Just got my Pebble time round in the mail and the wait has finally ended! So this is my initial impressions on the watch and what I feel about it and what I like and don't. Since its been a couple of days now I have been using the watch so I would say this is like an initial impressions review.
Alright the moment you un-box the watch and hold it you realize how thin and light it is which is kind of OK if you ask me because I am not a great believer in things being thin just for the sake of you know just being thin. If you ask me I wouldn't mind this watch being a little heavier but that's just me I guess. Another design factor you cannot miss are those huge bezels! Now though they look good I just cannot understand the decision behind having them that big, I mean have the bezel I don't mind but don't go over-board with it. (To me this is a design flaw)
The leather strap feels good, I have the 20mm Nutback model with a brown strap and it feels alright hopefully it wont die on me in the next few months but that's to be seen. Another aspect I had quite a hard time getting use to besides the "bezels" was the e-paper display technology that the watch has, coming from devices which are bright and vibrant this does seem a little under whelming but the whole idea behind that was to save battery life and make it last for 2 days I guess? but still I am not completely sold on the display but with time I will get use to it since its not bad to start off, its just different.
The watch charges in a giffy! I mean you can get a full charge in about 15-20 minutes, which is awesome. Since these are my initial days with the watch and the kid inside me wants to explore it and try and figure out all the settings, I had to charge it multiple times in a day but I guess that's because I was using it so much to check notifications and also I have all the settings to the maximum (Backlight "ON", Ambient sensor "ON" , Motion Enabled "On" and Intensity "Blinding") which does drain the battery pretty quick but as I get more use to the watch in the coming weeks I can tweak it and since I wont be reaching out to it all the time I may get a 2 day battery life (hopefully).
The good part is that I get all my notifications from my iphone which I have configured and that is why I got this device in the first place. I specifically wanted a smart watch which does the basic stuff right which is to notify me. It doesn't bother me at all that I cannot respond to notifications but that is how I want it to be.(I find people texting away from their watches a bit silly and its just too much technology going on!!) and also I am glad that its NOT a touch screen which makes the experience a bit retro in my opinion and gives it that old school feel!
So all in all I am fairly satisfied with the Pebble time round, it does what it says and yes its the thinnest smart watch out there but it has its flaws with the engineering part of it namely the e-paper display and the bezels. The e-paper display is not a flaw as such like I said it does take getting use to since its not as vibrant and crisp but the watch has nice animations!!
Pebble Time Round
Does not look like a smart watch
Sleek and a simplistic design
Good build quality
Bezels are a bit too much
E-paper display might not be for everyone
Limited functionality on iOS (at the moment)