After a few teasers, and a countdown on Pebble’s site, we now know what they were going to announce. It’s Pebble Time. A brand new smartwatch, that they are actually launching on Kickstarter. It’s biggest features are the fact that it is now a colored e-paper display, and has even longer battery. Pebble is saying up to a week. Which absolutely kills Android Wear. However Android Wear does have nicer displays and more functionality.
So Pebble has been around for a few years, and sold a ton of smartwatches already. Why are they launching the Pebble Time on Kickstarter? Allow their Kickstarter page to answer that question:
“This is where it all started. Three years ago you supported our vision to make the world’s first real smartwatch. The Kickstarter community and our early adopters believed in us before anyone else even knew we existed. You blew us away with your support and kicked off a worldwide movement!”
Much like any other smartwatch out there, you can change the watch face, but now there’s more info at a glance then there was on the original Pebble. Which is a pretty big deal. Additionally, you can change your wrist strap like on most other watches too. It uses a 22mm watch strap, so you can replace it with a nice leather one, a steel one, or really any watch strap. The Pebble Time comes in black, white and red this time around.
The Pebble Time will set you back $159. And on Kickstarter their prices start at $159 and go up from there. According to Kickstarter it looks like the Pebble Time will be available in May of this year, so we’ve got a few more months to wait. It’s a pretty decent looking smartwatch from Pebble. Maybe not as nice looking as Pebble Steel, but not bad either. I think I’d still prefer Android Wear over Pebble Time, but definitely a step in the right direction, especially since Pebble does support Android Wear notifications and apps now. Which is a pretty big deal.