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Shame Fitbit Killed this Awesome Watch
December 27, 2016
Ok, I know, I'm late to the dance. Fitbit bought Pebble and promptly shuttered the company earlier this month and I know why. This watch, even though it is old technology, is way better than Fitbit's new technology. I had a Fitbit Charge, it was really just a cheesy digital watch, a pedometer and sleep timer, it was grossly overpriced for those few functions and it physically fell apart after about a year. This watch is older technology and does so much more for like, well now...a quarter the price.
There is no Pebble company, no Pebble website, no Pebble warranty. That is disappointing of course going forward but I got this watch at such an awesome deal and for however long as it lasts, I'll be pleased. The only cool feature of my Fitbit was that it would tell you the number of someone who was calling when your phone rang. This watch does that as well as texts, calendar alerts, emails, weather, date, control music, a proper clock you can customize and a bunch of other stuff that really made my head spin. I couldn't believe you could get that kind of functionality at less than a bill with Grant on it.
I am a woman and the face of this watch is really big, not practical joke big but you better be comfortable wearing larger faced watches. I was so this wasn't much of an issue for me. It is very light despite the bulkiness. This watch is old school, not a touchscreen, you use corresponding buttons and toggle through menus. You just have to mentally go back to that process and remember how that was the only way to do it back in the day (5 years ago?). It is only a black and white screen and although it isn't quite as bad as Mario Brothers pixilation, it certainly isn't anywhere near as clear as your phone screen is. I think it's endearing, kind of a cool retro feature. No one is mistaking this thing for an apple watch but then again, you are paying sooooooo much less. I have an iPhone and had no issues with connecting, everything works and it all operates though Bluetooth.
This watch gives you solid basic notification features as well as a customizable watch face, picking a customization is easy (although there are many juvenile choices to wade through) as is picking apps to load onto the watch like a fitbit-like app for measuring distance and sleep, maps, weather and a bunch of other stuff. Obviously now, the bloom is off the rose so I doubt there will be the continued enthusiasm at creating new compatible apps and functions so owners should not expect any continued evolution. What you see is what you get but again, you really do get a lot. My Fitbit battery only lasted 3 days at the most and the charger was in the back of the face of the watch which was annoying and cumbersome when trying to charge it, this thing supposedly lasts for about a week (I've only had it 3 days and it still has half a battery left) and uses one of the old Mac laptop magnetic chargers on the side of the face so you can lay it down to charge it. Plus the Pebble watch is water proof in fresh and salt water, I couldn't even shower with my dumb Fitbit.
Yes, practically, this watch has already reached its expiration date. If anything happens, you're SOL however, until then, it is an inexpensive dip into the smart watch pool and for the convenience functions it provides, it is well worth triple what it is currently being sold at. Really, it is unfortunate that this company will not continue to produce such a solid product. The possibility that the watch provides is it's greatest feature.