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MacRumors
Aug 23, 2013, 09:38 AM
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The Pebble smart watch has received an official update to its iOS app, bringing proper push notifications for emails and fixing compatibility for AOL and iCloud email accounts. Official support for email notifications had been introduced earlier this month, but with access limited to fetching on 15-minute intervals.

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The app officially launched (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/01/24/pebble-app-launches-just-in-time-for-first-smart-watch-deliveries/) alongside the smart watch (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/01/09/pebble-smart-watch-to-begin-shipping-january-23/) in January, with the device originally gaining notice for raising (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/597507018/pebble-e-paper-watch-for-iphone-and-android) over $10 million in funding on Kickstarter. Access to the SDK for the device was given (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/04/12/developers-get-access-to-official-pebble-watchface-sdk/) to developers in April.

Apple has been highly rumored to be working (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/07/14/apple-aggressively-hiring-for-smart-watch-project-looking-toward-late-2014-launch/) on a smart watch of its own to potentially launch next year, with a number of other major technology companies also working on their own projects.

Pebble's iOS app (http://appshopper.com/lifestyle/pebble-smartwatch) can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id592012721?mt=8)]

Article Link: Pebble Smartwatch for iOS Adds Proper Email Push Notifications, Fixes iCloud Support (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/08/23/pebble-smartwatch-for-ios-adds-proper-email-push-notifications-fixes-icloud-support/)



Dades
Aug 23, 2013, 09:53 AM
Don't get the Pebble at all.
It looks like the watch equivalent of this:

http://www.sillyjokes.co.uk/images/wacky/props/phone-brick.jpg

rdlink
Aug 23, 2013, 10:00 AM
Don't get the Pebble at all.
It looks like the watch equivalent of this:

Image (http://www.sillyjokes.co.uk/images/wacky/props/phone-brick.jpg)

You're wrong. I own a Pebble. The phone pictured in your post is nothing like it. The phone actually worked as advertised...

xraydoc
Aug 23, 2013, 10:05 AM
Don't get the Pebble at all.
It looks like the watch equivalent of this:

Image (http://www.sillyjokes.co.uk/images/wacky/props/phone-brick.jpg)

Gotta start somewhere. The first cellphone wasn't an iPhone after all...

ArtOfWarfare
Aug 23, 2013, 11:15 AM
The price seems a bit too high and the appeal a bit too low. I'll wait to see what Apple does.

quincy164
Aug 23, 2013, 11:18 AM
I don't get this either. What good is it if it has to be within Bluetooth distance of the phone? Just look at the phone!

Now if you didn't need the phone...then it might make sense...

To each his own though...

Stella
Aug 23, 2013, 12:07 PM
I don't get this either. What good is it if it has to be within Bluetooth distance of the phone? Just look at the phone!

Now if you didn't need the phone...then it might make sense...

To each his own though...

What else would it be using - battery hungry WIFI, which would also increase the price of the watch?

Many people keep their phone in a bag or somewhere so a notification is useful without looking at phone, so only need to get phone when necessary.

fullstop102
Aug 23, 2013, 12:10 PM
It's interesting. I got one of the kickstarter models and I love it. Put my phone in my backpack pocket, walking I can see my runkeeper details, change tracks and answer calls all without having to stop get my phone from my bag. Useful at the gym too for changing tracks and timers etc.

May not be useful for you, but I really like it.

SockRolid
Aug 23, 2013, 12:46 PM
Pebble isn't a "smartwatch." It's a dumb terminal slaved to a smartphone.
Big difference.

Artofilm
Aug 23, 2013, 01:52 PM
Pebble isn't a "smartwatch." It's a dumb terminal slaved to a smartphone.
Big difference.

Can a regular watch link to your phone and preview messages and the like? no.
Hence the "smart watch" name.

PinkyMacGodess
Aug 23, 2013, 02:17 PM
It's interesting. I got one of the kickstarter models and I love it. Put my phone in my backpack pocket, walking I can see my runkeeper details, change tracks and answer calls all without having to stop get my phone from my bag. Useful at the gym too for changing tracks and timers etc.

May not be useful for you, but I really like it.

It can control an iPod? Cool. I got the Nike+ remote and it sorta works sometimes with the latest generation Nano. The randomness of its operation drives me nuts...

rdlink
Aug 23, 2013, 04:27 PM
I don't get this either. What good is it if it has to be within Bluetooth distance of the phone? Just look at the phone!

