Two full charges with the Pebble Time
Battery / Charging
The most important part of a watch, for me, is not having another device I need to charge every day. I tried that with the Moto 360 and it failed in very short order. Beyond being a major annoyance, it’s dumb when you have to pack a special charger for your watch for an overnight trip (when I don’t even need to bring a charger for my phone). Fear not, the Pebble Time lives up to its reputation and heritage of being a long lasting device.
The e-Ink color display is capable of surprisingly good animations. When I think of e-Ink, I still think of my original Kindle which took a quarter second for every page turn. The Pebble Time screen looks great in the sun and has a good backlight. The only time I’ve had trouble reading the display is when the watch is on the dark side of a high contrast environment (e.g. driving on a sunny day, and watch is in a shadow).
Speaking of Kindles, they’re somewhat infamous for their “screen wipe” effects, of which I’ve not seen the Pebble Time do at all. It does do some nifty transition animations which could serve the same function, but they are seamless. With the exception of a single crash/reboot while tinkering with settings, I’ve had no issues, no screen malfunctions, not even a hiccup.
Of course the Pebble Time also supports a variety of apps, though I’ll admit I don’t much use them currently. A large portion of that is because the apps designed for Pebble Time (color etc), just aren’t there yet. They’re coming, and there will be many of them for sure, but the watch is brand new and one must be patient. The other issue is that I simply don’t want to spend that much time futzing with my watch. A few quick presses to approve an MFA? Sure. Composing an entire text message response? No thank you.
I’ve had the watch for about two weeks now and I do enjoy it, but it hasn’t been nearly long enough to really say for sure if this is the most amazing device in the world. For others, it’s a question of having enough of a use case. For those who aren’t into the latest toys, the eWatch craze, and don’t need to discretely check on notifications a dozen or so times an hour, skip the Pebble for now.