Finally, it’s here! We’ve been waiting for this watch since it got announced in Kickstarter. I’ve played with it for almost a week now and here is my detailed review about the new Pebble Time
Out of the box, you only get the Pebble Time, it’s charging cable and some documentation. The first thing you’ll notice is how much it looks like a Toy watch. Whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing depends on personal preferences. It’s good for daily casual attire but that’s about it. I have a hard time imagining myself wearing this on semi formal or formal events. The watch, as you might expect, feels really light on your wrist. It’s plasticky but it doesn’t mean that it’s built cheap. Buttons have a tactile feel to it. There are four buttons on the watch. One left button serves as the back button, while the three buttons to the right serves as the select/enter buttons. Since it’s e-paper technology, the screen is completely visible even under direct sunlight. The only thing that I can complain about is that the backlight feels a little dim when you’re in a dark environment. I tried adjusting the brightness setting to “blinding” but it’s still a little bit dim for my liking. The watch is also Water Resistant up to 30 meters. So you can definitely take this for a swim.
Setting up the Pebble Time is pretty simple and straight forward. Just download and install the Pebble Time APP on your smart phone and pair it. From what I gathered though, the Android version of the Pebble Time APP has more features compared to it’s iOS version. Features like replying to messages using pre-determined templates like ‘Ok, Yes, No, I’m on my way’ are only available using the android app. I’m actually not sure why this feature is not on the iOS since I find myself using this features when I’m driving and I need to reply to someone real quick.
Battery life has been amazing on this watch. I have been using this for almost five days and the battery is still at 30%. I, personally, think this is essential for a smartwatch. I really DO NOT want to think about the battery of my watch. It’s already a hassle that I have to look for a charger for my phone at the end of the day. I do not want to do the same thing for a watch.
The Pebble Time runs smooth and animations look great. You can choose different watchfaces through the Pebble Time APP. You can also install different apps for your watch from the PEBBLE TIME app itself. There are many apps available for the Pebble Time ranging from Music remote apps like Music Boss to health fitness apps like Runtastic. The Pebble Time Apps work great and I haven’t encountered any bugs or errors yet.
The Pebble Time is plasticky, has huge bezels, and looks more like a toy watch than an elegant timepiece. But if you can look past that, it is a great smartwatch. I have been using this for almost a week now and I have grown accustomed to it. Looking at notifications and quick replying to important messages while your phone is in your pocket is something one should experience in order to feel how awesome it is. And although screen brightness could use some improvement, I do like the e-paper screen since I don’t have to squint my eyes when it’s bright and sunny outside. I have never been a smartwatch guy but with the Pebble Time, I’m actually loving having one on my wrist. No, It won’t mean I’ll be getting an Android Wear or an Apple Watch soon because I really do not want to deal with battery issues from a mere watch. The watch might not be able do the same stuff that Android Wear or Apple Watch can do but it serves to compliment your smartphone, Not replace it. The Pebble Time strikes a delicate balance of performance and functionality and if you’re looking for a smartwatch, you should definitely check this one out.