At its heart, Pebble Time is an awesome watch. The new color e-paper display is easy to read and always-on, perfect for displaying incoming notifications and your favorite watchface. Compared with display technology like LCD or OLED, power consumption is minimized, enabling Pebble Time to achieve an industry-leading battery life of up to 7 days.
Send a quick reply by dictation
Pebble Time's new microphone lets you send voice replies to incoming notifications* or take short voice notes. We used the latest technology to maintain water resistance so you can swim or surf with Pebble Time (we do not, however, recommend talking underwater).
*Sending voice replies works with most major Android apps including SMS, Hangouts, Gmail, Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp and hundreds more. For iOS users, voice replies are currently limited to Gmail notifications. We’re working to enable voice replies for more apps.
Pebble Time is 20% thinner than the original Pebble at just 9.5mm. Its ergonomic, curved design fits comfortably on either wrist and slides easily under dress shirts.
Pebble Time is stylish and durable. The lens is crafted from scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass with a bezel made of stainless steel. Like our previous watches, it's water resistant - perfect for a run in the rain, water-balloon battle or a swim.
People love to personalize their Pebble watches. We've included a soft silicone band with each Pebble Time, but all standard 22mm watch bands will fit. All new Pebble watch bands include a quick-release pin, letting you swap bands in under 10 seconds. Now it's super easy to find the perfect style for you!
For DIYers, accessory makers and advanced customizers, we'll be publishing the 3D data you'll need to create amazing straps, covers and docks. Pebble Time also has a smart accessory port, enabling hardware developers to build sensors and smart straps that connect directly to the watch. Much more on this coming soon!
Pebble Time comes in three colors:
Black watch case and silicone band with black PVD stainless steel bezel
White watch case and silicone band with silver PVD stainless steel bezel
Red watch case and silicone band with black PVD stainless steel bezel
Photo of early production unit
Special Engraving for Kickstarter Backers
All reward watches are engraved with ‘Kickstarter Edition’. For those who are backing Pebble on Kickstarter for the second time - thank you! Your Pebble Time watch will be engraved with something extra special.
We've been making smartwatches for almost 7 years now. Our ultimate goal is to make Pebble an indispensable tool in your daily life by helping you accomplish more each and every day.
While developing software for the original Pebble, we uncovered an important problem: apps are an inefficient way to interact with a smartwatch. As we increased functionality by adding more apps, our Pebbles clogged up. It became harder to quickly find the app we wanted. No one wants to manage another homescreen!
To make Pebble infinitely more useful, we needed an expandable system for organizing information and interactions. Luckily, the answer was right up our sleeves.
It turns out the best interface for any watch...is time!
You already plan your day around time, so it makes sense for your Pebble to be organized around the same principle. Now your notifications, news, reminders and events are laid out chronologically instead of being trapped inside separate apps.
With one click, see what’s coming up next. Your timeline connects to calendars, alarms, and apps, organizing all kinds of relevant information along with quick actions. Similarly, recall the past. Scroll back in time to see that email you missed, your step count for the day or the score from the game last night.
Your timeline takes an incredible amount of information and makes it super easy to access.
This is the new app menu, featuring new app faces with glanceable content. With timeline we've also created a system that dynamically loads and caches apps as needed, letting you access as many apps as you need.
As with all Pebble software, we’ve built an open platform. You can allow apps and developers to add ‘pins’ to your timeline, so you can keep track of things like upcoming events, sports, weather, traffic, travel plans, pizza specials and more.
The Pebble operating system has been re-imagined with a new visual style. While all existing Pebble apps will still work great, we’re inviting developers to upgrade their apps to support color. More details coming soon!
Simplicity and focus, without compromise
We’ve added all these new features - color screen, microphone, slimmer design and timeline - without compromising what you love most about Pebble:
Always-on, daylight readable screen with a great backlight
Timeline will work on Pebble and Pebble Steel (exact date TBD)
Works with iOS 8 on iPhone 4s and above
Works with all Android 4.0+ phones including Samsung, HTC, Sony, LG, Google, Motorola, Xiaomi and more
If you’re already part of our community of backers, developers and, early adopters, that’s fantastic! If not, we invite you to join those who have supported and guided our journey so far. It's pretty straightforward, just back this project!
Keep your eyes glued to the Updates tab for all the latest news during the campaign. We have a really exciting month planned!
