Pebble Time review: Keeping a smartwatch simple and reliable

pebble time gray TAPebble’s original smartwatch took an out-of-the-way approach to the wearable category. Instead of offering tons of high-end features, it was a smartwatch that was only active when you needed it and actually had good battery life, something not many other smartwatches can say.

Now we have the follow-up to that successful smartwatch — the Pebble Time. It takes much of what made the original so great and refines it with a colorful e-ink display, a much better aesthetic design, and some other general improvements across the board. Read more

Pebble Time receives first major update

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The first major update has begun rolling out to Pebble Time owners. The update, v3.2, will bring improvements and many bug fixes. In case your wondering, Pebble mentioned it’s working hard to bring enhancements to Pebble watches of any generation. The company promised it will push the update to the original Pebble and Pebble Steel later this year. Pebble noted the update will come with the timeline features and unlimited applications.

The update is available to download today through the Pebble Time app for Android.

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Pebble Time smartwatch available for pre-order at Best Buy

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The 22mm Pebble Time smart watch is now available for pre-order online on the Best Buy website. The smart watch is compatible with IOS and Android devices and is priced at $199. The watch has for the first time a 1.25-inch color e-paper always-on display and a longer battery life than its predecessor and has all the main functionalities of a smart watch which include notifications, accepting/rejecting calls, opening/replying messages, sleep and step tracking etc. Another great feature is its water resistance up to 50m.

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Pebble Time pre-orders will be a Best Buy exclusive in the US

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If you took part in the Pebble Time KickStarter campaign, then you’ve either received your smartwatch already or it’s busy winging its way to you. If you didn’t take part though, it isn’t long until you will be able to pre-order the Pebble Time on June 22nd. But, in a move that is sure to rile some folks, if you reside in the US, you will only be able to pre-order the Pebble Time from Best Buy.

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[Deal] Pebble smartwatch available for $89, Pebble Steel for $149

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This month, backers of the very successful Pebble Time campaign on Kickstarter will receive their smartwatches. Once backers receive their units, the Pebble Time will likely replace the older models on the company site. That could by why both the Pebble and Pebble Steel smartwatches are discounted right now directly from the company. The original Pebble is available for just $89 and a selection of six straps cost $15 each. The Pebble Steel’s discount is even steeper at $149 and buyers can include a metal strap for an additional $20.

The same discount also applies to models sold through Amazon with eligibility for the retailer’s free two-day shipping for Prime subscribers.

What smartwatch, if any, do you have your eyes set on? Let us know in the comments.

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