The Pebble Time vs. Pebble Watch

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The Pebble Time vs. Pebble Watch


The Pebble Time is an evolutionary improvement to the Pebble Watch. It addition to the unchanged 1.25 inch e-paper display, 7 days of battery life, 3 axis gyroscope and magnetometer, it now includes a new chassis, a 64 color display, and a microphone.



The Chassis
The old Pebble Watch's chassis looked like a children's toy that was designed to look futuristic- in a cartoonish way. I would wear it at home and on weekends, but anything work related I would hide it from sight.
The Pebble Time is a completely different song. It now sports a chic stainless steel bezel surrounding the front of the watch with a convex surface and rounded corners. The sides of the stainless steel bezel have a shine like the chamfered edges of the iPhone 5. Below the bezel is the (black, white or red) polycarbonate body which is rounded at every edge and corner and the back is curved inwards to match the curvature of your wrist.







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The original didn't actually use an e-paper display, even though it was sort of called that an offered about the same battery time. just ftr. 

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Brandon H

very nice little review :)


I can't wait to get my Kickstarter Time Steal in the mail next month :)

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You got yours already? I should have mine hopefully soon.

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The Verge didn't have a very positive review about the Pebble Time. They did like the battery life, though

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But according to iFixIt it uses an e-paper display?


*shrug*  they may call it that but, it's actually some kind of regular LCD. 


in fact it's specifically this kind of LCD


Also they're using confusion by calling it e-paper which doesn't reference any kind of display technology, but most would assume "oh, it's got E-ink display". it's a good display but it's not e-ink and doesn't have quite all the advantages of e-ink. 

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The Verge didn't have a very positive review about the Pebble Time. They did like the battery life, though


The Verge wasn't overjoyed by something without an i in front... I'm shocked, I really am...

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I've had mine for a week now. I got the shipment notification last Friday, saying it was going to arrive that day, so that was a surprise. This is my first true smart watch, so it's an interesting device. I've had the Basis B1 as my past device, but that was more of a fitness device than a smart watch. Here are my pros/cons of the Pebble Time: 



  • Notifications on your wrist. Probably the best purpose of a smart watch. You never have to listen to notifications/ring tones again. 
  • Battery life. I'm getting 3.5-4 days on a full charge. Also, great magnetic charging mechanism.
  • Apps/support - the community is filled with nice watchfaces & apps, more than I imagined it would be
  • Voice dictation works well for responding to text messages. 


  • Music player only works for GPM, not the stock music player/app. 
  • Pebble Time app on Android is very slow.
  • Watchfaces: Some of the watchfaces are configurable, but there is no standard options screen...
  • Price and functionality.

While I enjoy getting new gadgets, my initial conclusion of owning a smart watch is correct, for me. There is still no good use case for a smart watch, and no company has made a compelling reason for owning one (not even Apple). The best feature is having the ability to receive notifications/calls on your wrist. It's nice not having to look at your phone for notifications, and I also noticed I would have about 5-10% more battery life left on my phone at the end of the day. There are some nice apps available, but again, nothing that really excites/"gotta have."


Bottom line, if you love gadgets, get this device. Otherwise, I would save your money and stick w/ your smartphone. 

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My kickstarter backed black time should arrive TOMORROW so very excited!!

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      Rather disappointingly, nubia decided to stick with the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 for the second-gen Watch as well. Seeing as how several generations of the Snapdragon Wear SoC line are already out, this move is puzzling. Not only is the Wear 2100 more than 4 years old, but it has also already been succeeded by the Snapdragon Wear 2500, 3100, 4100 and 4100+ chipsets for smartwatches in that order. Factoring in a smaller 425mAh battery and the same RAM and internal storage specifications as last year's model, it just doesn't make sense.

      nubia claims that the Watch's battery will last users up to seven days in power saving mode and 36 hours when used normally 'between charges'. I put this to the test by fully charging the wearable device and using it as I would normally, raising my hand frequently to check the time. Additionally, I also left the Bluetooth, WiFi and GPS on. This lasted me a little over 36 hours, which was a pleasant surprise.

      Once my test was complete, I realized that one of the hardest parts about using the Watch was charging it once drained. Despite the official 85-minute charge time detailed by nubia, it took me a little over two hours to fully charge up the smartwatch. Considering the smaller 425mAh battery, I was pretty disappointed.

      As I mentioned earlier, there were performance issues as well. I did not receive push notifications for anything other than phone calls. Answering calls was a major issue as no compatible device could play the call audio, even though the music player worked perfectly fine. The raise to wake gesture was pretty terrible, triggering the Watch's display to turn on at random moments throughout the day. And lastly, the calendar app seemed to have a mind of its own, displaying my phone's scheduled events one second and appearing completely blank the next.

      For the Alpha, nubia released a companion application called Nubia Wear to help users set up and manage their devices. This app was full of bugs and made it incredibly difficult for users to execute the simplest of tasks such as syncing contacts. For the new nubia Watch, the Chinese electronics company developed a second app without fixing the previous one. In fact, the old Nubia Wear companion application has not been updated since April 2019. This stands as a testament to the quality of support provided by nubia in the long run.

      Overall, the nubia Watch is a device best described as an innovative and fun piece of technology held back by software limitations. Aside from trimming down the bulky edges and improving the design, I was hoping that nubia would also take advantage of the unique form factor. The large flexible AMOLED display offers an intriguing premise that the OS fails to take advantage of.

      Other than the foldable screen, the Watch has very few features that make it any different from other wearables in the market. On the contrary, there are countless other smartwatches out there with smaller screens that clean up much nicer, offer more functionality and cost a whole lot cheaper, like the OPPO Watch.

      So the question that I, as the user, kept coming back to was "why?". Why would someone go out of their way to purchase a $399 smartwatch that cannot even view or answer messages? Sure it has a heart rate sensor and a decent number of fitness modes, but it lacks some very basic features like a speaker and proper push notifications. At least the presence of a camera would have helped build a case for the device, but unfortunately, the maker decided against it.

      I had a lot of hopes for the nubia Watch, and it could have been all those things I imagined. As a fashion accessory, it serves as the perfect flex. Personally, I love how it looks and the screen is beautiful. But the software and functionality need a lot of improvement. Another problem is the price, at $399 this thing is far too expensive. Improve the usability, add more features and decrease the price and then the smartwatch could actually stand its ground.