Is this real life Poketch worth it?
by, 19th April 2012 at 07:37 AM (4046 Views)
Pebble: E-Paper Watch for iPhone and Android by Pebble Technology
Against all my good judgement I find myself wanting the Pebble watch. At the moment on Kickstarter it has several options ranging from US$115-$125 for just one watch. It's main selling point is that it can connect to an android or ios smartphone via bluetooth and can display notifications, texts (android only as iphone doesn't allow it, maybe jailbroken iphones have a chance?) and change music along with gps display that it uses via the phone. It has vibration, is waterproof and has an accelerometer whih allows for apps to use it in interesting ways.
It has a digital interface! If I could code I would make a pokeball watch design for it. The watch can only display in black and white which allows it to have better readability and have a longer battery life.
I know I must sound like such an advertising consumer whore right now.
But then again, it's one of those things where I'm wondering if it will enrich my life as much as the advertisement says it will. I mean, sure, having a customisable clock face where you can show off your individual taste is fine and dandy. And sure, you'll be able to keep your phone in your backpack and out of your pockets without the fear of missing a text. (Also less radiation!) But, is this something that I truly need? I've lived my life without this device and I've been fine.
There's also the downsides, what if the Pebble apps stop being developed for the future? What if it malfunctions? The battery lasts for seven days which is fairly long for what it is but normal watches can last for years. Is adding something else to the charging ritual worth it? The bluetooth also reduces a phone's battery life by 10% as well.
Ah, who am I kidding, I want it and I want it NOW.
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