It’s the type of electronic device that is slowly rising to the top in popularity and is being developed by the big companies in the tech world such as Google and Samsung now. It’s wearable tech, more specifically it’s the Pebble Smartwatch, a stylish and functional “smartwatch” that was birthed from a Kickstarter project that had an original goal of $100,000 but ended up raising a massive $10,200,000 which dwarfed their original goal. But all that money and the fact that it became an actual product all means nothing if the Pebble doesn’t live up to what it was created to do, be stylish while still proving useful in people’s everyday life.
When I first bought my Pebble Smartwatch I fell in love with the way it looked immediately, it was definitely stylish and I found it matched everything in my wardrobe perfectly, but how useful was it? Did I actually connect it to my phone to receive notifications through it? Or did I not find it useful and just use it for style and checking the time? I actually used it quite a bit. I’m not going to sit here and tell you I used it a lot because truly I didn’t, I used it mainly at work which I found to be extremely useful. While at work I’m not really supposed to have my smartphone out going through my notifications so I’m sure you could see where having a Pebble would be useful and make getting through my day at work a little easier. There’s nothing worse than having your phone vibrate at work and not being able to check it, but I digress.
So I used it but what did I use it for? I used it for receiving not just notifications from certain apps but notifications from all the apps that the Pebble would let me. It would let me relieve texts, emails, tweets, Facebook notifications, and last but not least let me know who was calling me when my phone would receive a call. How does your watch let you know you’ve received these notifications? In the best way possible in my opinion, vibration. When you receive a notification on your Pebble it vibrates on your wrist and in my opinion this is perfect, after all, who wants their watch to be beeping away all the time.
The only gripe I had with this device is the one time the Pebble disconnected from my phone on its own out of nowhere. But this has only happened once in the week that I’ve had it which is good enough for me. After all it is connected through bluetooth and that’s far from perfect. Besides that one incident the Pebble has worked fine and done everything it’s supposed to do.
There were a couple of things that I really liked about the Pebble Smartwatch. I’m gonna start off with the feature that I used daily and really surprised me and which I found genius. When you have the backlight enabled on the Pebble it’s not “always on”, it only comes on when you shake your wrist. When you shake your wrist the backlight comes on for a few minutes which allows you to look at the time or check the notification you just received. The other feature is something most of you probably won’t get and also probably won’t consider a feature, the fact that you can’t reply to your notifications from the Pebble itself. Could you imagine if there was a tiny keyboard crammed onto the Pebble’s small e-ink screen? That would be absolutely insane. Sure a voice recognition style reply would be great but for now such a thing would be hard to cram into a small watch and would also be a battery hog I’m sure, maybe later.
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