Connects with select iOS and Android devices via Bluetooth. May require app downloads.
Watch face is readable whether it's day or night
The e-paper display ensures a clear view, even in sunlight, and the backlight can be activated with a flick of the wrist.
Fully customizable to give you the look and feel you want
Virtual watch faces can be downloaded and installed, and the strap can easily be swapped out.
Robust app store
Pebble watches are compatible with a wide variety of apps and games, which can be purchased and downloaded from the Pebble app store.
Compatible with RunKeeper app
The free downloadable RunKeeper app tracks your run data and fitness goals. Get your pace without slowing down, or easily pause RunKeeper while at an intersection so the stop doesn't mess up your stats.
Vibration alerts let you know when you've got a new text or notification.
Rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery
The included magnetic USB connector lets you charge your watch using your computer's USB port. Wall charger sold separately.
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Best smart watch out there.
Posted by: CostaRican from: League City on
This Thanksgiving I set some time to try all popular smartwatches out there.
I tried the Metawatch Frame and Strata. The software for both is poorly developed, but I really liked the use of real glass (not plastic) for the display of these devices and also their water resistance. Unfortunately the Frame's buttons appeared loose and one of them regularly got stuck when pushed, which I found unacceptable for a $170+ device. The Strata's buttons worked better, but this device is not really very attractive. The best feature of the Metawatch family by far is the always-on display technology, but unfortunately the resolution is not great. What really kills this product line is the very limited capabilities of the support software.
I tried the Sony Smart watch 2. Unfortunately I quickly realized that the device is bulky, and the screen is plastic, which will make the unit look really bad after a few weeks of normal use. The unit also charges with a micro usb, which concerns me for a watch. The best feature of this unit is the fact that the display is always visible and is color.
I tried the Samsung Galaxy Gear, but quickly realized that I could not live pushing a button/shaking my wrist to see the time on my watch (yes, I can force the display to stay on, but that kills the battery and makes the device too distracting in public or dark places). And, yes, all the features are nice to have, but if the device fails to be an efficient 'watch' then I rather take my Galaxy Note 3 out of my pocket to see the time, and I won't need a Galaxy Gear,
After I tried these, I finally tried the Pebble. I had read poor reviews in terms of quality of workmanship, which are mostly correct: the first unit I bought came with a damaged display, and the device feels cheap and will scratch very easily. That said; however, the Pebble has buttons that work as expected (not loose or prone to sticking), and the software, both on the watch and on Android devices, does exactly what it needs to do efficiently.
At present, the only device that offers a good balance of features without loosing track of its primary function (being a wristwatch) is the Pebble. The only issue I see so far is cheap build quality. In fact, I would gladly pay another $50-100 if I could get a Pebble in a metal / ceramic case with a mineral glass (Corning Gorilla Glass anyone?), but that would bpe having your cake and eating it too! Perhaps the second (or third) iteration of these devices will get them to where they need to be, or perhaps Apple and Google are already adjusting their designs for early 2014.
143 out of 154 found this review helpful.
Great product for the price
Posted by: ariesspd from: Philadelphia, PA on
I love this watch! It does as promised. I own a business, and sometimes I get business calls and texts on my phone. My phone is usually in my desk, so it is a pain, to run from one end of the salon to the other, to answer the phone, only to see that the call isn't really important. I tried to find reasons why I didn't need this watch, but there were more reasons I needed this watch. While I am taking care of my clients, I can turn my phone ringer off remotely, and just receive call, texts, and email alerts through my pebble, and decide which calls to take. It's water proof, so I can keep it on while I'm shampooing a client. It's one of the reasons I decided against the galaxy gear, it had a camera in the band, so it is not water proof and I don't need a watch to take pictures, not to mention it only works with galaxy note 3 and had no email notifications. Can the Pebble be improved, yes and I believe it will, probably by the next version. Right now, the watch is comfortable to wear and very low profiled. As and added bonus, I can control the music on my phone. Sometimes I like to plug my phone into the stereo system at my salon via headphone jack, and it it's great to be able to control the music, and get call, and text alerts from anywhere in the salon. I truly get my money's worth from my Pebble, just this past Monday I had a class and two business meetings, so phone ringers off, and I was still able to handle my online business via alerts from my Pebble. If I got an important phone call, I could step out for a moment to answer the call, it's great not having to pull my phone out of my purse or pocket every time it vibrates. I paired my Pebble with my HTC One.
58 out of 59 found this review helpful.
a great watch and more!
