Pebble Smart Watch

7.7/10 AVG.
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  • Pebble Smart Watch
  • Pebble Smart Watch
  • Pebble Smart Watch
  • Pebble Smart Watch
  • Pebble Smart Watch
  • Pebble Smart Watch
  • Pebble Smart Watch
  • Pebble Smart Watch
  • Pebble Smart Watch
  • Pebble Smart Watch
  • Pebble Smart Watch

Specs / Features


View notifications from email, SMS, Caller ID, calendar and your favorite apps on your wrist. | Download watch faces and apps to suit your style and interests. | Control music playing on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora and more. | Rechargeable battery lasts 5-7 days on a single charge | Compatible with both Apple and Android devices | Compatible with both Apple (iOS 6 and higher) and Android devices (OS 4.0 and higher)

View notifications from email, SMS, Caller ID, calendar and your favorite apps on your wrist. | Download watch faces and apps to suit your style and interests. | Control music playing on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora and more. | Rechargeable battery lasts 5-7 days on a single charge | Compatible with both Apple and Android devices | Compatible with both Apple (iOS 6 and higher) and Android devices (OS 4.0 and higher)

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Specification

Brand Pebble Technology Corp
Model 301BL
Size 9 x 7 cm (3.5 x 2.8 in)

Reviews summary

7.7/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 23 reviews

What's good  

  • Excellent battery life
  • Simple yet effective
  • Durable – water resistant

What's bad  

  • Dated look compared to recent smartwatches
  • Somewhat uncomfortable wrist straps
  • Monochrome display

While Pebble wasn't the first smartwatch on the market, it was the one that got consumers interested in the market thanks to its Android and iOS compatibility, open source OS and incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign. When compared to more "modern" smartwatches experts describe the Pebble as looking a bit cheap due to its all plastic build from the casing to the buttons and straps. Despite this, they found it to be very durable especially since it is water resistant in up to 160 feet of salt and fresh water and works in temperatures ranging from 14 degrees to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. They warn, however, that the rubber straps can irritate the skin when worn for long periods of time. Its simple aesthetic was hit or miss with critics as some appreciated its small size, weight and subtle appearance while others found it dated and "dorky."

The 1.26-inch e-paper display is about the same size as the standard size for many luxury watches. There is no touch interface so users can only navigate the menus with the help of four buttons on the side. While the e-paper screen is friendly on the batteries, Wareable states that it, "…resembles a prehistoric Casio…it's simply not enjoyable to use." As an e-paper device, the Pebble only offers monochrome colors as well. It does come with a backlight that can be switched on automatically depending on lighting or activated with a flick of the wrist.

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In comparison to other smartwatches, the Pebble does not strive to be a smartphone replacement. Instead, it markets itself more as a companion. Its main function is to provide a quick summary notifications such as emails, phone calls, texts, Twitter and other alerts you would normally need to dig out your phone for and, of course, to tell the time. Reviewers had an excellent experience using it as they received notifications quickly. It was so convenient that Trusted Reviews states, "…it feels second nature within a few days to look at Pebble rather than your phone." Still, it does have its limitations as it can only have up to 8 different apps at a time.

Perhaps Pebble's biggest bragging point is its battery life. Thanks to the e-paper display and the 130mAh battery lasted reviewers around 5 days of light use and 3 days of heavy use. While less than Pebble's reported 7 days, it still means recharging the watch isn't a nightly ritual.

While the Pebble might look a bit dated compared to more recent smartwatches, it still holds its own in terms of functionality. Digital Spy says, "…it isn't as slick as the Moto 360 or LG G Watch, but…[it's] simple, slick and genuinely useful."

Reviews (7.7/10 Avg. rating)


Wareable

Keeps things simple

from Wareable
While it’s still a decent entry point into smartwatches for techies, the Pebble is dating hard. Pebble’s excellent battery life and simplicity should be applauded, but the smartwatch world is moving at 100mph and it’s starting to feel extremely irrelevant, and in a straight shoot out with Android Wear, we’d go for the flawed beauty of Google’s OS every time... Full review
TrustedReviews

Offers the slickest experience and comes with a bargain price tag

from TrustedReviews
It comes with huge hype, but the Pebble smartwatch predominantly delivers. It is smartly designed, intuitive and affordable. Currently it works far better on Android than iOS, but that is down to the limitations of Apple’s platform and should change with iOS7. Many rivals will hit the market in 2013, but so far Pebble is the smartwatch to beat... Full review
Digital Spy

