Pebble Time Round Smartwatch: Syncs with your smartphone so you can view app and social media notifications, incoming calls, texts, calendar events, and more — all from your wrist. Includes Pebble Health to seamlessy track activity and sleep patterns. The classic round design looks stylish dressed up or down. Plus, you can customize the look of your smartwatch with downloadable watch faces to suit your style.
So I sold my Apple Watch and got a Pebble Instead
Posted by: pinkoos from: Houston, TX on
I had the Apple Watch since launch and actually liked it a lot, but became dismayed as it did not live up to its full potential, even as a 1.0 product.
I really only wanted it for notifications, music control and fitness, so I thought the apps and complications were above and beyond my intended uses.
There are several problems I can note, including:
1. the "not always on" nature of the watchface
2. the incredible slowness of the apps, even under watchOS 2.0, which was supposed to speed things up considerably
3. the waste of the "friends" button on the side (waste meaning that the button could have been used as a "custom" button that the user is allowed to configure)
4. the overall complexity of the watch and user experience
I was hoping that the watch could make my life less complicated, but I believe it actually made it more complicated. The iPhone Watch app was almost too granular in terms of all the things that you can tweak and control, including loading of apps, which notifications you wanted, etc. I really just wanted something simple that sent notifications to the watch, allowed simple music control and some fitness tracking.
The Apple Watch wasn't good for my music control. I sit at a microscope all day and listen to music or podcasts while working. In order to play/pause the audio coming from my iPhone, I had to:
1. wake up the watch (either twist wrist or tap on the screen)
2. go to the music app or the music glance - the app would require a press of the digital crown, a tap of the music app and then another tap to play/pause while the glance would require a swipe up, a swipe left or right (if my music glance wasn't the last glance used) and then another tap for play/pause
This was just too cumbersome a user experience for me. I wish the side "friends" button could have been custom configured as a play/pause button. That would have been great.
The notifications worked great and being able to act on them (ie, reply to a text or email) was nice, but also tended to be slow. It was almost faster/easier to see the notification on the watch, but act on it via the iPhone.
Fitness tracking was hit or miss. I recently had some major issues with iOS 9.1 and so had to downgrade to 9.0.2 (before Apple stopped signing it) and, in the process, lost all previously accumulated Activity data and also lost any sync with my Apple Watch. I tried many different trouble shooting steps including unpairing and repairing from backup, unpairing and repairing as new, but it didn't fix the problem. I also realized that the whole Bluetooth connection is dog slow. Unpairing took forever, repairing took forever and any watch software updates basically had to run overnight b/c the bluetooth connection was so super slow.
Anyway, all of these things made me realize that the watch was not simplying my life or making it easier but rather making my life more stressful and complicated.
So, I decided to sell it and buy a Pebble. I got the Pebble Time Round about a week or so ago and am absolutely loving it for all the opposite reasons that I grew to dislike the Apple Watch:
1. Always on time
2. Although there are a lot of apps for the Pebble Time, many developers haven't ported their apps to the Time Round. And, that is actually a good thing, b/c I don't really want this watch for apps. I want it for the reasons stated above
3. The physical buttons allow me to control my music with one or two physical button presses at most - there's no touchscreen, so you have to push buttons to control; but, b/c there is no touchscreen, you can do this without even having to look at the watch
4. There's no complexity b/c there's not much "to do" on the watch. I receive notifications, but I can't act on them and that's fine. Like I mentioned above, I ended up acting on notifications directly on my iPhone b/c the watch was too slow.
Anyway, I just thought I'd share in case anybody was looking for real world experience from an Apple Watch user who switched to Pebble.
82 out of 95 found this review helpful.
The perfect smart watch for watch people!
Posted by: Rhihan from: New York on
I love smart watches. But I don't love people thinking I'm a gadget freak wearing a computer on my wrist. I'm also a fitness nut. So when the entire wearable tech craze started, I was wholeheartedly "all-in".
