This Pebble was my first purchase into the world of smart watches. Upon arrival I eagerly paired it with my android phone and followed the simple instructions on how to get going. Five minutes later and I was good to go. The watch itself is simple to use, and the fact that it's operated by buttons and not a touch display makes it somewhat familiar to anyone who has ever owned a normal digital watch.
First of all, don't expect too much. It's easy to run away with the idea that this is somehow going to be the swiss army knife of communications, but out of the box it has a small list of features. That's not to say that it doesn't do them well, and after a few hours I found I'd already stopped checking my phone so frequently safe in the knowledge that if anything deserved my attention, a subtle vibration would alert me to it on my wrist.
As of writing there is an app store slowly growing in size with a collection of useful and quirky apps that you can install onto your watch. The pebble now finds itself surrounded by several other smartwatches offering colour screens and touch displays with voice support, but there's one thing that the pebble retains it's crown on, and that is battery life.
The pebble will go for a week before needing a charge. In comparison, another smart watch I have limps through a day before needing some juice. In a world of personal electronic devices, do I really need yet another thing to plug into the wall every night? When you strip it all back, they ultimately all do the same thing, this just does it for several times longer. Yes other watches let you speak to them, but in what situation are you not going to feel like a complete idiot sat in public asking your wrist what the weather's like tomorrow?!
Is practical sexy? No. Does this do what is expected of it, and well? Definitely.