Pebble comes to Best Buy; Five reasons to pick one up

Pebble comes to Best Buy; Five reasons to pick one up

Summary: The Pebble smart watch was one of the most successful Kickstarter projects last year and is now moving into the retail space. Best Buy will be selling the Pebble watch starting this weekend.

TOPICS: Mobility, Android, iPhone

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  • Pebble moving from Kickstarter to Best Buy

    I was a Kickstarter backer for the Pebble smart watch and have been enjoying the watch for a couple months. I understand some backers still don't have their Pebbles so I was a bit surprised to see you can now order one at Best Buy and find them in stores this weekend.

    While consumers won't be getting Pebbles with Kickstarter on the back, they will be buying a fantastic watch and I thought I would share some of the great things I like about the Pebble. I paid $115 for my Kickstarter Edition and Best Buy will be selling them for $149.99.

  • Reason 1: Call notifications

    There are several basic notifications included out of the box on your Pebble and to be honest call notifications are extremely useful to me. I generally carry large phones that are carried in my pocket. Rather than having to dig the phone out every time a call comes in, my Pebble shows me who is calling and gives me the ability to send the call to voicemail by pressing in on the lower right button.

    I like when smart watches like this give you information you can view in a glance rather than having to pull out your phone and be rude to people you are hanging with.

  • Reason 2: Replace with your own band

    I originally was a backer for an orange Pebble, but the colored ones were made later in the process and after they offered to let us switch to black I took them up on it. While the rubber band that comes with the Pebble is nice, I wanted to add a bit of customization and splash of orange.

    The Pebble comes with a standard 22-mm band and I found a Kevlar one with orange highlights on Amazon. I installed the band and like the look and feel on my wrist.

Topics: Mobility, Android, iPhone

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  • Meh

    Seems pretty lame.
  • I'll look ...... Sort of ......

    When I need to wear a watch I have a couple of Eco-Drive's. no charging needed. That is and has always been about "smart" watches; charging is needed.
  • One of the reasons is to replace a part of the product?

    Doesn't that seem more like a "What to do when you get one" comment than a reason to buy one?
    Stuart Becktell
  • I'm supposed to replace my Yachtmaster with this plastic garbage?

    No thanks. I'll wait for Apple to sit back quietly, wait, watch and do this right. Hopefully in a much more attractive package.

    Let's face it, watches these days are nothing more than jewelry, outmoded by the smartphone. Which is why I only bother wearing a high end Swiss watch if I'm going to wear anything at all. If you want me to take a step backwards and put on a digital encumbrance, you better give me a damn good reason for doing so, and a splash of style to boot.
    • Ahh yes

      Make it out of alu and slap a fruit on it somewhere prominent.

      Et voila, we have an equivalent to a fine swiss watch. It's sh5$ unless it's fruity - message received.
      What does it do? If it's from apple I don't give a .......
      Little Old Man
      • Correct.

        Thanks for playing.
        • Really?

          You're proud of that?? Everything they say about itards is true, wow thanks for that. Let me guess, your dinghymaster always enters the room before you do.
          Little Old Man
          • Correct.

            Thanks for playing.
          • Next round

            Is that it?? Your grown up response.

            It's like owlnet on prozac.
            Little Old Man
          • On a less predicatable note..

            A few years ago now I purchased a Sony Ericsson watch. It was manufactured before Android was launched and worked out of the box with all Sony Ericsson handsets and a select few handsets from other manufacturers.

            Similar in concept to the LG "Prada" watch and handset although those were a one off. It too worked with the Android app Openwatch which was written for the LG protocols. Although it was early in the Android revolution this enabled it to work with any Android handset, specific compatibility issues aside.

            The watch looked like a standard analogue watch, in the style of diving watch save for the inclusion of a two row amber LCD display. Aside from the usual watch functions this was able to inform you of standard Android notifications in addition to several specific icons for email, SMS etc which were tied to the original non android SE handsets.

            It gave the ability to answer a call with the watch, or reject one with the incoming number or ID displayed in full. Texts when received would be scrolled across the LCD in a small but perfectly readable font negating the need to remove phone from pocket or bag. The watch also had a vibrating feature for calls, texts and notifications.

            You could also control the Walkman music players on SE phones with the side buttons, not only limited to stop and play, but also volume, track skip and fast forward/reverse. Using the Openwatch app allowed you to remap many of the watch buttons to Android specific commands.

            The watch looked stylist, was made from robust materials with a heavy rubber strap of the sports or diving type and waterproof to either 5 or 10 ATM. The watch face was patterned to resemble carbon fibre with luminous numerals and hands and orange accenting to fit with Sony's Walkman theme. The LCD could be configured as a digital display or even with pixelated art when not performing a more useful function.

            The watch needed to be charged once a week or so for the full plethora of effects, but operated as a standard analogue watch for months after the battery was to weak to keep up with the special features.

            The only downside was fade in the brightness of the LCD display and after about two years mine could only be read in a darkened room. To make matters worse Sony had no replacement parts to repair the problem and nobody manufactures the two row LCD readout then or now. The vibration feature still works, indeed, the whole watch it still perfectly functional other than the LCD.

            Sadly my main use of the watch was checking incoming texts at work when I was unable to remove my phone from my pocket, so it has lost most of it's niche for me. The reason, however, that I mention it. Is that it is an example of a company getting it so totally right (other than perhaps the quality and availability of the LCD strips!)

            I would dearly love to see a return to this ethos of keeping a watch looking standard and hiding useful features rather than a watch shouting about how futuristic it is visually, but being uncomfortable to wear and not knowing quite what it is that it needs to do to be a successful convergence device.

            At the point the LCD in my SE watch failed there was no replacement on the market except a horrible plastic square with a wide fabric band manufactured by Microsoft and looking like it was aimed at the 12-14 year old demographic.

            I suspect the original developers at Kickstarter formed their initial design after owning the same fantastic Sony Ericsson watch as I, and also suffering the degradation and finally the loss of the focal point of the watch.

            The pebble looks ok. It sounds like it does most of what it needs to and looks sufficiently normal for everyday use by an adult. But personally I really miss the perfection of convergence that was my Sony Ericsson MBW-150.
  • Happy Pebble owner here!

    I agree with Matthew Miller: the caller notification is an amazingly useful view. My daily commute is nearly an hour each way, and its much easier to glance at my wrist instead of wrangling for my cell phone.

    The variety of watchfaces also means you'll probably find a display that you'll like.
    • To the commute

      Cars have Bluetooth phone connects, I have a Bluetooth ear piece because I am on call a lot.
      I don't see the advantage here.