The mobile market meets a colossal breakthrough, with a new watch that comes for no less than $199 and as reviews describe, it is the best and most affordable alternative to the Apple smartwatch. The Smartwatch crowdfunding success story goes to Pebble Time, it appears, as it broke the records in 28 minutes after being launched on Kickstarter, hitting $2 million.
The initial gain was extended to $20 million and with the help of that huge investment we can now have a cheap and very advanced piece of technology wrapped around our wrists.
This is the only direct Apple and Android smartwatch competitor and it features redesigned casing available in red, white or black. It doesn’t have a touch screen feature but the four buttons on the sides work perfectly to let you do your thing on the watch’s screen.
In terms of looks, the smartwatch comes with a new color e-paper display that sheds a light of diversity over the previously black and white screen. It also includes improved battery life, which makes things even cooler, allowing us to pamper ourselves with the little piece of high technology.
Pebble has registered a double success, after the first initiative to launch this particular smartwatch model, back in 2012. Then, it was simply called The Pebble and was set to reignite the smartwatch industry. Which was said and done.
Everything is simplified when it comes to Pebble. Instead of sophisticated apps, features and touch screen functions, the Time takes a simple and effective approach on notifications. You simply need to synchronize it with your iPhone and then everything that has been allowed to show up in a notification on your mobile device can ultimately be sent to the watch.
The popular iPhone is not the only hi-end device that supports the use of Pebble, it also works with Android in a similar and most simple manner.
In terms of battery life, reviews report that The Time does not affect it when used with iPhone for instance. In the iPhone 6 case, the Pebble Time app consumes only 4% of the battery, compared to 19% wasted with Safari.
Going further to looks and measures, the watch is 9.5 mm thick, finely curved to the wrist and it includes a replaceable 22mm wide watch strap. Its manufacture features are designed with a silicone rubber strap and its case measures 40.5 mm by 37.5 mm. It is more delicate, slightly thinner and smaller than the Apple watch, which measures 42mm.
It is waterproof as well, tested to survive 50mm deep dives but with the risk of losing connection to the microphone, that can only survive 30m of deep water.
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