Thursday, January 23, 2014

Pebble smart watch review part 2

Okay after pretty much using the pebble for more than a week solid, i am in a more informed position to continue with the review. Here goes.

Battery Life
The box says to expect a battery life of between 5 to 7 days. I can safely say that this will depend on the amount of notifications that you set on receiving and also if u pull GPS location info from your phone to the watch or when u use the built in sports mode when you work out and stuff. I got almost 5 days use before i had to charge the watch, and this was after 3 sessions of running, almost all notifications turned on and a few install/re-install session of the beta 2.0 firmware. That's not bad considering some watches don't even last a full day.

battery indicator using the smartwatch pro app.


new 2.0 beta interface for the iPhone app.

apps for the iPhone.

So far I've found a few websites where you can download apps and watch faces for your pebble. Soon they will also launch with an official pebble store where folks can develop and probably monetize their apps on a common platform. depending on whether you are on android or iOs, the app selection slightly differs. and it also differs if you are running version 1.0 or 2.0 of the firmware. currently i have the following running on the watch.

Twebble - a twitter client that lets you compose tweets, check your timeline and even browse profiles.

check mentions..

Multi timer - allows you to set multiple timers counting down or up for whatever purpose.

basic timers..

Spoon - quick check ins on foursquare
Pebble cards - app that pulls info from various sources, rss feeds, stock quotes etc.

there are more apps coming out for the platform and it will be interesting to see how it develops.

it is safe to say that a smart watch is not for everyone. but as more and more companies enter the game you can say that this will probably change later in the future. as battery life becomes better, and as more and more fitness based sensors are integrated in a watch, one can argue that maybe in the future every one will want to wear one. as for the pebble? yeah i would recommend it if you're looking for a smart watch that is. check out the pebble steel for a more professional look and a much heftier price.

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