Pebble Smartwatch Review

We have heard for a little while about 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 appears like a standard wristwatch but, besides showing the exact time, it includes “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 include various configurations and applications however the most common features will be the possibility to read emails, texts, take pictures, act as GPS and a lot more. (Note: At this time, the Pebble company has implemented about 5500 apps for his or her 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 among others may lack compatibility to various operating systems (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 could have subscribed to, then your smartwatch may be 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 work and when a significant notification arrives you will know about it. Besides all of this, smartwatches are used extensively for 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 managed to capture your interest so let’s take a look at the most effective and non expensive smartwatches available, the Pebble Smartwatch.

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

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

It weighs 38g and its dimensions are 50x32x11mm. On the proper side you will find the up-down and choose buttons and on the left side an individual menu button plus a set of contacts for the magnetic power connector.

The Pebble Smartwatch isn’t fragile and is competent to withstand temperatures between 14 to 140F and can function even if it really is submerged up to 160 feet in water (this is great for explorers!).

The display includes 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. Even though viewing angle is not a complete 180 degrees, you will be able to see notifications or any running screen app minus the backlight during the day quite easily.

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 able to retain some apps and customizable watch faces. Aside from the main specs, the watch includes a magnetometer, an ambient light and a three-axis accelerometer.

The apps should benefit from 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 competent to keep up to 5 days of extensive use and over a week of occasional usage.

Note: Pebble watch does not have a battery indicator.

In order 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 concerning this watch is that it supports both the 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 look like it tried to make a good management for Pebble but after we configured it properly, the watch worked perfectly along the iPhone.

We could actually 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 fairly different. The settings with this platform seemed 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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