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WeatherBug review

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We all like to know what the weather’s going to do. On an island like this it controls what we do and when. Will it be a wet Wimbledon this year, or can we leave the umbrellas at home?

WeatherBug takes the humble BlackBerry and makes it an international weather station you can keep in your pocket.

Like many of the latest BlackBerry applications, WeatherBug is location sensitive. It’ll show you the weather for where you are, as well as a list of favourite places.

With favourite places you can see what the weather’s like where you’ll be going on holiday, or keep an eye on the conditions at a favourite ski resort.

One of WeatherBug’s more unusual features is its adaptive icon. You don’t need to open the application to see the current weather at your last location – you can just see it on your BlackBerry’s launcher. The icons are clear and easy to read, and give you the ability to quickly check current weather conditions while on the go.

Inside WeatherBug you’ll find plenty of features. You can choose which weather station to use (most places will offer at least two different sources, including airports and TV and radio stations).

Drilling down into the forecast is simple, and you also get the option of seeing a more detailed text report for the current day – including wind direction and speed, as well as the total monthly rainfall to date.

Other options let you see weather maps – where you can overlay current temperatures and weather radar information – and get details of extreme weather alerts. We found that overlays didn’t always work on our test devices.

If there’s a weather webcam near your chosen location you’ll get to see a timelapse video of recent conditions.

The quality isn’t the best on a mobile device screen, but it’s more than you’ll get from most other weather applications. One of the more interesting features is the ability to share a weather report with a friend or colleague.

Unlike most applications WeatherBug doesn’t send a link to a report, instead it takes a screenshot of just what you’re looking at, and bundles the resulting JPEG into an email.

WeatherBug’s BlackBerry application isn’t the easiest to use, especially on smaller screen devices like the Curve 8900.

However, it certainly gives you extremely detailed information, and it’s easy to understand. The real advantage is the sheer size of the WeatherBug information network. With so many weather stations feeding you information, you’re going to find detailed information for wherever you go.

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Platform: BlackBerry

Price: Free

Developer: WeatherBug

Website/Demo: WeatherBug website

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