I started years ago with a FitBit, then a Nike Fuelband, then a Basis watch. But after seeing how beneficial getting notifications on your device can be when my wife used her MotoACTV, I thought I should look into that too.
Since I was sick of people commenting on the "geeky" wearable teck I had #the Basis watch being the most criticized#, I wanted to ensure that whatever I got, it actually looked like a watch.
So the first stop was the original Moto 360, which at the time, was amazing. People rarely noticed that it was a smartwatch at all, and it had all the fitness readings I wanted, including steps and heartrate. But on the downside, the heartrate monitoring required you to be absolutely still, so it was worthless for working out and running, and the fact that I had to flick my wrist to turn the screen on to just check the time made it a distraction during work meetings when I was trying to keep checking my watch on the down low. Sure, there was an "ambient mode" which kept a minimalist clock face on the screen, but it drained the battery significantly where I couldn't get through a full day. Plus, although it was round and looked great from the top, from the side, it was still rather thick. It did use standard 22mm watchbands though, which was great for customization. But over a 15 month period, I found the battery life to degrade, particularly when I used it for runs to monitor my progress via Runkeeper.
So now on the Pebble Time Round. I was admittedly skeptical that this would be an adequate replacement, as I had become use to the sharpness and brightness of the LCD screen. But I can say now, that I'm totally sold on the Pebble Time Round. Why?
First of all, using color e-ink tech, it allows for the watch face to be always on without draining much power. So during the day or under indoor lighting, it looks terrific, and allows be to check it like a real watch without "flicking" the wrist.
Second, the battery life is sufficient to go for almost three full days. I can now put it on for the weekend, use it for all my notifications, runs, sleep monitoring and make it through the entire weekend without worrying about a charge. It's terrific for weekend trips!
Third, the microphone and voice recognition are actually pretty good for responding to emails and text messages. With the Glance app #which is free# you can even send new text messages right from your watch using just your voice and few clicks! Amazing!
Fourth, since I use an Android phone, all my Google Now alerts still appeared on my watch, because it pushed through the notifications from my phone.
Fifth, it uses standard 20mm watchbands, so you can basically install any regular watchband you want! Check out the picture I attach to see the regular 20mm black steel band I added! Only cost me $10 and looks very professional! There's also a 14mm band option if you like smaller bands.
Sixth, it's so incredibly thin #7.5 mm thin# and light that it not only looks like an actual watch, but with the leather band it comes with, you can't even feel it on your wrist!
So, the downside now.
- There aren't as many apps for the Pebble Time Round as there are for Android Wear, so be aware your favs might not be available.
- It does step tracking and sleep tracking via the free Misfit app, which is pretty good, but you need to buy an app for $2.99 to connect to Google Fit. It does work with RunKeeper though to show you time, distance and pace, if you use that to track your run on your phone.
- In the dark, you still need to "flick" the wrist to use the backlight, as you can't see the e-ink display in the dark #though I suppose you can't see a regular watch in the dark either#.
- Screen is much lower resolution as compared to Android Wear watches, so don't expect streaming video or pictures. Plus the screen is pretty small.
- It's not a touchscreen, though this didn't really bother me much. The side buttons are actually much more intuitive to use to navigate the system, which is very straightforward.
At the end of the day, I think this is the perfect smartwatch for me!
35 out of 39 found this review helpful.
Small & lightweight
Posted by: kmiller1981 from: Milwaukee, WI on
I was so eager to purchase this watch and now that I have it I have mixed feelings. Overall the watch works as advertise however for the cost it does not feel nor look like a premium device. The watch reminds me of the $2.00 to $5.00 watches that I used to purchase from Walgreens as a small child. For some that's great while others may feel at the cost it should appear to be a premium watch. Overall my user experience with the device has been remarkable. This is no doubt one of the thinnest and lightweight smartwatches on the market. Pebble never seem to have issues with providing the correct functions of their watches which is why I choose them over another Android Wear device. I've owned every pebble with the exception of the Pebble Time (Square) which is why I choose to stick with a company who's only focus is watches.
