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News channel 8 and storm team 8 are proud to introduce Max Defender 8, a new, interactive local weather app for all of Tampa Bay. The world’s most powerful radar is now in the palm of your hand. Whether you live in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Clearwater, Lakeland or New Port Richey, Mac Defender 8 will keep you and your family safe.
Wow. Just... wow!
by usertakenagain on 2020/02/07 01:36
Tampa Bay’s most dangerously inaccurate weather forecast. I used to love this app, but the new version is dreadful. As for the actual accuracy, you may as well toss a coin.
Like the app
by u r in on 2019/11/05 23:00
Has a lot of bugs needs to be fixed like right now has no towns or city’s listed on the map been having problems with it for sometime now
Next to Useless!!!
by ScrabL65656565656565656565656 on 2019/10/06 17:38
This never seems to work when there is any weather. Now it goes into an infinite state of loading data, which it never stops. It is totally useless.
Previous comments are true
by janeyloces art on 2019/08/29 13:22
I thought the comments might be from people who don’t like change or maybe have difficulty figuring out new developments. However I found that everyone of their comments is true about this version of the app. We are in the midst of a hurricane and I can’t find any tracking or forecast. On top of that there are so many ads it is ridiculous. I am uninstalling now. Listen to their comments.
Terrible
by wiangman21 on 2019/08/27 01:17
Hate the adds, radar has no future forecast.
Ugh
by CrochetGoz on 2019/08/22 00:44
I have used this app for years and really enjoyed it. But your latest upgrade really is horrible! Great, now I have to find a new weather app.
Doesn’t work!
by GBT55 on 2019/08/13 08:08
I can't get the app to open!
Unable to save options
by kathyhade on 2019/04/26 11:30
I used to have a few cities I was interested in addition to ‘my current location’ but now when I remove them they return when I reopen the app. Also, the alert options, there are SO many not required for Florida, I feel should not default ON and again once I go through all of it to make my preferences, they are not saved. I had to turn off notifications which kinda defeats the purpose and now have removed the app. Until this is fixed. Hope it’s soon!
Alerts for non-emergencies
by Meri2019 on 2019/02/17 13:03
I was awoken at 4:31 this morning by a dense fog alert. I knew I had better take immediate precautions to keep my family safe so I quickly got up, went out to my car, and turned the low beam headlights on. As I crawled back into bed, I was so grateful for this app warning me about the dense fog in such a timely manner. I promptly fell asleep... I wish that were the case. Instead my day started at 4:31. PLEASE fix the app to make it possible to sign up for which type of alerts you want. I can guarantee I won’t check off the box for “dense fog”!
What the Heck were they thinking!
by BNelsonII on 2019/01/14 14:07
What a terrible revision to what was a good app! It was my go to App for weather. Not any longer. It’s so hard to gather the information you need at a glance that it’s unbelievable! I think they must’ve just hired some new graphic artist and decided hey what the heck let’s just make it all pictures. Seriously. This app is awful. It’s coming off my phone.
Roofing Consultant
by bucwinner on 2018/12/06 23:32
I use a weather app daily for nighttime thermal imaging of commercial roofing. I always relied on Channel 8. However, I finally deleted the Max Defender 8 as it is the worst ever. Has no one at channel 8 read the reviews? I now use competitors weather apps.
What good is radar from 3 hours ago?
by dsm25 on 2018/12/01 20:30
The radar on this newest version of this weather app is below average. The map doesn’t automatically open to my current location. It also is hanging onto a map image from 3 hours prior. I want to know if it’s raining now, or coming close. Very disappointed.
Latest version works great!
by Phorn98765 on 2018/10/31 18:01
I don’t get the ratings, I use this on an iPhone and have no problems. Shows me weather where I am and a 5 day forecast. What else do you need!
NEWS CHANNEL 8 WeatherMaxApp
by Crazy fri on 2018/10/23 19:18
I LOVED THE PREVIOUS APP.....the newly updated app is HORRIBLE. Hard to read. Only has live shots of teleprompter. Not user friendly. Cluttered like an advertisement not an actual interactive app. Radar not good at all. Not near as inclusive on layers or accuracy as it was in previous version. Please repost the old app because this new one so awful that I have deleted from phone and having to use the Weather Channel app:(((. I am a News Channel 8 customer all the way morning and evening.....sad that I cant use your app anymore!
Terrible App
by Jacob@123 on 2018/10/02 20:19
I keep hoping that they will go back to the original app. This one is TERRIBLE and never works.
Terrible upgrade
by Bartleyduke on 2018/09/27 02:13
The last one was great, but this one doesn’t even deserve my time!
Worst weather app ever!
by Dawgboy6 on 2018/09/08 00:33
Who created this app?? They have no idea what they r doing. It is sloppy. It is unorganized. It is not even close to being current on major issues. Or if they are.... i have no clue how to find it. Just bad! You guys need to get a new app creator!
The upgraded is not better
by 24djc on 2018/08/05 14:02
The upgraded app is very inferior, to the prior app. Worthless. In this instance, change was not good. Perhaps the next upgrade will fix the inferiority of this app.
Poor
by Dionyisus on 2018/08/04 00:38
This is a terrible weather app pure and simple Had the earlier version and it was great This says a lot about this TV stations weather Dept FIX IT!!!
No longer beneficial
by Fleken331 on 2018/07/08 23:10
Was a great app but somebody just had to mess with it. “WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL RADAR” now just a shadow of itself. Goodbye old friend, moving to the Weather Chanel.
So frustrating!
by Sulimeg on 2018/07/06 00:31
I used the old version for years. It was great! This new version is so slow, if the radar loads at all, which it often doesn’t. I listen to thunder around me and I can’t get a current radar image on my iPad.
WTH!
by AngellBoo on 2018/07/01 03:04
I was trying to look at the weather when all of a sudden I got one of those you want an Amazon card! You guys have a bug in your app and you haven’t fixed it? Worst app ever
The new app stinks
by Seeker126 on 2018/06/24 23:22
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 This app has not improved. It used to be great. Now it will not load! I am deleting it!
