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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Features Notifications and cool watch faces are what makes this watch what it is, but I'm looking forward to seeing what developers do with it. good
  • Display The text is certainly crisp and easy to read, but I wouldn't object to a higher-res screen. I guess I'm just too accustomed to high PPI displays. good
  • Battery life I've been using the watch for just about 24 hours now (without charging it first), and haven't yet been prompted to plug it in. Certainly better than my Swatch. great!
  • Ease of use The interface is dead simple to operate, and extremely intuitive to learn. The notifications work effortlessly, and the shake/tap to turn on the light is great. great!
  • Storage capacity No comments
  • Design and form factor While the strap is a little meh, the actual design and craftsmanship of the watch is superb. It's very comfortable, and contours nicely to my wrist. great!
  • Portability (size / weight) Much like any well built watch, you don't really notice its there. I had no issue sleeping with it, and it doesn't cause any strain on my arm, wrist, or hand. great!
  • Durability The only thing I'm worried about on the durability front is chipping or scratching the glass. good
Detailed review
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 Pebble has really shown me that it was probably too often. The watch's notifications are certainly its best feature, and they are very well implemented. Being able to dismiss a call from the watch is truly fantastic, mainly because I can't count the number of times my phone has started vibrating in class, and I've had to make that awkward, slow move to try to hit a button to turn it off. Also, being able to change music tracks without picking up my phone is very neat, especially when driving.

Even though I've only had the device for a little over a day, I rated the battery life "great" because I know it will be. For a watch as advanced as this, I'd be happy to get two days of use, let alone the seven that Allerta advertises. It's also dead simple to charge - the magnetic connector snaps into place without fuss. I couldn't really ask for more.

I have a distinct feeling that the second generation of this device is going to be the cream of the crop. If they can work in a higher-res screen, and get a fair amount of developer support, the opportunity to make this a long-lasting platform is there.

Even though the Pebble probably started out as a proof of concept device for its inventors, it has turned into a full-fledged product that is definitely worth buying if you have a smartphone.
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jedan

can´t wait to get my hands on my Pebble! great review!
cjtylr

Thanks Jedan! Let me know if you have any questions.
Dpmt

Have you thought about replacing the included strap? Turns out there are a great deal of 22mm watch bands out there.
cjtylr

I actually have thought about that, but haven't acted on it yet. In fact, I'll probably look into it very soon. The included strap is fine, but I'm sure I'd be happier with something else.