round 1

Pebble on Wednesday announced a new addition to its smartwatch lineup called the Pebble Time Round. As the name suggests, the device sports a round face, and the company is billing it as “the world’s lightest and thinnest smartwatch.”

At 7.5mm thin, with a weight of just 28 grams, this may very well be true, but the size reduction comes at a steep cost: battery life. While Pebble watches are typically known for near-week-long battery life, the Round only lasts about 2 days.

round 3

“It’s the first smartwatch that looks like a classic wristwatch,” Pebble CEO and co-founder Eric Migicovsky said today, “and it furthers our mission to create useful technology that blends into your everyday life, not the other way around.”

In addition to its round, slimmer body, the Time Round offers some other differentiating features over its predecessors such as quick charge, which adds 24 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes, and a new series of quick-switching bands.

Otherwise, the Round is fairly similar to the just-released Time, as it sports an always on e-paper display and Pebble’s Timeline interface. Also, Pebble is releasing an SDK to allow developers to update their apps to support the new circular face.

The Pebble Time Round is compatible with both Android and iPhone, and its announcement comes hot on the heels of Apple’s watchOS 2 release. If you’re interested, the Round is available for pre-order at retailers with a starting price of $249.

  • Jason Baroni

    The device is very good looking, but its software is too childish to me.

    • Jonathan

      I agree. Although it is playful and basic, which I’m sure will attract a certain crowd, it’s still not good enough for the majority. Android Wear, for example, has great graphics and animations, part of the reason I own one now.

      If Pebble made a watch that followed the design language of WatchOS and Android Wear, I feel a much larger audience will be attracted into purchasing the watch. I feel Pebble has a lot of potential, and if they get the UI/UX right, this company will explode.

      • Jason Baroni

        Totally agree, Jony. I hope it won’t take one more year for them to revamp it, like the hardware design. They have the potential, but I wouldn’t take too long.

    • Judge

      Agreed

  • Vince Reedy

    Looks like baby’s first smartwatch, a step above an electronic pet.

    • Judge

      lol

    • That_Fruitarian

      hahahaha…

  • That_Fruitarian

    In my opinion, it looks like poop. Look at the one with the red band… ugh!

  • I might be wrong but my gut tells me that thanks to Apple Watch and Android Wear the Pebble smart watch will die off unless they do something. In my opinion Pebble would be better off ditching their own software in favor of Android Wear because I can’t see developers supporting Apple Watch, Android Wear and Pebble.

    • Judge

      Speak on it

    • Rowan09

      The Pebble might be selling better than Android wear

      • This is why I say it’s a gut feeling. Without numbers to back it up it’s impossible to know for sure. Even if Pebble is selling better than Android Wear though as a company they are nowhere near as big as Google and the several OEMs that are making Android Wear devices.

        I guess what I’m trying to say is I believe that at some point in time the tide will turn. Pebble might have been first on the smart watch bandwagon but their devices lose out in every conceivable way except for battery life. Dropping their own software in favor of Android Wear could potentially make up for the Pebble devices shortcomings.

      • Rowan09

        I don’t think in this case they need to make this move now or in the near future. If they are selling better than Android Wear it wouldn’t make sense giving up control to just join the tons of other Android manufacturers and compete with them.

      • :L

        That’s what Blackberry thought and well… you know the rest.

      • Rowan09

        Blackberry didn’t want to follow the trend. They wanted to stick with keyboards when touchscreen devices without a stylus were the new thing. Even Google changed their plans after the iPhone was released. Blackberry joined the party too late when it was already a two OS race. I don’t see how Pebble needs Google right now. They are already doing well with sales and have a following. Android Wear is still in its infancy and may never actually catch on like Android OS. Sony, LG, etc have Android OS on their smartwatches and they are not selling tons of them.

    • Niclas

      Their software is actually really good. So good that apple copied their time line idea.

  • Guito Mendez

    Now that battery life is out the door, other then price, there is no reason to get the pebble over the Apple watch.

    • That_Fruitarian

      But they are lighter and thinner than other smartwatches. lol, that’s something to consider, yes?

    • Judge

      I am trying out LG G watch on IOS….Main reason is I dont want to update to the new OS on Pebble

    • 5723alex .

      battery life is out the door as well as waterproof.

  • Fanboy 

    $100 more gets you an full color AMOLED screen, touch display with Force Touch, premium material quality, more sensors, great software, full integration with iOS, access to true 3rd party applications and more. Apple Watch FTW 🙂

    • Mike

      Samsung’s new gear S looks pretty sick. Heard it has around 3 days of battery life and I like how it works with the bezel instead of the crown. I feel like the crown needs to be changed.

    • mrgerbik

      a day (14-18 hour heavier usage) of battery life is “superb” ?.. rofl I wonder what would a week be then “supertackfunalicious”?

