Pebble Time: All Smartwatch Clock Should Be Simple

Watch Pebble original grossed incredible $10,300,000 on Kickstarter, and came well before Wear or Android Apple Watch. For a long time, he was considered the best smartwatch clock according to critics everywhere. Over the past five days, I used his successor, the Pebble Team, and I’ve never had so much fun with a smartwatch clock.

What Is It?

A wristwatch with a small computer inside, plus a small color screen e-paper with 1.25 inch that displays your notifications smartphone, easy access to your calendar and small apps. It works with Android and iOS.

There are four buttons to navigate and select things, a microphone to send responses to texts and voice mails, and removable knobs so you can fit in any standard strap 22 mm. There are also sensors so it can act as a basic fitness bracelet. He is impermeable enough for a good swim. There is no limit to the number of apps you can install, unlike Pebble original.

Why Is He Important?

Like Alcatel One Touch Watch defined on ITYPETRAVEL, Apple and Google are promoting powerful wrist computers that run simplified versions of apps for your smartphone. The Pebble thinks differently. The new Pebble team doesn’t seem to be much more powerful than a high school graphing calculator. But because of that, he promises to last up to a week with a reload instead of just a day or two. And perhaps more importantly, it is very simple to use.

Why This Is Not A Review?

I haven’t spent a lot of time with the Pebble Time – just five days, including a weekend. In addition, you cannot buy a watch like that, unless you’re one of 78000 people that have already effected $159 or more during the Kickstarter campaign – in this case, you will receive the clock whether we like it or not.

The Pebble isn’t going to sell it at retail until all applications for pre-sale on Kickstarter are delivered. The pre-sale starts on June 22, in fact. That’s probably good, because the team is a product limited at the moment.

Design

In comparison to the Apple Watch or the LG Watch Urbane that I recently took my wrist, the Pebble Team looks a little lower. He’s a smartwatch clock of plastic, while others are made of metal, although he has an elegant stainless steel frame around the glass-the Pebble didn’t use inferior materials or something. Actually, I think the white silicone bracelet is really great: she is almost as smooth as silk as I loved the Apple Watch.

And honestly, I like the way he is on my wrist, too. It is thinner than most other smartwatches, and is also lightweight. It’s nice and with good proportions, compared to some of the metal bricks to the wrist that other manufacturers are selling. My white model doesn’t look expensive, but I think it looks stylish.

What I don’t like, not surprisingly, are exactly the same things that I don’t like the Pebble original:

1) buttons are painfully stiff;

2) the charging cable has tiny magnets, weak, and is not reliably connected.

I am appalled that the biggest problems in Pebble original are still here, especially now that the competition was so far. Every Android device Wear that I tried has a more secure loader.And I miss the amazing rotary knob in Apple Watch.

Oh, and if compared to other smartwatches, 1.25 inch screen in Pebble seems very very small with a giant frame around the edge. It can be difficult to read the tiny text (the Pebble says it will be possible to adjust the font size in brief), and little text fits on the screen at the same time. The backlight is pretty weak, too.

The Pebble team still uses a transflexiva screen – namely, that reflects the light to get well readable under strong lighting – but in darker conditions, sometimes it can be hard to use it.I feel like I’m getting used to the screen, but she could be very desmotivadora for some people.

Using

The user interface of Pebble makes a lot of sense. Everything happens i for your Timeline, and another for apps.

From the face of the watch, you press the up and down button if you want to move forward and backward in time. The next, you will see your calendar events, alarms and reminders, plus weather bulletins in the morning and at night. Upon returning, there are the non-calls answered, your previous alarms (when I wake up in the morning?), complete goals and so on. You can go up to two days in either direction.

By pressing the button on the right (selection), you go to a deeper layer. Want more information about the weather? Why this alarm go off? For your time, by pressing the left button (back), you return to where you came from. You can even interact with some items in the Timeline by pressing the right button again. That’s the Timeline column.

To get to the apps, just press the right button when you’re on the watch face. So, you have a column of infinite scrolling with all your apps. Press the directional buttons to switch between them. Once again, touch the button on the right to dive deeper, or the left button to go back.

It looks a lot like the latest Android interface Wear, or even the Apple Watch interface, doesn’t it? Android Wear still has two columns: the right apps, Google Now cards left. Each of the main smartwatch clock interfaces separating useful information, automatically, the apps that you really have to choose to use at any time. It’s a good idea for all involved.

The wonderful thing about the Pebble is that you always know where you’re going to find what you want. In contrast, Google Now launches cards in you without warning, suggesting information we think you’ll like – sports scores, local check-ins etc. Slide them to the side, and they will disappear never to be seen again. Apple hides your information in Glances and inside apps, in an infernal method to navigate. But with the Pebble, the scores of your team are there in your Timeline at the moment they arrive. Just press a button to find them.

Oh, and you can hold the upper or lower button as a shortcut for two apps to your choice, which helps to solve the dilemma of the smartwatch clock I mentioned before: this could be a task faster than take your smartphone in your pocket.

