of the radar is amazing. Because of the newness of this functionality, I can abide with some bugs for awhile! As a meteorology student, i feel confident in recommending this app as a work in progress to my family and friends, and actively use it as part of my "tools" when weather threatens Central Florida. I'm looking forward to the updates in the future!
Old app better 2/5
By Drewww's mom
I like the old app better. I cannot find an eight day forecast on this new one
Max defender 8 update 1/5
By cindy Heaps
Extremely disappointed in this app now. Previous version was much better.
Change it back 1/5
The older version was GREAT! This new version in one thing “DELETED”.
Why did you “upgrade” this?? 1/5
By Steve TPA
This had always been a great app. This update has made it less intuitive and more complicated. I am removing it from my devices.
What happened? 1/5
Was useful, not now. Delete.
Not Broke Don’t Fix 1/5
By Jay Lavee
I really do not like this new weather app at all. Its predecessor was clean and uncluttered. When you paused it, it had the yellow squares for high wind, the blue diamonds for hail, the green circles for strong thunderstorms and lightning, and the red triangles for tornados. I loved those icons because you tapped on them and there was important information. If those things still exist in this new app, then someone is going to have to show me where, because I can’t find anything in this new one. I wished they would have just left well enough alone and kept the prior app. Thank goodness that the Sky Tower 13 weather app still uses the old format. I absolutely love it. As of today I have totally switched to Fox’s Sky Tower 13.
Terrible Update! 1/5
This update is awful! Can’t get alerts to my phone anymore! Very cluttered and does not work properly! Switched to Fox News 13 for my weather updates! Get the old version back! It worked great!
Should be called a downgrade 1/5
By Bob in FL
I hate this update (or at least that’s what they claim it is). The radar is awful compared to the old version, more ads (ugh) and a terrible hourly forecast format - what’s to like? Not much. Off to find a new weather app.
Horrible update! 1/5
It’s an exact copy of BayNews 9’s weather app! I didn’t like their app—that’s why I downloaded yours. Not anymore—deleting it off my phone now. Should have left it like it was 😩
Hate this app 1/5
This is the WORST weather app...go back to your old one!
BAD UPDATE - NEW FORMAT UNUSABLE 1/5
By Steve Rogers 1978ii
Previous app was almost perfect. Cannot use this app anymore - New format is unusable. Skytower 13 app uses this app's previous format and works perfectly so I changed to that.
1. Video Forecasts - Plays but no picture.
2. Radar Map - Too slow to load. Also, if you turn on your location, a giant peg appears obstructing radar details around you.
3. Current Conditions - Large pretty graphics substituted for easy to read information of previous app - BAD.
I'll use the SkyTower13 app until you guys fix this one. Please revert to the previous format.
Updated version terrible! 1/5
What happened! I literally used this app everyday, now I don’t even know where everything is. The radar is horrible!
What a joke. 1/5
By Bradenton User
I have used this site for almost ten years. No more. Complicated, non user friendly, etc., etc. What a joke. The designer should be fired. Going to get my weather from someone else.
How do I get the old one back? 1/5
This new update needs to be undone. It’s not at all user friendly and the layout is too complicated to find information quickly. I’ll wait one more week to get something useful but then I’m deleting it.
Used to be good but... 1/5
I don’t know what they did but this app is totally useless now. Radar doesn’t ever show anything even if it’s raining 😒. So it is getting deleted after many years of this being my go too weather app. Just irritates now and I have enough stress in my life without my weather app of all things making it worse.
Zero stars? 1/5
By Michelle in Dundee FL
I have never hated an upgraded app version more! I’ll be using the Channel 13 weather app which is just like your OLD version until something changes. This upgrade is really THAT horrible.
Much less friendly to use after update 1/5
By Space wizz
After this update, harder to use. Radar images don’t always show up.
Avoid until it’s better 2/5
The new app version that came out in 3/18 is considerably worse than its predecessor. The links for videos just takes you to the mobile site. Crashes constantly. Avoid until it’s enhanced and more similar the older version I’d avoid.
