More than just a Pebble Watch
We’ve never been a fan of how Pebble smart watches looked. Sure it’s connectivity to Android and iOS is fantastic but it always reminded us of a science fair toy. The Pebble Time Round watch takes that Casio Calculator aesthetic and goes full tilt to make something that looks good and performs fantastically. One of the great things about Pebble is that they listen to their customers and make improvements based on feedback. It’s because of this consumer focus, reduced size, rapid charging and improved style we consider the Pebble Time Round great value for money. HeyTC give this wearable a 4 out of 5 rating.
The Top Questions for the Pebble Time Round:
What is the difference between the Pebble Time and Pebble Time Round?
The Pebble Time is plastic and glass with full waterproofing. It has a 7-day battery life and runs every single app made for Pebble, which in total is around 10,000 apps. The Pebble Time Round is steel, leather and glass. It’s made to look like a classic watch, it is water resistant and has a 2 day battery life but it charges rapidly. The Pebble Time Round also only has access to around 1000 apps on the Pebble store. The Pebble Time Round is also significantly thinner.
Is this Pebble watch touch screen?
No. It’s operated with buttons which many users consider much more convenient.
Does this watch work with iPhone or Android?
Both. In our opinion this is one of Pebble’s great selling points. It doesn’t matter your smart phone the Pebble Time Round can pair up and get maximum functionality unlike its competitors who have allegiance to either Apple or Android.
Can I connect my smart phone and listen to music via the Pebble?
Yes. Pebble Music is a system app that interfaces with your smart phone’s music apps. There are lots of other apps you can choose from in the Pebble app store if you don’t like the system app. The great thing is the Pebble Time Round is made to connect to Android and Apple smart phone devices.
Where can I find the official video for the watch?
Is the Pebble Time Round on sale at Amazon.com?
Right now you can buy the Pebble Time Round for $180 on Amazon.
Can I answer phone calls on the watch?
You can accept or decline incoming calls to your phone only. You can also force the call on your phone to go silent at a push of a button. If used with an Android phone, you can place calls from your wrist with apps like Dialer for Pebble and Pebble Dialer. You cannot talk via the smart watch however.
How good is the battery life on this watch?
The battery life is around 2 days of light use and half of that if you’re using the background step tracking. The best thing about the Pebble Time Round is that you can charge 50% battery life in 20 minutes.
How good is the Pebble Store for lifestyle apps?
The Pebble has a fantastic app ecosystem that includes step-counters, movement reminders like Nag and motivation apps like FitCat. There are hundreds of apps you can download and we’re confident you’ll definitely be able to find something that not only fits your lifestyle goals but is fun to use.
Does the Pebble Time Round track sleep?
Yes. The watch automatically tracks sleep from the moment you get into bed and stop moving excessively. It also tracks when you go into a deep sleep and charts your patterns via graphs over a period of time. A dedicated fitness watch would offer more features and be more accurate but we were impressed with the accuracy of this watch.
I’ve seen negative reviews about the notification vibrations. Is this true?
The vibrations from this smart watch are good. We’re unsure why anyone would consider them weak although they are less obvious than the Fitbit Blaze. If you work with heavy machinery that vibrates or have some other highly active job there is a chance you could miss the vibration but this would be the case with most smart watches.
Can I dictate messages to the watch?
Yes. The Pebble Time Round has a mic for dictating voice replies for text messages and more. The Pebble Store also has a host of apps that can connect to the microphone on the smart watch but there is no speaker. So you can dial phone calls, accept / decline incoming calls but you’ll not be able to have a conversation via the watch.
How splash proof is this watch?
The Pebble Time Round is water resistant only. This means you will be okay washing your hands, getting caught in heavy rain or sweating from working out. As long as you don’t submerge it you should be fine. However we would recommend replacing the leather band with a silicone alternative if you intend to repeatedly dampen. The Pebble Time Round has the same water resistance rating as the Apple Watch.
Where can I find an unboxing video for the watch?
Can I pair the watch with both my phone and car Bluetooth simultaneously?
Yes. The Pebble smart watch automatically pairs with nearby Bluetooth devices when in range. We have had our Pebble Time Round connect with headphones, car, speaker all simultaneously. It’s also automatic, with no set-ups required.
Can I set the it to only accept specific notifications?
Yes. You just need to go to either the iOS or Android Pebble Time companion app. Once in the app you can simply turn off notifications from emails, texts etc. You can also customize further: for instance, the app lets you get email notifications only on weekends or only on weekdays adding more options to when your Pebble Time Round will vibrate and notify.
Does this watch have a heart rate monitor?
No it does not. It can interface with your health app and track sleep and other things but not your heart rate.
What are the main features of the Pebble Time Round?
- The Pebble Time Round is the thinnest and lightest smartwatch in the world
- It includes Pebble Health, a built-in activity and sleep tracker with daily reports and weekly insights
- Full suite of Pebble features, including timeline calendar alerts, notifications, and silent alarms
- Splash resistant so you can live your life like normal
- Battery provides power for up to 2 days, and recharges fast: add a day of power in just 20 minutes
Where can I find a video review for this watch?
What are the main Pros and Cons of this watch?
- At last a Pebble Smart Watch that looks as good as it functions.
- It can connect to both iOS and Android smart phones.
- The smart watch charges incredibly fast.
- Fantastic apps that make this a strong fitness smart watch.
- The device is well built and sturdy making it ideal for life on the move.
- The wearable isn’t waterproof so swimming cannot be tracked.
- There is no built in GPS to map runs and bike rides making the device often reliant on smart phones.
- The Pebble Time Round doesn’t have the same amount of apps as the original Pebble.