Thursday, May 13, 2010
The Weather Channel BlackBerry Application – Review
The Weather Channel Application for the BlackBerry is available for Free on the BlackBerry App World Market.
The Weather Channel is a basic weather application that has a very nice user interface for a BlackBerry Application. The all blue color scheme is beautiful and a very nice break from the norm when it comes to application design. The user interface is beautiful – bright colors and awesome graphics for the weather (such as the bright sun I am seeing right now while writing this review).
There are four main screens for The Weather Channel BlackBerry application, they are RIght Now, Hourly, 36 Hour, and 10 Day Forecast.
The application does a good job at getting the information easily to the user. By using the trackball you can navigate easily up and down through the information provided which is usually, temperatures, precipitation percentage, and wind speed. The information varies from screen to screen however, depending on how many days you are looking at.
I do have two complaints about the application, however. One complaint I have with The Weather Channel BlackBerry application is the slowness of the application when browsing from screen to screen (as in from Hourly forecast to 36 Hour forecast). The problem is that it actually goes to a loading screen to load the next interface, a slow process that is annoying and slow. The second complaint I have, is that the application has advertisements. I know that they are vital to their business plan, however it takes up almost 1/4 of the screen on my BlackBerry 8330, which really hurts the user interface.
Overall, I haven’t found a better weather application yet for the BlackBerry, any other ideas for weather applications I should try? Shout out in the comments!