31 out of 36 found this review helpful.
Just the basics, done very well
Posted by: Rick from: on
So I wanted a watch so I don't have to keep picking up phone to check notifications. I have a Galaxy S5 phone.
I bought the Samsung Gear S2 which looks so nice, and was so promising until I realized I hated it. Just too much crammed into a watch, and hard to read up close. Took it back, bought the Pebble Steel and tried that for a few weeks.... loved it. Not the prettiest thing on the market but it worked, every single time.
Ordered the Pebble Round and it's even BETTER. First off, it's nicer looking and very thin. Pleasure to wear. It's also faster than the Pebble Steel...
The text is easier to read than the Steel too, and you can make the text larger (not sure if you could do that with Steel). I recently started wearing reading glasses and I don't need the glasses to read this watch.
The lack of apps is not a big issue. First off, if anything thinks for one moment that you're going to spend much time doing anything more than glancing at notifications and responding to them you're in for a surprise. The screens are way too small on today's smart watches to do anything productive.
When it comes down to it, Pebble is the best at what you'll likely use your watch for.
My only complaint, too much money. I bought direct for $249, and it should be about $100 less. I know I can get it for $199 now but I'm good with spending the extra $50. Love the watch, it solved my problem and it's not a burden to use, wear, charge, etc. Voice recognition is awesome, and now I just got an update that supposedly has something to do with Google NOW and even better notifications. Have to read up on that when I get a sec.
Note, for Apple users... this latest update apparently let's iPhone users respond to text messages and other good stuff. Very cool.
14 out of 14 found this review helpful.
My favorite Pebble yet...
Posted by: officeontheroad from: on
Prior to buying the Pebble Time Round, I had already been a Pebble user for over a year, so I was already familiar with all of its functions and its limitations. I already owned the original Pebble, the Pebble Time, and the Pebble Time Steel. So why on earth did I buy the Pebble Time Round? I am a female with VERY small wrists, and this was the first smartwatch released by any company that didn't feel completely overwhelming on my wrist. I bought the others because that's all there was at the time for an iOS user, but now, the Pebble Time Round is what I reach for every day. I still use the others for different functions, but for my day to day wear, it's the Pebble Time Round.
The PTR is so thin and light, I barely notice it's there. I also love the fact that it's so inconspicuous -- it just looks like a normal watch, not a gadget. No, the battery life isn't as great as the others, and it's only water resistant instead of water proof like the others, but if you have tiny wrists like I do, those are sacrifices that you'll gladly make just to have a watch that actually fits you.
The leather strap that comes with the watch is very comfortable, but it doesn't seem very durable. I bought a silicone strap from a company that's known for selling wraps and screen protectors for Pebble watches and it works great for every day wear. It also has the same quick release function so that I can swap out straps in seconds.
Pebble consistently releases firmware updates to their watches that improve and increase their functionality, and the developer community is great. Smartstraps are now becoming a reality, so additional functions can be added as well, like NFC.
I tried out an Apple Watch and returned it after 2 days. I truly believe that at this point, Pebble is the only company who has nailed what a smartwatch should be. With the longer battery life, the always on screen that is readable indoors and out, and interactions with the watch that only take a second or two. I feel like it adds functionality that my phone CAN'T DO, not just mirror functions that my phone can already do, and do better.
I also feel like Pebble does have an actual community of users that truly feels like a community. Anyone can get it on development, and Pebble actually listens to how their users currently use and want to use their products, and design them accordingly. They focus on core functions -- a watch first, with some extra really handy functionality added in. They don't try to cram a smartphone into a watch, and they don't overwhelm you with complexity. And I love that they have stuck with physical buttons. Some tech reviewers seem to think that this is a negative, but when you can operate the watch without looking at the screen, with just a press of a button, with gloves on, in water...you start to understand that a touchscreen on a watch is not a positive, it's a negative.
