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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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Average user Score
 
90
MaggieL
09.08.15
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
samlui54321
08.20.15
Having had this smart-watch for a little more then a month. I'm happy to say that it has performed very well. My everyday consist of me working though the day and having the watch on me meant that i was able to be connected to the on-line world whist not being distracted by having to pull out a large device.i had no issues with the Bluetooth although sometimes it can be difficult to reconnect so i would advice others to try and stay close to your phone or tablet. other then that everything performs well.
 
90
RIJay
07.14.15
Love the watch. Big improvement over ver. 1. It's not as fancy as the Android watches or the Apple Watch but it is FAR more functional. I can see it in all light. Battery is great. Looks good on my wrist. Does everything I want it to do.
 
80
murrayustud
07.10.15
Well mine seems to have issues with phone calls, sometimes it displays calls other times not, other than that it's great! It's comfortable, battery lasts & lasts!
 
70
winterjoey
07.01.15
Pebble are one of those small startup competitions that I really want to see succeed next to the big corporations like Apple. With current software restrictions, it's very difficult for them to take on Apple with software features alone, but the battery life is very admirable, the use of e-paper for the screen makes total sense, and considering this product was made by a recent startup, this product is impressive. Unfortunately, it doesn't quite live up to its expectations, but maybe that could come with smart straps and more apps.
 
90
Hiram4000
05.06.15
The Pebble Time is one of the most anticipated smartwatches of this year. On Kickstarter alone, Pebble received over 78,000 backers who raised over $20 million to contribute to the development of the watch itself. Pebble Time is a totally different smartwatch from the previous two Pebble watches. It has a e-papered colored display which is 1.25 inch, with over 60 different colors and 30 frames per second on the animations. The sensors are upgraded tremendously, with a 3D accelerometer, a light sensor, microphone, and also a built in GPS. The battery s better than ever, with a 7-10 day battery per charge. You wouldn't be going to the outlet for a while. It uses Bluetooth 4.0, which Pebble has said you can be away to a max of 50 meters and still receive signal from your smartphone. The watch is water proof, sweat proof, and can be used in extreme temperatures. The watch will be shipping to Kickstarter backers at the end of May this year, and will be sold in retail stores for $199 at the end of 2015.