Of course, then you'd be carrying an extra cable, but that might fit with those in Pebble's target demographic (in a bag along with your tablet/laptop and such)
Count me as reformed; I fell in love with the Pebble quickly. Now I won't try to tell anyone that it is a do-all device but it has done two things for me.
A. Having notifications pop up on your wrist... priceless. I get email and texts constantly and when I am working on-site I don't have to keep pulling out my phone. I can assess quickly if it's something I need to take time to deal with. I now wonder how I did without this.
B. It has convinced me that this is going to be a very big thing in the future. I find I constantly want the Pebble to do more... like the Galaxy Gear does. I'm not advocating the Gear specifically, but I am saying that having a Pebble has convinced me that this is a mobile device interface (wrist mounted) I want to see mature and that I will be making a standard device type for me.
I mean if notifications are the primary feature (being connected 24x7 etc), isn't that the purpose of a smartphone after all? Why bring yet another device into the fray when it admittedly is a one-trick pony at this point of time?
My job is to give people I'm in conversation with my full attention. Getting texts or whatever used to completely destroy my ability to concentrate, and they are almost always useless — but not completely, preventing me from turning them off. With my Pebble, I can casually stretch and glance at my wrist to make sure that the house isn't on fire, and my client has no idea.
Likewise, I've never had a phone that vibrated strongly enough to get my attention when walking or biking. This is usually when all of the important calls would come in. Now the problem is solved.
Is it revolutionary? Will it change your life? No, I don't share the same rosy view as the parent commenter. But I do find it handy, my phone stays in the bag most of the time, and I don't have to dig for it to find out that I need to pick up milk on the way home.
Also, I had an app which forwarded all phone notifications to the Pebble and it certainly helps you realise just how spammy the phone is. But it was useful for capturing things like bank app alerts, TripIt, Google Now, etc.
When I am home I can also walk around the house and get alerts without having my phone on me which was also a surprise use case I hadn't expected.
I wrote about the sheer number of smart watches coming out, here: http://hackertourism.com/watches
You should return it. Mine is never less than 5 days.
I've been able to get some of the apps to worth, but there is clearly still some slight hacking needed, which makes the whole thing more of a project than a product to me.
That being said, I commend their efforts in getting the technology out there after years of talking about smart watches, especially on an open platform for developers.
I'll continue to support it, use it, and hack on it, but is it the ipod of mp3 players for watches? Probably not, but I'm tired of waiting around for the big boys. Stop suing each other over patents and innovate for gods sake.
As a whole, I think smart watches will eventually be quite common. There are clear advantages for: notifications, calendar viewing, remote controls, music, health/fitness monitoring, timers, siri integration. That said, Pebble has a ton of work left to before they have decent support for these things. It is impressive how well it works considering, but they need to step up their game fast or someone (Apple) is going to crush them.
If you don't have a practical use for a smartwatch as with the above examples then it might not be useful for you. Not everyone needs a multi-meter or a torque wrench either, they are tools for jobs and not necessarily universally needed.
Working from home (software dev) I will often leave my phone on my desk, before I got my pebble I would often glance at my phone after coming back into the room, just to see if I missed anything.
Since I have gotten my Pebble I have noticed myself doing this less and less, because I know what notifications I have received because they are right there on my wrist.
I admit there is more I would like from my pebble as far as functionality, initial outgoing emails/hangouts via voice dictation would be nice. That being said the Pebble in its current iteration has proven itself useful for me.
There is literally nothing that has an advantage over it for me. Status and cost mean nothing.
I think the smart watch is purely an example of conspicuous consumption, nothing more.
In case you are like me and didn't immediately get the reference:
Folks find utility in owning a Pebble, and as an extension, in how they choose to integrate tech into their lives. Do you want to be the guy in the recent xkcd cartoon?
Are these features for everyone? Probably not. But it seems closed minded to reduce the purchase of what is in actuality a pretty cool device to "purely conspicuous consumption".
Going back to my airport example, I generally put my phone in my computer bag when traveling to avoid accidentally losing it. This is a case where not having to pull out the phone right away is extremely useful.
Other activities that benefit from not taking out the phone: grocery shopping, shoveling snow, working out, cycling, riding public transportation, cooking, and I could keep going.
Constant distraction is another conversation altogether, but I generally don't find this to be an issue by configuring my notifications to only show things I probably need to know about right away.
Why are you commenting on this thread beyond sharing your initial negative opinion here?
To put in Monty Python terms, "Are you here for an argument?".
Also, what if you get a phone call when your phone is downstairs and you are upstairs?
You would once have been called a materialist for owning your own set of cookingware, I think, but you'd hardly want to live without one now, would you? And you wouldn't call someone who buys a brand new set of kitchen knives "conspicuous".
I don't find much value in the Pebble so I don't buy it, but I definitely see a time when I'll want one of its kin. I'd pay to have data on my glucose level, heart rate, blood pressure etc available to me and me only, i.e. not sent to a central server.
But anyway, time will tell.
The pebble demands your attention. That is all. It does nothing that something else doesn't do already, costs a chunk of money, needs constant feeding and attention. At least a smartphone was a consolidation of communication and entertainment devices. This is a portable distraction. A poor one at that.
Do you think it's healthy to constantly stare at your heat rate, glucose level and blood pressure and micromanage every parameter of your life?
Also in a decade, you will pay a subscription fee for that data from the central provider that your watch talks to. That model is established already plus it will probably be linked to your health insurance profile as well by then. You'll wear one to keep your premium down...
Almost everyone I've heard from -- in person and online -- that has had a Pebble or similar smartwatch has said that getting notifications on it reduced their gadget-focussed attention compared to having only a smartphone, and cited that as the primary benefit.
So, while I think it could be, for some people, a new distraction, I don't think that's generally the case, and is, in fact, the opposite of what it normally is and what is motivating people to buy it.
I don't see how wearing a watch that gathers biometrics would be unhealthy. A small bracelet without any display would be fine with me. At the moment, I don't need this - I'm in my prime. But once I get older, I might benefit from having a small buzz on my wrist alerting me that I'm working too hard mowing the lawn, or whatever.
I'm also against a model such as the one you describe, like I have made clear in my post.
I've literally flicked through thousands of them and found maybe 2 or 3 that didn't look completely awful. Do people seriously like watches where the manufacturer's name and various bits of other assorted useless text take up half the face?
I think the smart phone is purely an example of conspicuous consumption, nothing more.
Ideally, most of the functionality of a smartphone will be realized in a watch/bracelet. Then, you could just access your data using various cheap dumb-terminals (e.g. tablets and phones). And, by "cheap", I mostly mean something that you could afford to lose since it wouldn't need to have a large cache of your data to be useful.
In other words, we're still keeping the consolidation, just moving it to a different place.
Saying status does not matter is of course an attempt to signal high status. No one's out of the status game.
Obviously this is the killer feature of it.
It was quite alarming as the temperature outside crawled down into negative degrees Celsius and I'm pleased to see it climb back into small positive integers today.
The most positive is of course the notifications: I leave my phone at a desk when I'm at work, far and away from me and still get all the notifications in the world, never missing a phone call.
or you could use one of those apps that track whether you're in REM sleep or not and wake you up when most appropriate..