Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Pebble watch

I must admit that I am (secretly) an avid fan of wristwatches. I always make it a point to visit amazon for some online purchases every time a relative of mine coming in from the US of A for a vacation here in the Philippines.  Two years ago, I made an online purchase for an Ice watch. The year before that was an ipod nano watch. This time, I specifically had  my sights set on a smart watch, and this being Pebbles smart watch.
Black pebbles smart watch (black model)

What initially caught my attention is the ability of the watch to receive SMS from a Smartphone (in my case, it's an iPhone 4), and also to pick-up calls also from a smartphone. The smartwatch is paired with the iPhone via bluetooth and is controlled by the pebble app. The app is downloadable from itunes, as well as for android from google play.

What I did like about this smartwatch is the abundance of watch faces that can be downloaded for free from the pebble app. However, there are some apps available also that are to be paid in order for some functionality to work.  But for watch faces, I think whatever free and available is already fine.

Pebbles app: sample watch faces
Of course, some applications only work in the USA. It depends upon how the user would like to have, but for me, the watch faces featuring temperature readings are already fine. However, given these functions, the only pitfall I can see is the placeholder for apps in the watch which can only store a capacity of 8 applications. So if you need to add more watch faces, you need to remove some from the placeholder in order to accommodate the new installation.

Size-wise the pebble is quite small for a man's wrist but may be big for a woman's wrist. I am an avid fan of big watches and maybe pebble can have a bigger-sized smart watch. It would also be good if the pebble has a colored resolution apart from the typical black and white screen. Samsung's smart-watches are colored and has the capability to view websites from the wristwatch. But I guess having functionality like this would entail added costs which means higher price. 

Comparisons aside, the pebbles watch already serves its purpose of being a trendy smart watch with acceptable set of basic features. I like the colors (I have the black plastic one). 

I've got mine cheap at US$90 in Best Buy compared to P7,000+ (US$ 160) price here in the Philippines. I have to thank my Uncle for being generous to have given this to me as a gift instead.

...Thanks again, Uncle Lito!  

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