Posted by: missyp17 from: eugene, or on
I almost didn't buy this watch because some of the reviews were so negative...but I figured most people only write reviews if they have something negative to say..so I bought the watch a few days ago...and I love it! It is the coolest watch I have ever had. It's comfortable and the watchfaces are really fun! I learned lastnight that if I shake my wrist, the auto light comes on and i can see the time in big numbers in the dark. I downloaded the stopwatch to it...and the pebble plus app....which lets me find my iphone from my watch. i also synced the watch with my runkeeper program so i can see my mileage on my wrist while running or riding my bike. My wrist vibrates when i get a message or a call and shows the number. However, despite all the amazing synching with my iphone...I would love this watch just as a watch! waterproof, attractive and super useful.
One note: due to the negative reviews I did purchase the best buy additional insurance program for $19 for two years. And now I'm totally not worried about anything with my watch. If the display or battery go bad (two main complaints)...I'm covered..as I understand it and I just go back to best buy and they give me another one. Overall, so glad I bought the watch!
45 out of 47 found this review helpful.
Great for what I need
Posted by: rwjrn from: Bay Area, CA on
I bought this watch to use at work. There are several things I like about it. It does not have a stainless steel back so I can wear it without getting an allergic rash. It is water resistant. I work in healthcare and wash my hands a lot. The band, while made of cheap rubber is comfortable and easy to keep clean. The face is customizable. Mostly I leave it on the large numbers, but if I forget the date or need a second hand I push a button and get what I need. I have had no issues with scratching and the battery lasts through my 4 day work week without needing to be charged. It synced easily with my iPhone and every notice I get on my phone I get on my watch. This includes emails, texts, phone calls and even news apps that send me notifications. When I'm driving and get a text I can do a quick glance at my wrist to see if it is anything I need to pull over and deal with. I pair my phone to a Bluetooth speaker while I'm working around the garage and can use the watch to pause or skip songs. This watch is not a thing of beauty, but it's very useful and functional.
35 out of 36 found this review helpful.
Nice Watch with Room for Improvement
Posted by: karol1rw from: Plymouth, MI on
This phone is rather simple compared to other smart watches and prioritizes different features compared to other smart watches, such as the Galaxy Gear.
The Galaxy Gear focuses on having impressive specs and a nice screen. It's practically a PDA in its own right. The Gear sacrifices in the areas of battery life, compatibility with other phones (although this will change), and price.
The Pebble prioritizes the opposite of the Gear. It doesn't have very impressive specs, and has a crisp but black-and-white screen. Because of this the Pebble gets decent battery life (about a week per charge, opposed to the Gear's 2 days), better compatability (all modern Android and iOS phones), and a better price ($150 vs the Gear's $299). The Pebble also sacrifices memory space, which means you're limited to a total of 8 apps or added-on watch faces at any given time.
Notifications, notes, music control, and other simple apps are all available for the Pebble. As the SDK is free anyone can write for it, resulting in a small but quickly growing enthusiast community.
The Pebble's iOS compatibility for a long time was limited and a bit tedious to use with iPhones. Pebble recently updated their firmware and iOS app so iPhones that support Bluetooth LE (iPhone 4S and up) and iOS 7 will now reliably get all notifications. While this is a great improvement and makes the Pebble much more attractive for iPhone owners, it still is behind Android compatibility and flexibility.
Is the Pebble right for everyone? No, probably not. It's questionable how much value it brings other then being a triage device that lets you preview items and perform specific tasks without pulling out your phone. The Pebble team is constantly improving the Pebble however, and the upcoming SDK 2.0 should bring a lot of new interesting features. If you're a tech enthusiast, like the idea of getting notifications on your watch and customizing the watchface, then you may enjoy the Pebble.
39 out of 41 found this review helpful.
Works as advertised
Posted by: mikemcd22 from: New Hampshire on
I was very excited to try the Pebble Smart Watch. My first few trips to Best Buy were unsucessful as the employees had no idea what a "Pebble Smart Watch" was. On my second trip to purchase, I had to ask 4 different sales people only to find out they were locked up and only had the red one (I really didn't want a red watch). Finally got the black one on trip number 3 (and they were finally on the shelf with the "heart rate monitors")..
Anyway, I have had my Pebble for about 3 months now. Despite the reviews with people experiencing failures, mine worked out of the box and on the first try. I have used it with two different phones (Galaxy III and Nexus 5) and have never had a problem connecting. I have downloaded a few of the 3rd party apps and managed to use them successfully (Notifier, and Glance).
