Pebble, back in 2012 was a kickstarter campaign that started the “smart watch” craze. Of course others had to join in, but Pebble was and still is the founding father of this niche. There is a good reason, actually several reasons why it should be looked at as the “watch to beat”. It was tested on iPhone 5s, and iPod Touch 5g (dependent on WiFi) and just to make sure it really is cross platform, a Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Pro’s include, but are in no way limited to;
- Impressive battery life
- Works on both Android and iOS
- Always-on color e-paper display
- Display looks great under direct sunlight
- Large app library
- Voice replies
There are really two cons to it. One con also depends on how in love you are with Siri and Google now, as it doesn’t extend to either of those. The other is the fact that you can not have it paired to more than one device. You need to reset the Time if you want to pair it with a different or new device. They are not however, a deal breaker. As you will see, this is “THE” watch to have. After all, you may be cool, but with the Apple watch, you won’t be “Hey, C3P0 and R2D2 are telling time on my watch” kind of cool.
The first thing that stands out is its color e-paper technology. This is a constant on technology that is easy to read even in direct sunlight. Its new timeline also tends to put an end to any app clutter. The microphone does add the ability to offer quick voice replies and memos, but again, will not control Siri or Google Now.
After downloading the apps from their respective store, pairing was almost instant. It downloaded updates to the watch and then it was off and running to customize it. Most of the apps and watch faces are free. Some offer companion apps in the app store or Google play, which may or may not charge a fee. There is an app and a watch face for every interest, or so it seems.
Notifications were simultaneously shown on the tested device as well as the watch. You can disable any notification in the app and even opt for “quiet time” at the press of a button. Moving around the watch is also that simple. You can scroll through your calendar, dismiss just one or all notifications and even set up alarms.
This watch is definitely way cool. In fact, you may just want to call it “Geek Chic”. It is fashionable, and functional all at once. It is comfortable to wear for long periods of time. However if you get a lot of notifications, you may want to opt for “quiet time” as the constant vibrations can be annoying. Pebble has a color e-paper display. It may not be extremely bright, but is fully readable even in the brightest solar glare conditions. It is even fully readable from an angle. There is also an LED backlight if you want additional brightness.
The Pebble Time (per the website) has the ability to store 50+/- apps, watchfaces, etc. That was put to the test. It seemed to ring true. What was noticed was that when you reach the limit, lessor used apps are deleted.
The smart watch craze does not appear to be losing steam in any way, shape or form. Pebble with its different models, apps and customizability also does not appear to be losing steam. It is hear for the long haul and poses and immediate threat to the apple watch and android wear.