Now if you didn't need the phone...then it might make sense...

To each his own though...

Not quite true. Many of us bought it for situations described by the poster I quote below. I bought it so I could drop my phone in my jersey pocket while on a bike ride, and track my progress, any incoming calls, emails and texts while riding, without having to stop and pull out the phone. But it didn't quite measure up, as I state in my response below...

It's interesting. I got one of the kickstarter models and I love it. Put my phone in my backpack pocket, walking I can see my runkeeper details, change tracks and answer calls all without having to stop get my phone from my bag. Useful at the gym too for changing tracks and timers etc.

May not be useful for you, but I really like it.

I, too bought a Pebble on Kickstarter for some of the same reasons you mention. Specifically to use while riding my bike (Think 40 miles at 18 miles per hour, not a ride in the park). But, aside from delivering the product way, way later than originally promised, they were way too slow getting the SDK out, and the device was far too buggy for far too long after it's introduction. Consequently, to this day there still isn't integration with my fitness app of choice, and the most popular fitness app in the App Store, MapMyxxx. And when I tried to use it with the bicycling version of runkeeper it was so buggy that every time I received a text or notification from another app it would crater the Pebble, and I couldn't track my ride from the watch anymore. For me, it's basically been a dumb sports watch that cost $115, and needs to be charged at least once a week. What makes me sad about all of this is that I really had high hopes for it when I opted in.

Having said that, I will step back and take another look tomorrow, when I go on a hike. I admit that I haven't even tried to use it for a couple of months now, and I know they've issued a couple of updates. But my first, second, third and fourth impressions of the device have been meh, at best.

radiologyman
Aug 23, 2013, 05:24 PM
Was going to get one but apple should do much better, hopefully wait will not be too long

macse30
Aug 23, 2013, 06:04 PM
I've got a Kickstarter edition as well and love it. Love wearing a watch again. Love the notifications on my wrist without pulling my phone out. Love being able to skip songs playing on my iPhone. Hey, I'll buy the Apple watch when it comes out as well. But waiting for that is like not buying a cell phone until Apple makes one. I've got the best smart watch on the market today. If Apple tops it, I'll buy that.

By the way, I get tons of compliments from men and women just on the looks. They freak when they see it interacts with my phone. To each his/her own but I'm a happy backer.

BlaqkAudio
Aug 23, 2013, 06:16 PM
I don't get this either. What good is it if it has to be within Bluetooth distance of the phone? Just look at the phone!

Now if you didn't need the phone...then it might make sense...

To each his own though...
You do realize BT range is up to 10 meters/30 feet?

Pebble isn't a "smartwatch." It's a dumb terminal slaved to a smartphone.
Big difference.
So what kind of smartwatch are you waiting for? If you want a watch that does everything your phone does, you'd either have 1 minute battery life or a watch the size of a phone.

chestercheetaz
Aug 24, 2013, 01:52 AM
The buttons on the Pebble are horrendous. They feel flimsy and cheap.

fullstop102
Aug 24, 2013, 02:26 AM
Not quite true. Many of us bought it for situations described by the poster I quote below. I bought it so I could drop my phone in my jersey pocket while on a bike ride, and track my progress, any incoming calls, emails and texts while riding, without having to stop and pull out the phone. But it didn't quite measure up, as I state in my response below...



I, too bought a Pebble on Kickstarter for some of the same reasons you mention. Specifically to use while riding my bike (Think 40 miles at 18 miles per hour, not a ride in the park). But, aside from delivering the product way, way later than originally promised, they were way too slow getting the SDK out, and the device was far too buggy for far too long after it's introduction. Consequently, to this day there still isn't integration with my fitness app of choice, and the most popular fitness app in the App Store, MapMyxxx. And when I tried to use it with the bicycling version of runkeeper it was so buggy that every time I received a text or notification from another app it would crater the Pebble, and I couldn't track my ride from the watch anymore. For me, it's basically been a dumb sports watch that cost $115, and needs to be charged at least once a week. What makes me sad about all of this is that I really had high hopes for it when I opted in.

Having said that, I will step back and take another look tomorrow, when I go on a hike. I admit that I haven't even tried to use it for a couple of months now, and I know they've issued a couple of updates. But my first, second, third and fourth impressions of the device have been meh, at best.

