Pebble Smartwatch for iPhone and Android (Black)

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  1. user7648
    February 9, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    147 of 157 people found the following review helpful

    3.0 out of 5 stars
    To Pebble or Not to Pebble….Potential, December 6, 2013

    By Jason

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    This review is from: Pebble Smartwatch for iPhone and Android (Black) (Wireless Phone Accessory)

    Ordered the black Pebble in early Dec 13′. Order arrived within the prescribed time frame promised. It came packaged in a padded envelope and neatly boxed.

    Construction: Light weight plastic with some metal (buckle and side charging pins). The screen is scratch resistant (according to the website literature). The screen is ~1-inch (corner to corner). The larger button on left above the charging pins is a ‘back-button’. There are three buttons not shown on the right. Think of them as scroll up (top), select (middle button), and scroll down (bottom). The band is made of rubber and is very comfortable. Over all the watch is very light weight…I caught myself looking to make sure it was still on it is so light. The watch charges over a standard USB port. There is no literature on the specific type of AC charger to use, so i’d caution anyone in using this method to charge the watch as it may not match the charging requirements of the watch itself.

    Software/Sync: I own an iPhone 4S with iOS7. The watch came with firmware 1.2 (? not sure if i’m using the correct terms– firmware or software-not an IT guy!). I down loaded the free pebble app to my iPhone, once connected, it automatically walked me through the update process from 1.2 to 1.3., actually it was pretty seamless and a hands off process. Bluetooth established a handshake with my iPhone in seconds. I then selected the option to send test text and test call. both worked and the watch vibrated almost immediately. Packaged in the box were two short pamphlets, one with basic instructions and the other was all the FCC requirement information.

    Pebble can only receive data, save one, the music selection, which can start, stop and play music on your mobile device. Otherwise you can’t text, email, or call from the watch. Think of it as an ‘extension’ “to” your phone as a remote control and as a notification system–albeit a limited extension as it can’t manipulate apps on your phone–it can only use streams of data from it, e.g. GPS-data. The phone must be in proximity to the Pebble (Bluetooth range varies) in order to function as a ‘smart watch’, otherwise it’s only good as a watch…it tells time and date. There is tremendous potential here but that’s a discussion beyond the scope of this review.

    Issues I encountered. First, there are other Pebble utilities (e.g. Smartwatch +, SmartWatch Pro, etc.) that allow you access to weather features, maps, etc. But these are pay-utilities. In other word to really start enjoying the potential of this watch, you need to add these ‘foundational utilities’ in order to obtain the apps that make the watch more enjoyable to use as a tool. That said, some utilities/apps are pay and some are free, some are OEM type apps (approved for use on Pebble-tested), others are not (not tested or guaranteed). My opinion is that the smart watch needs to come with those baseline utilities/apps or at least make them available through the website. If its a third party vendor app, then sure, you may have to pay for those apps/services–I embrace capitalism, but in the most basic sense, the watch should come with baseline functional apps that showcase its potential. It just makes business sense.

    I personally ran into issues after the upgrade. My Pebble was constantly looking for a Bluetooth connection and when established, it was constantly in an “updating” mode for weather and GPS for when I ran (didn’t work the only time I used it on an outdoor run which lasted for 47 mins), and lastly it never was able to correctly sync may battery status for my phone. So for example, if my phone was 100% charged, the Pebble would show 75% charged.

    Assuming you don’t have a Samsung which has its own watch and assuming Apple doesn’t come out with its own line of smart watches, Pebble can only improve in my opinion. It has a lot of potential, but it first needs to work out the basic bugs.

    5 starts for it potential, 3 stars however for its functionality vis-a-vis the need to purchase additional apps, and its glitchy-ness.
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  2. user8872
    February 9, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    172 of 185 people found the following review helpful

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Watch the seller – only buy if sold by Amazon., December 2, 2013

    By Brandon Brown

    This review is from: Pebble Smartwatch for iPhone and Android (Black) (Wireless Phone Accessory)

    WATCH THE SELLER. The max price of this watch should be $150. This is an item that resellers appear to purchase and then charge more than double the actual price for. If the watch is more than $150, just go to getpebble.com and buy direct.
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  3. user5686
    February 9, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    222 of 232 people found the following review helpful

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    I love my Pebble, October 25, 2013

    By RWm “Rick” (Boston, MA) –

    This review is from: Pebble Smartwatch for iPhone and Android (Black) (Wireless Phone Accessory)

    This watch is great! I love being able to try different watch faces every day. There is an app so that I can even create my own watch face. So I did. It was easy to load it on an use it. I added it to the others on my Pebble.

    I’m hard of hearing. Normally I need to have my phone on LOUD to hear it even with my hearing aids and sometimes I don’t feel the vibrating alert on my phone. Other times I have my phone in the bedroom because I don’t have it with me. Nevertheless, my Pebble will vibrate and tell me who is calling. Even 30 feet away. It is totally awesome. If I want to ignore the call I just click the button on the watch.

    For those of you that don’t like the Pebble because they think that it looks cheap. Prior to the Pebble, all of my watches (except the one that I use to work in the yard) were fancy $500+. I now wear my Pebble everywhere. I meet with executives, and often I’ll show it to them and next thing they want to know what it costs and where to get it.

    I also wear my Pebble running and occasionally in the shower or bath. Never a problem.

    I added the Skinomi Skin to the watch face to protect it.

    The only drawback is that I’m 55 and find it difficult to read the text messages without my readers on. I wish that I could increase the font size of the text. For this reason, and only this, I give it 4 starts.
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