The previous version was better
by Former Fan from Lakeland on 2018/06/23 11:07
I used the previous version for years as my go to for weather. I was able to easily change the area I wanted the weather for, look for specific information without having to figure out where to look. This new version has to many graphics that makes it hard to read. I couldn’t figure out how to have access to different locations. I was unable to get the information I wanted. The changes made me, a loyal user for years, delete it, totally frustrated! I wish you hadn’t changed it!
New App
by Huntermen on 2018/06/08 18:53
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???
Overhauled
by Gkmt50 on 2018/05/30 23:14
The app was great. Now it’s horrible. Searching for something better.
STICK WITH FOX13 RADAR
by spanky knows on 2018/05/30 14:54
Fox 13 has the best and most accurate radar. This Max radar is horrid. It used to be good.
Hate the update
by kerrigator on 2018/05/28 13:42
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
by ch8needstofixthis on 2018/05/27 18:46
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
by pnjturbo on 2018/05/23 23:07
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.
by Bill1 Ipod on 2018/05/20 11:40
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
by pm011 on 2018/05/20 00:04
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
by Prof Daniels on 2018/05/15 15:36
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
by mitralp on 2018/05/10 01:28
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
by FLWXGeek on 2018/05/06 01:17
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
by Drewww's mom on 2018/04/22 15:47
I like the old app better. I cannot find an eight day forecast on this new one
Max defender 8 update
by cindy Heaps on 2018/04/15 22:42
Extremely disappointed in this app now. Previous version was much better.
Change it back
by Kskcjek on 2018/04/15 22:28
The older version was GREAT! This new version in one thing “DELETED”. Just terrible. Good bye.
Why did you “upgrade” this??
by Steve TPA on 2018/04/15 19:31
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?
by jjsails on 2018/04/15 18:28
Was useful, not now. Delete.
Not Broke Don’t Fix
by Jay Lavee on 2018/04/15 18:19
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!
by Pawhugs on 2018/04/15 18:17
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
by Bob in FL on 2018/04/15 14:54
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!
by kekejeep on 2018/04/10 21:56
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
by P195266 on 2018/04/10 15:01
This is the WORST weather app...go back to your old one!
BAD UPDATE - NEW FORMAT UNUSABLE
by Steve Rogers 1978ii on 2018/04/10 14:57
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. TERRIBLE CHANGES: 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!
by Seb1225 on 2018/04/09 02:19
What happened! I literally used this app everyday, now I don’t even know where everything is. The radar is horrible!
What a joke.
by Bradenton User on 2018/04/08 22:00
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?
by cmcvau on 2018/04/08 17:37
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...
by Tannedon on 2018/04/04 14:17
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?
by Michelle in Dundee FL on 2018/04/04 07:34
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
by Space wizz on 2018/04/02 14:56
After this update, harder to use. Radar images don’t always show up.
Avoid until it’s better
by Woodywoo99 on 2018/03/30 12:22
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
by The captain C on 2018/03/29 22:26
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.
Why
by Dannthemusicmann on 2018/03/27 09:57
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
by KongZheming on 2018/03/27 00:36
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
by LindsayKroeger on 2018/03/26 00:38
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
by Sarasota Grandma on 2018/03/26 00:06
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
by t481 on 2018/03/25 00:11
Sorry but liked the old format a lot better. Easier to use.
Pop up ads are terrible.
by Tomr2112 on 2017/09/07 15:49
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
by Loudidah on 2017/09/07 11:24
Pop-ups and unwanted videos all the time. App is awful!!!!
Thanks for keeping my family safe!
by Zoespumoni on 2017/08/18 18:50
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!
Inaccurate
by Bucs0120 on 2017/07/30 13:40
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
by tampabaybee on 2017/06/29 18:04
The weather alerts are spot on accurate for precipitation and lightning in the Tampa Bay area. Very useful app.
Used to be great...
by Salem1cat on 2017/05/12 19:21
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
by Katieeee1128 on 2017/04/10 18:36
Love! Leigh Span and all the crew! Always 100% accurate.
Downloaded and deleted in 2 minutes
by Jan from sarasota on 2016/10/06 01:47
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
by dontspamme on 2016/10/06 00:50
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
by iBlaster on 2016/08/28 00:57
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
by FlaParrotHead on 2016/08/17 13:23
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
by Mmwilkes on 2016/08/07 23:02
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
by YoloTroloNoGo on 2016/06/30 16:59
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.
Was Nice but Went Downhill
by Mick Gator Fan on 2016/03/27 20:55
Since the recent update, this app has two new problems: 1. Slooooow to load; 2. In addition to ads at the top and full screen ads when you change views, there are new banners for video and chat - and no apparent way to turn them off. I now use a different weather app: Tampa Weather by TBO, also available for free in the App Store.
Only Fair
by Joedeu on 2016/01/26 18:44
Slow to get today's details on the 8 day screen. INUNDATED WITH FULL SCREEN POP-UPS!!! No longer my go-to, close to deleting it.
I like it after getting fa,Iliad with it
by good dawg86 on 2015/12/19 14:48
It is good. I like the way the different screens can be swiped to view in a carousel style.I found that by accident. As I become better familiar with it, I think I will like it more.
Not liking it
by Mamume43 on 2015/10/27 13:46
I want the old app back. I do not like this one at all.
awful
by abccchrs on 2015/10/15 17:41
ruined a great app. see no customizing as one reviewer mentioned. navigation cumbersome and now ad filled due to design.
What a terrible downgrade of a useful app.
by Iceman2908 on 2015/10/08 00:40
Every change is for the worse. Everything is more complicated and less useful, what a shockingly poor "upgrade." Doesn't anyone actually try using the new app before they roll it out? Very disappointing. If they retire the old app we will be on the hunt for an alternative to this horrible new version.
Storm Team 8 Weather Max
by Maimed mama on 2015/10/06 20:34
Terrible! No instructions other than to drag the pinpoint from Tampa, FL. Not AT ALL user friendly! After a great deal of trial and error, when I got a "home" setting, it would not show data. Kept getting msg., setting failed, check Wi-Fi and make sure airplane mode is off. Did all that. Still doesn't work. I'll just use the national weather channel. This is NOT an improvement!
Ruined
by Tjmertz on 2015/10/06 03:56
The old app was my favorite. This upgraded version is impossible to use. I've deleted it.
