What is a connected watch?
We’ve been hearing about this tiny gadget for a little while and the growing interest that a lot of people are showing, but what is a smartwatch and what is it for?
Well, a smartwatch looks like a normal wristwatch, but in addition to showing the exact time, it has “smart” capabilities. You will need to connect it to a smartphone or tablet to access the smart functions.
Some have called them a complement to smarter gadgets.
What can a connected watch do?
Smartwatches come with various configurations and apps, but the most common features are the ability to read emails, text messages, take photos, act as GPS, and more. (Note: Currently, the Pebble company has implemented approximately 5,500 apps for its smartwatch.)
To access apps from other smart devices, smartwatches usually connect via Bluetooth.
Note: Some smartwatches may not connect to all smartphones, and some may not be compatible with various operating systems (not all are compatible with iOS and Android).
Why do i need a smartwatch?
If you don’t like checking your phone every 5 minutes and you think your watch can alert you when you receive emails, keep you up to date with important news, check your social feed, or check out other important services you need to know about. you may have subscribed, then the smartwatch is the perfect device for you.
Basically, you will be much less distracted than when you are checking a smartphone, you will not be interrupted in your work and when an important notification arrives you will know it. In addition to all this, smartwatches are widely used for their fitness applications.
Apps like RunKeeper will monitor your heart rate, count steps, measure your stress level and how many calories you have burned.
Hope we’ve managed to capture your interest, so let’s take a look at one of the best and cheapest smartwatches available, the Pebble Smartwatch.
Note: The Pebble SmartWatch was born thanks to a very successful Kickstarter campaign that managed to raise over $ 10 million in about five weeks.
Design and display
At first glance, the Pebble Watch looks like a normal watch. It has a simple yet elegant look, without being bulky or heavy. The case is made of plastic and has a comfortable and sturdy strap.
It weighs 38g and its dimensions are 50x32x11mm. On the right side you will find the up-down and select buttons and on the left side a single menu button with a set of contacts for the magnetic power connector.
The Pebble smartwatch is not fragile and is able to withstand temperatures between 14 and 140F and will work even if submerged up to 160 feet in water (it’s great for explorers!).
The screen has a 1.26 inch 144 × 168 Sharp Memory LCD electronic paper, it is black and white and is covered with a plastic lens that can reflect light. Although the viewing angle is not 180 degrees, you will be able to see notifications or any other running screen app without backlighting during the day quite easily.
Compared to its competitors, the screen is a bit low but it does its job well.
Performance and battery life
The Pebble Smartwatch has an ARM Cortex-M3 processor and 512KB on-chip storage that will be able to keep certain apps and customizable watch faces. Besides the main features, the watch has a magnetometer, ambient light and a three-axis accelerometer.
Apps should take advantage of all these features and create a great user experience.
Thanks to its small low-resolution screen and its 140 mAH battery, the Pebble watch is able to keep up to 5 days of intensive use and more than a week of occasional use.
Note: The Pebble watch does not have a battery indicator.
To be waterproof, the Pebble watch can be charged by connecting a custom cable to the small magnets on the side of the watch.
iOS and Android
What’s really interesting about this watch is that it supports both iOS and Android platform.
After downloading the Pebble app, we first tested the watch with an iPhone. It was a bit tricky to get to work, as iOS doesn’t really seem to have tried to do a good handling for Pebble but after setting it up correctly, the watch worked perfectly with the iPhone.
We were able to download new watch faces or access contact support, but it looks like it all happened at the iOS level (iOS acted as a placeholder).
The Android experience is quite different. The settings for this platform seemed more in place and the apps made more sense. Compared to iOS, Android seemed more open and with a lot more apps to choose from.
Ultimately we were able to sync with both platforms and we were able to receive email alerts, income calls or text messages and thanks to the Pebble store we were able to successfully customize the display, download interesting apps and even some games (like Flappy Bird) no matter if it was made with iOS or Android.
Note: Pebble smart watch is compatible with iOS 6 or above and Android 4.0 or above.
In conclusion, we can say that Pebble did not make the same mistake that many manufacturers did when they tried to build a smartwatch, they did not try to create a small smartphone attached to the wrist. Instead, they’ve created one of the best smartwatch setups out there, creating a lightweight, simple, and capable device that puts smartwatches on the list of one of the most wanted devices in the world today.
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