We pledge to do the absolute best we can at creating amazing products and supporting them for as long as possible. We’ve gone out of our way to develop new features, release software updates and provide technical support for all Pebble owners. Check out our Amazon reviews or our Twitter's @Pebble and @PebbleHelp to get a taste.
Since the first Kickstarter campaign, developers have been an integral part of the Pebble community. We are very proud of the 26,000+ developers who have created over 6,500 apps and watchfaces for Pebble.
Pebble Time greatly expands possibilities for wearable apps, building on top of the existing Pebble SDK and tools:
Rich C SDK for apps and watchfaces running natively on the watch, even when the phone is disconnected
New emulator that can be used on CloudPebble or locally
Rich set of APIs: accelerometer, compass, bluetooth messaging, background tasks, GPS and HTTP request, etc
(NEW) Color APIs to support the 64 colors of the new Pebble Time screen
(NEW) Support for PNG and APNG
(NEW) Timeline APIs to push information from the web into the user’s timeline (no watch or phone apps required)
(NEW) UI framework to create beautiful applications that take advantage of color and animations
(Later in 2015) Voice to text APIs: add voice recognition to your apps
(Later in 2015) Smart accessory port for hardware hackers.
(Later in 2015) Bluetooth Low Energy API. Use Pebble to control BLE-enabled objects.
All existing Pebble apps are compatible with Pebble Time and apps built with the new SDK are compatible with both platforms. We will reveal more information about the new APIs during the campaign. Stay tuned!
Time for one last plug: we're hiring!
Over the years, we've hired a bunch of folks from our community and are looking to hire more! If you (or a friend!) are passionate about bringing wearables to the masses, want to push Pebble to the next level, and love working with an awesome team at an innovative company, check out our Jobs page!
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Why are we back on Kickstarter?
Pebble was brought to life by 68,929 backers who supported our vision three years ago. Even though we've grown tremendously since then, we're still a small company battling some of the largest competitors in the world. We believe that this is the best and most efficient way for us to get our latest product to the people who want it most: people like you.
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Pebble Time Design Kit
As backers of the original Pebble Watch, we were excited to see the newly announced Pebble Time models. Based on the response on Kickstarter, a lot of other people were excited too. The addition of color, a mic and new form factor make it a great update, but one of the things that is most intriguing is the new approach for the interface.
Pebble Time bases everything you see on the watch around time: the past, present and future. For a watch, that seems to make sense and we immediately started to imagine how other experiences might fit into this model. What started as conversations turned into refined drawings that begged to be mocked up.
To get to that point, we recreated a lot of the screens you can see in the demo videos in Sketch. These assets were great references as we started to put together our own ideas for App Faces, Pins, Apps and Prototypes. Since we thought it’d be valuable for others, we’ve packaged up our Sketch Interface Kit for Pebble Time to share.
Keep in mind that the elements we’ve put together are based on video and image references (mostly at odd angles), so things like spacing, typography and other details may be off. Even so, the Interface Kit has already proved useful and we’re always interested in feedback.
App Face Concepts
Using this Interface Kit, we were able to mock up some App Face ideas for things like Nest, Dropcam, August, Uber, and more. It was a fun exercise distilling down important information into a glanceable presentation that could provide value in a split second.
Apps for Pebble Time
Beyond App Faces, we were also able to test the Interface Kit by designing app concepts for Uber, Southwest and Yelp. The elements we had recreated made it easy to string together screens to illustrate these different concepts. We also developed some of our own patterns in the process, which we decided to leave out of the Interface Kit (for now).
Device Frame for Framer Studio
A major difference in the Timeline interface for Pebble Time is the use of animation. It’s just something that didn’t exist as much in the original Pebble Watch interface. Based on the videos, the use of animation looks playful, smooth and guiding. Because we use Framer a lot for prototyping, we thought we’d take some of our static screens a bit further into prototypes and include some animations that we thought might feel at home on the Pebble Time.
Part of this process included creating a frame for the Pebble Time that has buttons which represent the hardware buttons that you can press on the physical device, so the up, select, down and back buttons actually press in when you click them. You can also swap out the frames for the different Pebble Time models and use a module to get the current time.
