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Old Jul 1, 2013, 06:16 PM   #1
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Best Buy May Begin Selling Pebble Smart Watch This Weekend [Updated]




According to two employees (via 9to5Mac) some Best Buy stores in the United States will offer the Pebble smart watch beginning on Sunday.

The product, which carries an in-stock date of July 7th in the store's inventory system, appears to be limited to Best Buy's brick and mortar locations.

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Additionally, the inventory system points to an in-stock date of July 7th, which is the upcoming Sunday. Best Buy typically rolls out specials and new products on Sundays, so this date makes sense. However, an in-stock date could also mean that Best Buy stores are scheduled to receive the product on that date, but sales will only begin a few days later.
First introduced via an enormously successful Kickstarter project, the Pebble smart watch features an e-paper display and integrates with a number of iOS apps thanks to an official SDK released earlier this year.

The popularity of Pebble and other similar devices has spurred multiple companies to look into producing their own smart watches. Apple is currently reported to be developing a smart watch called the "iWatch," while Microsoft, Google, and Samsung all have offerings of their own in the works.

The Pebble smart watch, which is available in an array of colors, sells for $150 on the official website. It is likely that Best Buy will offer similar pricing arrangements.

Update: Pebble is now listed as "Coming Soon" on Best Buy's public site.


Update 2: Pebble has officially announced the Best Buy partnership, with black Pebbles becoming available this Sunday, July 7 and red Pebbles appearing next month.

Article Link: Best Buy May Begin Selling Pebble Smart Watch This Weekend [Updated]
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Old Jul 1, 2013, 06:28 PM   #2
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Have fun while it lasts, Pebble.
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Old Jul 1, 2013, 06:38 PM   #4
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I hope this isn't true. I've been waiting for a pre-order since mid-March, if they are throwing inventory into a new channel before filling their existing channels I won't be going through with my pre-order and will wait for a competitor.
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Old Jul 1, 2013, 06:40 PM   #5
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I think it is great that Pebble has been able to get this into stores, but I still have not gotten my second Kickstarter watch. There are also many
"pre-orders" that have yet to be filled. I wonder how they will be able to keep Best Buy supplied with watches.
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Old Jul 1, 2013, 07:00 PM   #6
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Old Jul 1, 2013, 07:15 PM   #7
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No thanks! Pebble is nothing compared to the new Kreyos smart watch on Indiegogo. Voice and motion gesture controlled! Seems like the kind of company apple would buy out.

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Before too long, the market will be saturated with these devices, and we'll wonder how we ever managed without them.
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Old Jul 1, 2013, 07:17 PM   #9
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I hope this isn't true. I've been waiting for a pre-order since mid-March, if they are throwing inventory into a new channel before filling their existing channels I won't be going through with my pre-order and will wait for a competitor.
check this one out. Above and beyond pebble.

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Old Jul 1, 2013, 07:21 PM   #10
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check this one out. Above and beyond pebble.

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Estimated delivery of November...eeeeek. However, I guess since I've already waited this long might as well put a fixed date (that is definitely floating) on an alternative rather than to keep wondering if my order will process this month.
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Estimated delivery of November...eeeeek. However, I guess since I've already waited this long might as well put a fixed date (that is definitely floating) on an alternative rather than to keep wondering if my order will process this month.
from my understanding, they have over estimated on the shipping times. They are hoping to get them to people much sooner!
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Old Jul 1, 2013, 07:37 PM   #13
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All current smart watches are ugly and far too limited. I am really hoping Apple nails it with a good design and some good integration beyond just notifications and silly fitness apps. They won't likely announce it this year, but it is inevitable, and is way more likely to happen than some giant Apple branded TV screen.
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No thanks! Pebble is nothing compared to the new Kreyos smart watch on Indiegogo. Voice and motion gesture controlled! Seems like the kind of company apple would buy out.

Kreyos Smartwatch
So, let me get this straight: you are comparing a product that is available NOW, to a product that may not be available in realistic quantities until well into 2014? The Kreyos is so early in it's development that we can't even compare the battery lives.

