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  • Pontoppidan Goff posted an update 5 months ago

    We have heard for a little while relating to this tiny gadget and the increasing interest many people have shown, but exactly what is a smartwatch and what does it do?

    Well, a smartwatch appears like a standard wristwatch but, besides showing the precise time, it includes “smart” capabilities. You will have to connect it to a smartphone or tablet to be able to access the smart functions.

    Some have called them an add-on to smarter gadgets.

    What can a smartwatch do?

    Apple lawsuit come with various configurations and applications but the most common features are the possibility to read emails, texts, take pictures, become GPS and much more. (Note: At this time, the Pebble company has implemented about 5500 apps because of their smartwatch.)

    So as to access the applications of other smart devices, the smartwatches usually connect via Bluetooth.

    Note: Some smartwatches may not connect to all smartphones among others may lack compatibility to various operating systems (not all are appropriate for iOS and Android).

    Why do I want a smartwatch?

    If you don’t prefer to check your phone every five minutes and fancy the idea your watch may alert you when you receive emails, match important news, check your social feed or other important services you might have subscribed to, then the smartwatch may be the perfect device for you.

    Basically you will be far less distracted than you would be when checking a smartphone, you won’t be interrupted from your own work and when a significant notification arrives you should understand about it. Besides all this, smartwatches are used extensively because of their fitness applications.

    Applications like RunKeeper will monitor your heartrate, count steps, measure your stress level and how many calories have you burnt.

    Hopefully we were able to capture your interest so let’s check out among the best and non expensive smartwatches available, the Pebble Smartwatch.

    Note: The Pebble SmartWatch took birth because of a very successful Kickstarter campaign that managed to raise over 10 million dollars in about five weeks.

    Design and Display

    At the first glance, the Pebble Watch looks like a normal watch. It includes a simple, yet elegant look, without having to be bulky or heavy. The casing is made of plastic and has a comfortable and sturdy strap.

    It weighs 38g and its dimensions are 50x32x11mm. On the proper side you will find the up-down and choose buttons and on the left side a single menu button along with a group of contacts for the magnetic power connector.

    The Pebble Smartwatch is not fragile and is competent to withstand temperatures between 14 to 140F and will function even if it is submerged up to 160 feet in water (that is great for explorers!).

    The display includes a 1.26in 144�168 Sharp Memory LCD e-paper, it really is monochrome and is covered by a plastic lens that may reflect light. Although the viewing angle is not a full 180 degrees, it will be easy to see notifications or any running screen app minus the backlight during the day quite easily.

    Comparing to its competitors, the screen is a tiny low point nonetheless it does its job properly.

    Performance and Battery Life

    The Pebble Smartwatch features an ARM Cortex-M3 processor and 512 KB on-chip storage that’ll be able to retain some apps and customizable watch faces. Aside from the main specs, the watch has a magnetometer, an ambient light and a three-axis accelerometer.

    The apps should take advantage of all this features and develop a great user experience.

    Because of its tiny low-resolution display and the 140 mAH battery, the Pebble watch is capable to continue to 5 days of extensive use and over a week of occasional usage.

    Note: Pebble watch doesn’t have a battery indicator.

    To be able to be waterproof, the Pebble watch can be charged by connecting a bespoke cable to the small magnets privately of the watch.

    iOS and Android

    What’s really interesting relating to this watch is that it supports both the iOS and Android platform.

    After downloading the Pebble app, first we tested the watch alongside an iPhone. It was a hassle to create it run, as iOS doesn’t really look like it tried to make a good management for Pebble but after we configured it properly, the watch worked perfectly along the iPhone.

    We were able to download new watch faces or access contact support nonetheless it does seems like everything happened at the iOS level (iOS acted as a placeholder).

    The Android experience is fairly different. The settings on this platform appeared to be more set up and the apps made more sense. Comparing to iOS the Android seemed more open and with a lot more applications to choose from.