Pebble announced the Pebble Time this morning, its brand new smartwatch. Sean Aune, our editor-in-chief, backed the project almost immediately. Within an hour, I also decided to back the project. I think it’s going to be a fantastic piece of technology. Here’s why I backed it and why you should, too.
First, I already went over the top 5 features of the Pebble Time, but those are just part of the reason why I’m backing the device. It’s going to offer unparalleled battery life, up to 7 days of usage time with its always-on screen. There isn’t another full-featured smartwatch with that kind of promise. I need a wearable that I’m not going to forget about, one that I actually wear and return to, and so far I haven’t found anything that comes close. Sure, the Moto 360 is a fantastic Android Wear device, but I can’t stand that it constantly needs a charge.
I also love Pebble’s dedication to cross-platform support. As a gadget-head, I’m constantly using both iOS and Android. This allows a no-compromise experience. If I’m using an iPhone as a daily driver, I’m good to go. If not, I can easily switch the Pebble Time over to my Android device. That’s great for consumers, too, who might decide to leave one platform for another, but don’t want to lose the wearable they’re used to having on their wrist.
I also trust Pebble. The company did a great job with its first two models, the original Pebble and the Pebble Steel. Sure, it was a bit delayed in getting the original out the door to backers, but the end product was solid – if not a bit on the ugly side. The new model looks even better and is apparently far more comfortable on the wrist. Also, like the first model, I suspect it’s going to last me a long time.
I was only able to participate in the $179 Kickstarter tier, the cheaper version was already sold out within the hour I tried to order it, but that’s fine with me. Shipping included, I’ll be paying a total of $189, still $10 cheaper than the full retail price. I’ll get a fully functional smartwatch with cross platform support, great battery life, a large community of developers and more. To me, that’s well worth the money I’ll part with for the new Pebble Time.