We recently set up and used the Apple Watch. It was a very well designed product, but at this point is probably a bit before it’s time. You can read more about that experience here.
The amazing thing is that as far as smart watches go, we found the Pebble watch start up company very useful in comparison to the mammoth company Apple’s product. Here at AINEO, we tested the Pebble Steel watch after seeing the president of one of our partners wearing one at a reception. Watch a great find.
Pebble is a start up company from the US. The founder is very young and has done a good job rolling out the product. The original product was funded via kickstarter.com donations and general involvement.
What are the weaknesses of the Pebble?
- It’s not the beautiful color display like the Apple watch
- Pebble is less ergonomic and shapely
- The two prong USB adapter is a bit ugly but functional
- No speakerphone features on the Pebble Steel model and earlier
Now that we’ve got the areas for improvement off our chest, let’s head to what we love, the positives. For Smart Watches, Pebble is definitely the best option on the market at this point.
- The battery life is 5 to 7 days. No need to carry the USB charger around
- The display is always on. Like a real watch! What’s the point of having a band around your wrist if it doesn’t actually tell the time when you glance at it.
- Pebble is waterproof so you can swim with your smart watch on.
- Pebble is more responsive than the Apple watch. You can easily reroute inbound calls via your watch where there seems to be latency with the Apple product.
- If you really want to risk using Android, the units work with Android or iOS devices.
- The products are $200-$250 per unit so very cost efficient
There are many more features to discuss when it comes to smart watches. If you have questions, please ask your AINEO business development associate. We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Probably one of the useful features of the Pebble Watch is that we were able to set an buzz/alarm at the top of the hour during working hours to keep better track of time. The Apple Watch didn’t even have the ability to do even this simple setting at this feature.
If you are looking for a smart watch to monitor and control your incoming phone calls, control your music via remote, set silent alarms, impress your corporate team with your punctuality, dabble with a plethora of other apps, have an always on screen, and a long battery life, then the Pebble watch is for you. Like the Apple Watch, Pebble is still developing but for these IT managers, it’s just a mere $250 bucks or less so well worth a test drive.