The Tragic Flaw

The terrible thing at Pebble is that it relies entirely on apps developers to make this amazing interface. Thanks to partnerships with the Weather Channel, ESPN, Foursquare and a few others, I can view scores, weather bulletins and check-ins on my calendar, in addition to my calendar events … and that’s it. My Timeline is a little sterile. And that’s because the Pebble is at the mercy of Google, Apple and the developers of apps for everything else that this watch does.

The Pebble is not Google. She doesn’t have giant servers and full of information in the world.She can’t parse my calendar and email to automatically display my flight status at the right time. She cannot easily offer turn-by-turn instructions to my next meeting. Although the new Pebble has a microphone, there is no Google Now or Siri or Cortana for helping me to issue voice commands on my wrist.

And you can’t control the services of Google and Apple with the buttons. Although the Pebble Team let you archive mail from Gmail and even respond to them with canned messages, emoji, or voice recognition (leeeento), I can’t read emails in one piece without getting the smartphone. I can’t answer “Yes” to invitations from calendar with a single touch. I can’t activate navigation instructions even if there is an address right there in the notification that was just sent to my watch. I miss those things.

But not as much as I thought.

On The Bright Side

The Pebble team is fun. He is warm and inviting in a way that the other smart watches are not. Part of this is simply because he is always on: never have to turn it off to conserve battery power.

And part of it is in small animations impressive throughout the interface, making Pebble come to life. Notifications discarded are destroyed by a nice paper shredder. The answers earn form of a paper airplane in flight. Press the clock and he becomes a leaky filter coffee. A sloth come visit if you don’t have anything scheduled on a given day. The animations help hide any lag in the UI, of course, but they do more than that.

The other part is the incredible creativity of the independent developer community of Pebble.Of course, I can’t use Google Maps at Pebble, but some genius created an app that detects automatically when I start the turn-by-turn navigation on my phone, then send it to my wrist.

Another man made an app of Caltrain, train that travels between San Francisco and Silicon Valley, which is faster and easier to use than the official app on my smartphone. There is no official app from the Nest to the Pebble, but what I’m using here intelligent thermostat controls my perfect shape, and has a nice visual. Meanwhile, the LetsMuv came with my sleep, send alerts to stay up and help me do my smartphone touch when I lose it – everything from an app.

And not to mention the many faces to watch that you can use:

As much as I’m worried that these developers migrate for Android Wear or Apple Watch, where profits can be higher, I think the Pebble is doing the right thing with your apps store.By browsing it, you find striking tools and games that you can add to your wrist – nothing more.

I can’t understand why Apple and Google decided to hide clock apps within apps for smartphone in their respective stores, but that’s what they do. In other words, you can’t simply browse by experience in watches, and even if you find a nifty app, there’s no way to know if he’s good on the wrist – after all, you will also be reading comments on the app for your smartphone.

The best part about the Pebble is to find out what your wrist can do.

Test Notes

I just tested the Pebble with an Android smartphone, not an iPhone. The Pebble admits that the software for iPhone is a little behind the available for Android. He can’t do voice responses to emails yet, for example.

I could not test the battery life long enough, but I saw my Pebble Team die after only three days of use (notoriously heavy).

However, it loads fast: If I plug it in while I shower in the morning, the battery reaches 100%. Between that and the three guaranteed days of autonomy – which can reach seven-I feel comfortable in bed with him rather than charge it every night.

This means that I can use it to control my sleep and vibrate my wrist to wake me up every morning, instead of using a phone. Silent alarms are great.

Get Evernote for to-do lists is very nice, as well as on Android and Apple Watch Wear.

It is water resistant up to 30 meters, but I just took a shower with him once.

It is not good to use no hands, as an Android device Wear. The lack of voice commands means that it is not as useful in the car.

As much as I like having real buttons rather than a touch screen, these buttons are not very good, and the interface based on columns could really use a scroll wheel.

Why can’t I just hold the up/down buttons to scroll through the Timeline or notifications, as I can when I use the scroll in the list of apps?

Unlike the original Pebble, you can’t mark messages in Gmail as read-only file them.

Some apps for smartphone apps require clock-like Pandora radio – and will ask you to download even if you already have installed.

I would like the standard silicone bracelets-of which I quite like. -had a padded buckle like at Apple Watch, so I could wear them all day without fear of scratching my desktop, laptop and other surfaces.

Should I Buy?

Well … you can’t buy unless you have already purchased. Until the Kickstarter supporters receive your requests, this smartwatch clock is not available for purchase – he will be in pre-sale only on June 22. Secondly, I think it’s worth waiting to see if the Platform receives some software updates that fix their shortcomings, and for apps developers who bought the device at the Kickstarter improve your apps.

Thirdly, the Pebble Team Steel $300 also will come out soon with a more luxurious metal body and longer duration of battery, and I bet you would like to know if it is worth the extra money. Fourthly, smart wristbands are coming. Fifthly, the Wear and the Android Apple Watch could be best at a time when all this happened.

But I can say – with a longer test duration of battery-the Pebble team is a better choice than the original Pebble Pebble or Steel. In almost every way, he’s better.

Honestly, this is the smartwatch clock more fun I’ve ever had, and somehow still makes more sense than the competition. Of course, I wouldn’t buy one for $200. Not yet. But if you are convinced by the idea of smartwatches, it’s hard to do much better.

We will return again to the Pebble Team when it is launched on the market.