Pebble – Superhit Smartwatch Company that closed down…

Pebble Smartwatch Review 2017

Pebble Smartwatch India – The Superhit Company that closed down.

Pebble Technology Corp. was a start-up company that was started on Kickstarter (a crowdsourcing platform) in the year 2014. The company is very well known as the makers of the “first smartwatch in the world”. The company later developed a line of smartwatches including the first commercially successful smartwatch, the Pebble Smartwatch.

The company had a massive success on Kickstarter raising a whopping 10.3 million in just 1 month. Later they also launched two more smartwatches Pebble Time and Pebble Time steel and raised 20.3 million on Kickstarter. The smartwatches were delivered to people all over the world as people ordered them via the Kickstarter website. This was the most successful crowdsourcing campaign in the history of Kickstarter.

Now comes the shocker – Pebble officially shut down their operations in December 2016 and sold its intellectual property to Fitbit. So the company is actually closed as they’ve filed for insolvency in the US in December 2016.

If you don’t believe me then check out their founder’s profile whose name is Eric –> here that shows he is no longer associated with Pebble. But still pebble watches are being sold in India on online websites including Amazon you know why? Because Fitbit has acquired Pebble’s engineers along with the intellectual property. So practically Pebble is still alive but now in the hands of Fitbit.

When did Pebble Launch in India?

Pebble Technology Corp. launched their entry in the Indian market in 2016 May with smartwatches starting from 6,000 INR to 16,000. Since then the company has sold thousands of smartwatches on this platform – Amazon.

Even though some people know that this company has closed down still they want to get their hands on this watch. There are couple of reasons for this

  1. Pebble watches connect to both Android and iOS phones, so they can display notifications from the phone. Its online app store distributes more than a thousand Pebble-compatible apps from many third party developers, including ESPN, Uber, Runkeeper, and GoPro.
  2. Battery Life – The average battery life of any Pebble watch is around 8-10 days which far exceeds any other smartwatch in the segment be it Fitbit, Garmin, Jawbone or Polar.

With over 1000 apps built into the Pebble smartwatch you can almost do everything whether its text/call/social media notifications, play music, monitoring stock prices OR monitor your sleep etc.

As of January 2015 Pebble sold more than 1 million smartwatches and remember this is 2017. Just imagine how many watches until 2015 this company must have sold – My guess is 1 million more.

Pebble Time Smartwatch

Are pebble watches waterproof?

While all Pebble watches are water resistant they have one model – Pebble Time which is just splash proof which means you cannot wear it while swimming. Rest all other variants are water resistant upto 30 mm.

Display

All Pebble watches have the inbuilt e-paper screen which means your screen is always turned On and shines clearly even in the brightest sunlight. You don’t need to press any button or touch the screen for displaying time, notifications etc.

Pebble Time Smartwatch

Pebble time smartwatch review

Pebble 2 Plus Heart Smartwatch

Pebble Watch Price In India

There are multiple variants of the Pebble watch in India starting from Rs. 6,000 and it goes upto Rs. 16,000. Their latest smartwatch which has a built in heart rate tracker comes at approximately Rs. 12,700. Still the Pebble watches are much cheaper than the likes of Garmin, Fitbit and TomTom that have same or more features.

Should you buy the Pebble Smartwatch?

If you are looking for a great smartwatch in India and your budget is between Rs. 6,000 – 12,000 then you can look at the below Pebble watches and buy the one that you like. However a caution of advice for you is that Pebble does NOT offer any warranty and software updates on any of their watches. This is because of the reason that the company has ceased operations, but Fitbit is still running this company.

You can look at the below Pebble smartwatches and all their functions to select the best smartwatch for yourself. 

Pebble Smartwatch - All Models

FeaturesPebble Time (Round with 14 mm and 20 mm band options)Pebble Time Steel
(with 22 mm band size)
Pebble Time (with 22 mm band size)Pebble Classic (with 22 mm band size)
Pebble Time Round 20 mmPebble Time SteelPebble Time SmartwatchPebble Classic Smartwatch
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DisplayColoredColoredColoredMonochrome
Screen Scratch Protection2.5 scratch resistant gorilla glass2.5 scratch resistant gorilla glass2.5 scratch resistant gorilla glassPolycarbonate scratch resistant coating
Estimated Battery LifeUp to 2 days; 15 min fast charge: 1 dayUp to 10 daysUp to 7 daysApprox. 7 days
Water ResistanceOnly splash resistantWater resistant to 30 metersWater resistant to 30 metersWater resistant to 50 meters
Runs Activity Tracker and Sleep Monitor AppYesYesYesYes
Pebble Health - Personalized Insights to Improve HealthYesYesYesNo
Voice Reply-Built-in micYesYesYesYes
PVD Coated in Matte with Polished FinishedYesYesYesNo
Dimension38.5mm x 38.5mm x 7.5m40.5mm x 37.5mm x 10.5m40.5mm x 37.5mm x 9.5m52mm x 36mm x 11.5m
Band20mm wid22mm wid22mm wid22mm wid
Weight32g (with 20mm leather band)62.3g (with leather band)42.5g (with silicone band)38g (with silicone band)
Music ControlYesYesYesYes
Timeline InterfaceYesYesYesYes
Custom WatchfacesYesYesYesYes
Screen Size1.25 inches1.25 inches1.25 inches1.26 inches