Horrible update 1/5
By The captain C
I depend on the radar view, and since the update I can only choose Max Defender Radar or Tampa NEXRAD on my iPhone. You should have left the good old version alone. New is not better in this case.
I loved weather max this update is terrible. Half of the app looks bad and then crashes. Max Offender. Please let’s go to weather max again!!!
Video Forecast BROKE 1/5
Too bad Video Forecast is broken on latest update. So much for testing ...
UPDATE - Ok,thanks for fixing. I can see it now, unfortunately. And I can see how little time effort and money you put into the update. JUNK, ads, all over. I’ll be deleting the app. I would like to put zero stars but one is the minimum
Terrible update 1/5
I’m not thrilled with this new version. It should not take me more than five minutes to adjust to an updated app. It’s so completely different and you don’t have a tutorial to go with your update. I will be deleting this app and finding a better one. I’ve had this app for over four years. 😡☹️😡☹️
New weather app 1/5
By Sarasota Grandma
New weather app is awful. Far too busy. Liked previous format it was easy on the eyes to view on cell phone this new app is not. Will probably use another local station weather app.
New weather app 1/5
Sorry but liked the old format a lot better. Easier to use.
Pop up ads are terrible. 1/5
Pop up ads are terrible. Trying to get storm info and it keeps showing pop up ads. Tacky, tacky to WFLA for allowing ads during a weather crisis!
Pop-ups have ruined what used to be an excellent app 1/5
Pop-ups and unwanted videos all the time.
App is awful!!!!
Thanks for keeping my family safe! 5/5
We have used many weather alert apps to find what works best for our family. Of all the paid, subscription and free apps we have tried, WFLA's alerts are the fastest and most reliable. When one lives in the lightning capital, this is an invaluable tool to help keep you and your loved ones safe.
Thanks to Storm Team 8 for proving once again that you're on our side!
The radar is the only good thing about the app. The wx report (percentages) are horribly inaccurate. Weather Underground seems to be the most accurate wx app. Sad are own local wx can't report accurately.
Impressive alert accuracy 5/5
The weather alerts are spot on accurate for precipitation and lightning in the Tampa Bay area. Very useful app.
Whenever there is any weather, this pierce of junk returns a communication error and won't do anything.
Used to be great... 2/5
After I updated the app it no longer shows the percent chance of rain in the hourly view. This feature was THE reason I used this app and now it's gone. Very disappointing.
Love news 8. Like family. I watch every morning 5/5
Love! Leigh Span and all the crew! Always 100% accurate.
Downloaded and deleted in 2 minutes 1/5
By Jan from sarasota
Terrible app. Little to no usable information and the ad at the top which moves back and forth constantly made it too annoying. My storage is precious- can't waste it on this app.
Formerly half way decent app lost its knack 1/5
In the past, I was willing to overlook the less than stellar user interface and the slew of ads for the mere fact that the app, similar to the website, provided the option to view a forecast on the interactive radar screen. Ever since this feature was removed, there is nothing left to positively set this app apart from the various other weather apps, the bulk of which are providing a much more intuitive interface. If the developer were to bring back the interactive forecast feature and were to also offer removal of the ads for a one-time payment, then I'd rate this app much higher again, as I did before.
Extremely bad app 1/5
This is an extremely bad app. I can't even figure out how to use it or navigate anywhere in it, so it's totally useless...
Great news and weather staff - Horrible App 1/5
Not sure if News Cannel 8 outsourced this design or did it in house with local Tampa talent, but whoever it was should be Fired. Between the adds and the poor layouts/flow, this is too painful to continue using. Sorry, but it's time to see what other new channel weather apps are our there.
Needs improvement 2/5
Hope the Max Defender 8 radar app is better. This one is not very intuitive, very cluttered, and way too many ads. Please offer a paid ad-free version. But only after this one is cleaned up and streamlined. Check out Dark Sky for how to build a weather app.
Horrible app when there's so many more good weather apps. Horrible interface, and alerts (besides lightning in area) are just click bait. Don't waste your time downloading.