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Pebble Smart Watch Review

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Pebble Smart Watch Review
Introduction

Pebble Smart Watch Review
Pebble Smart Watch Review
If you think about it, smart watches have been the pipedream of techies for decades and the thing of science fiction fantasies. From Dick Tracy’s wrist communicator of the 1930s to the Seiko TV Watch in the early 80s to the Nelsonic Game watches of the 90s that put NES games on your wrist, we’ve always had a fascination with this wearable tech. In a day and age where your grandma has an iPhone and there is a constant stream of data from the likes of email, Facebook, Twitter and a million other sources it makes sense that we’d have conquered this idea we’ve been dreaming about for so long. The reality is, the few smart watches available have been overly complex, plagued with issues and in general have failed miserably. Then along came Pebble, a seemingly dead simple concept that absolutely blew up Kickstarter with over $10 million in funding. Has the Pebble team finally nailed it, or is this product just another cool-on-paper idea that we’ve been duped with for decades? Read on to find out.


Design

We’ve seen a number of smart watch offerings from both startups and major players, but what makes Pebble stand out is its simplicity. Especially in black, Pebble is understated to the point that nobody even notices it until you start reading an email or a text. Even then, Pebble has garnered very little unsolicited attention in our week with the unit. This is a testament to the Pebble design team, who realized that if you’re going to conquer the smart watch then you need to have something people will actually wear on their wrist.

Pebble is a simple rectangle, with three buttons on the right and one on the left. The buttons are slightly stiffer than you’d expect, but not uncomfortable and the stiffness prevents accidental presses. It is charged via two POGO pins on the left hand side. Pebble ships with a simple rubber watch strap, although that can be swapped for any 22mm strap on the market. We tried a few different styles, but ultimately decided the original strap was good enough.

Pebble is a simple rectangle, with three buttons on the right and one on the left - Pebble Smart Watch Review
Pebble is a simple rectangle, with three buttons on the right and one on the left - Pebble Smart Watch Review
Pebble is a simple rectangle, with three buttons on the right and one on the left - Pebble Smart Watch Review

Pebble is a simple rectangle, with three buttons on the right and one on the left


The face of Pebble is a 144x168 e-paper display, which can be housed in black, red, white, orange or grey. The black and white display is easily readable in direct light thanks to the e-paper technology (same as you’d find in a Kindle or Nook), and in dark rooms you can simply flick your wrist to activate the backlight. You’re not going to be watching video or browsing the web on Pebble, but the technology is perfect for getting notifications on your wrist.

The face of Pebble is a 144x168 e-paper display - Pebble Smart Watch Review
The face of Pebble is a 144x168 e-paper display - Pebble Smart Watch Review
The face of Pebble is a 144x168 e-paper display - Pebble Smart Watch Review

The face of Pebble is a 144x168 e-paper display


The plastic housing is scratch and shatter resistant, with an optical anti-glare coating that ensures readability in harsh light. It is also waterproof to 5 ATM, allowing for use in the shower or in the swimming pool. While it is certified for fresh and salt water, it is not a diver’s watch and you probably shouldn’t wear it in the bath tub either. This is a watch made to be worn every day, and something you don’t have to worry about when washing your hands or getting caught out in the rain.

Pebble Smart Watch Review
Pebble Smart Watch Review

Pebble is a little long and a little thick, but very light and on our wrist it was ultimately comfortable to wear. If you have a more petite wrist Pebble might not be the right watch for you, a feature that will turn off many potential female users. In the realm of smart watches Pebble is downright sleek, but we hope that they can shrink future generations while not sacrificing display size.

Pebble is a little long and a little thick, but very light and on our wrist it was ultimately comfortable to wear - Pebble Smart Watch Review
Pebble is a little long and a little thick, but very light and on our wrist it was ultimately comfortable to wear - Pebble Smart Watch Review
Pebble is a little long and a little thick, but very light and on our wrist it was ultimately comfortable to wear - Pebble Smart Watch Review

Pebble is a little long and a little thick, but very light and on our wrist it was ultimately comfortable to wear




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posted on 05 Mar 2013, 08:48 1

1. jade272727 (Posts: 62; Member since: 10 Dec 2011)


No comment.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 10:08 9

10. troutsy (Posts: 276; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


Thanks for not commenting...