      • Shinonuke

        It is superb at the amount of things that the Apple Watch is capable of doing. From the amount of applications that it is able to handle (loading time/applications/etc..) for the tiny battery is very good at our current level. It’s efficient. As long as it lasted from morning until bedtime, then I am happy. Mill have it charge while I sleep. I have an iPhone so apple watch make sense. Can’t wait until the Android wear is fully compatible with iOS then I can try out the Samsung gear or the new LG watch.

      • Niclas

        No, it’s shit. Most of the time, when I actually want to do something with my apple watch, it’s battery is low.

        It doesn’t matter what it can do if the battery is out.

      • Shinonuke

        Get it replace.

      • Niclas

        I have apple care+ and went to the apple store.

        “The battery is in mint condition” was the answer. I don’t even wanna think how bad it will be when it has degraded…

        The only way I can see myself being somewhat satisfied with it will be when I have my reserve strap. But after paying $200 extra I probably will be a bit pissed about it still…

      • Shinonuke

        Sorry to hear that. If you were closed by, I would gladly offer $200 for your apple watch with the strap upgrade if it looks good on me, so you can better use your money for something else 🙂

      • Niclas

        I bought it for $600. You can get it for $550. Mint condition…

  • Shinonuke

    Thin is good. The motto 360 was too thick. Simple is good for me, but $249 for this is a little expensive. Yup, I am too cheap

    • Merman123

      For its materials and what it does , it is very expensive.

  • Eikast

    Shows how desperate that they’re getting now. Their main selling point was battery life but with more Android Wear devices coming out with round designs, looks like they’re trying to keep up. I wouldn’t buy a Pebble again but prior to the Apple Watch, I loved my Pebble Steel. Too bad they didn’t go the extra mile with the time, maybe they would’ve survived.

    • Niclas

      I actually liked my steel better than my apple watch…
      This is just an alternative for the fashion models out there, no offense but I don’t think you’re the target of the product.
      The time/time steel is the better alternative otherwise.

  • The device is super cool ! 😀

  • Giulio Mineo

    that’s the kind of smartwatch I want, fairly beautiful and similar to a classic watch with some basic features allowing me to simplify some operations without the need to get my phone out of the poket. After pebble my favourite is Motorola. All the others are too much on something or too less on something else…I think this could become my first smartwatch…

    • That_Fruitarian

      Which smartphone do you own?

  • Lloyd Freese

    I don’t get it. I own and love a Pebble Time but the only reason I went with it is the nearly week long battery life. Without that one selling point I would have just gone with an Apple Watch.

    • Niclas

      It’s just an alternative. The time/time steel is still the better performer.

  • Bugs Bunnay

    Thin is what apple has in mind for the next apple watch.

  • 1d3rboy

    While I love my KS Pebble I believe the price of the new versions will kill their business. As many of mentioned, an extra hundred gets you so much. And I know that $100 is a lot but in this case spending the difference is easily justified (and I am not just speaking to the Apple Watch).

    A lower price point would fill that void of those who don’t need the full features of other smart watches but still satisfy the main need of even having a wearable.

  • deepdvd

    Meh. It’s only has an IPX7 water resistance rating. That and 2 day battery makes it far less appealing than a Pebble Time

  • Joonyaboy

    Will Ferrel could parody this guy

  • TechToch

    those bezzels look shit they didnt learn from the pebble time which looks like a toy

  • Alberto Espinal

    I like it it’s kinda cute

  • notewar

    This is from owner of pebble time kickstarter (used it for 2 months) campaign: Dont get pebble if you had iOS. WHY? Here are my reasons:
    1. limited functionality e.g. cant use mic; pebble cannot browse your iPhone music library until you started to play some music first (you require a companion app to do this). In contrast with pairing andriod device, the pebble get much more notification interaction function whereas the iPhone only get the function to ‘dismiss’ only.

    2. Ugly bezel and it ca get scratch mark very very very easily (remember when the , dimmed screen (too dark regardless with highest back light setting),

    3. Alot of apps require companion app which user needs to install on the iPhone first. Pebble can only run 1 background app at a time. Often time the background would disconnect from the pebble which then require user to re-launch the app again on the iPhone. I am lucky that my phone is jailbroken and had an app that fixes this problem.

    4. Not sure about others but my pebble often misses notification alert.

    There are many more but I couldnt think of it right now. This is just my experience though, others might be different.

  • Jamessmooth

    Wasn’t it Pebble that just recently took out a large loan just to get by? If this is what that money was for then game = over.

  • John

    7.5mm is almost as thick as a phone but i have to wear it all the time. Hmm

  • Jeffrey

    Why does he move so awkwardly

    If awkwardly is even a word…

  • 5723alex .

    At least the watch doesn’t have ‘flat tire’.

  • Himanshu Oberoi

    I don’t why companies like apple, pebble or any tech giant giving importance to thinness rather than focusing on battery life. even though thinness is vulnerable to breakage!