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Pebble Smartwatch Set for Prime Time?

Pebble Smartwatch Set for Prime Time?
By Adam Dickter

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Consumers are intrigued by the idea of the Pebble smartwatch and others like it. But while smart watches are the newest tech gadgets to capture our attention, the Pebble smartwatch and other wearable smart devices are still in the early stage, leaving us to ask if now's the right time to buy a smart watch, or sit back a wait for the next generation.
 



Tablets are so 2012. iPods are obsolete. Nearly everyone has upgraded their smartphones, and Google Glass isn't yet widely available. So what's the tech-savvy gift-giver to do for holiday shopping in 2013? A timely solution may be at hand.

Wearable tech may be the biggest trend this year, and smart watches are at the forefront, with versions in the works from Acer, Apple, BlackBerry, Google, LG, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Sony, and Toshiba. Samsung launched the Galaxy Gear, which works in tandem with smartphones and tablets running Google's Android 4.3 operating system, in early September in Berlin. But it was widely received as a work in progress.

The Pebble smartwatch also launched in September and is now being offered for Black Friday with a $20 discount off its usual $149.99 price, when purchased directly from GetPebble.com. The Pebble is also available from Amazon.com, BestBuy and AT&T.

Solid As a Rock?

The Pebble smartwatch connects via Bluetooth 4.0 to both iOS and Android-powered smartphones and allows wearers to interact with apps without touching their phones. It's great for cold weather when the phone is in your pocket, or for joggers.

Or, as Pebble suggests, it can let you know who's calling so you don't have to take out your phone during a meeting. It also lets you control music while driving without taking your hands off the steering wheel.

The water-resistant Pebble smart watch has a 1.26-inch, 144-168 pixel e-paper display with LED backlight and optical hard coating for scratch resistance. It packs an ARM Cortex-M3 processor with an 80 megahertz capacity and runs its own operating system, Pebble OS.

Pebble promises five to seven days of battery life, depending on usage, between charges via a USB connection.

Recent research suggests that consumers are intrigued by the idea of a smart watch. A survey commissioned by technology analyst Jessica Lessin earlier this month found that 38 percent of more than 400 participants said they liked the idea of a smart watch better than smart eyewear like Google Glass, which appealed to just 10 percent.

Too Soon To Tell

A majority, however, 45 percent, said they didn't like either. Lessin noted on her site that Apple's Next Big Thing is likely to be an iWatch, or whatever the Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant decides to call it.

Another analyst, Jeff Kagan, told us that while smart watches are the newest gadgets to capture our attention in the tech aisle, it's too early to know if they'll be as big as tablets and smartphones, or flashes in the pan like netbooks.

Kagan points out that netbooks were quickly replaced by tablets like the iPad, and tablets continue to be a hit. "So far, I expect smart watches to continue rolling out over the next year or two or three." If they are successful, they will continue to evolve over time. If not, they're likely to simply fade away, much like the netbook category that came and went.

Kagan said it's likely smart watches will constitute some "slice of the consumer pie. The question is will that slice be big enough?"
 

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Eric:

Posted: 2013-11-30 @ 11:09pm PT
Well all I can say is that the Pebble now has more competition launching for Cyber Monday...welcome The Rock Smartwatch - rocksmartwatch.com

Jim:

Posted: 2013-11-30 @ 12:52am PT
I'm quite pleased with my Pebble. I didn't expect it to be the be-all and end-all of gadgets, but what it does do - handle all my phone notifications, and act as a second screen for my biking and running - it does beautifully well. I'm actually getting better battery life on the phone now as it remains in my pocket until I need to use it. Again - it's all perspective. I wanted something to reduce my dependence on the phone - not duplicate it; the Pebble works a treat for me…

js:

Posted: 2013-11-29 @ 6:12pm PT
One of the absolute best choices for a smartwatch launched this week - the new SmartQ. Z-watch for $149 at TabletSprint - rivals the Samsung Galaxy watch which costs nearly twice as much.

neutrino23:

Posted: 2013-11-29 @ 5:10pm PT
I've had a Pebble for several months. It is very good, but not super fantastic. It is a solid complement to an iPhone. For those times when you are paying attention to something else (meetings, teaching, cooking, cycling) or are in a noisy environment having the watch vibrate and display the name of the caller or the start of a text is a great help. I don't think I'd like the watch to become a replacement for the smartphone. One fancy gadget is enough.



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