Don't fix it if it ain't broken
by iOS 12345 on 2015/10/06 00:53
This app used to be my go to weather app. But the new design has completely ruined it. The carousel style menu is very unpractical and wastes a lot of space. It was much more efficient having the menu at the bottom of the screen. When I open the app, the first thing I want to do is check the radar, and it was continent how it opened right up to the radar. Bring us back the old layout!!!!
New app
by Storm team 8 on 2015/10/04 21:26
We do not like this new app. We could check the weather outside of our area before with just one click. Now we can only see our local weather. The old app was so much nicer and better. Rate it NO STARS.
Hate New App
by DaveAl on 2015/10/04 13:59
You've ruined a good app. Retain the old one and dump this trash. Only improvement I can see is the ability to pinpoint your location down to street level.
Worst App
by Tricia1014 on 2015/10/03 20:50
The old app had a much better layout. Having that map come up right away was the best. That's what most people want to see. Also, lately when it is raining and I go to look at the map, it doesn't show any rain at all. Either it's bad forecasting or some one isn't updating something. I'm switching to BayNews9.
For me you have ruined a great App!!
by Golf Perk on 2015/09/28 18:17
Well after wanting a radar that would be right there when I open the app I now need to nav around to find it. It was such a great feature to have the instant radar. Now this is just like all the other apps and I can now delete it. No need for 2 of the same! Wish I could go back!
Your new weather max app
by Ameribrit on 2015/09/27 20:38
Horrible Horrible Horrible why on earth did you change a great phone app to this terrible one. Deleting as I type this.
You Lost It
by DianaDartist on 2015/09/25 13:37
You were one of the last weather apps to have the great BOLD and colorful icons. Now you followed the rest and I deleted you. Those little suns and rain icons are too hard to see and very lacking in distinction. Update took you from amazing to just another DELETE. BOOOOOOO!!!!
Still crashes
by Angelbasketlover on 2015/09/19 12:57
Downloaded the app, opened once and then can't open again. Bad!!
Worthless
by xspoon on 2015/08/29 12:22
I downloaded it on my iPhone. I opened it and deleted it. It has no real useful weather info. It shows no tropical storm coming or hurricane info. The video never worked. The only constant was the worthless ads on the top of the app. Waste of time.
Used to be my go to for radar
by Pete's Paw on 2015/08/18 16:15
If you like to see an app crash in an instant, this is for you. It quit working over a month ago. Update got it to open once and work for a minute or so. Save your bandwidth and space. Wait until they get the time to make it work right before adding it. Sad as it used to be a really good radar app. Will wait a while before deleting it forever.
Used to be my favorite weather app
by Flying Olivia on 2015/08/08 15:35
This used to be my favorite weather app until about a month or so ago. I can no longer rate it 5 stars. Now I cannot get it to open on my phone. Everything is up to date, iOS and the app. It works on my iPad but not my phone. And considering the weather we've had here in Tampa Bay the past month, a good local weather app is of great importance. Please roll back the updates so I can use my favorite weather app again.
Fix your App!
by Bsgator95 on 2015/07/27 23:07
Does not work on a iPhone 6 running iOS 8.4. It used to be great and I used it all the time. I am now looking for other weather apps. Get you development team in gear fellas.
Weather App
by Greyfox 44 on 2015/07/23 12:50
All of a sudden, in the last few days, this app opens and closes in a few seconds. It won't work at all.
Video
by A benton on 2015/07/16 19:26
Love your app but video stopped working!!!!!! I like the video forecast s please fix!!!!!!!
Disappointed
by Boatman Too on 2015/07/16 15:22
Technology is great when it works. After latest update this app crashes so often it is worthless. I'm deleting it.
Rating as of 7-7-15
by silver rhoads on 2015/07/07 13:23
Crashing has stopped after update, however videos are now missing. Still a great app and very useful for radar. Would be great to create better localized rain and storm percentages and to know timing of those storms (am or pm). It seems to cover such wide areas.
Crashes
by Mountain do on 2015/07/05 12:46
Latest update just crashes every time I try to open it.
Rainman
by Pickes the clown on 2015/07/02 13:02
This app was much better before they started updating it two months ago now it seems as though it shuts off on me when I need it most.
Missing Steve
by Funster553 on 2015/06/28 22:51
App is great except I miss the old version where Steve Jerve dresses to match the forecast.
Weather App Comparison
by pm011 on 2018/05/20 00:04
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.
New max defender weather App.
by Bill1 Ipod on 2018/05/20 11:40
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.
Not Broke Don’t Fix
by Jay Lavee on 2018/04/15 18:19
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.
Thanks for keeping my family safe!
by Zoespumoni on 2017/08/18 18:50
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!
Mixed Feelings, but can't argue with AWESOME
by FLWXGeek on 2018/05/06 01:17
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!
The previous version was better
by Former Fan from Lakeland on 2018/06/23 11:07
I used the previous version for years as my go to for weather. I was able to easily change the area I wanted the weather for, look for specific information without having to figure out where to look. This new version has to many graphics that makes it hard to read. I couldn’t figure out how to have access to different locations. I was unable to get the information I wanted. The changes made me, a loyal user for years, delete it, totally frustrated! I wish you hadn’t changed it!
Unable to save options
by kathyhade on 2019/04/26 11:30
I used to have a few cities I was interested in addition to ‘my current location’ but now when I remove them they return when I reopen the app. Also, the alert options, there are SO many not required for Florida, I feel should not default ON and again once I go through all of it to make my preferences, they are not saved. I had to turn off notifications which kinda defeats the purpose and now have removed the app. Until this is fixed. Hope it’s soon!
Alerts for non-emergencies
by Meri2019 on 2019/02/17 13:03
I was awoken at 4:31 this morning by a dense fog alert. I knew I had better take immediate precautions to keep my family safe so I quickly got up, went out to my car, and turned the low beam headlights on. As I crawled back into bed, I was so grateful for this app warning me about the dense fog in such a timely manner. I promptly fell asleep... I wish that were the case. Instead my day started at 4:31. PLEASE fix the app to make it possible to sign up for which type of alerts you want. I can guarantee I won’t check off the box for “dense fog”!
