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Pebble Watch Is Your Classic 'Tweener'
omega watches The Pebble watch started as a Kickstarter project that exceeded their $100K funding goal by over $10M over a year ago in May, 2012. The watch is currently shipping directly from Pebble and you can also buy it at Best Buy Best Buy for $149.99. Pebble supports basic peer-to-peer functionality for Android and iOS phones and sports a low res e-ink style display. Built into the core Pebble OS, it supports notifications for calls, texts, calendar events, email, Google Google Talk, and Facebook Facebook notifications. So basically, whenever your phone gets a notification, Pebble gets one. Through 3 rd party apps I installed, I could control my phoneâ€™s music player, extend RunKeeper, see Twitter and Facebook feeds, see the weather, view photos, view calendar, page my phone, and respond to texts. Sounds robust and valuable, right? Well, not really. The best way to go through the experience is discuss highs and lows.
Speedmaster Pebble Highs
Battery life: I have had Pebble for over a week, use every notification and the backlight but only have had to charge once.
Reliability when connected: When the watch is connected to a phone, the apps are super-consistent. This must be partly because they do one single task, like alert you of an email or text.
Notifications with phone tucked away: There are times when having a phone out isnâ€™t socially accepted or inconvenient, like during dinner or when in the airport line. With Pebble, I can get nearly all my notifications and it was sometimes reassuring that I wouldnâ€™t miss something.
Display: When you hear of a 144×168 black and white resolution in a world of Retina displays, most would laugh it off as a joke. I was very surprised just how quickly I got accustomed to the backlit, e-ink like display. I rarely had an issue in full sunlight and literally a flick of the wrist, the backlight turns on.
Exercise: While the RunKeeper integration is extremely limited, it does provide the basic information like pace, distance, and time run eliminating the need to look at my phone.
Constellation Pebble Lows
Limited utility via limited apps: Pebble is severely limited by a very low number of apps that support the platform. Does â€śmobile device lacking apps therefore delivering low valueâ€ť sound familiar? Itâ€™s the issue for Windows RT, Windows Phone, BB10 and was one of the death blows for HPâ€™s webOS. Sure itâ€™s early, only a year into development, but getting notifications, having a second screen for a few apps, and controlling a few things on the smartphone just isnâ€™t enough.
No App Store: There currently isnâ€™t an official app store for Pebble, making finding apps a chore. Users can either search the Android store for â€śPebbleâ€ť or go to the many non-Pebble supported websites via Google search.
Unreliable BT connection: Bluetooth inherently is unreliable, as we have all experienced at one time or another. This is a real back breaker because Pebble is limited without the phone connection. To make matters worse, Pebble doesnâ€™t have a visual indicator that it is successfully connected, so you are left wondering if you were missing notifications. To add insult to injury, my phone often said Pebble was connected when it really wasnâ€™t
Nerdy : My wife nailed it when she saw me with Pebble and asked, â€śso is that the nerd watchâ€ť? As I recovered from the â€śnerd slapâ€ť, I thought about it, and the watch really isnâ€™t very stylish. In fact, itâ€™s nerdy. It is shiny and feels cheap and plasticky, like a watch you can win as a prize in a machine in an arcade. At the end of the week, I missed some of my watches. Iâ€™m no watch collector, but I have some that are a few hundred bucks and a few that are a few thousand dollars.
replica watches Pebble right now is a classic â€śtweenerâ€ť. Letâ€™s look at fitness devices as an example. Pebble is not like a FitBit One, FitBit Flex or Jawbone UP that tracks sleep, movement, calories yet inexpensive, stylish or easy to hide. Nor is it like the $249 MotoActv that has a color display, heart rate monitor, embedded GPS tracker and built-in music player. Pebble is smack dab in the middle of the devices while trying to get developers to do more. A tweener is never a good place to stay for long as it usually ends in death.
Speedmaster Pebble needs to be more â€śgeneral purposeâ€ť like a phone, tablet, PC or more â€śfocusedâ€ť like a sports watch or game console. To do this, I believe Pebble will need to change dramatically. To go more â€śgeneral purposeâ€ť, Pebble needs a complete overhaul in UI that would enable a lot more input functionality via, letâ€™s say, voice. Even with added features, it would take a lot to get over the â€śnerd factorâ€ť. I could see non-nerds getting comfortable with Pebble functionality if it somehow embedded into their favorite Omega, Breitling, TAG Heuer, Citizen, or Burberry watches.
Seamaster Aqua Terra To get more â€śfocusedâ€ť Pebble needs to identify a unique problem for a unique audience that only it can solveâ€¦. and then go solve it. I could see a customized â€śPebble-likeâ€ť device solving some very unique living room gaming challenges with a multi-axis (more than 3) accelerometer. I could see specialty watches for firefighters and policemen, too. The list goes on and on, but unfortunately, this is just not what Pebble is.
Until Pebble and other devices like Pebble are semi-concealable or get more focused on solving focused problems, it will remain the nerdâ€™s watch. The world needs and loves nerds, but I donâ€™t think itâ€™s a very large market in the near future.
You can find Patrick Moorhead on the web , Twitter , LinkedIn and Google+ .
Disclosure: No employees at the firm hold any equity positions with any companies cited in this column.
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