I also jumped in a hot tub and a pool with it and it IS waterproof. I typically get 3-4 days out of one charge and I have my Tuesday/Friday routine down now so it's not so bad.
To make this a 5 star review (for me) I would like to see the ability to increase the font size (My eyes are getting old...er) and I would like longer battery life, wireless charging and better interaction with the phone without having to go through a 3rd party app.
Bottom line... I got a good one and it works for me. I would buy it again if I lost it tomorrow. Looking forward to 2nd gen.
Hope this helps someone else.
33 out of 34 found this review helpful.
great smart watch
Posted by: SanAntonioTXuser from: San Antonio, TX on
I must mention that I noticed that the bottom right side button was completely missing after opening the box. There is a possibility that it popped off sometime after the initial box opening. I took it back to the store, exchanged, and all is good. I am impressed with the simplicity of this watch and the excellent battery life. Exactly 7 days ago, I bought this watch and connected to my iPhone 5S with iOS 7. The low battery indicator appeared today (7 days later) just as advertised. As far as notifications go, I seem to have received all phone calls, texts, and other various notifications with no issues. From a construction quality standpoint, the plastic is just ok and I hope the next version of this device will be a more traditional watch metal.
42 out of 46 found this review helpful.
Fun toy for geeks, great potential for masses
Posted by: AleksM from: Chicago, IL on
Though the lack of software features at this time is a little disappointing, I do not regret my purchase at all! I have had my pebble for nearly 2 months now (ordered it the day it became available on Best Buy's website) and am astonished at the flourishing developer community. Would've given 5 stars if they had done more development before release (small bugs in the OS, big picture features such as internet connectivity missing from the Pebble app, which require 3rd party less reliable apps). I'll break it down like this:
The watch itself looks and feels great, seems sturdy enough to withstand the average person's daily life. I shower with it because I lose track of time easily, and it lives up to the water proof claim, even in hot water, which I had heard was problematic for some. I don't care for the cheap rubber strap it comes with, so I replaced it with a water resistant leather strap I found on Amazon for around $20. Also added a screen protector which covers the entire face (GadgetWraps) because I heard it scratches easily (par for the course for any smartphone owners).
Can't complain about anything! Sure some of the Kreyos features would be nice (especially speaker/mic for taking calls) but for the cost and small form factor it's a great piece of hardware. Battery lasts up to 6 days for me, 4 days with an animated watchface. Fully recharges in about 3 hours.
This is where it gets sorta meh. For now at least. The Pebble company as well as many 3rd party developers are hard at work. Many choices for various kinds of watchfaces are already available, and there's even a website which allows you to make your own custom analog/digital watchface with your own image for a background. Watchapps (including games) are lacking but growing. My biggest gripe is the information transmission/alerts are still a work in progress. For instance, several watchfaces and watchapps require access to the internet via the bluetooth connection to your smartphone, a feature which (in my opinion) should have been implemented in the Pebble app. Perhaps it will be one day, but for now it requires the httpebble app (for iOS, not sure what the Android equivalent is called) a decent app with some minor connectivity problems (just because it says it's connected doesn't mean it always is). The worst part is I now have 3 apps on my phone which communicate with the watch (httpebble, Smartwatch Pro, and Pebble Snap) all with different functions, however the watch can only connect to one of them at a time. Smartwatch Pro works with a companion watchapp, capable of accessing your iOS calendar, Twitter (if the phone is logged in) changing volume (the watch's built in music controls lack the ability to change volume or browse music selection, more features Pebble needs to add) check your phone's battery level, and play a loud noise if you lose your phone but it's still within range of the watch. Pebble Snap allows you to control the phone's camera as a remote shutter release or on a timer. If one of these apps connects to your phone, the others lose their connection. Why is that? These apps lose their usefulness if I have to take my phone out of my pocket to reconnect them constantly. Really all or most of these features should be integrated into the Pebble app, but if they can't or wont do this, they need to figure out a way for multiple 3rd party apps to communicate with the watch simultaneously.
Some would say Pebble does not deserve the "Excellent" compatibility rating I gave due to the fact that it only supports Android and iOS. First off, there is no point in owning this or any smartwatch unless you own a smartphone and use it a fair amount. My father has an iPhone 3Gs because it was free with contract and he needed a new phone. He mostly uses it for calls, so I wouldn't recommend he invest in a smartwatch unless he starts utilizing more smartphone features. If you are a true smartphone enthusiast and you don't own a device running either Android or iOS, you need to rethink your choice of phone. I don't know anyone who takes the Windows Phone platform seriously (sorry Microsoft, I love your desktop OS, but your phone OS seems like it belongs in a toy compared to my iPhone) and the Blackberry is quickly going the same way as the 8-track or BetaMax.
