Buddy of mine is getting his soon. How do you like it + want screenshots
So, anyone else get one of these off Kickstarter?
Pondering downloading the SDK and doing some watchfaces (or even a simple stopwatch, timer, etc).
Buddy of mine is getting his soon. How do you like it + want screenshots
Will take care of screenshots tomorrow (as I'm on baby duty right now and don't have time), but there isn't really much to show at the moment. The one big let-down is that the iOS app, at the moment, can't install third-party apps or watchfaces on the watch without workarounds that suck. I'm eagerly awaiting the ability to do this as I'd like to make my own watchfaces.
It's a solid product, though. Battery life is a hell of a lot better than the iPod I've been using as a watch for a couple years. Updates are effortless through either Android or iOS. Notifications are great, and even better if you have Android or a jailbroken iOS device with notifications patched to be less broken.
OK, better late than never. The release of the 1.0.6 app for iPhone greatly simplified the ability to install 3rd party watchfaces / apps. Here are a few watchfaces that I just installed (yes, there's a Star Trek watchface, I found it funny but it apparently drains the battery like crazy). I'm currently using the first one, it looks slick.
Also, a simple timer app and what looks like a decent stopwatch with lap timer, and a calendar that shows the current month with today's date inverted and lets you actually scroll through months as well.
There's a whole bunch more. The repositories are growing by the day and this is just the very beginning of people using the test release of the SDK. Check out:
Heh, now this is awesome. Still requires a fair amount of manual intervention, but this is the shape of apps to come.
Watch App : Google Two-Step Authentication Token
This shit is getting awesome.
New watchfaces every day.
Wow... this is really cool!
Any idea how much it would cost to buy one now?
Preorder looks like 150USD. Any projected release date? Wouldnt mind picking up one for me and a friend!
Last edited by Df~; 04-24-2013 at 04:28 PM.
No idea, bought mine and my wife's off Kickstarter and they've been shipping the preorders for weeks now. They were very, very late on fulfilling KS orders, but now that they have their production line up and running, it shouldn't be too bad. All I know is I'm super impressed by the work that's already being done with the fledgling SDK for this thing.
http://getpebble.com/ is your friend for all Pebble ordering!
Open source UIs for watches is a cool idea, but I just don't see why I'd want a watch when I have a cell phone.
I'd rather not wave my phone around all the time, depending on where I am. In public, people get their phones stolen all the time because they're paying more attention to the phone than to their surroundings, some workplaces don't exactly allow cell phone usage, etc.
The watch lets me control the phone to some extent -- answer calls, play music, maybe some other things via IFTTT or some other type of watch app. The SDK isn't fully complete, so who knows what will be possible. It's definitely not for everyone, though, you're right. For me, the ability to have a bunch of different watch faces and apps that do different things is awesome.
Now that you guys have had your Pebble for awhile what's the verdict? I was thinking of picking one up for myself and maybe a gift for a friend but I wasn't sure how gimmicky they were or if it actually had some useful features.
I still wear mine. RunKeeper integration is great, and there are more and more useful watch faces and apps every day. I do wish they'd iron out some of the persistent issues with iOS but that's more an Apple thing than a Pebble thing, tbh. I'm told the watch is more useful with Android devices as it's less limited in how it can talk to the phone/tablet.
I'd still recommend it as a watch for someone who wants more than just the time on their wrist. If all you want is a watch with changeable watch faces, the price is a bit steep, in my opinion, but that's just me.
The IOS thing kind of sucks since he's a Apple fanboy, are there any updates on the horizon to fix said integration issues? Also, could you elaborate on what the issues are?
I might still grab one for his bday but from the sounds of it I'm definitely going to have to get one.
Oops, I never did answer. The integration issues are simple: You can only have one app talking to the Pebble at a time, so if (for example) you have httpebble and SmartWatch Pro running on your phone at the same time, whichever one connected to the watch last will be the one that sends data. The other will fail. There is no way around this at this point as it's an API limitation (of the phone, not the watch).
That said, for the most part, httpebble works really well so I don't need anything else. It makes details available for watchfaces, e.g. weather info, sunrise/sunset. Makes things like this possible:
amazon and best buy are having the pebble black/red for 119 today
also if you have a student email address (.edu) you can goto bestbuy and get a student 30$ discount
sign up with .edu address, verify and get the coupon in 5 minutes
for 95bucks (taxes)
as of this time i don't think it works online, ppl have been abusing it (like always) i went to my bestbuy store (only 2miles away), saw it was on sale for 119 and showed them my student coupon on my phone (i'm moving so my printer is in boxes) took them a while to figure it out (the POS didn't take it) but they honored it in the end.
i just like getting deals, and watch is cool, now time to find replacement metal bands.
God damn impulse buying. Wife wears watches but hers has been broken for a few months. Red one ought to be perfect. Plus I love when my wife looks nerdy.
so my first few hours with this watch and it scratches like a cheap $2 casio. i put the watch away and order a screen protector called skinomi. waited for shipping and just got the skinomi, i do notice the bubbles going away slowly (as they advertised). i got the 14$ kit with the carbon fiber look, should have just gotten the clear protector for 9bucks instead, the carbon fiber is really just high tech stickers, and if you try to put them on the pebble, looks really nasty.
otherwise, don't use a pebble without a 9$ screen protector, it really scratches easily.
having a bluetooth headset and listening to podcasts and pressing pause on my watch, instead of fishing out my phone is already worth it.
Last edited by lanx; 12-26-2013 at 01:38 AM.
Wife loves it so far. Has been showing if off to all of our family members and browsing for different watch faces.
if replacing the band (like i got metal) ask the watch store to also replace the springs that come with the pebble, they are really weak and not "springy". my watch fell right off 5minutes after i left the store cuz of this, they replaced the springs with their store stuff, and it was finally sturdy.
Downloading the new 2.0 firmware / app now. There are some really nice looking apps for 2.0 that I've been meaning to try.
The steel version looks awful :\ for $250 you can more than likely get a better watch.. Kind of a waste heh
Yeah, not a fan, won't be buying. It's not like there's any reason to buy another one anyway.
2.0 firmware apps are impressive so far, the API is much more extensive and the battery life sucks less.
did they mention anything about upgrading the face to at least glass? or mineral? or something above plastic that fucks all scratches like nothing?
It's Gorilla Glass. So still the same thing as far as I know.
so i guess steel comes with... steel, gorilla glass and 2.0firmware, also watchface is bigger? idk steel looks ugly imo.
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