The Weather Channel app review for Windows Phone
The Weather Channel has completely overhauled and re-designed its weather app for Windows Phone and handed it over exclusively to Nokia Lumia smartphones. We’ve got it on our Nokia Lumia 800 and have found it a great multi-purpose app. Find out more with our The Weather Channel app for Windows Phone review.
The Weather Channel app for Windows Phone comes with a completely new look that makes the most of the Metro UI interface, so simply swiping around the app opens you up to all sorts of new pleasures and experiences.
As you’d expect, the weather is front and centre with The Weather Channel but it’s the addition of the social media aspects of the app that make it a whole new experience.
Drop down into the main page and you’ll find The Weather Channel covers all the basic weather needs. You’ll find the weather for the location you’re in as well as a three day forecast. If you’d like to see a more detailed breakdown for the weather forecast then simply tap on the FORECAST DETAILS at the foot of the page.
What we like on this page is the fact that along with the expected temperature it also gives you a ‘feels like’ rating, which takes into account the wind chill factor, which may not be essential at this time of year but as the Autumn draws in it will be a key factor in our usage of The Weather Channel app.
Being a social media hub you’ll also find a link to allow you to share the weather with social media outlets, or even just take a photo of your current location and add weather stats to it!
It’s this social aspect of The Weather Channel that really starts to come into its own as you move about this app. Swipe left and you’ll come to the Radar Map view, which acts as a mini-map of where you are and the weather in the surrounding areas.
Of more interest is the Augmented Reality view, tap into this view and the camera on your Nokia Lumia will kick into life and photos taken and uploaded by other users pointing in that direction will pop up. We have to admit, this feature seems a little sketchy at the moment as there aren’t too many photos in the service but it could well become a nice social hub for sharing and discovering new places.
The next page is Amazing Weather Moments which is another chance for social media fans to share and show off images of weather. One aspect of the new app we really like is My Friend’s Weather, which allows you to connect with five Facebook friends and have the weather in their location pop up. It’s a great way of finding out what it’s like there if you’re about to visit and what’s more you can even contact them from with The Weather Channel app so you don’t need to come out.
There is so much in The Weather Channel to explore and customise that you really need to spend some time with it to get it working the way you want it to but it’s all worthwhile as this is a very user-friendly and friend-centric app.
We really like what The Weather Channel has done to its Windows Phone app. Sure, it’s got in-app adverts but they are easily ignored and help keep the app as a free download. If you’re not already gotten ahold of it we suggest you do as it comes highly recommended!
Apparently, The Weather Channel will be a Nokia Lumia exclusive but we’ve not found it on the Nokia Collection yet but you can download it straight from Marketplace with a quick search.
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