No one enjoys being caught off guard by a sudden downpour, or step outside without a coat into the freezing weather, do they? We know that life gets busy, and it is not always convenient to stop and watch the news to see what the weather is, but there are many simple solutions to keep you informed while on the go, right from your favorite BlackBerry device. For me I always left it to chance, hoping that I would get lucky and have cooperative weather, but one to many sudden downpours and getting caught in a few too many snow storms, I figured it was time to keep myself informed, and when I began my hunt I realized there was quite a number of options for me to use. Last year we took a look at some of our favorite weather applications available then, so let's take another look at what is available for everyone this year.
BerryWeather is arguably one of the most commonly known weather applications that have been available on BlackBerry devices for quite some time now. The application is quite feature intensive, it offers users a wide variety of views, from an hourly forcast to a 5 day forcast. Users can also change the look of the icons, a rather large selection of already made ones are available, and if you have the right skills you can even make your own. The background of the application is available to be customized, along with various font colors and icon sizes throughout, making it really your own. While it does carry a $9.99 price tag, there is also a free version which offers only a handful of the additional options, but it is enough to give you a taste of the application.
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Looking for an application that when you launch it all the information you could ever want about the weather is right there at your fingertips? Weatherbug for BlackBerry gives you just that, and even more all presented in a very quick and easy to view format. With live weather cameras in over 8,000 areas, weather warnings, radars and a 7 day forcast you can't really ask for much more from the application, or can you? In addition you can view forcast by the hour, and the ability to share current conditions with your friends and family there isn't much more the application could do for you, except possibly change the conditions if they aren't favorable. With a feature set like this you are probably awaiting a crazy price tag to follow, but you will be happy to find out that it is available for free!
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Who said you need an Android device to be able to enjoy the current weather conditions as a widget on your homescreen? QuickWeather, a nice BlackBerry application allows users to do just this, and with some great style. Whether you wish to have just the current condition, or a five day forcast, users can customize the placement of the widget on their home screen, and keep informed of weather conditions in style. Included are options to change the text and background color, along with the window style, transparency, and much more. If your looking to replace a cup of coffee with a great application, be sure to grab this for only $1.99.
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Wakeful is not your typical weather application, in fact some would argue that it is not even a weather application, but for me it is just as useful as any other application out there. The main idea behind Wakeful is for it to be an alarm clock, but it goes far above and beyond that and is quite a pleasant way to start your day. Wakeful will audibly speak your forcast, and current weather conditions based on your location, allowing you to properly prepare for your day since you will know what is coming. In addition to the weather you can have stock information, news, and much more spoken to you daily, and you can get all of that for only $4.99.
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The Weather Channel
Many of us trust The Weather Channel on our television to deliver us the most up to date, accurate information in terms of weather on a daily basis, so why not continue that experience right on your mobile device. The Weather Channel application allows users to view forcasts, check the radar, easily access current conditions, as well as keep up on airport delays and even more. This free download is sure to keep you in the know at all times, and makes it very easy to do so with its simplistic, yet design friendly interface.
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Weather applications are great, but having them on your homescreen is not for everyone, and not everyone wants to dig into a folder to get the upcoming forcast, or the weather radar. If this is you, please meet Instant Weather, a rather powerful weather application that is all controlled from your convenience key. Double press the convenience key to launch the five day forcast, triple press for local radar, quadruple press for an app of your choice, so you don't really lose the functionality of the convenience key. If you are running a device with a full QWERTY keyboard you can also set a keyboard shortcut of your choice, it defaults to I but can be changed to your perefences. All of these features are bundled into a great application that is currently on sale and can be picked up for only 99 cents for a limited time.
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If features are your thing, look no further then Accuweather's BlackBerry application, as they go well above and beyond when it comes to being feature loaded. In addition to all the standard features, forcasts, radars, current conditions, etc, this app kicks it up a notch even further. Ever wonder how the forcast was going to be for a fishing trip, or a golf outing? Well Accuweather has got you covered and they rate each activity as poor, fair, or excellent, giving you a good idea of if that activity is a smart idea for the day or not. For the awesome price tag of free, this application is great for any of you on the go, outdoorsy folks. The one thing I don't like however (and I'm not sure it can be changed) is that Accuweather puts a temperature icon in the notification banner and you're stuck with it.
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Looking for a simple, straight forward way to view your weather on the go? Not a person for all the bells and whistles, and instead would rather the information you need, when you need it? Look no further then iHazWeather, a great weather application with a really small footprint on the device, taking up very little memory and resources. The application gives you a three day forcast in addition to your current conditions, and users can define the update intervals. If you travel throughout the day you can have it set to use GPS location for each update so you can stay current with weather where you are, or if you remain in the same areas you can search by zip code. For less then a dollar the application is extremely easy to use, and provides all the information you need to keep informed of weather conditions while on the go.
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