Pebble
E-Paper watch for smartphones

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E-Paper watch for iPhone and Android.

Pebble is the first watch built for the 21st century. It's infinitely customizable, with beautiful downloadable watchfaces and useful internet-connected apps. Pebble connects to iPhone and Android smartphones using Bluetooth, alerting you with a silent vibration to incoming calls, emails and messages. While designing Pebble, we strove to create a minimalist yet fashionable product that seamlessly blends into everyday life.

CUSTOMIZE WITH APPS.

Apps bring Pebble to life. We're building some amazing apps for Pebble. Cyclists can use Pebble as a bike computer, accessing the GPS on your smartphone to display speed, distance and pace data. Runners get a similar set of data displayed on their wrist. Use the music control app to play, pause or skip tracks on your phone with the touch of a button. If you're a golfer, feel free to bring Pebble onto the course. We're working with Freecaddie to create a great golf rangefinder app for Pebble that works on over 25,000 courses world-wide. Instead of using your phone, view your current distance to the green right on your wrist. These apps will be the first, with more in the works!

CUSTOMIZE WITH WATCHFACES.

Pebble can change instantly, thanks to its brilliant, outdoor-readable electronic-paper (e-paper) display. We've designed tons of watchfaces already, with more coming every day. Choose your favourite watchfaces using Pebble's iPhone or Android app. Then as the day progresses, effortlessly switch to the one that matches your mood, activity or outfit

CUSTOMIZE WITH NOTIFICATIONS.

If you need to stay on top of things, Pebble can help with vibrating notifications, messages and alerts. Dismiss a notification with a shake of your wrist. Don't worry, it's easy to disable all notifications. - Incoming Caller ID - Email (Gmail or any IMAP email account) - Calendar Alerts - Facebook Messages - Twitter - Weather Alerts - Silent vibrating alarm and timer - Android users can also receive Text Messages (SMS) on their Pebble. Unfortunately iPhone does not expose this data. Have any suggestions for other notification types? Send us a message!

CUSTOMIZE WITH CODING.

Want your watch to tell you when your next bus is leaving? Maybe you're jonesing to see your compile status or recent github commits.. Think push notifications, directly to your watch using the data connection on your phone. Want to check-in on your watch, or create an app that can monitor your sleep? Pebble can send data from the accelerometer and buttons back up to the internet.

Pebble can receive simple alerts and notifications from if this then that (ifttt.com) or our web-facing RESTful endpoint. More adventurous developers can use the Pebble SDK, with its Arduino-like abstractions and simple C structure, to gain full control of the watch. Multiple apps can run on Pebble, along side watchfaces and regular notifications.

  • Load apps using Bluetooth
  • 144 x 168 pixel display black and white e-paper
  • Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR and 4.0 (Low Energy)
  • 4 buttons
  • Vibrating motor
  • 3 axis accelerometer with gesture detection
  • Distribute apps via Pebble watchapp store

HOW IT WORKS.

Pebble connects by Bluetooth to your iPhone or Android device. Setting up Pebble is as easy as downloading the Pebble app onto your phone. All software updates are wirelessly transmitted to your Pebble.

COMPATIBILITY

iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S running iOS 5 or any iPod Touch with iOS 5. Android devices running OS 2.3 and up. Works great with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)! Unfortunately Pebble does not work with Blackberry, Windows Phone 7, or Palm phones at this time.

FAQS

Q. How long does the battery last? A. The rechargeable battery keeps Pebble going for 7+ days.

Q. Does the watch display stay on all the time? A. Yes. The display shows a watchface at all times.

Q. Does it have a backlight? A. Yes, Pebble has a backlight to view the display at night.

Q. Is it waterproof? A. Pebble is now water resistant, at least enough to go swimming, run in the rain etc. You can fully submerge Pebble in water. We're working on getting the actual certification level settled (3ATM, 5ATM, etc). This is in response to your suggestions!

