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The Apple Watch Vs… Everyone Else

The Apple Watch Vs… Everyone Else

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My first experience with a smartphone was my uncle’s Sony Ericsson. It was a handsome device with a pretty large resistive touchscreen, a flip-down numeric keypad, and a stylus. The interface was tiny and complicated, requiring precise presses with a stylus. It was thick and bulky and capable, if slightly impractical.

Then the iPhone came along. I, as a schoolboy, mocked it. But now its influence is hard to ignore – it completely revolutionised the mobile landscape. Capacitive touchscreens were now a thing. The industry slowly started to move away from focusing on specifications and started to care about user experience – those that didn’t are either dead or dying (think Nokia or Blackberry).

Apple did the same for tablet with the iPad, and had done the same before the iPhone with the iPod. So as smartwatches finally became a thing people waited with bated breath for Apple’s version. This is it. But is it the revelation the smartwatch market was waiting for?

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Vector Luna and Meridian have an LCD Screen, 30 Day Battery Life

Vector Luna and Meridian have an LCD Screen, 30 Day Battery Life

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For all the things smartwatches say they can do they can’t seem to last even a quarter as long as even the cheapest $10 digital watch. Pebble’s been on a roll with its week-long battery life (and even longer, the Pebble Time Steel can last a full 10 days), but a new player in town’s looking to change that.

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The Pebble Time Steel Isn’t Just A Fancy Pebble Time

The Pebble Time Steel Isn’t Just A Fancy Pebble Time

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When you’re a tiny company and you’re the first to the market, how do you keep your product fresh and hyped before the big fish can eat you? Last year Pebble took its Pebble smartwatch, redesigned the exterior, made it smaller, and gave it more premium materials and metal and leather bands.

The world gushed.

It was a minor change but with one move Pebble was both targeting a whole new segment of the market and padding itself against the Google and Apple onslaught that was coming. Pebble’s now released version two of its smartwatch, the Pebble Time,  and with $18 million in Kickstarter funding its definitely holding its own against Android Wear and the Apple Watch. But then came the Pebble Time Steel. Is it just a redressed Pebble Time? No, not at all.

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Pebble’s Back With The Pebble Time, But Is It Enough?

Pebble’s Back With The Pebble Time, But Is It Enough?

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Last Tuesday Pebble Technology turned to Kickstarter for their lastest project: their next-generation smartwatch, the Pebble Time. Building on the success of the company’s Pebble and Pebble Steel, the Pebble Time keeps many of the same industry-leading features and adds a few more. I’ve already tried to imagine what it would be like, now how wrong (or right) was I?

The Pebble Time’s Hardware

The Pebble Time is a clear evolution of the original Pebble’s design. Its rounded, “squircle” aesthetic is inoeffensive enough to blend in with most casual clothing, but it does notably lack the Pebble Steel’s more dressy design.

The case itself is a hard plastic, however the bezel is stainless steel (PVD for the black model) and the display is protected by Gorilla Glass. Actual specifications are a little sparse at the moment, but the in a Reddit AMA the Pebble Team said the display maintains the same (low) resolution of the original Pebble but moves to a 64-bit colour e-paper display.

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