Start Designing for Pebble Time
Until we’re able to get our hands on one in May, there are still a lot of unknowns for the Pebble Time. In the meantime, the Interface Kit and Device Frame may help get some initial ideas down and we’re excited to see what others create. As always, we’re open to hearing feedback on how we can make it better.
So light and thin, it’s pretty easy to mistake Pebble Time Round for any other watch. Sure, it’s great at telling time, with an always-on, always readable screen. It just also happens to do lots more.
Apple Watch vs Pebble Time Steel - Which smartwatch for you?
We put the Apple Watch and the Pebble Time, and TIme Steel, head-to-head
Days of power, minutes to charge.
Up to two days of battery life means the world won’t end if you miss a day. When it’s time to charge, it’s super fast: a full day of power takes just 15 minutes.
Available in 5 styles
Pebble Time Round Silver with Stone Leather
Pebble Time Round Rose Gold with White Leather
Pebble Time Round Black with Flame Red Leather
Pebble Time Round Black with Nero Black Leather
Pebble Time Round Silver with Nubuck Brown Leather
The new Pebble smartwatch was launched recently on Kickstarter. It's called Pebble Time and has quickly amassed over $17m of funding, with 67,000 backers to date. There are now two models available to back, with the basic Pebble Time and the Pebble Time Steel on offer. With over 1m watches sold to date, Pebble isn't the little company it once was, and it's using Kickstarter more to promote its new product than out of any need of it, but it pales in comparison to its big competitor.
Apple hasn't sold a single Apple Watch yet, but reports are that it's placed orders with its suppliers for over five million watches. With Apple entering the smartwatch market it's very hard to work out if anyone else with an iOS compatible device, such as the Pebble Time, will be able to compete.
Despite the fact you can commit your cash to a Pebble Time today, the watches won't actually ship until sometime in May. The Apple Watch is due to be launched in April, with exact date and prices to be unveiled today, see our Apple Watch release date, price and specs. That means it will actually beat the Pebble Watch onto user's wrists.
Here we'll go through the big pros and cons of each device, to give you a better idea of which watch will suit you best, both in terms of practical usage and appearance.
Apple Watch vs Pebble Time Steel - PRICE
The Pebble Time currently costs $199 on Kickstarter, with delivery in May if your quick or June if you're not. That includes shipping but not any duty or fees you might incur having it shipped into the UK. Once you factor those in, you'll be paying about £145 all in for your Pebble Time. When it's actually launched to retailers from June onwards it will have a retail price of $199, though it's hard to guess how much it will be priced at in UK shops, but around £180 would be our guess.
The Time Steel costs $250 at present, with all the import duties that be around £205, so expect it cost at least that when it hits shops here, late in the summer.
The Apple Watch is going to come in numerous variations, which we'll get into below, but only the basic aluminium model with a plastic wristband has been priced, with Apple saying prices will start from $349. At the current exchange rate that works out at £225, but with VAT at 20% that could be as much as £270.
We doubt anyone would buy the Pebble Time at £180, when what they really wanted was the Apple Watch for £90 more. The Pebble Time being cheaper is a point in its favour if you're undecided but it's not going to be a deciding factor for anyone.
Apple Watch vs Pebble Time Steel - DESIGN
The Pebble Steel comes in three different colours, silver, gunmetal or gold, but they're all stainless steel in construction. The Steel is a little heavier than its sibling, but it does contain a larger battery (with an estimated ten-day lifespan, rather than seven).
^ All that glitters ...
The Pebble Time comes in three colours: black, red and white. They are made mainly of plastic, though all three models have a stainless steel bezel around the screen. Each colour has a matching strap, though these can be swapped out with any standard 22mm watch band, including metal bands should you be able to find one to match the tone of the bezel.
The Apple Watch is coming in a huge number of variants. The price mentioned above is for the 'basic' Apple Watch Sport, although with an aluminium unibody chassis it's hardly a stinker. The 'standard' Apple Watch is stainless steel and will come with a matching wrist band, or a leather one, or a plastic one, your choice. Then there's the 'high-end' Apple Watch Edition in 18-carat gold, though with some claiming it could cost $10,000 that's certainly unlikely to bother Anyone considering a Pebble Time.
Whichever Apple Watch you're considering it's certainly a more attractive device than the fairly-basic looking Pebble Watch. We're betting that the Pebble Watch is lighter and smaller, but we're yet to get confirmed specs for either device. What we do know is that the Pebble Time is 9.5mm thick, while the Apple Watch is (pretty accurately) estimated to be 12.6mm thick, making the Apple notably chunkier.