Q. Scratchproof? A. Yes, Pebble has a scratch and shatter resistant lens with an anti-glare optical coating.

Q. Does it use up my phones battery? A. Pebble is a Bluetooth device, similar to a Bluetooth headset. It does affect the battery life of your phone, usually using up an extra 5-10% per day.

Q. How does it charge? A. We include a special USB cable. You can charge Pebble using your computer or any wall USB charger.

Q. Can I replace the bands? A. Yes, Pebble is designed to fit most 22mm watch bands.


Reviews

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    I don't typically wear watches.

    February 13, 2013 by Christopher Stumph Recommended

    I'm actually considering wearing a watch again. I normally dislike the idea of having something strapped to my wrist simply to do one thing (tell time). This little device is awesome. I think that's what sets it apart. It's not just a watch. I can leave my phone in my bag, on silent, and still know when I get a call, email, etc since the watch has vibration built in. Also, I can play music on my phone from my wrist! I really love the multiple time display modes, and I'm actually excited to see what kind of updates they might bring in the future since you can easily update the watch's software from your phone via bluetooth.

    Definitely would recommend to others. I won't be surprised to see watches like these become commonplace soon, and the Pebble really does live up to all the hype.

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    Christopher Stumph 02/14/13

    I would have to add, some may not be impressed by the blockish appearance. It seems more polished in the photos somehow, and I would like see some improvements made in terms of comfort and feel of it on your wrist. I still really want one though!

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    Stephen Svajian 03/07/13

    "I don't typically wear watches, but when I do, I prefer dos pebblos."

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    Rosa Henry 06/03/13

    nice

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    Angela Schera 08/20/13

    I Love This!!!

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    Dilicia Smith 09/05/13

    I want this

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    Cody Stewart 09/06/13

    Looks very nice!

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    Dilan Harshana 09/11/13

    I like this

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    Ambika Pandey 09/11/13

    That is good!

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    Davis Yehosua 10/10/13

    Great and simple...

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    Frank Mendes 10/28/13

    me and juvi would luv to have one of these

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    05/07/14

    Since the updates and the addition of some new apps available for the Pebble, I am pretty stoked on it, would love to have one!

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    AsiYe Asy 05/15/14

    nice

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    Zora Radinova 06/07/14

    That is good!

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    Donald Stroganoff 06/13/14

    As a PwP (person with Parkinson's, taking my meds is must, the Pebble linked to my Android phone app to remind me about meds is a great device!

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    February 15, 2013 by Adam Weaver Recommended

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    NIranjan Sena 09/09/13

    Looks great!

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    Davis Yehosua 10/10/13

    Great,simmple,.

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    A great watch with solid functionality

    February 27, 2013 by Ryan Foutty Recommended

    Pebble blew me away. It essentially gives you everything you need right at a glance. For example, the text notifications worked seamlessly and used a quiet vibration that made me (and not others in the room) aware of the message. Also, I expected it to be bigger than it actually is, but it didn't stand out too much on my wrist. The different watchface options looked nice and helped give it a constant newness.

    It's a great smartwatch now, but once new apps and notification options are released, I think Pebble will become an outstanding watch that appeals to a wide range of users. I can't wait to get my own Pebble.

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    Great Product!

    February 28, 2013 by Brett Linn Recommended

    Pebble is a great little product and it definetely lived up to my expectations! At the very least Pebble is a really sharp looking watch. But there is much more to it than that.

    The best part about Pebble is that they are going to continiue developement and realease new features to add to its functionality.

    Overall I think it is a great product and can't wait until I get my own.

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    Very interesting watch

    February 28, 2013 by Caroline Torie Recommended

    Pebble is a cool idea. I like how you can change the watchfaces. I also like that I can read a text message on Pebble without having to get my phone out of my bad. The buttons were easy to figure out. However, it was sort of annoying when I went to the menu screen then I couldn't go back to my home screen (the time) without re-selecting what watchface I wanted. If there was a master 'go back' button it would make the product better.

