We all know we have a pretty decent native weather app on our BlackBerry 10 smartphones powered by Accuweather. However, their standalone app is better in my opinion and with it being available for all current BlackBerry 10 models, it's worth giving it a try.

The app is free and ad-supported, which is why I was a little put off it when I first downloaded it some time ago. However, now that the summer has finally graced us with its presence here in the UK, I decided I needed a few more features than the native app. Now I'm back on the AccuWeather bandwagon and its bursting with good stuff.

As you would expect when you open the app, you are given the current weather conditions for your location. AccuWeather also gives some extra details on this page which include wind speed, wind gust, humidity, UV index, dew point and visibility. If you fancy jumping between different locations, just tap the name of your town and a further page will open where you can add other towns/cities.

At the base of the home screen are three tabs - Current (which is what the app will open with), Hourly and Daily. Both the latter two options give plenty of information in advance  - all with a nice black and white user interface which is the opposite of the 'Current' one which is full of color.

Jumping into the main menu offers up even more features. Here you can view the Lifestyle section where you can check out how the weather conditions will affect a wide range of things - from health issues to sports. Maps are also present in the menu and here you will see your location and you have the option to zoom in and out. But press the 'Play' tab above the map and any rain pockets will show up as the map goes interactive - it's quite clever and rather impressive.

If checking all the aforementioned isn't enough you can even watch weather forecast videos from the main menu. These are split into regions such as Europe, Canada, Asia etc. Last but not least is the 'News' section where you will be presented with a list of weather related news stories. Jump into one of these and you will be re-directed to the web browser to read the story in full.

And what a glorious Active Frame the App has - I tend to keep this one open all the time now. If all that isn't enough to make you want to use AccuWeather I don't know what will. Let us know your thoughts in the comments. Who's using AccuWeather instead of the native weather app?

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