Pebble Smartwatch Review

We have heard for a time concerning this tiny gadget and the increasing interest a lot of people have shown, but exactly what is a smartwatch and what does it do?

Well, a smartwatch looks like a normal wristwatch but, besides showing the exact time, it comes with “smart” capabilities. You will need to connect it to a smartphone or tablet as a way to access the smart functions.

Some have called them an add-on to smarter gadgets.

What can a smartwatch do?

Smartwatches come with various configurations and applications however the most common features will be the possibility to read emails, texts, take pictures, act as GPS and much more. (Note: Right now, the Pebble company has implemented about 5500 apps for their smartwatch.)

So as to access the applications of other smart devices, the smartwatches usually connect via Bluetooth.

Note: Some smartwatches may not connect to all smartphones among others may lack compatibility to various operating systems (not all are appropriate for iOS and Android).

Why do I want a smartwatch?

If don’t like to check your phone every 5 minutes and fancy the idea your watch may alert you once you receive emails, keep up with important news, check your social feed or other important services you might have subscribed to, then your smartwatch is the perfect device for you.

Basically you will be much less distracted than you’d be when checking a smartphone, you will not be interrupted from your own work and when a significant notification arrives you should understand about it. Besides all of this, smartwatches are used extensively because of their fitness applications.

Applications like RunKeeper will monitor your heart rate, count steps, measure your stress level and just how many calories have you burnt.

Hopefully we were able to capture your interest so let’s have a look at among the finest and non expensive smartwatches available, the Pebble Smartwatch.

Note: The Pebble SmartWatch took birth because of a very successful Kickstarter campaign that were able to raise over 10 million dollars in about five weeks.

Design and Display

At the first glance, the Pebble Watch appears like a normal watch. It has a simple, yet elegant look, without being bulky or heavy. The casing is constructed of plastic and has a comfortable and sturdy strap.

It weighs 38g and its own dimensions are 50x32x11mm. On the right side you will discover the up-down and choose buttons and on the left side a single menu button plus a group of contacts for the magnetic power connector.

The Pebble Smartwatch is not fragile and is capable to withstand temperatures between 14 to 140F and will function even if it really is submerged around 160 feet in water (this is great for explorers!).

The display features a 1.26in 144�168 Sharp Memory LCD e-paper, it really is monochrome and is covered by a plastic lens that may reflect light. Although the viewing angle is not a complete 180 degrees, it will be easy to see notifications or any running screen app without the backlight during the day without difficulty.

Comparing to its competitors, the screen is really a tiny low point but it does its job properly.

Performance and Battery Life

The Pebble Smartwatch features an ARM Cortex-M3 processor and 512 KB on-chip storage that will be in a position to retain some apps and customizable watch faces. Besides the main specs, the watch includes a magnetometer, an ambient light and a three-axis accelerometer.

The apps should take advantage of all this features and develop a great user experience.

Thanks to its tiny low-resolution display and the 140 mAH battery, the Pebble watch is capable to continue to 5 days of extensive use and over a week of occasional usage.

Note: Pebble watch does not have a battery indicator.

To be able to be waterproof, the Pebble watch could be charged by connecting a bespoke cable to the small magnets on the side of the watch.

iOS and Android

What’s really interesting about this watch is that it supports both iOS and Android platform.

After downloading the Pebble app, first we tested the watch along with an iPhone. It was a bit of a hassle to make it run, as iOS doesn’t really seem like it tried to make a good management for Pebble but directly after we configured it properly, the watch worked perfectly across the iPhone.

We could actually download new watch faces or access contact support but it does seems like everything happened at the iOS level (iOS acted as a placeholder).

The Android experience is fairly different. The settings on this platform appeared to be more in place and the apps made more sense. Comparing to iOS the Android seemed more open sufficient reason for a lot more applications to select from.


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