Review: Pebble Smartwatch

by Kristen Abell

Over a year ago, the tech world was set afire with news of a Kickstarter campaign for a smartwatch that would do…well, just about everything, but mainly it would sync with your phone and the apps on it. The Pebble smartwatch Kickstarter campaign took off like no other before it, and I was fortunate enough to be one of the contributors who got in fairly early on it. Actually, my partner was, as he ordered it for me as a late Mother’s Day gift. It was supposed to arrive in September of that year.

Fast forward to March, when I FINALLY got my Pebble, due to the overwhelming response and multiple delays in manufacturing. I was excited to play with it and see what all it could do. But I was one of the lucky ones – several folks have never gotten their watches, and there are now plans to market it through Best Buy before fulfilling those orders. So Pebble was not off to an auspicious beginning.

After getting the watch, the initial sync process wasn’t too difficult – download the Pebble app, sync up your phone, voila! Smartwatch. But after that initial process, nothing about the watch has been terribly user-friendly or intuitive. I get my texts through it, and I can see when I get a phone call. I can also start my iPhone playing music if I want to, so it serves as a bit of a remote. But supposedly I’m also able to get tweets from most Twitter apps and Facebook updates, and I have yet to figure out how to sync my watch to make that happen, despite researching it. RunKeeper has recently been implemented as a paired app with the watch, as well, and though I haven’t gotten to use it yet, it took me a little research to figure out exactly how it worked.

So thus far, I essentially have a remote for my phone as a watch, with the potential for a fitness app, should I want to use it. Should you need a remote for your phone, I’d highly recommend the Pebble – it’s sleek, and the various watchface options make it a fun watch. If you’re looking for a smartwatch, however, you might hold off on this one until they iron out a few more glitches.

Has anyone else tried the Pebble? What are your thoughts?

Review: Pebble Smartwatch

4 thoughts on “Review: Pebble Smartwatch

  1. Amanda Perrin says:

    I have not tried the watch, but when seeing it featured by Best Buy on a news cast, my first thought was that it looked like my iPod shuffle…only you had to use buttons instead of being a touchscreen (seemed a little ancient). I could be misinformed on the product in that way, but it did seem to be a start to hopefully something more innovative down the road.

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    1. I do keep hoping for improvements, and it looks like they just did an update that syncs with gmail, so I’m curious how that will work with the watch. I think I’ve mostly been frustrated with the lack of user-friendliness more than anything so far.

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  2. Angela Lang says:

    I am curious … how will it fit on my very small wrist? Is the wrist band interchangeable or wil it accomadate a smaller wrist?

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    1. The wristband is actually pretty good as far as sizing – it goes down fairly small and also accommodates larger wrists. But yes, I also think it is interchangeable with other bands.

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