When comparing AccuWeather Platinum vs The Weather Channel, the Slant community recommends AccuWeather Platinum for most people. In the question“What are the best weather apps for Android?” AccuWeather Platinum is ranked 5th while The Weather Channel is ranked 6th.
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Pro Local minute by minute forecasts
Pro Detailed current conditions
Accuweather's prediction of "Now" includes a list of weather details and suggestions under My AccuWeather for DIY Projects, Fishing & Game, Outdoor Fitness, Respiratory Health, and Travel.
Pro Clean UI that follows Android design language
AccuWeather uses Google's suggested app structure for displaying categories with scrolling tabs similar to the Play Store for "Locations," "Now," and "Hourly" etc. The UI is very clean and functional but not as visually appealing as other weather application such as Yahoo Weather.
Pro Free version available
AccuWeather offers a free version of the application with all of the same features but it includes annoying banner ads at the bottom.
Pro Live map options
AccuWeather is somewhat middle of the pack concerning map options. The maps are live but there are only two options for map types: radar and cloud cover.
Pro 3 week forecasts
Pro Real feel temperature
They have a proprietary real feel temperature which tells you how the temperature feels taking into account direct sunlight and wind.
Pro Clean and useful widgets
The AccuWeather application includes useful weather widgets in both the 4x1 and 4x2 size.
Pro Video forecasts
AccuWeather offers video forecasts in English and many in Spanish.
Pro Bright and quick user interface
The overall theme of The Weather Channel app is bright with a consistent amount of Weather Channel blue. Fortunately the app also performs well. The app shares a similar design to the Google Play Store with scrolling tabs for "radar," "now," "videos," and "forecast." The scrolling tabs are very fluid and each tab is quick to load.
Pro Solid offering of widgets
The Weather Channel widgets are attractive and functional. The widgets are available in 1x1, 2x2, and 4x1 sizes and even follow their own application's design language instead of following HTC like many others.
Pro Solid radar maps
The Weather Channel app's maps provide a descent amount of radar options but the overall design is very confusing and the in app tutorial hint is useless.
Pro Video forecasts
The Weather Channel with its large TV presence offers an impressive amount of weather forecasts videos in the app. Although many of the videos in the app such as "Lady and the Shark!" have absolutely nothing to do with weather.
Pro Travel based information
The Weather Channel application allows you to input a starting point and destination on a radar map and then predict if you will encounter any type of storms along the route. The feature needs work and doesn't always work properly but the idea is promising if improved.
Con No crowd sourcing options
AccuWeather does not offer any type of user input in the weather forecast like some other applications.
Con Limited locations
Fewer available locations in comparison with other providers.
Con Focused more on features than actual weather
A lot of the developers time for The Weather Channel app has not gone toward better weather forecasts but many unnecessary features like weather achievements and the annoying mPOINTS reward system.
Con Unremovable advertisements
The Weather Channel app includes banner advertisements like most weather applications but unlike other applications that let you pay a dollar or two to remove them, The Weather Channel forces them on you. Even worse is that they are positioned conveniently at the bottom of the application right where you are likely to accidentally open them.