April 11th 2012 10:49 am

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Lots of potential at a good price

80

Pebble is already an excellent value, but new features will increase the appeal.

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Critic reviews

7.5
18 reviews
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    7.4
  • Display
    7.9
  • Battery life
    7.6
  • Ease of use
    6.9
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  • Design and form factor
    7.7
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.3
  • Durability
    8.4

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User reviews

8.0
59 reviews
8.0
Engadget Jan 25, 2013

We're very optimistic for the device's future -- our chief concern relates not to the hardware, but how it will affect behavior: If you thought that friend who glances at his smartphone every few minutes was rude, just wait until he owns a Pebble.

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8.0
PC Mag Jul 16, 2013

The smart-looking Pebble smartwatch delivers on its promise of wireless notifications right on your wrist, and while there are still some bugs that need to be ironed out, if developers can get behind the platform, the potential is huge.

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8.0
PC Mag Nov 13, 2013

The smart-looking Pebble smartwatch delivers on its promise of wireless notifications right on your wrist, and while there are still some bugs that need to be ironed out, if developers can get behind the platform, the potential is huge.

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7.0
PC Mag Feb 26, 2013

The Pebble is, essentially, that small notification LCD, just wireless and on your wrist. Still, it's a useful concept. I didn't truly appreciate the Pebble's convenience until a few nights into my testing period, during a binge TV watching stint, when I was able to sort the inane WhatsApp messages...

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7.0
AllThingsD Feb 26, 2013

The Pebble is a useful accessory for a smartphone if you have a spare $150 and hate digging out your phone, or can’t easily do so, to see if you need to attend to a call or message. But I suggest you wait for it to work more smoothly.

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7.0
CNET Apr 5, 2013

The Pebble Watch has solid basic smartwatch functions, but until promised apps and features arrive, it’s more a tinkerer’s tech toy than a must-have timepiece.

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8.0
SlashGear Feb 23, 2013

Whether it’s worth $150 today depends on how much of an early-adopter you are; everyone else considering dressing their wrist with some smart technology might want to wait and see how third-party apps change the Pebble experience.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Oct 29, 2013

We like the fledgling platform that Pebble runs on and we like the fact that there is a community looking to take advantage of it. It's a fun smartwatch and it feels sophisticated where others might feel like they're trying too hard or have come to market too hastily.

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6.0
TechHive Feb 25, 2013

The Pebble works as a watch, is packed with interesting hardware, and has basic smartphone integration. But for it to be a truly smart watch its software still needs some major feature additions.

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8.0
T3 Apr 2, 2013

The Pebble might not be a truly smart watch – its features are too limited and the hardware too buggy for now - but it’s still smarter than other watches out there.

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8.0
Gear Diary Apr 20, 2013

For those desiring a customizable smartwatch to pull down all sorts of notifications, and at its $150 price point, I think the Pebble is a great smartwatch deal that may be hard to beat.

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7.0
Forbes Feb 19, 2013

The company has done well to create a device that looks pretty good, works well, delivers a good battery life and has the potential to be genuinely useful.

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7.0
Boing Boing May 7, 2013

For now, the Pebble delivers on its premise, but it doesn’t deliver very much. It's an impressive piece of hardware—the software just needs to catch up.

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8.0
Android Police Jan 29, 2013

At the moment, $150 seems like a bit much for what is basically a remote notification bar, even if you can track one down.---But as a geek myself, I love the Pebble, warts and all. If you love playing with cutting edge mobile tech and you've got the money to spare, go for it.

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8.0
DroidLife Feb 5, 2013

At $150, I wouldn’t necessarily say that the Pebble is overpriced, but I’m also not sure it’s priced to grab the average tech user. This is for early adopters and tech geeks, like myself that will have some patience as this eventually turns into the watch we all dream of it becoming.

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8.0
MobileBurn Feb 20, 2013

It's not a must-have device, but when is an accessory truly ever necessary? Pebble is not yet the elegant solution that its Kickstarter project inspired, but it's a functional timepiece well on its way to something special.

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7.0
USA Today Feb 13, 2013

Pebble should become more appealing over time as more apps become available. But all bets are off if Apple jumps into the fray.

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First Looks

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Engadget Jan 9, 2013

We spent some time with the smartwatch here in Las Vegas and came away extremely impressed with the level of polish the company's achieved. Pebble's most visually striking feature is its colorful multi-layer polycarbonate face / bezel, which looks fantastic.

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Wired May 14, 2012

While the hardware is impressive, where Pebble truly shines is in its software. Pebble will be the first smartwatch capable of connecting with Apple’s iPhone, a feature that’s helped it reach a mainstream market.

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CNET Jan 9, 2013

Honestly the gadget feels lighter and smaller than my standard analog watch. And with the ability to run custom apps and software in the future, I bet developers will soon harness the Pebble's built-in accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and other high-tech gear in no time.

