When the original Pebble came out, techies all around the world applauded the innovation that went into it. The original Pebble didn’t do much by itself, but the developer community took to creating simple (yet amazing) Pebble apps. This really fuelled the smartwatch revolution. The Pebble Steel, Time and Time Steel are all great watches, but none could stand the popularity of the Apple Watch or Android Wear.
So why then did Pebble not stop making smartwatches? Because there are a few reasons the Pebble is far far better than other smartwatches. The biggest ones: battery life and cross-platform compatibility.
And today, they presented to us their third Kickstarter campaign - a new Pebble 2, Pebble Time 2 and a completely new device called Pebble Core. Watch the video to know more about each of them.
- Pebble 2: The Pebble 2 is purely a successor to the original pebble, with an updated design and a refreshed operating system. The watch is made out of plastic, has a 7 day battery life, is 30 m waterproof and features a microphone to take voice input. The biggest deal is with integration to Pebble Health - the watch will track step activity and heart rate. Best of all, it costs just $99 if you back the Kickstarter campaign!
- Pebble Time 2: The original Time was a huge update to the Pebble ecosystem, especially due to the colour display and voice features. The Time 2 continues to have these features, with an larger colour display, better support for notifications, a heart rate sensor and 10-day battery life. Like the Pebble 2, it is waterproof up to 30 meters and is priced really well - $169 if you back now on Kickstarter.
- Pebble Core: The Core is specifically for athletes who want a small GPS tracker and music player that works independently of the phone. The Core is a ‘box with two buttons’ - it has a SIM card slot for a data connection to track runs with RunKeeper, Strava and more and it can stream music from Spotify. It plays well with a Pebble watch and you can connect the two without the need of a smartphone. It has a microphone for voice notes and has an emergency SOS mode which sends an SMS with the location of the Core. The core costs $69 if you purchase now on Kickstarter.
All Pebble devices are compatible with both iOS and Android, although some features work only with the latter OS, family due to restrictions placed by Apple. Either ways, the new products are here to bring some neat new features to the wrist.
Why should you buy a Pebble over an Android Wear or Apple Watch? First off, the battery life on a Pebble is outstanding. Although Android Wear is compatible with both Android and iOS, the functionality is severely limited. Pebble will continue to be a great device for starters and has a good app store with a ton of highly customisable watchfaces and a decently sized developer community backing it. Finally, it’s important to know that this is the third generation of Pebble smartwatches, unlike the first generation Apple and Android Wear watches; Pebble has improved a lot over the generations.
You should definitely consider buying the Pebble Time 2 if you are new to the smartwatch market. I can’t wait to use one myself!
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