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Pebble Time

Pebble Time

from  $56.98+
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78 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
78

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

Pebble needs to distinguish itself from its Android Wear and Apple rivals in order to stand out, and it does so with the Time. Its color e-paper technology results in an always-on display that looks great under bright sunlight, plus battery life that lasts up to seven days. It also boasts a brand-new Timeline interface that promises to reduce app clutter and make it that much easier to get at the information you really need. A mic adds the ability to offer quick voice replies and memos, although full voice-command capabilities are lacking. Sure, it doesn't offer the same degree of sophisticated style and high-end features as the competition, but the ability to add more functionality over time with its smart accessory port might prove more useful in the end.

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Pros
  • Impressive battery life
  • Works on both Android and iOS
  • Always-on color e-paperdisplay
  • Display looks great under direct sunlight
  • Large app library
  • Unique Timeline interface reduces app clutter
  • Voice replies
  • Potential for more features via smartstraps
Cons
  • iOS functionality is limited
  • Voice function doesn't extend to Google Now or Siri
  • Can only choose one app for activity tracking
  • Pricey for what it offers
78 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
78

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

78
 

User Reviews

90
MaggieL
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
90
samlui54321
Having had this smart-watch for a little more then a month. I'm happy to say...read more
90
RIJay
Love the watch. Big improvement over ver. 1. It's not as fancy as the Android...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
75
Average Critic Score
 
80
CNET
The Pebble Time adds a few key improvements and a color screen compared to previous Pebble watches, but owners of previous Pebble watches may not see a need to upgrade yet.
 
70
Forbes
The Pebble Time feels like the smartwatch for the Swatch generation, and I’d expect it to find that market given time. But it’s not the step forward that Pebble was hoping for that would allow it to rise to the challenge of Android Wear and Apple Watch.
 
70
The Verge
Smartwatches haven’t really broken out ... because for most people, getting notifications on your wrist isn’t worth wearing a $200 thing that looks like the Pebble all day long. And while it looks and works better than ever, the Pebble Time doesn’t do enough to change that.
 
80
The Guardian
The Time is the Casio of Android-compatible smartwatches – small, light, discreet, and the easiest to live with. And, yes, it’s better on Android than with an iPhone.
 
80
TechCrunch
I recommend the smartwatch for Android users looking for a wearable, and for platform switchers who want something they can use with both; Pebble’s latest, despite its flaws, is bursting with utilitarian charm for those who enjoy its quirky looks.
 
60
Wired
I want the uncluttered and productive idea Pebble is selling. But I don’t want the watch.
 
80
Stuff
The Pebble Time adds more geek cred and will become a conversation piece when it shows up on your wrist. But it’s not in the league of Apple’s Watch or the tried-and-tested round-shaped LG G Watch R.
 
80
Engadget
Sure, it doesn't offer the same degree of sophisticated style and high-end features as the competition, but the ability to add more functionality over time with its smart accessory port might prove more useful in the end.