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    Pebble — tells time and life

    March 01, 2013 by Michael Appelgate Recommended

    I think Pebble was a great piece of technology to notify people when they receive emails and text messages. I don't wear watches very often, so initially, I was hesitant to use Pebble. After a while, I forgot I was wearing it and I thought it was usefull when the watch would vibrate when I received a communication. While there were very few drawbacks, I think one area it could improve on is possibly a set of already composed texts that a user could toggle down on and respond to a message with the watch itself. When I received a text message, I still had to pull out my phone to respond. So in reality, the watch was only great for telling me I had an outstanding email or an unopened text message.

    All-in-all, a neat product for watch wearers and non-watch wearers. Good for the tech enthusiast everywhere.

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    Fantastic Futuristic Watch. A must buy!

    March 02, 2013 by Ashley Schopp Recommended

    I thought that the pebble had a slick design to it. It was fantastic as a first protocol type. I thought that the wristband was comfortable and was not annoying like some watches can be. I think that the apps for the watch so far are great starters. What I would like to see is a stopwatch app. Since I am a coach and need to time drills and whatnot. I think that would be a great addition. Right not the watch is geared more torwards males than females, although I would wear the watch how it is, I would recommend maybe a watch head that is a little bit more slimming.

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    Pros Cons and Suggestions

    March 02, 2013 by Yashaswee Malla Recommended

    Likes: shake to light up function music access function home screen house

    Dislikes: battery drainage on iphone

    Additions? -increase access to functions in phone? -choice of band material? -circle face option?

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    Great Product

    March 04, 2013 by Brian Davis Recommended

    The ultimate controller for your Iphone and Android.- bd

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    Pebble watch ! more like awesome watch!

    March 05, 2013 by Aleks Mendoza Recommended

    The pebble watch is unique in that it recieves notifications like text messages and emails and even facebook notificiations which i have never had on a watch. I always hate that feeling of thinking my phone went off or ive gotten a text when in fact i have not. This watch gets rid of that feeling and its so clean and fits well on my arm! The only thing I would suggest for the future is to intigrate siri to it so you can also reaponde right from the watch but for now I'm in love. and his her name is pebble.

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    The new face of watches

    March 07, 2013 by Jamie Story Recommended

    As someone who very rarely (practically never) wears watches, Pebble was a surprisingly good experience. I really enjoyed the simplicity of the design and the comfort of the wrist band. I have pretty small wrists, but the holes for the band allowed easy adjustment and fit comfortably. The variety of clock faces was somewhat limited, but still allowed for some user customization. I definitely enjoyed being able to check my text messages and emails without having to remove my phone from my pocket or backpack, which just super convenient. I really enjoyed the sleekness of the screen and the light up feature via shaking my wrist was also nice.

    Some drawbacks were the difficulty with getting email notifications to show up. After almost an hour of messing around with different things, I finally figured out I had to go to my settings and turn off my notifications for my Gmail, then turn notifications back on in order for my emails to pop up on the watch. Also, when I was initially connecting the watch to my phone, I had some distortion on the watch screen and was unable to read the menu for several minutes.

    All in all, I think this is a product that has an immense amount of potential and once more apps and customization features are added, I would definitely buy one in the future.

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    Interesting, but not innovative

    March 07, 2013 by Jaclyn Anglis Neutral

    The design of this product is very attractive, and the layout is fairly user-friendly. I also like the idea of using words to tell time rather than numbers. Something new is always interesting. However, I, like many people, use my phone as my watch, and I can already use my phone for a lot of the functions on this watch. Perhaps this would be useful to someone who is on-the-go a lot and might not always have their cell phone handy, but I don't see myself purchasing this in the near future.

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    Indeed, it's a wristwatch, redefined.

    March 09, 2013 by Stephen Svajian Recommended

    A friend of mine wrote an interesting review of his experience with Pebble: http://pocketnow.com/2013/03/06/life-on-a-pebble-smartwatch. Other than the singular review emanating from the collective conscious of the fresh community, it's probably the best review of the watch I've read :)

    To be honest, I was on the fence with Pebble. I really didn't get it until I wore it around for a few days. And, it's amazing to me how the pundits or so called experts simply miss why Pebble is a big deal. People love it. Sure it has some flaws, but so did the first version of the iPhone. Pebble gives a solid glimpse at a future of interconnected devices. That's cool.

