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[Best Buy] Best Buy - Pebble Smart Watch pre-order $134.99

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[Best Buy] Best Buy - Pebble Smart Watch pre-order $134.99

Best Buy (and Futureshop) started taking pre-orders for the Pebble Smart Watch today for $149.99. Since this is in Best Buy's VIVA store you can apply the $15 off $50 code for signing up to their email list making it $134.99.

This isn't a huge discount but probably the best we'll see in the immediate future. The app support for this has been growing fast and there's a lot of cool stuff you can do with this. Item ships November 18th and is only available in black right now.

http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/peb ... 75215.aspx

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I would rather wear any of my regular watches over this myself. Pretty sure these are doomed as soon as google or one of their partners comes out with something natively running android. It's going to look crazy archaic super fast.
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How does it track pace/distance for running? GPS or Step Counter?
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Good to see this finally coming to our stores.

I've got one from Kickstarter and I prefer it over other smartwatches, mainly because of the 7-8 day battery and the always-on screen. It retains the feel that you're wearing a watch and not just another gadget that you have to plug in every night. I think android-running smartwatches are a little overkill, and it'll be a while before they can match the battery life of the Pebble.
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Busiu wrote: How does it track pace/distance for running? GPS or Step Counter?
No step counter, it takes the information from your phone.
That is why I am sticking to the Force. I was considering switching then read this article http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-34900_7-57 ... martwatch/

I'm going to stick to the Force right now. I would definitely stay with the force if it was 100% going to get call notifications for Androids and not only IOs
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Too bad it's only in black.
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how does this compare with the sony 2nd gen smart watches/
sony had been around longer
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yea if this device had tracking capabilities like kreyos or fitbit, than i would jump on it, but only phone apps would not help since most of the phones cant track your steps...
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Thanks OP just ordered one. Have till January to try it out...
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BinaryJay wrote: I would rather wear any of my regular watches over this myself. Pretty sure these are doomed as soon as google or one of their partners comes out with something natively running android. It's going to look crazy archaic super fast.
Anyone can speculate but everyone except the pebble team has up until now only released mediocre smartwatches at best. And unfortunately the fact is google's track record for hardware isn't exactly impressive (DOA Nexus Q, MIA google glasses and chromecast).

I use the pebble watch on my iPhone and it's pretty great. Notifications, quick replies, calls, messages, emails, fitness apps, weather, calendar and full music control/interface is very useful. They also just recently launched their SDK 2.0 which activated all sorts of new HW/SW goodies and introduced 2 way communication APIs.
I hear Pebble is just as good (or better) with Android but I haven't hooked it up to my Nexus 4 yet (the N4 is not my daily driver).

I recommend reading more on the pebble before making more silly statements... Also, if you didn't already know google's primary Android hardware partner samsung has recently released the galaxy gear and it's a joke compared to the pebble. Other google partners have released equally underwhelming smart watches.

TL/DR - The pebble watch for 135$ is a great deal! Having used it since launch I would easily pay 200$ for this watch.
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Mad.Whack wrote: Anyone can speculate but everyone except the pebble team has up until now only released mediocre smartwatches at best. And unfortunately the fact is google's track record for hardware isn't exactly impressive (DOA Nexus Q, MIA google glasses and chromecast).

I use the pebble watch on my iPhone and it's pretty great. Notifications, quick replies, calls, messages, emails, fitness apps, weather, calendar and full music control/interface is very useful. They also just recently launched their SDK 2.0 which activated all sorts of new HW/SW goodies and introduced 2 way communication APIs.
I hear Pebble is just as good (or better) with Android but I haven't hooked it up to my Nexus 4 yet (the N4 is not my daily driver).

I recommend reading more on the pebble before making more silly statements... Also, if you didn't already know google's primary Android hardware partner samsung has recently released the galaxy gear and it's a joke compared to the pebble. Other google partners have released equally underwhelming smart watches.

TL/DR - The pebble watch for 135$ is a great deal! Having used it since launch I would easily pay 200$ for this watch.
Interesting info, thanks.

Personally, I hear that Google bought out WIMM which supposedly was way ahead of it's time producing a very nice smartwatch ... i'm inclined to wait for the official Google version.

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I don't doubt someone somewhere will eventually release a phenominal gen 2 smart watch that will beat the pebble in more ways than one, it's inevitable really. Though I'm not convinced it will be google; hardware and software are equally huge factors in a successful smart watch imo. Just buying companies doesn't necessarily make you good at it (see Motorola).

I also failed to mention the pebble watch is completely waterproof. I used it all summer biking (often in the rain) and now I'm using it to track laps at the pool. Here are some other uses:
- When I misplace my phone I just play music using the pebble. Embarrassingly this occurs more than I would care to admit but it's a great time saver.
- I use google maps but leave the app (iPhone) in the background, this makes every turn to come in as a push notification that evidently gets to my pebble. It's phenomenal to know you don't need to pay attention to a GPS at all, ever. I don't even bother keeping the gps audio on and instead listen to my music uninterrupted.
- There's a full visual GPS map application on the pebble right now, I haven't tried it but I'm sure someone will find good use of it (see pebblenav in App Store).
- There's are plex and vlc remote apps which means an XBMC remote app can't be far off..

There's loads more (it's nearly 2 am here) but the future is looking good for pebble. I wouldn't be such a huge advocate if this product wasn't so damn useful :D
Part of the fun is discovering new apps and watch faces, http://www.mypebblefaces.com is the database for most pebble watch faces and apps. If you are familiar with reddit reddit.com/r/pebble is my primary source for pebble news.
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I ended up ordering the hot smart watch. I think it's a little better than the pebble watch but it doesn't seem to have as many apps as the pebble watch. http://hotsmartwatch.com/
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rycckor wrote: I ended up ordering the hot smart watch. I think it's a little better than the pebble watch but it doesn't seem to have as many apps as the pebble watch. http://hotsmartwatch.com/
Very easy to put up a shiny website and list features, but not have a product out yet.

Can't wait for my Pebble, apps and customizations look endless, especially with tasker.
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squadz wrote: Very easy to put up a shiny website and list features, but not have a product out yet.

Can't wait for my Pebble, apps and customizations look endless, especially with tasker.
They start shipping Jan 2014. I remember a time when pebble watch was in the same situation. I almost bought in during their kickstarter campaign but decided against it.

On a side note, there are so many smart watches in development at both kickstarter and major electronic companies, the "future" looks bright. I think I may go for a "Agent" smart watch also.
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Very excited for the watch to come, keep reading about everything I can do, and very impressed so far.


As far as I can tell, researching all the models currently out, the Pebble is still the best available. Really curious how the Google version will stack up though, excited to see what they come up with.

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