I was one of the first people to buy a Pebble E-Paper Watch on the Kickstarter campaign about a year ago. I remember when I pledged my $100 for a watch the amount was well under $100,000. As most people know, the campaign reached $10 million very quickly and was one of the most successful campaigns on Kickstarter. Unfortunately, I believe that the media and consumers alike over hyped this watch to the point that the creators could not live up to their expectations. Kind of like how a TV show gets hyped after one season, and the writers are put into a tough spot, having to live up to the expectations of the first season. We all know this usually ends in disaster…
One year from the day I pledged $100, I finally received my Pebble watch. This long-awaited day was driving me crazy with the hopes that I will finally have this beautiful smart watch that syncs with my iPhone. While it did sync with my iPhone and I was able to receive my text messages and emails on my wrist, I felt as though it was lacking in a few areas. And this is why I sold my pebble on eBay two days after receiving it.
It comes down to three simple facts:
- I felt as if it was just too small.
- I kept finding myself trying to touch the screen when the message would come in when I would instead have to fumble with the various different buttons on the left and right to navigate menus.
- Although the battery lasts anywhere from 7 to 10 days because it is black and white, I felt it was quite boring and would much rather see a color display.
So I guess what I’m saying is that if I were to buy a smart watch in the future it would have to be bigger, touchscreen, and full-color. Until a watch like this comes out I will stay away from the smart watch market. I tried to get comfortable with the pebble on my wrist for two days to see if it would grow on me and instead I found myself wanting to take it off and never wear it again.
On a positive note, the Pebble iPhone app was very easy to use and I downloaded couple of cool watch faces, and that’s pretty much the only thing I actually liked about the watch. Getting an email or a text message on my wrist didn’t help when I couldn’t reply using the watch. For the actual use that you get out of the watch I don’t believe it is worth $150, I think a good price point for this watch would be roughly $50. I’m very curious to hear what other people have thought about this watch, and please leave a comment letting me know.
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