    I'm hoping for a near-term delivery of the SDK, because I think the interface could be improved upon. However, Pebble nails the basic use case - keeping me informed of what's going on in my pocket. That sounded weird, but that's essentially what Pebble does. It's an easy way to stay connected and constantly informed.

    Pebble is really cool and will stay cool until Google Glass or until the robots take over. I highly recommend a Pebble watch for people looking to tell time and be informed . . . through a device on their wrist.

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    Pebble

    March 24, 2013 by Amy Hallett Recommended

    I thought the pebble was pretty cool. I'm not a big watch person but it had a lot of cool features like being able to change the face of the clock and receiving text messages. I wish that every face had the date in addition to the time. Also, it would be nice if it had a stopwatch because that is one of the main reasons I would use a watch.

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    April 02, 2013 by Marilyn Culler Recommended

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    Sweet watch, needs some developer love..

    April 17, 2013 by Michael Woodsmall Recommended

    The watch is awesome. The concept of the watch is awesome. Right now, what the Pebble needs most is some developer love. The Pebble just doesn't do much RIGHT now. I firmly believe this will change as soon as the complete SDK is released and developers can begin integrating their applications with the Pebble.

    The watch looks great and feels well built. The Pebble has an interesting future ahead of it.

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    This watch is so cool!

    May 01, 2013 by John Bqal Recommended

    Parting is such sweet sorrow :'( testing time is over, and I am left with an empty wrist that I must purchase a Pebble for! Why you ask?

    First off- the setup is a breeze, it pairs nicely, the app is smooth in the phone to setup as well. The charging cord is very cool how it magnetizes onto the phone- no jacks to break.

    Operation of the watch is the main pie'ce de resista'nce the watchface is cool for time keeping- look down and see "two two for 2:02" etc, other watchfaces include analog and another one that just makes you think to figure out the time ;)

    It vibrates to let you know a text has come in, and the best part- you can read the text right on your wrist to decide if you want to get your phone out and reply back then and there. You also get email notifications and can read them, and other app notifications.

    It has it's own alarm- which I found to be in 24 hour format- I set it to 2:40 thinking it knew it was pm, and it went off at 2:40 am :D

    At night I was wondering how to get the backlight on, and figured out with a flick of the wrist toward you- like when you move your wrist to look at the watch face, the light comes on. The battery life is excellent.

    It can control the music in your phone's playlist- this is nice so you don't have to constantly go to your phone.

    Form factor- nice size, not too small, not too big, very lightweight , the band is sturdy and adjusts nicely.

    would like to see- an audible function- and future models have a microphone so it could do extra features- perhaps even an IR emitter to use as a remote control!

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    Nice Concept....Needs Refinement

    May 24, 2013 by Adam Grace Neutral

    I was really excited to try out the Pebble Watch. With all of the media hype, I had huge expectations...and that may be why I have been less than impressed with the watch so far.

    First off, the watch looks very cheap. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't expecting a Breitling for $150....but I wasn't expecting something that looks and feels quite this cheap. This watch would go so much further with some work on the aesthetics. I have several different midrange watches (Fossil, Invicta, Armitron) and I found it hard to put down the style of those for the underwhelming additional functionality of the Pebble. Ultimately, I did update the wristband on the Pebble which helped the appearance out.

    Now, as for the functionality, I wasn't really impressed here, either. Before I go further, I was using my iPhone 5 so I know that some of what I experienced was iOS limitations. In any case, it shows me my phone calls (number only, no names), my text messages, and it lets me play my music. Oh, and you can change out the watch faces. Emails are supposed to be displayed but that only worked on occasion. And, the functionality to answer the phone actually left me fumbling several times. I would answer a call via the phone but the watch would keep vibrating. I always fumbled around and hit some button that managed to calm it down.

    I feel like the current iteration is requiring me to trade style for additional functionality.....functionality that really isn't worth what it costs in style.