The PTR is light, comfortable, and fun. It's technology that fits seamlessly into my life and adds functionality that is actually helpful and purposeful. I highly recommend it.
11 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Love this watch
Posted by: tddavi from: on
I got the watch on sale for $199.I have been a long term original Pebble user, and I will continue using it when swimming and working in the garden. I got a new one for looks and voice support. As for looks,it looked exactly as on picture.Not a luxury watch, but very pretty.Some reviews state it looks cheap. I guess, you need to shell much, much more to have luxury look and feel. As for functionality, it is great,with some cons, and I am sure will be addressed later. My main concern is very week vibration for alarms. You can not rely on it completely. I guess, it is due to very slim body of the unit. The screen has less contrast in comparison to old Pebble.It is easy to read in normal light ( even with my ages eye sight) and back light for other conditions. It is speaking about watch face. Different watch faces are easier or harder to see in different light conditions.I took two pictures of faces without back light. Notifications are easy to read and better with the back light ( same as old Pebble). Wide white bezel is turned into part of design. Some may do not like it, but it is subjective. I had to play with different watch faces to achieve nice combination of strap/bezel/watch face( again, subjective).Some of my older apps are not supported on new Pebble (yet), but I noticed more new apps come every day.Some are even better than the old ones. I really miss "ring my Phone app.The OS on the watch is fabulous, and voice support is great. I have an accent and it still understands me correctly with very few mistakes. Android Wear does not like me at all:((
Some people mentioned that notification stays lit for very short time and pressing button simply dismisses it.Not true.It takes double press of the middle right button to dismiss notification. If you did not catch notification, press middle right button once and then left button once.It will be lit again, and you can scroll thought it using bottom and top right buttons.
Battery life was my concern, but it lasts full day without problem and has some juice for the next day . It really takes only 15 minutes or so to recharge it. I can not tell how log the battery would use under normal use, since I am not using it normally,trying different apps and faces and using back light a lot.
Overall, Pebble time Round is a step forward from original Pebble. I can not wait what Pebble will bring us in the future.
13 out of 14 found this review helpful.
It's a watch that's smart
Posted by: JenN7 from: Mesa, AZ on
Up until today, I could have taken or left this watch. Then, I got a phone call while I was busy. The number came up on the watch, and all I had to do was press a button and the call went to voicemail. I didn't have to fish for my phone only to see that it was a junk call. It's such a small thing, and I'm sure that for others who already have an Apple Watch or another smart watch, this kind of glorious moment is old hat... but suddenly this watch became less of a "neat gadget" (and I love gadgets!) to something that could really be useful to me.
- Lovely form. Granted, the bezel is pretty big, but if that nets me the nice slim/low profile silhouette of an actual watch instead of a wrist computer, it's a trade I'm willing to make.
- Small, like a normal watch. I am a 5'3'' petite woman and this watch doesn't look out of place one bit. It doesn't overwhelm my wrist and it was pretty easy to get used to wearing.
- Fun watch faces. I am kind of addicted to the watch face "store" in the pebble app. Looking forward to more choices as the Round gains steam.
- The leather strap is actually really nice. I've read a lot of reviews to the contrary, and honestly, I HATED the strap when I first started wearing it... but it softened up within a couple of days and is now wearing really nicely. It's soft and gets more comfortable every day. I'm looking forward to getting another one in a different color, and they are really easy to swap out. It's also not too long... I initially had a Pebble Time, but exchanged it for this one because the watch was just too big and the strap was uncomfortably long. This one is just right for a woman's wrist.
- REALLY FAST charging. I agree, the battery life could be a lot better... but I was also considering an Apple Watch, whose battery life isn't any better. I've decided that charging every day or so is no big deal... mostly because the watch charges really fast. I throw it on the charger while I'm washing dishes or taking a shower (when I would take it off anyway), and in 15-20 minutes, it's good to go for another full day.
