In two days, I will have had my Pebble watch for 2 months.
Other than two complaints and one minor nitpick (see below), I absolutely love this watch.
Let’s start with the positives. This watch can do amazing things, even with the more-than-a-little restrictions placed on it by linking it to an iPhone running iOS. It can display text messages and incoming phone calls. It can now even queue multiple messages thanks to a recent firmware update. Mainstream app store app integrations are starting to appear, such as RunKeeper and FreeCaddie. I’ve had the chance to put RunKeeper thru its paces, and the fact that my pace, running time, and other important info all appear on my Pebble via the bluetooth connection is quite useful. With a published 2-way SDK, I even have the opportunity to write my own apps for it – something I plan to do in the very near future. Even the customizable watchfaces are a lot of fun – I currently have 10 installed and with a bit of work and an extra app (httpebble) I was able to get live weather working on my Pebble talking to my non-jail broken iPhone 5.
On to the two complaints:
- No easy way to track the battery life on the pebble. Usually when I see the low battery indicator on the watch, it only lasts 2-3 more hours. A future update to the Pebble software to take advantage of the latest Bluetooth protocol 4.0 should help improve the overall battery life soon.
- Could really use a “night” profile that automatically turns off vibrations, notifications, and the light when in this mode. Would help avoid any further marital stress that the Pebble has caused a few times when my watch has received a notification even when my iPhone is two stories below in the basement, charging.
The nitpick would be the fact that incoming phone calls don’t have any caller ID associated with them. I suspect this is yet again due to the crippled information caused by pairing with iOS, and I hope this is something that can be worked out in the future.
I am hopeful that both of these complaints I have with the watch can be resolved by enterprising app developers or further firmware updates. That is one of the strengths of this watch – it can continue to evolve and grow over time.