NEWS CHANNEL 8 WeatherMaxApp
by Crazy fri on 2018/10/23 19:18
I LOVED THE PREVIOUS APP.....the newly updated app is HORRIBLE. Hard to read. Only has live shots of teleprompter. Not user friendly. Cluttered like an advertisement not an actual interactive app. Radar not good at all. Not near as inclusive on layers or accuracy as it was in previous version. Please repost the old app because this new one so awful that I have deleted from phone and having to use the Weather Channel app:(((. I am a News Channel 8 customer all the way morning and evening.....sad that I cant use your app anymore!
Previous comments are true
by janeyloces art on 2019/08/29 13:22
I thought the comments might be from people who don’t like change or maybe have difficulty figuring out new developments. However I found that everyone of their comments is true about this version of the app. We are in the midst of a hurricane and I can’t find any tracking or forecast. On top of that there are so many ads it is ridiculous. I am uninstalling now. Listen to their comments.
Like the app
by u r in on 2019/11/05 23:00
Has a lot of bugs needs to be fixed like right now has no towns or city’s listed on the map been having problems with it for sometime now
Latest version works great!
by Phorn98765 on 2018/10/31 18:01
I don’t get the ratings, I use this on an iPhone and have no problems. Shows me weather where I am and a 5 day forecast. What else do you need!
What the Heck were they thinking!
by BNelsonII on 2019/01/14 14:07
What a terrible revision to what was a good app! It was my go to App for weather. Not any longer. It’s so hard to gather the information you need at a glance that it’s unbelievable! I think they must’ve just hired some new graphic artist and decided hey what the heck let’s just make it all pictures. Seriously. This app is awful. It’s coming off my phone.
Avoid until it’s better
by Woodywoo99 on 2018/03/30 12:22
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.
Hate the update
by kerrigator on 2018/05/28 13:42
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!
Used to be good but...
by Tannedon on 2018/04/04 14:17
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.
Terrible update
by LindsayKroeger on 2018/03/26 00:38
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. 😡☹️😡☹️
Used to be great...
by Salem1cat on 2017/05/12 19:21
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.
What good is radar from 3 hours ago?
by dsm25 on 2018/12/01 20:30
The radar on this newest version of this weather app is below average. The map doesn’t automatically open to my current location. It also is hanging onto a map image from 3 hours prior. I want to know if it’s raining now, or coming close. Very disappointed.
BAD UPDATE - NEW FORMAT UNUSABLE
by Steve Rogers 1978ii on 2018/04/10 14:57
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. TERRIBLE CHANGES: 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.
Video Forecast BROKE
by KongZheming on 2018/03/27 00:36
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
Impressive alert accuracy
by tampabaybee on 2017/06/29 18:04
The weather alerts are spot on accurate for precipitation and lightning in the Tampa Bay area. Very useful app.
Love news 8. Like family. I watch every morning
by Katieeee1128 on 2017/04/10 18:36
Love! Leigh Span and all the crew! Always 100% accurate.
New App
by Huntermen on 2018/06/08 18:53
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???
A 1 cause It won’t let me rate it a 0
by ch8needstofixthis on 2018/05/27 18:46
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
The app is bloated
by mitralp on 2018/05/10 01:28
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
How do I get the old one back?
by cmcvau on 2018/04/08 17:37
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.
Inaccurate
by Bucs0120 on 2017/07/30 13:40
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.
The new app stinks
by Seeker126 on 2018/06/24 23:22
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 This app has not improved. It used to be great. Now it will not load! I am deleting it!
So frustrating!
by Sulimeg on 2018/07/06 00:31
I used the old version for years. It was great! This new version is so slow, if the radar loads at all, which it often doesn’t. I listen to thunder around me and I can’t get a current radar image on my iPad.
Downright Horrible
by Prof Daniels on 2018/05/15 15:36
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.
Should be called a downgrade
by Bob in FL on 2018/04/15 14:54
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.
Terrible Update!
by Pawhugs on 2018/04/15 18:17
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!
New weather app
by Sarasota Grandma on 2018/03/26 00:06
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.
Worst weather app ever!
by Dawgboy6 on 2018/09/08 00:33
Who created this app?? They have no idea what they r doing. It is sloppy. It is unorganized. It is not even close to being current on major issues. Or if they are.... i have no clue how to find it. Just bad! You guys need to get a new app creator!
Old app better
by Drewww's mom on 2018/04/22 15:47
I like the old app better. I cannot find an eight day forecast on this new one
Next to Useless!!!
by ScrabL65656565656565656565656 on 2019/10/06 17:38
This never seems to work when there is any weather. Now it goes into an infinite state of loading data, which it never stops. It is totally useless.
Roofing Consultant
by bucwinner on 2018/12/06 23:32
I use a weather app daily for nighttime thermal imaging of commercial roofing. I always relied on Channel 8. However, I finally deleted the Max Defender 8 as it is the worst ever. Has no one at channel 8 read the reviews? I now use competitors weather apps.
Zero stars?
by Michelle in Dundee FL on 2018/04/04 07:34
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.
Pop up ads are terrible.
by Tomr2112 on 2017/09/07 15:49
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!
Poor Upgrade
by pnjturbo on 2018/05/23 23:07
Really dislike the new version. Basically they’ve put their brand on a canned version used by other stations. The radar is horrible.
What a joke.
by Bradenton User on 2018/04/08 22:00
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.
Horrible update
by The captain C on 2018/03/29 22:26
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.
Much less friendly to use after update
by Space wizz on 2018/04/02 14:56
After this update, harder to use. Radar images don’t always show up.
Why did you “upgrade” this??
by Steve TPA on 2018/04/15 19:31
This had always been a great app. This update has made it less intuitive and more complicated. I am removing it from my devices.
Horrible update!
by kekejeep on 2018/04/10 21:56
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 😩
Updated version terrible!
by Seb1225 on 2018/04/09 02:19
What happened! I literally used this app everyday, now I don’t even know where everything is. The radar is horrible!
Ugh
by CrochetGoz on 2019/08/22 00:44
I have used this app for years and really enjoyed it. But your latest upgrade really is horrible! Great, now I have to find a new weather app.
The upgraded is not better
by 24djc on 2018/08/05 14:02
The upgraded app is very inferior, to the prior app. Worthless. In this instance, change was not good. Perhaps the next upgrade will fix the inferiority of this app.
