WeatherBug – Even Better Than The Weather Channel [Android]

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WeatherBug Android Intro   WeatherBug   Even Better Than The Weather Channel [Android]Up until about a week ago, I only knew of two legitimate weather sources: The Weather Channel and AccuWeather. Both of these services have apps on Android that provide information on the weather. Imagine my surprise when I hear a lot of people raving about the greatness of WeatherBug. As someone without a weather app, I knew I had to check it out.

My own knowledge of the WeatherBug name is limited. Back in high school, I had a short encounter with WeatherBug on my desktop PC and the experience went sour. After battling popups and annoying messages, I concluded that WeatherBug was nothing more than malware. So going into this review, WeatherBug already had a few negative marks from me.

But in the interest of fairness–and giving WeatherBug the benefit of the doubt–I took a look at this app with as much of an objective viewpoint as I could. The results surprised me.

Current Forecast

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As soon as you open up the app, you’re hit with a decently designed start page that prominently displays the current conditions and the forecast for the remainder of the day. Everything is neatly laid out, easy to find, and the page has everything you’d want from a quick glimpse of the weather.

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At the bottom of the start page is a five-day forecast that includes cloud conditions and high/low temperatures for the days.

Clicking on a particular forecast will take you to a detailed breakdown of the exact conditions. Here you’ll find a ton of useful stuff, like the rate of temperature change, the rate of precipitation, humidity, air pressure, wind speeds, and more.

Upcoming Forecast

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The upcoming forecast feature of WeatherBug is nothing to run home about. The layout is clean and gives you cloud and temperature data, which is 90% of what you’d want to know about the next seven days anyway. If you want more specific information, you can click on the individual days and read the description of the forecasted weather.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a way to view hour-by-hour forecasts, which is something I often use when planning outdoor events. Sometimes I want to know the exact wind, temperature, and cloud conditions of a particular day at a particular time. If WeatherBug had this, it would be perfect in the forecast category.

Other Features

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WeatherBug’s performance is surprisingly good. I haven’t had many experiences with weather apps because they always ran too slow for me; no surprise since I’m using a two-year-old phone. However, WeatherBug runs smooth and crisp on my device without any hiccups.

WeatherBug provides a number of features that are situationally useful, like radar maps and pollen counts. The former is great for tracking weather patterns; the latter for those battling allergies.

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As for the available preferences, WeatherBug has some pretty awesome settings. There are the usual, like setting the frequency of weather updates, changing units of measurement, etc. And then there’s Battery Monitoring, which automatically turns off background weather updates when your phone is low on battery.

Free vs. Premium

WeatherBug is entirely free but supported by a small ad banner at the bottom of the screen. There is a premium version called WeatherBug Elite for $1.99 that removes all ads from the program. In addition, the radar becomes fully-featured with animations, additional map layers, and cached data for offline viewing.

Summary

Pros:

  • Great layout and aesthetics. Easy to navigate.
  • Fast, smooth, and no lag.
  • Precise weather details taken from airports, schools, and weather stations.
  • Intergrates well with the notification bar.

Cons:

  • Tapping the Back button of the phone closes the app instead of going back to the previous page.

Final Verdict

WeatherBug is the best weather-based app for Android, period. It gets major points for being slick and the interface is aesthetically pleasing. Fast and beautiful – there is no better combination in the world of apps. The fact that it has more features than competitor apps is just icing on the already delicious cake.

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Greg

I use this on my Google Chrome, it’s a very nice app

Joel Lee

Awesome! Good to know that the other versions of WeatherBug are great, too.

Harish Jonnalagadda

Yeah they are! Almost the first thing I check everyday

salim benhouhou

me too i like the chrome app but i try it on my android device and hate it

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Ashwin Ramesh

Simple interface, easy to use. I was using GO Weather all these days! The only annoying thing is tapping the back button takes you to the home screen (as you said!). GO Weather had a great interface and use of widgets made it look good, but then it eats up quite a bit of RAM for a forecasting app.
So I will stick to using WeatherBug – simple, yet elegant :)

Joel Lee

GO Weather is a popular one, but I agree: it uses too many resources. I use an old phone (one of the original Galaxy models) so I need as much free RAM as I can get! Glad you found this review useful. :)

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John

Try the Weather Underground App. I didn’t like weatherbug personally.

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mimi

For hourly reports just keep swiping

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Chris Hoffman

Huh, Weatherbug is legit software these days? I’ve always thought it was terrible spyware/adware.

Joel Lee

Yep! I remember the days when WeatherBug would piggy-back itself on software installations and slow down your computer to a crawl. Thankfully, it seems those days are over!

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mimi

To see hourly reports just keep swiping

Joel Lee

Thanks! It worked!

