The Pebble Smartwatch Review
The Pebble Classic SmartWatch is the Kickstarter funded success story that made tech giants like Samsung take notice; it hit its reached its $100,000 target within two hours and raised a total of $10.2m from nearly 69,000 backers by the time it closed in May 2012. And it’s success lies in its simplicity; unlike the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy Gear and Sony’s SW2, the Pebble Classic does not try to be a Smartphone for your wrist. It is less chunky, heavy, and sophisticated than its rivals, but enables you to receive notifications from your Smartphone, skip through music tracks and displays the time well (like a normal watch); and download apps via Pebble’s very own appstore.
Pebble Classic Specifications
The watch features a 1.26-inch, 144 × 168 pixel e-paper display and weighs in at only 38g (including the rubber band); boasts an ARM Cortex-M3 Processor, up to 80MHz and is 5 ATM water resistant so is fine to wear in the shower and for swimming. Charging is via a USB lead, which terminates in a magnetic attachment to a pair of contacts on the left-hand side of the watch.
What it’s like to use
The Pebble Smartwatch is light and comfortable to wear, and checking notifications whenever it vibrates on your wrist becomes second nature after a while (and is a lot more discreet than digging around in your pocket or bag for your phone). Reading texts and Facebook messages is easy, and it’s to be able to glance at your wrist to find out who’s calling you (it’s possible to reject calls via Pebble).
The display is not a touchscreen so Pebble is controlled via four buttons and by flicking your wrist. The large rectangular button on the left takes you back a step, and the three buttons on the right allow you to navigate up, down, and make your selection. The screen is readable in all light except dark, however, there is a decent backlight.
Pebble also offers basic control of the music on your phone, and will display song titles and allow you to pause and skip tracks. However, navigating to the music controls requires a number of button pushes and found it easier and quicker just to use my phone for this. Much more interesting were apps like Yelp, which allow you to use the Pebble Classic Smartwatch to find nearby restaurants, coffee shops, nightlife (or a random suggestion if you shake your wrist) and read reviews.
- Works well with Android & iOS,
- battery life,
- App store,
- Screen not great,
- scratches quite easily