BBC Weather – minimal & useful weather app for the UK
Jul 8, 2013 12:08 PM –
BBC Weather is a ‘hot’ and useful new weather application for the United Kingdom. It boasts a great interface, impressive widgets and some handy settings. The weather information itself comes from the Met Office, so it’s both accurate and timely. Now, weather apps are ten-a-penny in the Google Play Store and we have reviewed dozens before now, so what makes BBC Weather any different, and is it worth switching to
Tested on: Nexus 4
Pros & Cons:
- Nice interface!
- Neat range of widgets!
- Weather info from the Met Office!
- Accurate forecasts!
- Only available in the UK.
- Not as detailed as other weather apps.
BBC Weather is the latest app in a growing suite of BBC applications. We’ve already looked at the popular BBC News application and now a more dedicated weather app has been released. For me, the main strength of BBC Weather is that it derives its information and forecasts from the Met Office (the UK’s National Weather Service) so is highly accurate. I’m pleased most of all because the Met Office’s own app – while accurate and detailed, looks pretty ‘rough’ compared to some of the more beautiful weather applications . For accuracy you sacrifice beauty and vice-versa. BBC Weather means you now have a good-looking app, with added accuracy.
So unfortunately, it’s only available in the UK, sorry about that. However, the British reputation for having bad and changeable weather kinda means we need this. Additionally bad is that BBC Weather isn’t as detailed as the likes of Met Office Weather. It tells you what you need to know, but if you require the kind of weather reports usually required by deep-sea fishermen, it may be found severely wanting. Finally, while the app looks good, I’ve yet to find an app that looks quite as nice (which is subjective I know) as the minimalist bliss of Eye in The Sky Weather.
The app comes with three widgets; a traditional 4×2, a 2×1 and a 4×1, which should provide enough flexibility for more homescreens. It’s not particularly customisable either, and the design isn’t ‘Holo’ but it works pretty well in my experience. You can add different locations, check out the five day forecast and even see accurate hourly forecasts. The app is very responsive and works extremely well.
BBC Weather – Weather view (1)
BBC Weather – Weather view (2)
BBC Weather – Hourly forecast
BBC Weather – Swipable
BBC Weather – Menu
BBC Weather – Search location
BBC Weather – 4×2 widget
BBC Weather – Settings
For giving you scrupulously authentic weather whenever you need it, BBC Weather is superb. It also comes with some great homescreen widgets to try out.
Ease of Use:
BBC Weather is extremely fast and easy to use. There are smart short cut tabs and quick swipes to your location list which make navigating the app a ‘breeze’.
How often you use the app is very much down to you. If you need to keep track of the weather you’ll use it more. If you just want to see whether your weekend BBQ is going to go ahead it might be less often. You can set how often the app updates too, so it will always have the right information when you need it.
The user interface is always very ‘clear’ and easy to understand. While it doesn’t quite follow Google’s own design principals, it still looks pretty slick.