    Once Pebble has added more functionality, I feel like this watch will definitely be worth it. And, I think the functionality is on the way...it is just a matter of when it will actually arrive.

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    Great functionality and design!

    September 05, 2013 by Jen Ko Recommended

    I received the MetaWatch prior to receiving the Pebble Smartwatch and personally, I prefer the Pebble more. The battery life is slightly longer and I haven't experienced any bugs/glitches like I did with the Metawatch. Overall, Pebble was just easier to use and had more functionality than Metawatch.

    Aesthetically, the watch looks sleek and pretty awesome, my only complaint is that I wish there was a small cut out where the "slider" on the watch (that keeps the strap together) could fit so the strap doesn't slide off... Here's a picture to better explain it: This is a picture of the Metawatch strap- there's a little rectangular section where you secure the strap: http://i.imgur.com/bdxw82y.png While the Pebble does not have this: http://i.imgur.com/VhqAaBY.png Thus, the band holding the strap together slides off quite often. Not really a big problem, but it is something I noticed.

    The best part about Pebble is the customizability of it. I love how you can change watch faces just by pressing a button and also download new watch faces on your phone that will automatically show up on the Pebble. I've used only one app that's compatible with Pebble- RunKeeper, and it tells you your pace, speed and distance on your watch.

    Battery life I would say is about 4 days, maybe a little longer than that. I like the charging cord a lot better than the one for Metawatch because you can still wear it while charging, so basically I can still be typing away on the computer while charging the watch (since the cord is USB). You can also still tell time because the magnetic charging port is on the side- not a clip like the Metawatch.

    A lot of people have complimented my watch and it is indeed, pretty cool. You can use it also to control your music, even with a bluetooth speaker a few feet away (which everyone at work was awed at). It would be great if it also had options to turn the volume up/down too. You can set up which notifications you want to show up on your watch and currently I only have calls and texts set up. At first, since I was so used to wearing the Metawatch, the vibration of the Pebble was almost annoying since it was a LOT stronger (and louder) than the Metawatch vibration. If you put the Pebble watch on the table and it vibrates, it makes a really loud sound. I'm used to it now so it doesn't bother me anymore.

    I would recommend this watch over the Metawatch (sorry Metawatch!) because Pebble works just a bit better (and without glitches/problems). I'm looking forward to more apps that will be developed for the Pebble.

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    Smartwatch is smart

    October 18, 2013 by Sarah Wu Recommended

    Many people have asked me what it is on my wrist that I'm wearing. I say "It's a watch", and then after showing them the features, most are thoroughly jealous, and want one for themselves. First off, the watch looks nice. It's a bit geeky, but also chic, and the wrist straps that come with it sit comfortably enough. In the sunlight, it reads surprisingly well, and at night, a flick of the wrist will activate the backlight just long enough for you to read the time. The Pebble is what it's supposed to be: a smartwatch for your smartphone. It connects via Bluetooth, and although some watchfaces (there is virtually an unlimited number of watchfaces you can download for free) have functionality like weather, I sometimes have to reconnect my watch to my phone in order for the weather to display. Although it's not a real issue, it can be annoying sometimes, but aside from those certain watchfaces, I have never had an issue with getting text notifications, or other. One of the other great features is the ability to play music without touching your phone. There is a built in music app that allows you to control what is playing by pausing/skipping, although not the volume, and other apps can be downloaded if you want more extensive control (e.g. selecting a particular artist, album, etc). The other great thing is that the Pebble is waterproof, meaning I can swim with it, take it outdoors, and exercise without having to worry. At first I was scared that the Pebble would scratch, but so far I have been careful and it still looks like new! I took it running and it syncs with my RunKeeper app (in addition to a bunch of other tracking apps), which is great because I don't have to pull my phone out every time I want to check my progress. The last thing about the Pebble is that it is open to developers. It has the potential for many apps to emerge, which will make this (already great) watch even better in the future. If you don't have one already, I recommend you buy one. $150 may or may not be expensive for a watch depending on your budget, but I believe it's worth it.


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