Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2 hit Kickstarter with heart-rate monitor and more

Yesterday, we caught wind of a countdown running on Pebble's website, ticking down to this morning. What would be in store for us? Some new sale? Sure, we'd believe that. Maybe a color option or something for an existing Pebble smartwatch? Definitely a possibility. But a major new device launch? The timing made enough sense, with us yet to see any new 2016 Pebble smartwatch, but could that really be what Pebble had on the menu? As it turns out, yes, and in a very big way, as the company introduces a pair of revamped models, the Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2.

Ever since introducing the original Pebble smartwatch, the manufacturer has been delivering new models with tweaked feature sets, but this represents the first time we've seen Pebble go back to the drawing board and re-work a classic model.

The Pebble 2 upgrades the Pebble with the faster processor from the Pebble Time, but the big news is the hardware implementing a heart-rate monitor. The optical tracker works with the watch's health app to give you real-time metrics on your fitness, while gathering data round the clock. We also see the Pebble 2 pick up the Pebble Time's microphone, while retaining features like a seven-day battery life and water resistance.

While the Pebble 2 enjoys a design overhaul, picking up a smooth new look, the real star of this makeover is the Pebble Time 2, which manages to reinvent itself with a big new screen – fifty percent larger than the color display on the original Pebble Time.

Despite the larger display, the watch itself is the same size as the first Pebble Time. And through a small miracle, the move to a bigger screen shouldn't affect battery life any, with the wearable still enjoying 10 days of operation on a charge.

Like the Pebble 2, the Pebble Time 2 picks up an optical heart-rate monitor.

Both models run the company's latest mobile platform update, offering a timeline view of your most important upcoming info, activity tracking and associated reminders, and customizable One-Click Actions, programmable functions that allow users to automate frequent tasks.

Once again, Pebble is turning to crowdfunding to introduce its latest wearables, and both the Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2 are live on Kickstarter. Early birds can score the Pebble 2 in one of five colors for just about $100, while the Pebble Time 2 (available in three colors) will run you more like $170.

The Pebble 2 starts shipping in September, while the Pebble Time 2 follows a few weeks later in November.

source: Pebble (Kickstarter)



1. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

$170? IMO, its better to get android wear which only a little more expensive, but have much more functionality (but less battery life) moto 360 already at $210-$230 right now, and it can be get lower than $200 at the time Pebble Time 2 released on november

2. jellmoo

Posts: 2661; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

It really depends on your use case though. I had a Moto 360 and returned it after a week. I now have a Time Steel that I really enjoy. If you want something that is a new tech wearable first, and a watch/notification center second, Android Wear is the way to go. However, if you want something that is a watch/notification center first, and a new tech wearable second, a Pebble probably fits your usage better.

6. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

@jellmoo For $170, I'd rather buy yet another Nexus 5 than a glorified kid's plastic watch... Teens wearing these plastic things get no respect from me... It makes them look too bloody geeky and awkward, Ha! Get a REAL wristwatch... Get a ROLEX... Or at-least a Mechanical Watch... If getting respected and 'kudos' is the thing for you... Good luck attracting a chick with that, little one!!!

10. jellmoo

Posts: 2661; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Eh, my wife is more or less attached to me. ;) I like having a watch for an occasion. For work, I find my Pebble Time Steel is actually helpful in keeping track of notifications and my calendar. For casual wear or if I'm going out, I like either a Hamilton or a Tissot. (Rolex is a little flashy for me).

12. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

"If getting respected and 'kudos' is the thing for you..." LOL are you in high school? Or are you in the rap scene or something? Who gives a damn if some moron on the street ”respects” me for what watch I wear? I wear a LG G Watch and had a Pebble prior to this, I was/am happy with what I use. I don't buy anything to get respect from others. There's this awesome thing that comes with growing up and becoming a man, not giving a damn about others opinions. I almost didn't give a damn enough to reply to your comment but you give off the entitled douchebag vibe and I had to come in with a grown ups opinion. You can buy all your Rolexes you want, most people I know that have Rolexes also have credit debt larger than their yearly income because they're trying so hard to look good for others. I'll throw my respect at the multi millionaire who has a paid off house, drives a 2000 Honda Accord and doesn't give a damn about what kids think earn respect.

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

$170? IMO, its better to get a Nokia 230 (Dual Sim) which is not only less expensive, but has much more functionality (and more battery life) P.S Nokia 230 is available for 74 Aussie Bucks here = ~$50 Yankee Bucks... Imagine what you could do with spare $120... Hmmm... But whatever rows your boat, lad! Who am I to argue, eh?

13. Konsento

Posts: 139; Member since: Apr 10, 2015

Yes; let's wear a Nokia 230 on your wrist. Also, how the heck does the Nokia 230 have better battery life??? Could you explain?

4. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

I bought a refurbished (as new) all stainless steel Moto 360 for $80 on eBay and it's a really great smartwatch!

5. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Asus Zenwatch 2. Great value right there.

7. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

@yoosufmuneer: Zenwatch 2 is going for 210 Aussie Bucks here... Great value 'no where'...

14. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

I was talking about US lol


Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

It turns out that Pebble time 2 lasts 10 days vs 7 days of pebble 2, also you can change the strap with any 22mm watch strap meaning we can have a metal strap instead of the stock dull looking one. I think for 169$ it is acceptable but not more. It's not the best looking watch but for functionality and developer support i am willing to give it a go.

11. eyedoc81

Posts: 56; Member since: May 20, 2011

I loved my Pebble Time, but I can't go backward from my Samsung Gear S2. Pebble Time could control my music in the gym while my phone was in my pocket, but My Gear S2 can actually store the music and bluetooth right to my headset. No cords connected, no phone in my pocket. Pebble just can't compete with that.

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