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Bernard Sullivan

I have used this app for several years and was pleased enough to buy the paid version. You can set several locations to track and it always keeps track of where you are to inform you of the weather around you- great when traveling. The app also includes a widget which loads the weather almost instantly when tapped. The radar is completely zoomable and updates quickly. As a side note for any luddites- if you are still using windows mobile this is the best there is for that platform I was using it on an old HTC pure that my daughter still uses and this app works pretty much the same on that old platform.

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Ben

You were one click away from the hour-by-hour forecast. When you’re on the Upcoming Forecast page with the daily details and the text description, all you need to do is swipe to the left on the day you want hour details for. I think that’s what they are trying to get at with the arrow in the top right corner of the day. I guess it could be called out a little bit better.

Joel Lee

Oh, wow, that works! I’ve used hundreds of programs and apps, so I guess it says something if I didn’t realize that’s what you needed to do to get to hourly forecasts. In that case, WeatherBug gets a few more points from me. Thanks!

Thom

I’ve used the app for a couple years and like it a lot. The animated weather radar’s available in the free app too, along with the layers. I hope you’ll update the review to at least remove the “no hourly” con — not everybody reads the comments. ;)

Joel Lee

I’ve sent the request to my editor. :)

Thom

Sounds good! It’s a shame that the company’s early history was pretty devious — they must be under new management or something because the current app is very well done. There’s even a Firefox add-on by Weatherbug now. (Not nearly as full-featured but it links to their website for more depth.)

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bben

I tried weatherbug some years ago on a desktop. I found it to be extremely annoying with pop ups, flashing ads, ads that would cover part of the info, and a close button that minimized instead of closing it. To close it, you had to go into task manager – and then it would appear again when you rebooted. If you did remove it from startup, if you ever used it again – it would reload itself into the startup.

It looks like they finally realized that they were running off many users with their attempts to over monetize the site. I probably still won’t use it as I am happy with Weather underground.

Joel Lee

I’ve heard good things about Weather Underground. If you’re happy with it, then by all means stay with it. :)

Todd F.

I agree completely about the desktop version. I’ve avoided this application for years with the past experiences I’ve had with the desktop client. After this review I’m going to give it a second change on my android device. I’m also going to try Weather underground hoping one of these will replace weather.com for me :-)

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avantika singh

I’ve used PEAKNFLOW.com for several small projects. Very cheap rates. Thanks very much for this professional and effective guide and nice platform and good content keep it up….

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Bumferry Hogart

My favourite weather app is UK weather. any and all other apps I’ve used have never giving me the accuracy of what the weather is like where I am.
Its always the nearest city or town, which in my case can be upto 15 miles away.
UK weather app is linked to the new Met office weather stations and gives the accurate conditions from there rather having a best guess at where you are.

It has a nice neat little widget and is quite customisable as well.

Also the latest update for the free version now includes radar maps and the always handy weather alerts have been very useful especially with all the rain and floods and winds that have been hitting Blighty these past few weeks….

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Harish Jonnalagadda

One of the best utilities for Android, considering the season in my area is turning out to be very fickle these days.

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Dimal Chandrasiri

is there any widget for this, and how’s the performance when it’s on the background. weather channel used alot of memory…

Joel Lee

WeatherBug Android comes with 2 widgets: a 1×1 and a 2×1 that fit nicely on the home screen. They have a transparent background so they look nice, too. As far as I’ve seen, the background performance of WeatherBug is pretty good. I use an old device and I don’t notice any slowdowns.

Andrew Kim

Glad to hear this! Information regarding the widget was what I was searching for in the article because I often glance only at that instead of opening the app.

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Edwin Williams

Looks accurate and easy to use!

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Rick

Seems memories fade swiftly in the digital ages. Millions of users were afflicted with the WeatherBug malware back in the day. Now that they decided to behave, those folks should just roll over and install this crap companies product? For one, I would never have even given them the courtesy of a review to begin with.

Flush that crap down the toilet where it belongs, once a crook always a crook.

Joel Lee

I mentioned the poor history of WeatherBug right in the introduction. Perhaps you missed it.

If a company truly repents and revitalized their strategy, admitting that their earlier methods were wrong, then why not forgive them? They are under new management and they are putting out a great product, so why not?

If “once a crook, always a crook” were true, then the concept of redemption wouldn’t exist.

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Whorehay M

I prefer Be Weather. The animations are gorgeous and it gives me daily/hourly forecasts, as well as this widget that’s currently on my home screen. The widget uses about 8 MB of RAM running in the background. It can detect your location or you can add it manually and switch between different ones. Here’s a screenshot of the main app itself:

Whorehay M

This screenshot

(Sorry, didn’t realize I couldn’t insert an image)

Joel Lee

Wow, that’s actually really pretty. I wasn’t aware of Be Weather but now I am. Will look into it more. Thanks for sharing!

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Sam Nagra

Just downloaded it and it is far better than AccuWeather which is what I was using

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