After the launch of Pebble smartwatch which was successfully funded 2 years ago through Kickstarter. It has 9.5 mm thickness and side dimensions of again from another crowdfunding of $20 Million for the new Pebble Time. It is successful contender in the smartwatch war where Android wear from big companies like Motorola, Apple, Garmin are fighting. It has gained a lot of good rating from many tech lovers and industry leaders. We also got an opportunity to review this from the Nepal’s only distributor ShopLife(storeshoplife.com). They get the devices directly from the company.
Pebble was a great smartwatch under $200 which being sold at Rs 18000 at some online stores. Tech industry moves really fast and the thirst of awesomeness never dies. There is a saying “The biggest room in the world, is the room for improvement.” Hence everyone is busy to improve their product and give the best to the market. It is same here, the new Pebble Time is new upgraded Pebble smartwatch after it’s new Kickstarter funding. Its specs are really great and the look is just classic and lovely. Best thing about this watch is e-paper screen that gives it best and natural display and also saves a lot of battery. What ever anyone says looks comes first for a luxury wear rather than the specs, so we are starting with it.
Look and Design:
This is a product that came from funding and which means it will have more productivity than looks. It’s build material is Polymer with stainless steel border and the normal silicone bands. Time has actually pretty clean, simple and casual look. It is not so fancy, dazzling like other watches from expensive brands like Apple are. Nevertheless we don’t mean that it is bad, we just mean that is not much of a jewelry. For power, function and price it is the new street fighter.
Hardware and Specs
Under the thickness of 9.5 mm and side dimensions of 37.5 mm by 40.5 mm the watch is powered by Cortex M4 processor and Pebble 3.0 OS. The 1.25 inch color e-paper is protected by scratch proof Gorilla glass and unfortunately there is no touch interface. You will have to get support of the buttons the side of the watch. It is dust proof, shockproof and waterproof with a limit of 30 Meter.
At back we have magnetic charging cables port which also act as place to add “smartstraps” which can provide additional functions like GPS, NFC. An LED backlight has been added for under lighted situations. Microphone, Bluetooth 4.0 are obviously there as always.
Software and Apps
The Pebble Time app for smartphone is supported by platforms above Android 4.0+ and iOS 6. It is running its new OD known as Timeline and supports more than 6000 app which are fully fit its screen size. The apps multiply its use and increase the productivity. Important notifications, calendar and other information are presented in charming way in this device. It has the concept of timeline actually where you can press a button to see the present or information like game score of some time ago, past information of few days ago and the future where you can see your programs like meetings and appointments. That clarifies the name of the OS.
The experience with this phone is new due to new display technology. With some interesting features like shaking gesture for dismissal of notifications, music and voice control we loved it. The pedometer, compass, gyrosensor gives the phone features and support to future apps that can improve the productivity of this device.
With the minimalist and smart design the features are brilliant and with the new color e-paper screen the battery performance is just awesome. This device will give you about a week on normal uses.
We give this device a big A for the life and screen. It has average performance like other watches of this range but for what you are paying now you are getting an honest product. The price of Pebble Time in Nepal is Rs 39999 which is being sold only by ShopLife(http://storeshoplife.com). They also sell many electronic devices and gadgets online, exclusive products as well as you can order them special devices via their “Custom buy” feature.