Weatherbug iPhone App Review

I may be a huge dork, but I’m not embarrassed to admit that I have four weather apps on my iPhone. Weather in Texas can be very unpredictable, so I often need to check temperatures and forecasts throughout the day. The WeatherBug iPhone app earns relatively positive ratings at the iTunes store, so I thought it might be a good addition to my collection. Unfortunately, the app didn’t live up to my expectations, and I don’t recommend it.

 

The Good

  • Awesome live weather camera
  • High-quality videos

The Bad

  • Cluttered interface
  • Search is not intuitive
  • Glitchy

Developer
AWS Convergence Technologies, Inc.

Category
Weather apps

Price
Free

Download/Purchase at iTunes

WeatherBug is a free app that compiles information from thousands of individual weather stations. You’ll find all the critical weather details you need, including seven-day forecasts, alerts from the National Weather Service, radar maps and cached data for offline viewing.  

Most of WeatherBug’s features are pretty standard, but I do love the live weather camera. It’s a great way to see what the weather is doing at a glance, and it appears that most locations have at least two or three different camera angles. The forecast video is also well done and typical of something you would see on a national weather show. 

The rest of the app is pretty disappointing. The interface is overly cluttered with too much text and it tends to be a bit jerky.

Even though I tested the app with a Wi-Fi connection, the interface seemed to get stuck on occasion and would jerk forward to the next page.  

The search function could also be more intuitive. I searched for Dallas and the city in Texas was well down on the list behind Dallas, OR; Dallas Center, IA; and Dallas City, IL.

It’s probably safe to assume that most people searching for Dallas want the city in Texas, so that should be at the top of the list. This isn’t a huge deal, but little annoyances like this add up. 

Unfortunately, I also encountered a few glitches while testing WeatherBug. To add a new city to your saved locations, you have to first search for the city and then select one of many weather stations. When I attempted to do this for Los Angeles, the list of weather stations was empty. Since I couldn’t select a weather station, I was unable to add Los Angeles to my list. I had to shut down the app and relaunch it before the list was finally populated. That same problem repeated itself when I tried to add another city. 

The weather information itself is accurate, and the forecasts seem in line with others that I found online. I would like to see an extended 10-day forecast, but seven days is probably enough for most people. 

What You’ll Need

Weatherbug is compatible with both the iPhone and iPod touch, and you’ll need OS 2.2 or later. 

The Bottom Line

WeatherBug isn’t necessarily a bad app, but I was disappointed with the jerky interface and glitchy search, so I can’t give it a recommendation.

Fans of WeatherBug may think I’m expecting too much from a free app, but it just doesn’t measure up to the competition. For those looking for the best free weather app, I would recommend Weather Channel or Accuweather.com. Overall rating: 3 out of five stars.