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Pebble Smart Watch Review

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Pebble Smart Watch Review
We used the Pebble for a week on our HTC EVO 4G LTE, and for the most part our experience was good. The watch and its notifications are unobtrusive, allowing us to be less distracted by our phone. Instant notifications are a double-edged sword, but we found them to be very useful. The ability to ignore an unwanted call, screen texts and emails or get a score update from your wrist feels purely futuristic. Pebble becomes a bit redundant during active text conversations though, with your wrist constantly vibrating as each new reply comes back. This is clearly not what Pebble is designed for, but it is the predictable consequence of wearing your communication device. We learned to adapt to Pebble rather quickly, and honestly it would be hard going back to a regular watch.

The biggest issue we had was that the watch randomly disconnects at times; sometimes once every couple days, sometimes 3-4 times a day. A simple phone restart always solved the issue, but it is an annoyance that needs to be addressed, especially since the notification icon indicated that Pebble was connected.

The battery life is rated at 5-7 days with average use, and ours lasted 5 full days before dying overnight. There is no battery status indicator until your battery begins to get low, but for us that was about a day before we ran out of juice so we had ample warning. Using Pebble means that your phone must have Bluetooth on at all times, so keep in mind that it will take an extra 5-10% battery hit a day as well. Pebble does have a low-power Bluetooth 4.0 chip which should help things out, but at this time it’s not enabled.


Impressions

Pebble doesn’t do much right now, but at the same time we can’t help but feel that we’re using the future. Perhaps it’s just another case of wanting this tech to be real, but when we wear the Pebble it feels and works so naturally that we can’t help but be impressed. Sure, there are bugs to be worked out and functionality to be added, but it really seems like the base is solid this time. Pebble isn’t a must-have right now, but at the same time we won’t be taking it off our wrists anytime soon.

Watch firmware: v1.8.1

Pebble Smart Watch Video Review:



Pros

  • A stylish, wearable smart watch
  • High readability display
  • Frequent software updates with potential to bring more features

Cons

  • Connectivity issues at times
  • Siri compatibility problems
  • Probably too large for smaller wrists
  • Promised functionality isn’t available yet
PhoneArena rating:
8
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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: 265; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


Thanks for not commenting...

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 08:59 2

2. rgxVOiD (Posts: 434; 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: 1202; 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: 356; 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: 124; 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: 19; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)


LMAO!!

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 09:09

4. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3012; 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: 753; 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: 1071; 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: 1429; 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: 699; 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: 1429; 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: 699; 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: 124; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)


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

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 09:47

8. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5598; 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: 906; 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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