As long as we are comparing the Pebble to non-existent products, how do we know for sure that the developers of the Pebble don't already have a 'Pebble 2' in the works that could be even better than the Kreyos? Point is, we don't, just as we don't know for certain that the Kreyos will actually see the light of day.

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I hope this isn't true. I've been waiting for a pre-order since mid-March, if they are throwing inventory into a new channel before filling their existing channels I won't be going through with my pre-order and will wait for a competitor.
There are people that backed the Kickstarter project on the first day more than a year ago and opted for the color white (and even other colors that have been in production for quite a bit longer) that still don't have theirs. I've been waiting for a pre-order since mid-December and I understand your frustration, but there are people who have been waiting much longer and deserve Pebble's attention much more than Best Buy. They still have a list of about 100,000 pre-orders to fill, so I don't see why they feel like they can start selling to people who have never even heard of it before...
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About time but no thanx iWatch here i come.
I am not optimistic that Apple will be able to match the Pebble's nearly 1-week battery life.
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Old Jul 1, 2013, 08:43 PM   #18
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I hope this isn't true. I've been waiting for a pre-order since mid-March, if they are throwing inventory into a new channel before filling their existing channels I won't be going through with my pre-order and will wait for a competitor.
Oh - you're still waiting for a preorder watch? I'm still waiting for my watch that I pledged for on kickstarter after day 3 of their campaign, over a year ago. If someone's able to walk into a store and buy one before I even get mine, I'm going to be severely annoyed.

Pebble have utterly mismanaged this entire thing from the day they got their cash in hand.
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The watch is over priced for what it does.
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There are people that backed the Kickstarter project on the first day more than a year ago and opted for the color white (and even other colors that have been in production for quite a bit longer) that still don't have theirs. I've been waiting for a pre-order since mid-December and I understand your frustration, but there are people who have been waiting much longer and deserve Pebble's attention much more than Best Buy. They still have a list of about 100,000 pre-orders to fill, so I don't see why they feel like they can start selling to people who have never even heard of it before...
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The watch is over priced for what it does.
I bought 5 of them on Kickstarter meant as holiday gifts but we know what happened. Then I was going to give them as graduation and birthday gifts, but then the colored ones were delayed. So I decided to change my order to 4 black and one white. I put the black ones on eBay and sold 2 at $200 and 2 for $250.

Still waiting on the white, but got a ship notice yesterday.

So it seems at $150 it's priced right, and does have nice features like BT 4.0, water proof, 1 week battery. But you are, right the watch body itself it pretty junky and unpolished. If it looked nicer and not like a toy I think SDK development would make it very useful. It is nothing with out developers, no smart product can be.
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I hope this isn't true. I've been waiting for a pre-order since mid-March, if they are throwing inventory into a new channel before filling their existing channels I won't be going through with my pre-order and will wait for a competitor.
White or gray? My gray is in "processing shipment", having gotten to "please confirm your address" on June 26th.
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Old Jul 2, 2013, 02:47 AM   #23
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The MetaWatch Frame is the only smart watch for me. It's not trying to be too much, it does what it does with no problems what so ever since the FW update before last. The design isn't fantastic but it's definitely way better than its competition (meaning it doesn't stand out by looking like a toy). The battery life is great as well, and the pricing is decent.

MetaWatch understood what the others still haven't: a watch is an accessory. No one would use the same watch when running as when going out to a restaurant, so why are they trying to sell smart watches with the selling point that you can use it at any occasion? It's just stupid. It's like trying to sell a pair of shoes that you can use at any occasion.

To the Pebble... Considering how they've treated their backers, I wouldn't touch that company with a ten feet pole even if they had a good product - which I can't really say I think they have.
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No thanks! Pebble is nothing compared to the new Kreyos smart watch on Indiegogo. Voice and motion gesture controlled! Seems like the kind of company apple would buy out.

Kreyos Smartwatch
Now that's kinda sweet, not sure how it would really look in person but the capability is intriguing.
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