Anyway, that's enough of my rant. Overall, if you're looking to get in on the ground floor of this new smartwatch craze, Pebble is a great option. After many hiccups in mass production, they are finally starting to catch up with demand, and once that is complete they should hopefully have more time for software development. I look forward to the future of Pebble.
36 out of 40 found this review helpful.
great concept, failed execution
Posted by: Ponoare from: charlotte on
I love the concept but there is still a ways to go on execution.
While looking cheap with an easy scratch screen, it proved that it can be done. Too bad the battery is problematic, while it can run days, it can also loose charge in 2 days.
Charger is also a good concept, too bad it is hard to stick in proper position
Mine is now in a software glitch where it asks to connect to the phone and when it does, once it updates software it looses charge - and on it goes again to the same cycle from the beginning with no end.
For the last couple of days I have no success in getting it going again...once it connects and updates, it starts from begining where it looks for connection, it is a loop...:o(
I contacted Pebble, no response yet, for now I wasted my $$$.
Hope they come up with a better product soon, or some one else does, the Metawatch that I tried is even worst...
93 out of 116 found this review helpful.
Posted by: rafikki123 from: Dallas, TX on
Going on my first week with the Pebble. I will break up the review so it's easier to follow and will update if anything changes for the better or worse.
It's a great smartwatch! I showed it to some of my geeky friends who criticized it for not doing more, but you have to understand what you're buying. I've been keeping up with this phone for about a year so I knew what I was getting.
First of all, this is a smart watch, not a smartphone replacement. It does the 'watch' job beautifully, with customizable watch faces (switching between watchfaces is as easy as pushing a button). Bluetooth connectivity is easy to setup, and I usually have had no problems keeping it connected to my phone. Waterproof (tested in the shower so far). Screen is easy to see, if it's too dark (at night), a shake of your arm will temporarily turn on the back light. Currently use of the accelerometer and magnetometer is limited until the full SDK library/functionality is made available, and I'm looking forward to that. Notifications on your wrist is awesome (you can choose which apps to get notifications for with 'pebble notify').
I got the black version from Best Buy (wife did as well). It's pretty nice looking, not too big on our wrists (maybe a bit big for my wife, but not enough for her to care). There are good screen protectors available online, so we installed those (already cut to the shape of the watch) before we tested the manufacturer's claim of "scratch resistant lens". It's very lightweight, which is a watch requirement for me. My wife changed the watch band on her watch while we were at Target with no issues. Buttons are initially hard to push, but once you break them in they work fine.
Only one week with it, so take my opinion with a grain of salt. Initially I only charged it for 15 minutes out of the box before I decided I had to play with it. It came partially charged from the factory, and the 15 minutes extra made the battery go for ~2 days. I then full charged and I'm going on day 6 without a charge. No noticeable changes on my phone's battery either for keeping the bluetooth on at all times (HTC One X, jelly bean).
There are several cool apps (cooler ones to come once programmers can use the accelerometers). I used the watchface generator online (very easy to use) to create my own watchface with my university logo (great for bragging at work). It comes built in with an alarm, which I use, I also added on Glance (shows a count of unread SMS, email, missed calls, current weather), a monthly view calendar, a stopwatch (not sure why it wasn't built in), pebble dialer (for enhanced call notification, accept/dismiss), and pebble tasker (read more below). It does also come built in with a music control app that works with several apps on your phone (pandora, google play music, etc), allowing you to skip, go back, pause/play. We also used runkeeper and it displayed the activity information on our watch automatically (pace, distance, time) without us having to look at the phone on our armband while jogging or puling the phone out of our wet-bag when we went kayaking. Other apps are out there, just look it up, but keep in mind that there is a limit of how many apps you can store on the watch at one time so choose wisely (built in ones + 8 downloadable? can't remember exactly).
Automation via Pebble Tasker:
Some of the things I've been able to do with my watch via pebble tasker (and Tasker on the android side):
1. Push a button to send myself an e-mail at work with current time and date when I walk in the gate.
2. Push a button to request my phone to read the last text message on speakerphone (or bluetooth headset/car speakers) mainly for when I'm driving.
3. Push a button to request a more detailed weather forecast for my current location to be sent to my watch
4. Push a button to help find my phone by changing the phone ringer volume and playing an alarm.
5. [Use your creativity for what you want/need.....]