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News channel 8 and storm team 8 are proud to introduce Max Defender 8, a new, interactive local weather app for all of Tampa Bay. The world’s most powerful radar is now in the palm of your hand. Whether you live in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Clearwater, Lakeland or New Port Richey, Mac Defender 8 will keep you and your family safe.
Wow. Just... wow!
by usertakenagain on 2020/02/07 01:36
Tampa Bay’s most dangerously inaccurate weather forecast. I used to love this app, but the new version is dreadful. As for the actual accuracy, you may as well toss a coin.
Like the app
by u r in on 2019/11/05 23:00
Has a lot of bugs needs to be fixed like right now has no towns or city’s listed on the map been having problems with it for sometime now
Next to Useless!!!
by ScrabL65656565656565656565656 on 2019/10/06 17:38
This never seems to work when there is any weather. Now it goes into an infinite state of loading data, which it never stops. It is totally useless.
Previous comments are true
by janeyloces art on 2019/08/29 13:22
I thought the comments might be from people who don’t like change or maybe have difficulty figuring out new developments. However I found that everyone of their comments is true about this version of the app. We are in the midst of a hurricane and I can’t find any tracking or forecast. On top of that there are so many ads it is ridiculous. I am uninstalling now. Listen to their comments.
Terrible
by wiangman21 on 2019/08/27 01:17
Hate the adds, radar has no future forecast.
Ugh
by CrochetGoz on 2019/08/22 00:44
I have used this app for years and really enjoyed it. But your latest upgrade really is horrible! Great, now I have to find a new weather app.
Doesn’t work!
by GBT55 on 2019/08/13 08:08
I can't get the app to open!
Unable to save options
by kathyhade on 2019/04/26 11:30
I used to have a few cities I was interested in addition to ‘my current location’ but now when I remove them they return when I reopen the app. Also, the alert options, there are SO many not required for Florida, I feel should not default ON and again once I go through all of it to make my preferences, they are not saved. I had to turn off notifications which kinda defeats the purpose and now have removed the app. Until this is fixed. Hope it’s soon!
Alerts for non-emergencies
by Meri2019 on 2019/02/17 13:03
I was awoken at 4:31 this morning by a dense fog alert. I knew I had better take immediate precautions to keep my family safe so I quickly got up, went out to my car, and turned the low beam headlights on. As I crawled back into bed, I was so grateful for this app warning me about the dense fog in such a timely manner. I promptly fell asleep... I wish that were the case. Instead my day started at 4:31. PLEASE fix the app to make it possible to sign up for which type of alerts you want. I can guarantee I won’t check off the box for “dense fog”!
What the Heck were they thinking!
by BNelsonII on 2019/01/14 14:07
What a terrible revision to what was a good app! It was my go to App for weather. Not any longer. It’s so hard to gather the information you need at a glance that it’s unbelievable! I think they must’ve just hired some new graphic artist and decided hey what the heck let’s just make it all pictures. Seriously. This app is awful. It’s coming off my phone.
Roofing Consultant
by bucwinner on 2018/12/06 23:32
I use a weather app daily for nighttime thermal imaging of commercial roofing. I always relied on Channel 8. However, I finally deleted the Max Defender 8 as it is the worst ever. Has no one at channel 8 read the reviews? I now use competitors weather apps.
What good is radar from 3 hours ago?
by dsm25 on 2018/12/01 20:30
The radar on this newest version of this weather app is below average. The map doesn’t automatically open to my current location. It also is hanging onto a map image from 3 hours prior. I want to know if it’s raining now, or coming close. Very disappointed.
Latest version works great!
by Phorn98765 on 2018/10/31 18:01
I don’t get the ratings, I use this on an iPhone and have no problems. Shows me weather where I am and a 5 day forecast. What else do you need!
NEWS CHANNEL 8 WeatherMaxApp
by Crazy fri on 2018/10/23 19:18
I LOVED THE PREVIOUS APP.....the newly updated app is HORRIBLE. Hard to read. Only has live shots of teleprompter. Not user friendly. Cluttered like an advertisement not an actual interactive app. Radar not good at all. Not near as inclusive on layers or accuracy as it was in previous version. Please repost the old app because this new one so awful that I have deleted from phone and having to use the Weather Channel app:(((. I am a News Channel 8 customer all the way morning and evening.....sad that I cant use your app anymore!
Terrible App
by Jacob@123 on 2018/10/02 20:19
I keep hoping that they will go back to the original app. This one is TERRIBLE and never works.
Terrible upgrade
by Bartleyduke on 2018/09/27 02:13
The last one was great, but this one doesn’t even deserve my time!
Worst weather app ever!
by Dawgboy6 on 2018/09/08 00:33
Who created this app?? They have no idea what they r doing. It is sloppy. It is unorganized. It is not even close to being current on major issues. Or if they are.... i have no clue how to find it. Just bad! You guys need to get a new app creator!
The upgraded is not better
by 24djc on 2018/08/05 14:02
The upgraded app is very inferior, to the prior app. Worthless. In this instance, change was not good. Perhaps the next upgrade will fix the inferiority of this app.
Poor
by Dionyisus on 2018/08/04 00:38
This is a terrible weather app pure and simple Had the earlier version and it was great This says a lot about this TV stations weather Dept FIX IT!!!
No longer beneficial
by Fleken331 on 2018/07/08 23:10
Was a great app but somebody just had to mess with it. “WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL RADAR” now just a shadow of itself. Goodbye old friend, moving to the Weather Chanel.
So frustrating!
by Sulimeg on 2018/07/06 00:31
I used the old version for years. It was great! This new version is so slow, if the radar loads at all, which it often doesn’t. I listen to thunder around me and I can’t get a current radar image on my iPad.
WTH!
by AngellBoo on 2018/07/01 03:04
I was trying to look at the weather when all of a sudden I got one of those you want an Amazon card! You guys have a bug in your app and you haven’t fixed it? Worst app ever
The new app stinks
by Seeker126 on 2018/06/24 23:22
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 This app has not improved. It used to be great. Now it will not load! I am deleting it!