The wearable to go for right now

from Digital Spy
Pebble really is what you make of it. We've managed to get the watch pretty much running out flat, while sending us notifications straight from our iPhone.Sure, it isn't as slick as the Moto 360 or LG G Watch, but that becomes largely irrelevant when you can get so much more usage out of the Pebble.We also like how diverse the included app store is, which continues to grow as we speak. There is a lot more capable of running on the Pebble than you would expect.Simple, slick and genuinely useful, it's the smartwatch you want... Full review
Know Your Mobile

Easily the most convincing smartwatch yet seen

from Know Your Mobile

Pebble isn't entirely perfect, but it's the best smartwatch out there by a mile - it's a great way to get notifications without having to constantly remove your phone from your pocket, and the growing app store means it could potentially become even more useful than it is now. Add a lightweight, waterproof body and a subtle yet classy design and you've got a genuinely appealing product which proves the concept of wearable tech isn't a dead-end. The shortcomings are therefore easily put aside; battery life and app storage could be better, but they're not deal breakers. The fact that the Pebb... Full review

Fone Arena

One of the very affordable ones in the market

from Fone Arena
The Pebble transcends its identity of a smartwatch, as it proves to be much more than that. It is at the fore front of the wearables revolution that has already started, and is certainly just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to market potential. If you want to buy a Smartwatch, right now, you have very few options, with the Pebble being one of the best among them. Android Wear will make its debut this year through the LG G Watch, but we have no idea what it’s going to be like, especially in the battery life department, and hey, it’s possibly not going to work with iOS... Full review
Business Insider

The best smart watch in the world

from Business Insider

I'm not the first person to make this comparison, but I'll repeat it anyway. The state of smart watches today feels a lot like the state of smartphones before the original iPhone launched in 2007. The Pebble Steel does what it promises to do — deliver notifications from your phone so you're not constantly staring at your phone like some sort of drone. And it does it well.

But it's not the most elegant solution. You still have to deal with a grainy, black and white screen. You still have to charge it every few days, unlike a normal watch. You still have to control many funct... Full review

Cnet

Waterproof, runs a ton of apps, and works with both iOS and Android phones

from Cnet

The Pebble is the best-functioning all-around smartwatch out there, even with its relative lack of bells and whistles. There’s no color touch screen, no speaker, no camera, no microphone. And, for the most part, the Pebble is better off for it. It’s the smartwatch I choose to wear the most, because it’s the most comfortable and waterproof. And, for everyday heads-up notifications, it’s also the best. A year of software development and the launch of an app store have finally provided the extras that I was hoping for last year. Hey, better late than never.

B... Full review

Wired

The first smartwatch worth wearing

from Wired
The smartwatch as a concept is still in its infancy, finding its footing in the burgeoning wearables landscape. Should it replicate the features of your phone or tablet? Or should it merely complement them? Should it do something else entirely? For now, Pebble’s approach is to provide simplified access to what’s most important and most relevant on your smartphone. It’s still not something most of us really need, but now at least the overall package looks good enough to disguise this triviality... Full review
TechRadar

There's a reason why it's making a splash

from TechRadar

For the most part, the Pebble excels past the other smartwatches available right now. Why? Because it's everything a smartwatch should be - simple, understated, accessible. It sounds backwards, but it's what the Pebble doesn't do that's most pleasing.

Because we don't need to talk into our watches and we certainly don't need a built-in camera. A smartwatch isn't just another screen for us to deal with - it's a way of making our lives that little bit easier.

When you're crammed on the bus at peak time, when you're out driving the car, when you've had to leave your phone... Full review

iDownloadBlog

By no means a perfect wearable

from iDownloadBlog

I’m quite late to the party when it comes to the Pebble, and there are tons of reviews out there that go over every single nook and cranny concerning the device. With that in mind, I didn’t want this to be a regurgitation of what you’ve already read. I wanted to bring you this write up in order to emphasize how much I now believe in wearable technology.

The Pebble Smartwatch is by no means a perfect wearable. It has a terrible setup, an uncomfortable wrist strap, and it’s quite expensive at $149. Nevertheless, it has made me an unequivocal believer in this... Full review


Amazon.com Reviews Summary

3,053 from Amazon.com

3,053 Amazon.com shoppers shared a review for the Pebble Smart Watch. Ratings are middle of the road, averaging 3.6 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.com customer reviews.

7.2/10

Amazon.ca Reviews Summary

40 from Amazon.ca

40 Amazon.ca shoppers shared a review for the Pebble Smart Watch. Ratings are middle of the road, averaging 3.1 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.ca customer reviews.

6.2/10

Amazon.co.uk Reviews Summary

572 from Amazon.co.uk

572 Amazon.co.uk shoppers shared a review for the Pebble Smart Watch. Ratings are generally positive, averaging 4.1 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.co.uk customer reviews.

8.2/10

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