New Pebble Time smartwatch unveiled on Kickstarter, storms past $500,000 goal in minutes

New Pebble Time smartwatch unveiled on Kickstarter, storms past $500,000 goal in minutes
The new Pebble Time smartwatch has officially broken cover, and it comes with a brand new Timeline user interface and a color screen, while preserving the same 7-day battery life.

The big news about the Pebble Time is clearly the gorgeous new timeline UI, adorned with awesome animations and looking much faster and more responsive than the original Pebble interface. Luckily, the same interface is in the process of coming to the current Pebble and Pebble Steel smartwatches.

The other big new addition is that of a microphone in the Pebble Time. This allows you to leave short voice mails, which is a neat feature to have, but keep in mind that Pebble is not advertizing the smartwatch as a phone replacement.

Design


The new Pebble Time has become thinner and lighter as well. Speaking in numbers, the Pebble Time body measure 9.5mm (0.37"), some 20% less of thickness when compared with the original Pebble. At the same time, it keeps a fairly toy-ish plastic appearance (the bezel is made of metal, though). One thing is clear from the onset: this which is a far-cry from the visual style of most popular traditional wristwatches. There is a slight curve that follows the natural shape of the hand and is there for a more comfortable fit. 

It is also protected from the impact of water and you can swim or surf with it (but it's not a good idea to dive or spend too long underwater with it). The screen is protected with scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass.

Bands


Luckily, the new Pebble Time supports all standard 22mm bands. The standard retail box will come with a soft silicone band, but you can swap it for something more stylish easily, and the company even shows how quick and effortless the process is in a GIF.

New Timeline interface and apps


First, it's worth saying that all of the more than 6,500 Pebble apps and watchfaces will be available on the new Pebble Time. 

Luckily, you will now be able to navigate between apps and watchfaces much easier with the new Timeline user interface where you click on the top key to go back in time, on the middle key to go to the current moment, and on the bottom key to go to see future appointments and events. All of that is decorated with plentiful neat animations and seems to run much faster and smoother than before.

Pebble Time price and release date


The new Pebble Time release date is set for May 2015, and early Kickstarter backers will have the honor of being the first people to receive their new watches. Price is set at $159 for early birds, while regular MSRP stands at $199.

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25 Comments

1. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

other than the toy-like design. this may be the best smartwatch available in the market

2. chistoefur

Posts: 103; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

Definitely sounds good, but I'm not sure why it just doesn't look quite as premium anymore. I just wish Android Wear watches could reach the same battery life as Pebble watches.

4. sgodsell

Posts: 7207; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Android Wear devices can do a lot more then any Pebble. They also have 4096 times more RAM then a Pebble, 128 times more storage then a Pebble. They also have a CPU vs Pebbles MCU. Also the monochrome non touch screen display is 144x168 and its an e-ink display. This watch is still non touch, and what is the resolution of this new color e-ink display? All Android Wears have much higher resolution color touch screen displays (LCD, POLED, AMOLED). None of which are using e-ink. Also Android Wear can use existing Android Phone or Tablet apps to add functionality to Android Wear devices. Pebble can't. You have to write existing apps for Pebble. You can also write standalone Android Wear apps as well.

7. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

your forgot to mention android wear devices die in just one day.

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7207; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Thats a lie. I have a Sony SmartWatch 3 and it lasts me 3-4 days on a single charge. I know someone who has the LG G Watch R and it lasts him 2-3 days on a single charge. So to say it days in a day. It depends on the Watch and usage of course.

15. Feanor

Posts: 1346; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

It's a lie indeed. I get easily 2 days of battery life with my G Watch R. Which, most importantly, means that it will never die on you mid-day. And what people don't understand is that charging is no issue, you just take it off when you go back home and leave it on its charging plate as you would leave any watch on a bedside table. Anyway, charging time is just 1-2 hours, which means you can get your watch fully charged even if you're in a hurry to leave home again. The only time when it may get a bit of a hassle is when you're away on a trip, because it means you need the charger and cradle with you. But in this case even the Pebble would need some taking care of.

22. remsammi

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

As the sad owner of a $220 LG G Watch, i can confirm this. Battery life is abysmal, and it's even worse when you try using your watch for anything more than Google Now. Other watches, even the Gear, don't suck that badly. The Gear lets me squeeze a couple of days of use out of a full charge, while the G watch makes me regret forgetting to charge it for a single night.

8. chistoefur

Posts: 103; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

I know Android Wear does a hell of a lot more than any Pebble smartwatch, and it Android Wear devices look a lot better doing it. But I'd prefer more than a day, day and a half at most of battery life.

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7207; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Wrong on the day and a half at most of battery life. I can get 3-4 days on my Sony SmartWatch 3. 2 days on the Gear Live. I know a guy with a LG G Watch R and he gets 2-3 days.

12. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

why you need a high res screen on a smartwatch? are you gonna watch netflix on your smartwatch? e-ink solve the the problem of smartwatch being bulky and having limited battery life. less ram also conserves power. if you want a full fledged computer you have a smartphone

13. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

e-ink has definitely not solved the problem of a smartwatch being bulky. This thing is huge and hideous.

3. drunkenjay

Posts: 1657; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

it doesnt seem very premium. looks like a 20 dollar watch. for me i bought a nevo watch with is a timepiece with small smartwatch like features and that is enough for me

5. surethom

Posts: 1662; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Finally colour e-Paper, way better than B&W e-paper. nice to have lcd/old screen but much prefer 7 days battery life with colour e-paper. Kindle e-paper colour this year??????

6. mixedfish

Posts: 1551; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

The original Pebble can be found easily for $79 where I live, no point of throwing cash at these prices.

11. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2146; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Cheesy cracker jack watches...

14. blackberry_Boy

Posts: 213; Member since: May 27, 2014

I'd pay 75cents in gumball machine for it it's too toyish for me

16. NateAdam8

Posts: 436; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Make it compatible with more then just Android and iOS cause they've got smartwatchs build for them already.

17. pavsidhu

Posts: 214; Member since: May 20, 2014

I wish Android wear could learn from Pebble software.

25. remsammi

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Pebble is learning from Android Wear, ironically. Best lessons so far: using a watch as a vehicle for Google Now (and hiding your apps) just wasn't a good idea. Battery life, though, is.

18. Mobilephile

Posts: 165; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

F-ugly since day 1 and still is...no thx

19. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Hell noes to this

20. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

UI sounds like Nokia's Fastlane to me

21. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Damn it PA you just made me order one haha

23. Limcheethiam

Posts: 68; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

Design is awesome, 7 days batteries life and water proteched also good. Just make it compatible to Android and IOS and reduce the price to $100

24. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

after using a Moto 360 and a Pebble Steel i'd have to say that if i had to stick to one or the other it'd have to be the Pebble because it just gets the most important things about a smartwatch so right and this Pebble Time just looks so much better. i'm definitely getting one.

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