The previous version was better
by Former Fan from Lakeland on 2018/06/23 11:07
I used the previous version for years as my go to for weather. I was able to easily change the area I wanted the weather for, look for specific information without having to figure out where to look. This new version has to many graphics that makes it hard to read. I couldn’t figure out how to have access to different locations. I was unable to get the information I wanted. The changes made me, a loyal user for years, delete it, totally frustrated! I wish you hadn’t changed it!
New App
by Huntermen on 2018/06/08 18:53
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???
Overhauled
by Gkmt50 on 2018/05/30 23:14
The app was great. Now it’s horrible. Searching for something better.
STICK WITH FOX13 RADAR
by spanky knows on 2018/05/30 14:54
Fox 13 has the best and most accurate radar. This Max radar is horrid. It used to be good.
Hate the update
by kerrigator on 2018/05/28 13:42
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
by ch8needstofixthis on 2018/05/27 18:46
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
by pnjturbo on 2018/05/23 23:07
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.
by Bill1 Ipod on 2018/05/20 11:40
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
by pm011 on 2018/05/20 00:04
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
by Prof Daniels on 2018/05/15 15:36
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
by mitralp on 2018/05/10 01:28
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
by FLWXGeek on 2018/05/06 01:17
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
by Drewww's mom on 2018/04/22 15:47
I like the old app better. I cannot find an eight day forecast on this new one
Max defender 8 update
by cindy Heaps on 2018/04/15 22:42
Extremely disappointed in this app now. Previous version was much better.
Change it back
by Kskcjek on 2018/04/15 22:28
The older version was GREAT! This new version in one thing “DELETED”. Just terrible. Good bye.
Why did you “upgrade” this??
by Steve TPA on 2018/04/15 19:31
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?
by jjsails on 2018/04/15 18:28
Was useful, not now. Delete.
Not Broke Don’t Fix
by Jay Lavee on 2018/04/15 18:19
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!
by Pawhugs on 2018/04/15 18:17
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
by Bob in FL on 2018/04/15 14:54
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!
by kekejeep on 2018/04/10 21:56
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
by P195266 on 2018/04/10 15:01
This is the WORST weather app...go back to your old one!
BAD UPDATE - NEW FORMAT UNUSABLE
by Steve Rogers 1978ii on 2018/04/10 14:57
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. TERRIBLE CHANGES: 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!
by Seb1225 on 2018/04/09 02:19
What happened! I literally used this app everyday, now I don’t even know where everything is. The radar is horrible!
What a joke.
by Bradenton User on 2018/04/08 22:00
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?
by cmcvau on 2018/04/08 17:37
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...
by Tannedon on 2018/04/04 14:17
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?
by Michelle in Dundee FL on 2018/04/04 07:34
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
by Space wizz on 2018/04/02 14:56
After this update, harder to use. Radar images don’t always show up.
Avoid until it’s better
by Woodywoo99 on 2018/03/30 12:22
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
by The captain C on 2018/03/29 22:26
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.
Why
by Dannthemusicmann on 2018/03/27 09:57
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
by KongZheming on 2018/03/27 00:36
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
by LindsayKroeger on 2018/03/26 00:38
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
by Sarasota Grandma on 2018/03/26 00:06
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
by t481 on 2018/03/25 00:11
Sorry but liked the old format a lot better. Easier to use.
Pop up ads are terrible.
by Tomr2112 on 2017/09/07 15:49
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
by Loudidah on 2017/09/07 11:24
Pop-ups and unwanted videos all the time. App is awful!!!!
Thanks for keeping my family safe!
by Zoespumoni on 2017/08/18 18:50
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!
Inaccurate
by Bucs0120 on 2017/07/30 13:40
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
by tampabaybee on 2017/06/29 18:04
The weather alerts are spot on accurate for precipitation and lightning in the Tampa Bay area. Very useful app.
Used to be great...
by Salem1cat on 2017/05/12 19:21
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
by Katieeee1128 on 2017/04/10 18:36
Love! Leigh Span and all the crew! Always 100% accurate.
Downloaded and deleted in 2 minutes
by Jan from sarasota on 2016/10/06 01:47
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
by dontspamme on 2016/10/06 00:50
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
by iBlaster on 2016/08/28 00:57
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
by FlaParrotHead on 2016/08/17 13:23
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
by Mmwilkes on 2016/08/07 23:02
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
by YoloTroloNoGo on 2016/06/30 16:59
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.
Was Nice but Went Downhill
by Mick Gator Fan on 2016/03/27 20:55
Since the recent update, this app has two new problems: 1. Slooooow to load; 2. In addition to ads at the top and full screen ads when you change views, there are new banners for video and chat - and no apparent way to turn them off. I now use a different weather app: Tampa Weather by TBO, also available for free in the App Store.
Only Fair
by Joedeu on 2016/01/26 18:44
Slow to get today's details on the 8 day screen. INUNDATED WITH FULL SCREEN POP-UPS!!! No longer my go-to, close to deleting it.
I like it after getting fa,Iliad with it
by good dawg86 on 2015/12/19 14:48
It is good. I like the way the different screens can be swiped to view in a carousel style.I found that by accident. As I become better familiar with it, I think I will like it more.
Not liking it
by Mamume43 on 2015/10/27 13:46
I want the old app back. I do not like this one at all.
awful
by abccchrs on 2015/10/15 17:41
ruined a great app. see no customizing as one reviewer mentioned. navigation cumbersome and now ad filled due to design.
What a terrible downgrade of a useful app.
by Iceman2908 on 2015/10/08 00:40
Every change is for the worse. Everything is more complicated and less useful, what a shockingly poor "upgrade." Doesn't anyone actually try using the new app before they roll it out? Very disappointing. If they retire the old app we will be on the hunt for an alternative to this horrible new version.
Storm Team 8 Weather Max
by Maimed mama on 2015/10/06 20:34
Terrible! No instructions other than to drag the pinpoint from Tampa, FL. Not AT ALL user friendly! After a great deal of trial and error, when I got a "home" setting, it would not show data. Kept getting msg., setting failed, check Wi-Fi and make sure airplane mode is off. Did all that. Still doesn't work. I'll just use the national weather channel. This is NOT an improvement!
Ruined
by Tjmertz on 2015/10/06 03:56
The old app was my favorite. This upgraded version is impossible to use. I've deleted it.
