Manufacturer: Pebble Technology Part number: 301BL
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as of 12/04/2013
CNET editors' review
price range: $149.99
- Reviewed by: Scott Stein
- Reviewed on: 04/05/2013
The good: The Pebble Watch has a lean design, multiple watch faces, standalone timekeeping, and downloadable apps. It's water-resistant.
The bad: Currently limited feature set; unpredictable battery life due to unclear battery indicators; plastic look and smaller screen feel a little dated; getting notifications set up in iOS and Android can be confusing.
The bottom line: The Pebble Watch has solid basic smartwatch functions, but until promised apps and features arrive, it’s more a tinkerer’s tech toy than a must-have timepiece.
The first great smartwatch!
by supersoulfly on September 29, 2013
Pros: -Good battery life (5-7 days is accurate with normal use)
-Easily and consistently connects to phone
-3rd Party Apps (On Android, completely changed the experience)
-Can change out watch strap
Cons: -Stock setup leaves a lot to be desired
-Only 8 3rd party apps allowed to be installed
-A tad bulky for my tastes
Summary: I've had my Pebble for a month now and the experience has been great. I like tinkering with my devices and this has been very enjoyable for me. I ...
Summary: I've had my Pebble for a month now and the experience has been great. I like tinkering with my devices and this has been very enjoyable for me. I could see how someone that just wants something to simply work could be disappointed.
Out of the box Pebble is fine but it only scratches the surface of what it is capable of. On Android there is a growing market of 3rd party apps that really enrich the experience. Canvas, Pebble Notifier, and Music Boss are a few of my favorites apps.
The hardware itself is quite nice. The build is a bit bulky for my tastes, but it is solid. I added a clear screen protector to avoid scratches. I usually get 5 or 6 days on a charge. The more animations your watchface has the quicker the batter will drain, so I suggest not using a face that tracks the seconds. And don't be afraid to take this in the water either. It have used it in the shower many times (I like being able to control my music) with absolutely no problems.
My experience with the watch has been great. Having notifications and information readily available has completely changed my habits. Just a quick glance at my wrist and I move on with my life, opposed to stopping what's happening to discover what's on my phone. While it sounds like a small thing, it really adds up to a simpler and smarter way to be connected. At home I just leave my phone out anywhere in my apartment. I'm no longer tied to making sure it's in my pocket fearing the world will pass me by. At work and social events I'm able to keep my phone in my pocket and I don't have to take it out every time I get a notification. This has actually resulted in me getting a better battery life on my phone simply because I'm not draining the battery by turning on the screen so often.
Overall it hasn't been perfect but it's been great.
Ok, if you're really geeky...
by yergnov on September 5, 2013
receive texts/messages on watch
simple to set up
Cons: scratches easily
pins are not real secure- mine's popped off 2x
drains iPhone battery quickly
needs a lot of attention when using apps (very flaky)
no battery indicator
loses BT connection frequently
requires 3rd party apps which drain battery
Summary: My Pebble was a kickstarter edition watch. I have had it for a few months. If you just use it as a watch, it is great. WHen you start connecting ...
Summary: My Pebble was a kickstarter edition watch. I have had it for a few months. If you just use it as a watch, it is great. WHen you start connecting it to your phone, there are issues. FreeCaddie is a great concept, but it constantly freezes, and does not tell the time while in the app. It drains the heck out of your watch and if it is not fully charged before and after, you might as well not count on it.
The watch pins fit into the plastic body which have a tendency to rip out when bumped. I put on my backpack and it snagged a bit on the watch. My normal watches would have held, the Pebble went flying. Messages are great to receive on the watch, but really, you will still need to pull the phone out to reply (great in meetings though because you can be subtle).
I wish I had an android to try the Pebble on, but at this time I've only tried the iPhone. I would recommend NOT buying it unless you are either very patient, geeky, or want what most others don't have. There are better watches coming- I say wait.
Pebble has promised an SDK, there is not enough you can reliably do at this point, maybe once the SDK comes out, it will improve- but I wouldn't drop any money on it if I were you.
Great Watch but does require 3rd party Software
by hawknj on May 30, 2013
Pros: Great look
Manny watch Faces
Light easy to wear
Lots of FUN
Cons: Battery Life ?????
Skype not working well with it
no music volume
Summary: I am a kickstart backer and I have had my Pebble for about a month and when I first started using it I was not a happy camper. To many ...
Summary: I am a kickstart backer and I have had my Pebble for about a month and when I first started using it I was not a happy camper. To many promises were made and to little has showed up. But wait add a third part app Pebble Notifier and life is looking a lot better. This little program got so many of my notifications working with no problem. I get email from 2 gmail account and notification fro my Outlook email my Yahoo messages come right to my watch and my Google plus works with it also. I am sure there is more I just have to play with it more. There is ason another 3rd party app that allows you to do even more with the watch you can even set up canned responsive to text messages. This program is more involved in setting up I have not used it.
And the Runkeeper now works with it also. Life is getting better with the Pebble and anyone I show it to really likes it. with some minor add ons this can be a 5 star watch..
Great Smartwatch in it's current stage of developement
by boagie17 on April 29, 2013
Pros: Connects and receives notifications instantly, battery life is great, a plethora of watch faces readily available, and doesn't seem to drain the battery on the phone. Also waterproof and the ability to change watch bands to your style.
Cons: No battery status. No notification if you leave your phone behind. Look is very geeky. Screen can be easily scratched and the charging cable is proprietary.
Summary: In my opinion, with the available smartwatches like the WIMM, I'm Watch, Martian, Metawatch and Sony Smartwatch (second gen), I believe Pebble has the capability of being so much ...
Summary: In my opinion, with the available smartwatches like the WIMM, I'm Watch, Martian, Metawatch and Sony Smartwatch (second gen), I believe Pebble has the capability of being so much with it's potential.
A lightweight smartwatch that works.
by mlo6 on April 21, 2013
Pros: The screen looks great outdoors. Battery life is good (5 days), bluetooth connection is solid and an open SDK gives the Pebble tons of potential. The black Pebble blends in with whatever your wearing unlike other bulky smart watches.
Cons: Full app SDK has yet to be released, but with what the community has created so far using very little this will not be a problem for long.
Summary: The Pebble smart watch is a light weight smart watch that works. It has a solid bluetooth connection that doesn't drop. Battery life is good, and the screen looks ...
Summary: The Pebble smart watch is a light weight smart watch that works. It has a solid bluetooth connection that doesn't drop. Battery life is good, and the screen looks good outdoors. The company is focused on getting a good product out to consumers and you can expect them to update and tweak the software to continue making it better. In the near future their will be tons of cool apps. If your looking into a cool way to avoid having to pull your phone out of your pocket or backpack every few minutes this is the product to get.
Wait to buy...
by nashvillenewman on April 8, 2013
Pros: Slick design, cool watchfaces
Cons: No apps. Boo
Summary: Wait to buy. Very cool watch. I was a Kickstarter backer so I got it for a good price but for $150 retail it simply doesn't do enough yet. ...
Summary: Wait to buy. Very cool watch. I was a Kickstarter backer so I got it for a good price but for $150 retail it simply doesn't do enough yet. Sure you can get alerts for your SMS, Mail, etc. But there's NO apps for it yet (I bought it for the golf GPS) and nothing seems to be coming anytime soon.