How would you change the Pebble?
On hardware side, a microphone (and probably a DSP chip) is a must-have. Voice input has to be the primary input way for smart watch. A speaker is good to have but it's not that urgent. BT-LE should be adopted. 2M total memory size should be increased.
On software side, i18n (internationalization) support is a must-have. Multitask should be on the TODO list. Per-app 64K resource limitation is unreasonably small (this kills all the attempts for putting even the smallest CJK font on pebble). Is there any plan to open source the pebble system like Android does? If so, I believe the community can help to address most of the software improvements.
Software in the other hand, I was expecting SDK v2.0 would make it great after 1.0 feedback but still lacks of common sense when daily use comes. Backlight adjust timeout, apps order, app slots is limited to 8. It lose connection without reason. notification is not consistent... and the list go on and on...
I was expecting activity monitoring apps live letmuv works, but it simply do not!
I'm planning give my red pebble to my young son, and wait for Google watch...
I have their black carbonfiber wrap. All of their wraps come with a screen protector that fits directly in the cutout of the wrap. I have had it on there for months now and I have incurred no screen scratches. It dries completely clear and you forget it is even there. I didn't even do the greatest job installing it but mine still looks great.
1) More character set - hate seeing boxes when i receive text in Chinese or other language besides English.
2) App running in the background of the watch - defeats the purpose when you have so many different watchfaces or apps to choose from and you can only use one app or watchface at a time. Say i use a pedometer app and it does not tell the time. If i want to know the time i have to get out of the app but i lose the tracking. If that is the case, not point having 8 slots for apps and watchfaces.
Better bluetooth connectivity would be nice as it drops a lot.
This is more on NitroDesk but I have to use Touchdown for work email and the notifications are kind of terrible. You only get the subject line and no option to scroll thru the email like you do with gmail.
Consistency is what I am looking for. Does anyone else get double hangouts notifications?
I like the 2.0 firmware a lot more than the previous versions.
Does anyone actually get 7 days of battery life? I am lucky to get 4 days. I get a fair amount of email in a day but nothing astronomical.
Instead of all this 3rd party software I would like to see native support for a few of their very useful features. The notification center is a huge example. Why do I have to use a 3rd party app to push regular old android notifications? Should I not have the same function in the pebble app itself? Whitelist/blacklist apps etc,
The forced use of 3rd party notification apps are my biggest pet peeve. They also bring out the buggy behaviour in the watch itself. For instance I use notification center to push touchdown notifications. At least 3 times a week this process will lock up and it will either vibrate until the battery dies or push every single notification that I have received that day from touchdown. I understand this is most likely a fault in notification center itself but if there was native support I doubt there would be an issue. I get my gmails and all other native notifications just fine and they have never locked up the watch.
My original ideal smartwatch was a device you could just push notifications from the shade to the device. Clear on android then it clear on the pebble. Ignore selected persistent notifications if you like. I never saw the concept being that difficult or hard to implement,
I am thankful for my pebble and it really is a rugged device. It has saved me quite a few trips to my pocket. I can know what it going on and it just looks like I am checking the time. I would not give that up for anything now,
Finally can someone suggest a better notification replacement/supplement with support for Touchdown? Notification center drives me batty.
2. Build Quality
Others: reordering stuff in the main menu, more setting controls, displaying text from the email app, more buttons, more memory, mirasol display (color makes everything better)
The individual app storage could be better, with it defaulting to last updated info.
As nice as it is having a quiet watch, it would also be nice to have an audible alarm.
Speaking of the alarm, it would be nice to have more customizable of an alarm... e.g. have the 0530 alarm only be for work days...
And of course, if battery life could be better without sacrificing size, it'd be really nice too!