Pebble Time Review: Kickstarted

By 02:43 Mon, 16 Aug 2021 Comments


Introduction

Almost three years after its predecessor took Kickstarter by storm, the Pebble Time crashes the smartwatch scene with an even louder bang. The newcomer became the most successful Kickstarter project to date only a few days after its launch and ended up with more than $20 million in funding.


Of course, three years is a hell of a long time in the tech industry, and the Pebble Time arrives in a totally different landscape compared to its trailblazing predecessor. An Apple Watch backed by a monstrous marketing budacquire and an army of Android Wear devices are as serious a competition to face as it gets.

To face its competitors, the Pebble Time comes with a color screen, voice control, and a brand recent OS. It is also the most water-resistant smartwatch available at the moment. See the device's full list of key features below.

Key features

  • 1.25" 64-color Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) e-paper display with memory-in-pixel technology and Light Emitting Diode (LED) backlight; 168 x 144 pixels (182ppi); curved Gorilla Glass 3; superb sunlight legibility and power efficiency;
  • ARM Cortex-M4 CPU; 256Kilo Bytes (KB) of RAM; 16Mega Bytes (MB) of storage
  • 3D accelerometer; compass; ambient light sensor
  • Built-in microphone for voice replies
  • Pebble Operating System (OS) with support for actionable notifications (Android only)
  • Samsung-made 150mAh battery, a week worth of battery life
  • Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity
  • 40.5 x 37.5 x 9.5mm; 42.5 grams with standard silicone band

    easily replaceable, standard 22mm band

  • 30m water resistance

Main disadvantages

  • The display lags behind the competition in terms of colors, resolution, and performance indoors
  • iOS device functionality lags behind the one for Android
  • Limited app ecosystem (at least for the time being)
  • Plasticky construction, though there is a Pebble Time Steel on the way

With a color classy screen and more capable hardware, the Pebble Time is unsurprisingly a massive upgrade over the first generation. The recent model has also retained the key features that made the original Pebble such a success, headed by mind-blowing battery life and ease of use.

Despite being an update over its predecessor in terms of design and hardware however, the Pebble Time lags behind the Apple Watch and the Android Wear army on this instance. Competing smartwatches from Apple and Google see more stylish and boast better screens, internals, and app ecosystems, thus meaning that the Time will have to rely on ease of utilize and battery life to gain followers.


We are going to kick the review off with unboxing of the Pebble Time, followed by our hold on its design and hardware. Head over to the next page for a closer see at the smartwatch.


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