- Anemic app store... for now. Even in the last week, I've seen new watchfaces and apps pop up in the Pebble app. But there's a long way to go to match the quantity and quality of apps available for the square-faced Pebble Time and PT Steel. This is still a pretty new watch, and I'm sure this will continue to improve.
- Battery life. I've been charging once a day... but I've only had the watch for about a week, and I'm still fiddling with it a lot (changing watch faces, loading apps, etc.) instead of just letting it sleep peacefully on my wrist until I need it. I know this is draining the battery a little faster than normal, and I accept that. At least it charges fast.
- Keeping it synced with iPhone 6 has been a little wonky. The first few days I had the watch, I was running into a problem where my iPhone and the watch wouldn't recognize each other, even after pairing. I had to go into the watch and the phone, forget the connections, and repair from the beginning. This happened every day for a few days. I looked up similar problems online and tried resetting the network settings on my phone. I haven't had a problem since. (fingers crossed)
- Not water proof. I wouldn't have worn a Pebble Time in the pool either, but sometimes I worry about an unexpected splash at the sink or a spilled beverage ruining my watch (cuz I'm a klutz). Water resistance is nice, but a higher level of water proofing would be nicer.
- Still waiting on greater compatibility with iOS. For example, I would love to be able to respond to text with speech recognition like my Android-using colleagues. Also, as of this writing, the Misfit app does not sync with PTR. I have a Shine and like using the Misfit app... so I'm looking forward to getting that working properly.
To sum up... I like the watch a lot. I dinged one star because I think the regular price is way too much for what you get, especially compared to competitors... but I got this on a good sale and with reward certificates, so I don't feel guilty about overpaying. :) I like the level of what this watch does... I get notifications and vital info upon a glance at my wrist, but I'm not being constantly bombarded by info from a wrist computer. It's a watch that has some additional, helpful features, which is exactly what I was looking for.
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Posted by: RossD from: on
I am very satisfied with this watch. It is between a regular, time only watch (which I am old so I have worn a watch for decades) and the big, clunky, try to be a phone on your wrist smartwatches. it does have limitations compared to the Apple watch, Moto 360, Gear 2, etc., but those smartwatches are really too big to me, and the battery life is terrible. This fits the "just right" mixture of being the same size and look as a regular watch, but allows me to see all texts, email, alerts, etc. without having to get out my phone. For me, this is not a laziness/convenience thing, but there are many times where my phone must be silent and I cannot pull out my phone and look at it, but I am allowed a quick glance at my wrist to see if the latest email or text is important - or if I am getting a call that I need to excuse myself to the hall to take. Of course, they do have many useful apps that are very handy. Battery life is good for a rechargeable - probably could go for 2 full days between charges, but it is nothing to a regular watch that gets a new battery once a year. Also, this is not water resistant, so you should be very mindful to keep it away from sinks, buckets, etc. Overall, I am very pleased.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Stylish and Functional
Posted by: Michele from: on
I love this smartwatch, hands down.
I love the form factor because it's stylish and doesn't feel like a huge hunk of extruded, fugly aluminum on my wrist. It's beautiful, aesthetically and the UI is great!
It feels like what it is: a really well-designed smartwatch product. it's not trying to be all things, Pebble knows what they do well and focuses on that.
It's lightweight, feels durable, battery lasts days even with full notification streaming.
Only 4 stars ATM because there's a lack of apps specifically for this version, I expect that to change in the coming weeks.
15 out of 20 found this review helpful.
A watch for geeky types
Posted by: BestBuyBuyer from: on
I wanted a smart watch to use with my iPhone but I didn't want to get an apple watch because of the high price tag. The Pebble Round has a lot of apps and a lot of watch faces, way more than apple watch. The display is always "on" with the reflective color display. And the battery will last at least a couple of days before it needs a charge. I'm very happy with the watch, it has most of the functionality that I need.