I first heard about Pebble during their Kickstarter campaign.I was impressed by their pitch but was unable to get hands on it earlier, as i was not an initial backer.I almost forgot about it’s existence until the recent SDK 2.0 release.
I went ahead and bought one this time.Jet Black was my choice, as it appeared to be most discreet among the colors available.Now after using it daily for last few days,i would like to share my experience with the device.
With multiple smartwatch choices available in the market like Samsung Galaxy Gear,Sony Smartwatch etc,i still preferred Pebble because of the reasons stated below.
Battery Life - Pebble is currently running 5+ days on single charge,which would never happen on other alternatives.
Always on Display - Unlike Galaxy gear the display on Pebble is always ON like normal watch. In addition the backlight is switched on by a twist of the wrist.
Replaceable Watch Strap - Pebble comes with standard 22mm strap which can be easily replaced with any regular watch straps.
Resemblance to normal watches - Yes this was also an reason to go ahead with Pebble. It appears less geeky to wear one and is to close to a regular watch rather than a Smartwatch.
And finally even the price can be added as an advantage but it was not an influencing factor in my purchase decision.
Pebble and Android
Android has a good number of apps designed to work with Pebble along with the huge selection of watch faces and app which can be installed from both iOS and Android.
My usage of Pebble and it’s apps is as below….
Pebble’s official app This is first requirement and needed to be installed before doing anything with the watch. It has usual options/guide to setup your device for the first time.
Making it more useful with Pebble Notifier This is the next app to be installed to receive all the notifications from your phone,by default the official app has only support for few notifications.
Pebble Notifier gives great control over the notifications you could receive on your watch. It can either exclude notifications from all the selected apps or include only notifications from the selected ones.
Controlling the phone Yes,we can control the actions on your Android phone from the watch with help of an app called Pebble Tasker.The app can invoke tasks from your phone using the app you are already aware for automation on Android …Tasker.
I am still not completely in to invoking tasks from the watch,but have tried few interesting things with it like..
- Capturing Picture - I have two tasks in Tasker to capture photo from front or back camera in discreet mode.
- Recording Voice - A task in Tasker to start recording voice for next 15 seconds,this can be invoked from watch with simple button.
I do not have any practical use with above tasks but created them for the sake of fun and showing off the features to the people.
With ability to invoke a task in Tasker app,the possibilities are endless.some of which i could quickly think …
- Toggle GPS,Wifi,Mobile data etc from the watch.
- Send predefined messages/mail.
- Save current Loaction,Weather etc..
The great advantage is, doing all these things with out actually taking the phone out from your pocket.
New look every day
The watch has ability to save eight watch faces at any point of time which can switched by single button press.You also have a great collection of watch faces available here. It’s really good to see them being updated regularly and they also have a monthly polls for the best app selection.
My favourites among them are also monthly voting for best app.
Watch faces currently on my device are
If you are intrested in designing your own watch faces and not comfortable coding,you have an app called Canvas which allows to design the face on your phone and send it directly to the watch.
Intelligent connect and disconnect
I have created Tasker profiles on the phone to automatically connect and disconnect,the description follows.
- Connect to Pebble on Weekdays from 8.30 to 21.30.
- When Pebble is connected switch to Silent mode.I don’t need them with watch already vibrating on my wrist.
- When Pebble is disconnected return back to Ringer mode.
- Shortcuts on home screen to override above profiles i.e connect or disconnect irrespective of time.
So,these are the things i could come up while using Pebble in last 2 weeks.The possibilities of doing things with such connected devices are limitless and with the new SDK 2.0 releasing to public, we can expect a lot more apps and ideas.