A handful of basic features, complemented by a few well-chosen playthings, is sometimes enough to satisfy the masses. BeWeather caters to the BlackBerry crowd by keeping users up to date on weather conditions with just enough personalization to make things interesting.
BeWeather, a $9.99 app by Bellshare GmbH, pinpoints a user using GPS or cell data (and users can also add other locations). From there, BeWeather provides a host of up-to-date weather conditions tailored to the location, as well as detailed 24-hour and seven-day forecasts. Weather advisories and alerts can be pushed to the phone so you won't get caught off guard. Sunrise and sunset times let you know how much longer you can bask in the remaining daylight.
Beyond the basic weather reporting functions, BeWeather also offers a bunch of customizable options, including the ability to view weather Web cams and listen to weather radio feeds. The home screen icon displays current conditions for an overview at a glance. Radar maps are animated for extra visual interest, but users can easily substitute the app's built-in maps for feeds of other weather services' maps, if preferred. The app can also tie into a Twitter account, for the easy and fast ability to brag about spectacular weather or bemoan the gloom and doom.
Is weather more of a hobby than a mere fact of life? The next pages will illuminate options for the more adventurous.