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
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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 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
Features Pebble 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)
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Display Colored Colored Colored Monochrome
Screen Scratch Protection 2.5 scratch resistant gorilla glass 2.5 scratch resistant gorilla glass 2.5 scratch resistant gorilla glass Polycarbonate scratch resistant coating
Estimated Battery Life Up to 2 days; 15 min fast charge: 1 day Up to 10 days Up to 7 days Approx. 7 days
Water Resistance Only splash resistant Water resistant to 30 meters Water resistant to 30 meters Water resistant to 50 meters
Runs Activity Tracker and Sleep Monitor App Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pebble Health - Personalized Insights to Improve Health Yes Yes Yes No
Voice Reply-Built-in mic Yes Yes Yes Yes
PVD Coated in Matte with Polished Finished Yes Yes Yes No
Dimension 38.5mm x 38.5mm x 7.5m 40.5mm x 37.5mm x 10.5m 40.5mm x 37.5mm x 9.5m 52mm x 36mm x 11.5m
Band 20mm wid 22mm wid 22mm wid 22mm wid
Weight 32g (with 20mm leather band) 62.3g (with leather band) 42.5g (with silicone band) 38g (with silicone band)
Music Control Yes Yes Yes Yes
Timeline Interface Yes Yes Yes Yes
Custom Watchfaces Yes Yes Yes Yes
Screen Size 1.25 inches 1.25 inches 1.25 inches 1.26 inches