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When it comes to weather apps for BlackBerry 10 we have a pretty big selection to choose from. I'll be honest and say that there are some which are not so good, but there are also some real beauties.
We do of course get a free native weather app from BlackBerry pre-loaded onto our BB10 devices and for many folk this will give you the vital information you need. But as always, it's great to have choices and below in my top five you'll see a mix of both free and paid apps, plus some with a twist. In addition, they are all available for every BlackBerry 10 device.
Of course, with me being in the UK most of my screen shots will be of rain. Will we get much of a summer this year? That's one I'm not prepared to bet on!
Bring on the sunshine...
As I mentioned above - BlackBerry Weather will be on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone by default - or it should be at least. Powered by AccuWeather the app gives you instant access to the current weather conditions with the ability to swipe to the left for the next days forecast and you can do this up to four times - giving you a five day forecast including the day you are on.
At the base of the display are two main tabs. The one with the current conditions icon is what I've just described, but if you dive into the other tab you'll get the conditions hour by hour - handy if planning a trip out.
With the ability to add multiple locations and animated graphics when you load a screen this is the weather app I tend to use the most. I just like it's simplicity and user friendly UI.
Also free to download is AccuWeather's own app which gives a little more detail than the native BlackBerry one. You can see this right from when you load up the app - with wind speed, UV index, humidity etc all visible, along with the current conditions.
Hitting the menu tab at the bottom left of the display will bring up a list of other features - such as hourly, daily, lifestyle, maps, video and news. The lifestyle one is particularly handy if you suffer from allergies such as hayfever or asthma as it will predict which activities may affect you.
With hourly and daily forecast tabs at the base of the screen and also the ability to add further locations it once again makes for a great all round free weather app for BlackBerry 10.
If you want the Daddy of all BlackBerry 10 weather apps then BeWeather Pro has to be it. As well as being feature rich in comparison with some of the other apps we've looked at it's UI is beautiful all round - even down to it's Active Frame.
It will set you back three bucks, but if what's going on with the weather is vitally important to you then it will be money well worth spending. There is a free version of the app too, but clearly you get more when you part with your cash.
While Instavenue isn't technically a weather application it does have the weather integrated. There's a bunch of weather skins you can overlay on any photos you take and easily share them via your social networks.
Missed our review of Instavenue? You can catch up here.
If you are easily offended then you won't want to download this one. The Last Weather App delivers the current conditions with a few profanities thrown in for good measure. For many folk it's funny and will give you a smile but it certainly won't be for everyone.
It's both basic and comical - if you like that sort of thing, but probably not an app you would want your kids to see!
There we have my top five. I'm hoping there should be something for everyone in the selection - from the serious, to the fun. Feel free to hit up the comments with your weather app of choice. It will be interesting to see if many of you are using other apps I've not listed.