‘The Pebble’

Stephen Hackett reviewing The Pebble, a massively delayed, “smart” watch:

This means turning off the iPhone, flipping it to Airplane Mode or simply leaving it on your desk when you go to lunch means your phone will forget what its supposed to do. Or leaving your watch inside when you mow the grass. Or leaving your phone in your bag when you workout. Or do anything a normal human does, really. It blows.

That sounds fantastic — who doesn’t want to mess around with pairing your watch to your phone every time the two get more than 30 feet apart?

Stephen makes the point that the Pebble is doing things no one intended with iOS, but even if you are willing to dismiss these shortcomings as a software limit due to lack of foresight, there’s still a slew of other issues:

  1. The hardware isn’t great.
  2. The aesthetics of wearing the Pebble are poor.
  3. If Apple decides to make their own watch1 that doesn’t necessarily mean that the Pebble gains more features. Apple very likely would make only their watch work with iOS. So banking on that isn’t smart.

One Final Thought to Wrap This Up

Take a look at the photos Stephen posted: the watch display truly looks like crap. It’s not just the crispness, the overall design looks like crap. The only screen that looks decent is the updating screen — as even the watch face Stephen shows looks neat, but highly impractical.

There’s two reasons to wear a watch:

  1. Style.
  2. Utility.

Most people get a little of both from a watch if they buy a nice one, and at the very least get the second without too much badness happening on the style front with a cheap watch.

The Pebble though is uglier than your standard $30 watch, costs more, and only does more if you are willing to fight it constantly. Fun.


  1. Which I am doubtful of, but there is a lot of smoke. However, one must determine if it is idiots venting the steam from their heads, or real smoke from a real fire. 

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by Ben Brooks
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Stephen Hackett reviewing The Pebble, a massively delayed, “smart” watch: This means turning off the iPhone, flipping it to Airplane Mode or simply leaving it on your desk when you go to lunch means your phone will forget what its supposed to do. Or leaving your watch inside when you mow the grass. Or leaving […]