Pebble Smartwatch Review

We have heard for a little while concerning this tiny gadget and the increasing interest lots 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 includes “smart” capabilities. You will need to connect it to a smartphone or tablet in order to access the smart functions.

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

So what can a smartwatch do?

Smartwatches come with various configurations and applications but the most common features are the possibility to read emails, texts, take pictures, become GPS and a lot more. (Note: At this time, the Pebble company has implemented about 5500 apps because of their smartwatch.)

In order to access the applications of other smart devices, the smartwatches usually connect via Bluetooth.

Note: Some smartwatches might not connect to all smartphones and others may lack compatibility to various os’s (not all are compatible with iOS and Android).

Why do I need a smartwatch?

If you don’t like to check your phone every five minutes and fancy the idea that your watch may alert you once you receive emails, match important news, check your social feed or other important services you may 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 won’t be interrupted from your work and when a significant notification arrives you will know about it. Besides all this, smartwatches are used extensively for his or her fitness applications.

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

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

Note: The Pebble SmartWatch took birth because of an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign that managed 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 includes a simple, yet elegant look, without being bulky or heavy. The casing is made from plastic and has a cushty and sturdy strap.

It weighs 38g and its dimensions are 50x32x11mm. On the right side you will discover the up-down and select buttons and on the left side an individual menu button along with a group of contacts for the magnetic power connector.

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

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

Comparing to its competitors, the screen is a bit of a low point nonetheless 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. Aside from the main specs, the watch has 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.

Because of its tiny low-resolution display and the 140 mAH battery, the Pebble watch is competent to keep up to 5 days of extensive use and over a week of occasional usage.

Note: Pebble watch doesn’t have a battery indicator.

To be waterproof, the Pebble watch can be charged by connecting a bespoke cable to the tiny magnets on the side of the watch.

iOS and Android

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

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

We were able to download new watch faces or access contact support nonetheless it does seems like everything happened at the iOS level (iOS acted as a placeholder).

The Android experience is quite different. The settings with this platform seemed to be more set up and the apps made more sense. Comparing to iOS the Android seemed more open and with a lot more applications to choose from.

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