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 08:59 2

2. rgxVOiD (Posts: 435; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


I'd rather get Sony's SmartWatch

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 10:23 1

12. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)


I've had both and it really comes down to comfort and preference.
Personally, the Pebble fits my wrist better and is just easier to live with day to day. Sony's software is clinky by comparison too... the Pebble might be simpler, but utilitarian isn't always a bad thing.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 09:03 5

3. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1242; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


This needs to have a built in speaker and mic so that I can answer a call while having sex. I don't want to hunt for my Note 2 during action time.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 09:54 3

9. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


So while you are on bed does it run in Stop watch mode :D :D

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 18:41 1

18. GoBears (Posts: 366; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


Why? You should still have a hand free...lol JK!

posted on 09 Mar 2013, 18:08 1

24. Jack58221 (Posts: 127; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)


accelerometer and stopwatch will let you know that you were physically active for 18 seconds today and burned x number of calories.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 07:54

27. TeritorialDemon (Posts: 20; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)


LMAO!!

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 09:09

4. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3013; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Benchmark scores please :D
But will you look at the cons?
Connectivity issues at times
Siri compatibility problems
Probably too large for smaller wrists
Promised functionality isn’t available
yet.
All the basic things this smartwatch is supposed to do is null...and it still gets an 8???

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 09:35 5

6. Captain_Doug (Posts: 759; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


It does do the basics. Too large is relative. Siri Compatibility, who uses Siri? Connectivity issues, probably not common, might be though. Promised functionality not being available is a bummer but when you look at the other semi-cons, 8 make sense.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 09:18

5. BattleBrat (Posts: 1097; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I got one through kickstarter, sold it on eBay for $300 (I needed money for my Surface Pro's Warranty)

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 09:46

7. buccob (Posts: 1481; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


This needs to be solar and kinetic powered... the proprietary connection is a big CON.

And as other said. A mic, and tiny speaker would be great.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 10:08

11. McLTE (Posts: 711; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Tiny speakers would NOT be great. I don't want to be around a bunch of Pebble users who are all on "speaker" trying to use their devices.

A mic could be helpful however and a good way to use hands free typing when responding to texts.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 11:03

13. buccob (Posts: 1481; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Correct... I agree.... but given that choice is always better than imposition... a speaker of some kind, even if its just for a sound notification would be nice.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 13:31

14. McLTE (Posts: 711; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


True, though I'd rather have a waterproof watch than add the speakers and mic and lose that.

posted on 09 Mar 2013, 18:12

25. Jack58221 (Posts: 127; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)


no Mic, no speakers. go water tight with Bluetooth.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 09:47

8. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i had already planned on getting one of these.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 13:34

15. N-fanboy (Posts: 538; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


Very sexy, but haven't bought a watch since i was...12, thats when i got my Nokia 6300

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 14:43

16. JunitoNH (Posts: 927; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


I'll wait for the second or third iteration. Not feeling the design, in addition I have seen it on a person wrist. Is difinitely not, visually, aesthetically pleasing, and for $150 should meet all the aforementioned.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 17:17

17. khairy-j (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


Hi pa how abt u review this watch imsmart.com
Then any advise if i want to find gps tracker for kids 3 yrs n above

posted on 07 May 2013, 10:37

28. TinCity (Posts: 5; Member since: 07 May 2013)


Just picked up this watch at Amazon and got a great deal on a used one. I'm so excited that I would like to share the discount that I received with anyone who is looking to get this awesome smart watch: topdiscountfinder.com/?s=Pebble+E-Paper+Watch - Wow, they don't have many left.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 10:02

29. thesavings (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Oct 2013)


Just picked up with discount, very cheap at hotdiscountfinder.com/?s=Pebble+Smart+Watch

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