Give it another try. Make sure the pebble app and the firmware are latest. The run keeper is solid these days for me. Also if you get a text or call you can get back to you run keeper at the bottom of the menu.

I do agree they were very very late and all those problems, but it kinda happens with kick-starter especially where it is a leap in tech. These guys don't have billions in the bank like apple and a full R&D and production system setup.

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It can control an iPod? Cool. I got the Nike+ remote and it sorta works sometimes with the latest generation Nano. The randomness of its operation drives me nuts...

Yeah you can skip back and forwards and stop and start the songs. Not much more but they may add more ability later. For me I set my playlist or podcast and it is just a matter of pausing if I need to talk to someone or get past a song that I am bored of.

macs4nw
Aug 24, 2013, 04:14 AM
Was going to get one but apple should do much better, hopefully wait will not be too long

…..I'll wait to see what Apple does.

And that my friends…...is exactly what they're up against. The word is out, and a lot of people are just sitting tight.

appleisking
Aug 24, 2013, 10:28 AM
Problem with Pebble is, the way i see it, I don't wear a watch, so why on earth would I get a smart watch. It needs something compelling to convince me, but nothing special about it just a phone partner.

Dagless
Aug 24, 2013, 09:27 PM
I don't get this either. What good is it if it has to be within Bluetooth distance of the phone? Just look at the phone!

Now if you didn't need the phone...then it might make sense...

To each his own though...
Pebble owner here-
I ordered one because I had bought a decent pair of headphones. Having sworn by the in-line remote on the Apple earphones I needed something to change track and stop/start music. So it fixed that problem.
I also get a lot of emails, every time I get one I no longer have to get my phone out unless I want to reply to them. In a nutshell it fixes something you mentioned; there is now no need to look at the phone. I bury my phone in my pocket when commuting or walking so the Pebble keeps it there. It's a convenience thing.

And having stopped wearing a watch a few years ago because of phones it's also quite refreshing to have a clock on my wrist again. Again it's no more fishing the phone out my pocket!

There are other apps on the Pebble but I can't see much use in them. There's a nifty countdown app which has come in use, replacing my iPhone countdown. As a mirror for the iPhone though it's wonderful (though I hear it's much better with a jailbroken iPhone or Android device).

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The buttons on the Pebble are horrendous. They feel flimsy and cheap.

That they do! Something like this needs to be a touchscreen. A bit surprised it isn't. We all know the Pebble 2 and Apple's entry will be, though.

Anonymous Freak
Aug 24, 2013, 09:33 PM
You do realize BT range is up to 10 meters/30 feet?

30 feet is quite a distance. I can leave my phone in my home office, and walk just about anywhere in the house while still having signal.

I can walk from my desk at work to the bathroom and break room (coffee, etc.) without losing the signal.

But, probably the BIGGEST benefit of having it is: Not having to look down at your phone all the time in social situations. My job requires that I be connected 24/7. Now, when at a restaurant, I don't have to look at my phone when it dings or rings. I can surreptitiously glance at my watch and know if I need to actually get out the phone or not.

AppleMark
Aug 25, 2013, 03:15 AM
I don't get this either. What good is it if it has to be within Bluetooth distance of the phone? Just look at the phone!

Firstly, you are missing the point of having such a device. You would also need to use Bluetooth as this is the most efficient and universal [non-wifi] form of connectivity. Wifi is a not an option as you would need to be in range of and logged onto a network which is no good when cycling, driving, walking down the street etc.

Now if you didn't need the phone...then it might make sense...

If it were a phone, then can I assume that you are expecting the miniaturisation of the iPhone...? This is not a reality [yet..].

They already make limited function smart / phone watches. The point of a watch like this, is to allow partial function of the more functional host device is serves.

Klosefabrinio
Aug 25, 2013, 08:08 AM
:( when will apple release the iWatch, these smartwatches are just a gimmick. please apple, bring it soon.

bdrake47
Aug 25, 2013, 09:06 AM
I would love to say how great and useful the Pebble is, or how terrible it is, but sadly, all I can comment on is how horrendous their Customer Support/Communication/Delivery skills are.

I was an original Kickstarter backer, and have STILL not received my Pebble.

They were record breaking on KS, but what a fiasco it has turned into for many people. Kind of burned me from using/supporting KS anymore too.