Don't fix it if it ain't broken
by iOS 12345 on 2015/10/06 00:53
This app used to be my go to weather app. But the new design has completely ruined it. The carousel style menu is very unpractical and wastes a lot of space. It was much more efficient having the menu at the bottom of the screen. When I open the app, the first thing I want to do is check the radar, and it was continent how it opened right up to the radar. Bring us back the old layout!!!!
New app
by Storm team 8 on 2015/10/04 21:26
We do not like this new app. We could check the weather outside of our area before with just one click. Now we can only see our local weather. The old app was so much nicer and better. Rate it NO STARS.
Hate New App
by DaveAl on 2015/10/04 13:59
You've ruined a good app. Retain the old one and dump this trash. Only improvement I can see is the ability to pinpoint your location down to street level.
Worst App
by Tricia1014 on 2015/10/03 20:50
The old app had a much better layout. Having that map come up right away was the best. That's what most people want to see. Also, lately when it is raining and I go to look at the map, it doesn't show any rain at all. Either it's bad forecasting or some one isn't updating something. I'm switching to BayNews9.
For me you have ruined a great App!!
by Golf Perk on 2015/09/28 18:17
Well after wanting a radar that would be right there when I open the app I now need to nav around to find it. It was such a great feature to have the instant radar. Now this is just like all the other apps and I can now delete it. No need for 2 of the same! Wish I could go back!
Your new weather max app
by Ameribrit on 2015/09/27 20:38
Horrible Horrible Horrible why on earth did you change a great phone app to this terrible one. Deleting as I type this.
You Lost It
by DianaDartist on 2015/09/25 13:37
You were one of the last weather apps to have the great BOLD and colorful icons. Now you followed the rest and I deleted you. Those little suns and rain icons are too hard to see and very lacking in distinction. Update took you from amazing to just another DELETE. BOOOOOOO!!!!
Still crashes
by Angelbasketlover on 2015/09/19 12:57
Downloaded the app, opened once and then can't open again. Bad!!
Worthless
by xspoon on 2015/08/29 12:22
I downloaded it on my iPhone. I opened it and deleted it. It has no real useful weather info. It shows no tropical storm coming or hurricane info. The video never worked. The only constant was the worthless ads on the top of the app. Waste of time.
Used to be my go to for radar
by Pete's Paw on 2015/08/18 16:15
If you like to see an app crash in an instant, this is for you. It quit working over a month ago. Update got it to open once and work for a minute or so. Save your bandwidth and space. Wait until they get the time to make it work right before adding it. Sad as it used to be a really good radar app. Will wait a while before deleting it forever.
Used to be my favorite weather app
by Flying Olivia on 2015/08/08 15:35
This used to be my favorite weather app until about a month or so ago. I can no longer rate it 5 stars. Now I cannot get it to open on my phone. Everything is up to date, iOS and the app. It works on my iPad but not my phone. And considering the weather we've had here in Tampa Bay the past month, a good local weather app is of great importance. Please roll back the updates so I can use my favorite weather app again.
Fix your App!
by Bsgator95 on 2015/07/27 23:07
Does not work on a iPhone 6 running iOS 8.4. It used to be great and I used it all the time. I am now looking for other weather apps. Get you development team in gear fellas.
Weather App
by Greyfox 44 on 2015/07/23 12:50
All of a sudden, in the last few days, this app opens and closes in a few seconds. It won't work at all.
Video
by A benton on 2015/07/16 19:26
Love your app but video stopped working!!!!!! I like the video forecast s please fix!!!!!!!
Disappointed
by Boatman Too on 2015/07/16 15:22
Technology is great when it works. After latest update this app crashes so often it is worthless. I'm deleting it.
Rating as of 7-7-15
by silver rhoads on 2015/07/07 13:23
Crashing has stopped after update, however videos are now missing. Still a great app and very useful for radar. Would be great to create better localized rain and storm percentages and to know timing of those storms (am or pm). It seems to cover such wide areas.
Crashes
by Mountain do on 2015/07/05 12:46
Latest update just crashes every time I try to open it.
Rainman
by Pickes the clown on 2015/07/02 13:02
This app was much better before they started updating it two months ago now it seems as though it shuts off on me when I need it most.
Missing Steve
by Funster553 on 2015/06/28 22:51
App is great except I miss the old version where Steve Jerve dresses to match the forecast.
Weather App Comparison
by pm011 on 2018/05/20 00:04
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.
New max defender weather App.
by Bill1 Ipod on 2018/05/20 11:40
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.
Not Broke Don’t Fix
by Jay Lavee on 2018/04/15 18:19
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.
Thanks for keeping my family safe!
by Zoespumoni on 2017/08/18 18:50
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!
Mixed Feelings, but can't argue with AWESOME
by FLWXGeek on 2018/05/06 01:17
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!
The previous version was better
by Former Fan from Lakeland on 2018/06/23 11:07
I used the previous version for years as my go to for weather. I was able to easily change the area I wanted the weather for, look for specific information without having to figure out where to look. This new version has to many graphics that makes it hard to read. I couldn’t figure out how to have access to different locations. I was unable to get the information I wanted. The changes made me, a loyal user for years, delete it, totally frustrated! I wish you hadn’t changed it!
Unable to save options
by kathyhade on 2019/04/26 11:30
I used to have a few cities I was interested in addition to ‘my current location’ but now when I remove them they return when I reopen the app. Also, the alert options, there are SO many not required for Florida, I feel should not default ON and again once I go through all of it to make my preferences, they are not saved. I had to turn off notifications which kinda defeats the purpose and now have removed the app. Until this is fixed. Hope it’s soon!
Alerts for non-emergencies
by Meri2019 on 2019/02/17 13:03
I was awoken at 4:31 this morning by a dense fog alert. I knew I had better take immediate precautions to keep my family safe so I quickly got up, went out to my car, and turned the low beam headlights on. As I crawled back into bed, I was so grateful for this app warning me about the dense fog in such a timely manner. I promptly fell asleep... I wish that were the case. Instead my day started at 4:31. PLEASE fix the app to make it possible to sign up for which type of alerts you want. I can guarantee I won’t check off the box for “dense fog”!
