Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/177594/htg-reviews-the-pebble-the-best-bet-in-the-smartwatch-market/
If you’ve frequently longed to interact with your phone, check notifications, and otherwise stay up to date with a motion as casual as glancing at your wrist watch, you’re a perfect candidate for a smartwatch. Read on as we take a tour of the Pebble smartwatch and how seamlessly it puts notifications and more right on your wrist.
Just today one of my friends told me he wanted to get a smartwatch to go with his 5S. Now I can just link to this article. Thanks!
I really like these "HTG Reviews" articles. Keep it up guys, they're awesome!
I have a Samsung gear and I can see why the returns. Mainly I am sure because of the ill fitting band. I have a rather normal wrist and the band is too small and stiff, does not mold to the wrist. I needed an extra hole or so. I have kept it and jury rigged it so I get by, but that would be my only complaint. The pairing and software works well. No problem with keeping messages alive. Sound commands work well, with or without teeth in.
My only real problem is I haven't worn a watch for years. There are just oodles of places other than your wrist to see the time, the car, the stove, the microwave, the TV, the computer, banks train stations and airports, et cetera. et cetera. et cetera. (with apologies to the late Yul Brynner)
Another huge part of the high Gear return rate is that it was very unclear during the early sales and marketing push that the watch only worked with select phones. I can imagine a lot of consumers were pretty frustrated.
I LOVE my Pebble. I'm a bit of a watch freak, but now barely look at my other watches on a day to day basis. If I'm not wearing my Pebble, it's almost like forgetting my phone at home.
That said, I would love to see a similar article except for iOS users, as there are definitely differences.
I thought about getting a pebble when it first came to kickstarter but it is to small for me, what do you guys think to the new Neptune Pine, now thats much bigger will look better on my wrist and really is a smart watch. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/neptune/neptune-pine-smartwatch-reinvented
Looks interesting, but ultimately I wouldn't call it a smartwatch, rather a smartphone that you can wear on your wrist (or elsewhere) through the use of a wrist strap case. It's a question of identity I think - as a smartphone it would be underwhelming, and as a watch, does it really do enough to allow you to ditch your smartphone?
I could see the draw for people with big wrists who really don't use their smartphones to their full capability normally.
I think it is a much better concept than the Galaxy Gear, but have a few reservations regarding possible loss of device since it is not truly "locked" to your wrist, battery life (am a bit skeptical of the listed figures, especially based on the 810 mAh capacity), and true utility of the screen at only 320x240 resolution. Price is pretty decent though.
I really want to get a Pebble, but there are rumours that Google is making their own smartwatch. Even if it is prohibitively expensive (unlikely considering it'll probably be an addition to the Nexus lineup), just knowing that the "second generation" of smartwatches is just around the corner is good enough of a reason to hold out on buying a Pebble now.
If you can't afford a smartwatch, but want one anyway, you can get a cheap 3-inch Android phone (like the Samsung Galaxy Star) and attach the strap of an old, no-longer-working watch. Has the cool plus of having a complete Droid device on your wrist. Never tried it personally, but it seems like a good idea.
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