Finally, Pebble Makes a Sexy Smartwatch

24 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Pebble Time Round: ‘World’s thinnest smartwatch’ takes on the Gear S2 and Moto 360.

Pebble announced the Pebble Time Round, its thinnest and lightest smartwatch that might also be its most fashionable. While it offers much of the same functionality as its Gear S2 and Moto 360 competitors, it trumps its rivals when it comes to size, measuring a skinny 7.5mm thick and tipping the scales at just 28g.

This svelte profile comes at a cost, however, as Pebble says the Time Round’s battery will make it through just two days, compared to the 10-hour battery life offered by its square-shaped Pebble Time predecessor. Time Round will come with a choice of 20mm or 14mm band fittings, making it possibly the first smartwatch that will make sense for those with small wrists. Beyond that, the smartwatch offers the same e-paper display as its predecessors – albeit surrounded by a chunkier bezel, and runs Pebble’s custom Timeline software.

A report by The Next Web points out that the device is exactly half the weight of the lightest Apple Watch and more than 100 grams lighter than a 42mm model with a stainless steel strap. And it uses the same setup as all previous Pebble watches, with three buttons for navigating around the software located on the right side of the watch. The 1.25-inch diameter display is still color e-paper-and there is still no touchscreen. “We’ve been making smartwatches for a long time and there’s always been a small number of people who’ve told us that our watches were a bit too big for their wrists,” Mr. It’s designed from the ground up to be a truly smart watch.” The watch comes in black or silver (or rose gold in 14mm only), comes with a leather strap and is compatible with any watch band of the right size.

In conversation VentureBeat, Pebble founder and CEO Eric Migicovsky was asked, “How can we get our watches on more wrists around the world?” According to the report, the answer his company came up with was to create a device that looks good on and fits comfortably on smaller wrists. The original Pebble was released in 2013, and the line has since been praised for its wide open approach to customisation, its store of free apps and watchfaces and its e-paper screen that, unlike other smartwatches, is never off.

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