Pebble stole Kickstarter’s heart, eclipsed companies hundreds of times its size at CES, and got many people reconsidering the role of the wristwatch in today’s smartphone-saturated world: not bad for a startup already burned once from a failed smartwatch project. After taking more than $10m in crowdfunding, Kickstarter began shipping out its Bluetooth-connected watch late last month, aiming to fulfil nearly 70,000 backer pledges by March, and then move onto $150 preorders after that. So, will Pebble’s vocal supporters get some smart bang for their Kickstarter buck?
Functional. That’s probably the best way to describe the Pebble, especially if you ordered the black version. The standard strap is a chunky black rubber affair, with enough holes for even the plumpest of geek wrists, though you can switch it out with any standard 22mm band. It’s comfortable enough, though not especially stylish. It raises a quandary for those who still wear watches; Pebble feels akin to a basic Swatch, and if your wrist is normally home to something more expensive, you’ll have to decide whether the smartphone connectivity is worth the loss in good-looks and cachet.
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