I'll probably have an Apple iWatch before I ever receive anything from Pebble.

harlemexplosion
Aug 25, 2013, 09:15 AM
Problem with Pebble is, the way i see it, I don't wear a watch, so why on earth would I get a smart watch. It needs something compelling to convince me, but nothing special about it just a phone partner.

It doesn't aim to be for everyone. It has a specific purpose which specific people really need or wanted way before this thing arrived. You'd be surprised at how large a market it can cater to... but it is not for everyone at all. It makes less sense on an iPhone too.. since it is already so small and easy to use in one hand that it isn't any trouble at all to take out... on a phablet though... this is practically necessary.

jamisonbaines
Aug 25, 2013, 03:43 PM
Pebble is like the Mac Plus or the 2001 iPod, not for everyone. The ramp up of the product is pretty impressive IMO. They'll need to work quickly as bigger corp's target the category but so far it's cool watching the progress. If I had more disposable income I'd pick one up to play with.

SockRolid
Aug 25, 2013, 05:41 PM
Can a regular watch link to your phone and preview messages and the like? no.
Hence the "smart watch" name.

Depends on what you mean by "smart."
I think a real "smart watch" won't need to be slaved by Bluetooth to a handset.
It would have a cell data network connection and/or wi-fi and work by itself.
And if necessary, it could display more detailed info on your handset's bigger screen.
But hey, that's just me.

And yes, I do see your (and many others') point. Any device on your wrist that
can do what the Pebble does is way smarter than your average watch.

Anonymous Freak
Aug 25, 2013, 11:47 PM
I would love to say how great and useful the Pebble is, or how terrible it is, but sadly, all I can comment on is how horrendous their Customer Support/Communication/Delivery skills are.

I was an original Kickstarter backer, and have STILL not received my Pebble.

They were record breaking on KS, but what a fiasco it has turned into for many people. Kind of burned me from using/supporting KS anymore too.

I'll probably have an Apple iWatch before I ever receive anything from Pebble.

Tweet at them - they seem to respond to those more than any other method. Both times I complained on Twitter about the status of my Pebble, it had moved to the next step the very next day. (Shipping being the last one.)

jaaedwards
Aug 26, 2013, 10:04 AM
I've worn mine for about a month now. It has a surprising impact and I wouldn't be without it.

I no longer fish my phone out of pocket, click it, glance at it, click it off, and drop it back into my pocket. Ever. I can't miss a text or a call, so I no longer think that I might have done. It is surprising how fast the tyranny of connection has built up and what an impact it is to be free of it.

I no longer sit at the bar and get my phone out when receiving a random text, interrupting my conversation. I glance down, and glance back.

Best of all? For the first time in years, I have something a little new. Remember when everyone had a different phone, and we'd sit and debate their relative merits, and every so often someone would have a really whacky one that would make you want to look and ask questions? No longer the case, ever. It is great to be in at the beginning of something new.

The Pebble crew are in there right at the start and good luck to them. Sure, the big boys will come in, and who knows where the market goes, but for now, if I was a betting man, I would place money on smart watches as the coolest and most culturally acceptable way of easing our ties to the handset.

bdrake47
Aug 27, 2013, 11:04 AM
Finally got Pebble to respond and make an attempt to do the right thing.

Their shipping department seems to be completely inept and can't manage to ship to an APO address I've had for four years....

Now I finally have the option of getting a refund from them, or having it shipped to a relative and re-mailed overseas.

I'd like to hear from some MR members, should I go ahead and get it or just get money back and wait it out for Apple? From those that have them, do you really use it daily, or has the novelty worn off? How is connectivity, battery life?

Anonymous Freak
Aug 27, 2013, 03:28 PM
I'd like to hear from some MR members, should I go ahead and get it or just get money back and wait it out for Apple? From those that have them, do you really use it daily, or has the novelty worn off? How is connectivity, battery life?

Well, waiting is up to you - I try not to base purchasing decisions on rumors of upcoming items.

I do use it daily, and am finding more value in it with each update.

Connectivity is good - I can get 30 feet from my phone without losing connection.

Battery life is a bit shorter than predicted, but I have a *LOT* of notifications pop up, so not unexpected. I get about five days per charge with all my notifications on. I imagine I would get closer to their predicted 7 days if I didn't have as many notifications. (Which cause the backlight to come on, and trigger a vibration alarm.)

bdrake47
Aug 27, 2013, 11:44 PM
Thanks Anon!