NEWS CHANNEL 8 WeatherMaxApp
by Crazy fri on 2018/10/23 19:18
I LOVED THE PREVIOUS APP.....the newly updated app is HORRIBLE. Hard to read. Only has live shots of teleprompter. Not user friendly. Cluttered like an advertisement not an actual interactive app. Radar not good at all. Not near as inclusive on layers or accuracy as it was in previous version. Please repost the old app because this new one so awful that I have deleted from phone and having to use the Weather Channel app:(((. I am a News Channel 8 customer all the way morning and evening.....sad that I cant use your app anymore!
Previous comments are true
by janeyloces art on 2019/08/29 13:22
I thought the comments might be from people who don’t like change or maybe have difficulty figuring out new developments. However I found that everyone of their comments is true about this version of the app. We are in the midst of a hurricane and I can’t find any tracking or forecast. On top of that there are so many ads it is ridiculous. I am uninstalling now. Listen to their comments.
Like the app
by u r in on 2019/11/05 23:00
Has a lot of bugs needs to be fixed like right now has no towns or city’s listed on the map been having problems with it for sometime now
Latest version works great!
by Phorn98765 on 2018/10/31 18:01
I don’t get the ratings, I use this on an iPhone and have no problems. Shows me weather where I am and a 5 day forecast. What else do you need!
What the Heck were they thinking!
by BNelsonII on 2019/01/14 14:07
What a terrible revision to what was a good app! It was my go to App for weather. Not any longer. It’s so hard to gather the information you need at a glance that it’s unbelievable! I think they must’ve just hired some new graphic artist and decided hey what the heck let’s just make it all pictures. Seriously. This app is awful. It’s coming off my phone.
Avoid until it’s better
by Woodywoo99 on 2018/03/30 12:22
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.
Hate the update
by kerrigator on 2018/05/28 13:42
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!
Used to be good but...
by Tannedon on 2018/04/04 14:17
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.
Terrible update
by LindsayKroeger on 2018/03/26 00:38
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. 😡☹️😡☹️
Used to be great...
by Salem1cat on 2017/05/12 19:21
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.
What good is radar from 3 hours ago?
by dsm25 on 2018/12/01 20:30
The radar on this newest version of this weather app is below average. The map doesn’t automatically open to my current location. It also is hanging onto a map image from 3 hours prior. I want to know if it’s raining now, or coming close. Very disappointed.
BAD UPDATE - NEW FORMAT UNUSABLE
by Steve Rogers 1978ii on 2018/04/10 14:57
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. TERRIBLE CHANGES: 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.
Video Forecast BROKE
by KongZheming on 2018/03/27 00:36
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
Impressive alert accuracy
by tampabaybee on 2017/06/29 18:04
The weather alerts are spot on accurate for precipitation and lightning in the Tampa Bay area. Very useful app.
Love news 8. Like family. I watch every morning
by Katieeee1128 on 2017/04/10 18:36
Love! Leigh Span and all the crew! Always 100% accurate.
New App
by Huntermen on 2018/06/08 18:53
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???
A 1 cause It won’t let me rate it a 0
by ch8needstofixthis on 2018/05/27 18:46
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
The app is bloated
by mitralp on 2018/05/10 01:28
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
How do I get the old one back?
by cmcvau on 2018/04/08 17:37
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.
Inaccurate
by Bucs0120 on 2017/07/30 13:40
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.
The new app stinks
by Seeker126 on 2018/06/24 23:22
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 This app has not improved. It used to be great. Now it will not load! I am deleting it!
So frustrating!
by Sulimeg on 2018/07/06 00:31
I used the old version for years. It was great! This new version is so slow, if the radar loads at all, which it often doesn’t. I listen to thunder around me and I can’t get a current radar image on my iPad.
Downright Horrible
by Prof Daniels on 2018/05/15 15:36
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.
Should be called a downgrade
by Bob in FL on 2018/04/15 14:54
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.
Terrible Update!
by Pawhugs on 2018/04/15 18:17
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!
New weather app
by Sarasota Grandma on 2018/03/26 00:06
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.
Worst weather app ever!
by Dawgboy6 on 2018/09/08 00:33
Who created this app?? They have no idea what they r doing. It is sloppy. It is unorganized. It is not even close to being current on major issues. Or if they are.... i have no clue how to find it. Just bad! You guys need to get a new app creator!
Old app better
by Drewww's mom on 2018/04/22 15:47
I like the old app better. I cannot find an eight day forecast on this new one
Next to Useless!!!
by ScrabL65656565656565656565656 on 2019/10/06 17:38
This never seems to work when there is any weather. Now it goes into an infinite state of loading data, which it never stops. It is totally useless.
Roofing Consultant
by bucwinner on 2018/12/06 23:32
I use a weather app daily for nighttime thermal imaging of commercial roofing. I always relied on Channel 8. However, I finally deleted the Max Defender 8 as it is the worst ever. Has no one at channel 8 read the reviews? I now use competitors weather apps.
Zero stars?
by Michelle in Dundee FL on 2018/04/04 07:34
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.
Pop up ads are terrible.
by Tomr2112 on 2017/09/07 15:49
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!
Poor Upgrade
by pnjturbo on 2018/05/23 23:07
Really dislike the new version. Basically they’ve put their brand on a canned version used by other stations. The radar is horrible.
What a joke.
by Bradenton User on 2018/04/08 22:00
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.
Horrible update
by The captain C on 2018/03/29 22:26
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.
Much less friendly to use after update
by Space wizz on 2018/04/02 14:56
After this update, harder to use. Radar images don’t always show up.
Why did you “upgrade” this??
by Steve TPA on 2018/04/15 19:31
This had always been a great app. This update has made it less intuitive and more complicated. I am removing it from my devices.
Horrible update!
by kekejeep on 2018/04/10 21:56
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 😩
Updated version terrible!
by Seb1225 on 2018/04/09 02:19
What happened! I literally used this app everyday, now I don’t even know where everything is. The radar is horrible!
Ugh
by CrochetGoz on 2019/08/22 00:44
I have used this app for years and really enjoyed it. But your latest upgrade really is horrible! Great, now I have to find a new weather app.
The upgraded is not better
by 24djc on 2018/08/05 14:02
The upgraded app is very inferior, to the prior app. Worthless. In this instance, change was not good. Perhaps the next upgrade will fix the inferiority of this app.
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