For the record both are water resistant, but only the Pebble Time is waterproof, so you can swim while wearing it.
Apple Watch vs Pebble Time Steel - DISPLAY AND SPECS
The big difference between the two devices is their displays. The Apple Watch comes with either a 38mm or 42mm colour LCD display, while the Pebble Time (and Steel) uses a colour e-ink display, which we estimate to be around 32mm across (based on measuring the 22mm strap in comparison). The Apple Watch display is a touchscreen, so you can tap and swipe it, plus it has a crown you can rotate to dial in settings; while the Pebble Time relies on the four buttons around its sides for inputs.
Apple's screen will provide the kind of colours and fast refresh rates we expect from a smartphone, and which you need for a touch interface. The Pebble's e-ink display has a limited colour palette and slow refresh rates. On the other hand e-ink displays use hardly any power and are very easy to read in bright lighting conditions.
The Pebble Time has a scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass front panel, while the Apple Watch has the same strengthened glass as the current iPhones, or a sapphire crystal finish, depending on the model.
We don't yet know the hardware specification inside each device, although we can bet that with that screen to run Apple's hardware will need to be far more powerful than Pebble's. Then again Pebble's should be fine for the job at hand.
Apple Watch vs Pebble Time Steel - BATTERY
Its less powerful hardware and e-ink display means that the Pebble Time will hugely outlast the Apple Watch in terms of battery life. Apple has stated that the Apple Watch will need to be charged daily, with recent rumours suggesting it would manage around 19 hours of combined active and passive use, or around 3 days simple sitting on standby.
The Pebble Time has a claimed battery life of seven days. We found that our Pebble Steel lasted for up to 5 days from a single charge, with 3 days being the quickest it ran down in normal use. That makes claims of seven days not at all unrealistic, a couple of charges a week should suffice. The Steel version beats even that with a claimed 10-day battery life, thanks to a larger battery.
Apple Watch vs Pebble Time - COMPATIBILITY and APPS
The Pebble Time is compatible with both iOS and Android devices, although if you're considering an Apple Watch or Pebble Time we'll presume you've got an iPhone, as the Apple Watch won't work with Android devices.
The Apple Watch will show notifications from your iPhone, let you use Siri for voice control and to dictate messages and have a variety of customisable watch faces. You'll be able to install and arrange applications on the 'home screen' via a companion app on your phone. Using these you'll be able to use the watch as a remote control for your Apple TV, track your exercise with various fitness apps, and presumably get directions from your phone's GPS. The watch will also let you make Apple Pay payments, and even control your car – based on early app compatible with Tesla cars. It's fully integrated with Apple's ecosystem, so feature such as Handoff and Continuity should let you seamless move data and tasks from device to device.
The Pebble Time is a much simpler affair, but that may be for the better. It now has a microphone, so you can send voice replies to notifications or take notes. However, it has largely spurned apps, instead having a single integrated timeline that takes notifications, news and reminders from various sources and arranges them chronologically. So you can flick back through recent events, missed calls or emails, or forward to appointments, alarms or upcoming sports fixtures. The simplification should mean it's easy to use, and the button-based control should mean you don't have to look at the screen as much.
Apple Watch vs Pebble Time - CONCLUSION
The Pebble Time (and the Time Steel) and the Apple Watch are actually very different devices. The Pebble Time looks to do everything most people want from a smartwatch today, the battery life looks to be great and the interface is simple, although you'll have to get used to controlling it with the buttons. It looks like the kind of thing you'd happily wear everyday, a handy extra with some pretty cool, if geeky, credentials
The Apple Watch interface looks more complicated, but the use of a touchscreen should be easy to grasp for most iPhone users. It looks smarter (even comared to the Pebble Steel) and certainly wins out in the style stakes. However, it's pretty expensive, it's something else to charge every night and you'll probably be wanting to upgrade it in a few years.
Personally, we'd wait and see. Yes, you can get a Pebble Time now for less if you order in advance, but will you still want it come shipping day, with the Apple Watch out there? Once the Apple Watch is out, you'll be able to go to the Apple Store and get a much better idea of whether you want to wear a large expensive smartwatch on your wrist everyday, or if the slimmer, simpler Pebble is for you.
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