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SlashGear Jan 9, 2013

On the wrist, it’s lightweight, with the rubberized strap – that can be easily switched out – comfortable. The display is clear and legible, and lacks the refresh-pause we’re familiar with from E Ink ereaders. The fact that it’s only monochrome is offset by the great contrast.

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Mashable Jan 11, 2013

Navigating through menus was a breeze, and I was able to accept a call, text, and read email pretty effectively as well. ... So, are smart watches ready for prime time? It certainly looks like Pebble is.

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AppleInsider Jan 10, 2013

After a brief amount of wrist time, I can say that handling the watch was a rare moment when a product feels like it’s worth more than what you paid for it. The UI is responsive, the text is clear and the materials are of top quality.

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Expert Reviews Jan 9, 2013

The Pebble looks fantastic. Everything from the build quality down to the way it displays the time and notifications feels well made and perfectly designed for modern smartphone usage. We can't wait to get our hands on a production model to test.

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Digital Trends Jan 14, 2013

In our quick hands-on with the Pebble, we found the watch to be extremely responsive. It boasts a speedy load time, fun app development possibilities, and...a neat companion to your smartphone for those who can’t be bothered to reach inside their pockets and constantly check for updates.

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Business Insider Jan 9, 2013

We weren't surprised that the Pebble smartwatch was a hit at CES this year. ... We were lucky to be among the first to receive a hands on demo of the watch straight from Pebble's head of operations Rahul Bhagat.

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7.0
beaulebens beaulebens

Reposted from http://dentedreality.com.au/2013/03/02/i-want-to-l... I really want to love the Pebble that I got from being a Kickstarter backer. I want to, but right now I can’t. I can only like it. And I can like it a lot — there’s a lot to like! I have a computer on my arm! I can...

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9.0
plisanti plisanti

The combination of style, size, features, and battery life makes the Pebble the best smartwatch available. It's not without its flaws, but they are all software-based and the software will improve over time (knock on wood). When I'm commuting (by train) my iPhone is either in an inside jacket...

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9.0
cjtylr cjtylr

I'm really, really digging the Pebble. It's certainly the best thing I've purchased from Kickstarter, and I am extremely impressed with its craftsmanship and functionality. I never really thought about all of the time I spent pulling my phone out of my pocket to check a notification, but the...

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9.0
Dpmt Dpmt

For me the Pebble is the most exciting product that has come out in the last year. It has surpassed my early expectations of a buggy launch yet has become more easy to use and powerful with each update. The strap is rubbery and durable with a matte black color. This contrasts with the shiny...

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7.0
TgD TgD

I unfortunately returned my Pebble for a refund. That being said, this device is great- when it works. It has a display which can be read anywhere, the vibration motor is appropriately powered to be on my wrist, and notifications can be pushed from virtually any app given the right supporting...

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9.0
zxc314 zxc314

So far I have been using my Pebble since the first day that I got it and it has been wonderful. It's totally changed the way that I use my phone. I was fearful at first that because it's so close and always there it would disrupt me but instead it has smoothed out bumps in my workflow because I...

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8.0
dennisfxm dennisfxm

Pebble feels like an excellent piece of hardware. It is very snappy & feels comfortable on my wrist. The display is a little smaller than it could be, but I can still read the text on it, even from an arm's length away. Hopefully, more apps will be released that take full advantage of all of...

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8.0
ijames99 ijames99

After a long, emotional wait, the Pebble is finally here. Does it live up to expectations? In most ways, yes. It's almost exactly as advertised, with the exception of the SDK and app marketplace, but Allerta promises it will be publicly available given a few months' time. The Pebble works exactly...

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10
trackzero trackzero

With the add-on Pebble Notifier, you can forward any alerts from your Android phone to this watch. This solves a number of problems for me...and combined with Tasker and a little bit of time, it gives me a fairly robust wrist-worn alert management system for any number of purposes. Even out of...

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6.0
Brandon Brandon

This is a good first start but really not ready for prime time yet. They had to put out something for their kickstarter backers who had been waiting nearly a year. The product category has potential but Pebble is likely to be overshadowed by the big boys (Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung)...

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8.0
agabot agabot

It's a wonderful product with great potential, although that's the problem too—it's all potential as of the moment. But the basic features are nicely implemented.

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8.0
cletus75 cletus75

PROS 1. Has the "wow" factor, at least for now, and Kickstarter makes for an interesting talking point. 2. Magsafe charger is clever and non-bulky - more companies should do this. I'm looking at you, Garmin. 3. Customisable faces are pretty cool. 4. Quite professionally finished, even down to...

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7.0
markb55 markb55

The Big question is;what's it good for?Just to pick up your messages when Jogging?Driving?In a meeting?As a backer of this project and after the first watch broke down ( Display issues)I got a new one from the company.Just gave it away as found no serious usage for this gadget.The idea and...

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