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Pebble Smartwatch Review

Pebble Smartwatch Review

Pebble stole Kickstarter's heart, eclipsed companies hundreds of times its size at CES, and got many people reconsidering the role of the wristwatch in today's smartphone-saturated world: not bad for a startup already burned once from a failed smartwatch project. After taking more than $10m in crowdfunding, Kickstarter began shipping out its Bluetooth-connected watch late last month, aiming to fulfil nearly 70,000 backer pledges by March, and then move onto $150 preorders after that. So, will Pebble's vocal supporters get some smart bang for their Kickstarter buck? Read on for our full review.

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Good news: Google Glass isn’t just Pebble on your face

Good news: Google Glass isn’t just Pebble on your face

I admit it, I was getting worried. After the original Project Glass concept video promised far, far more than the wearable could deliver, and then the public tidbits from Googlers pointed to little more than a hands-free camera and the occasional email notification, I started to suspect Google had entirely dropped the ball with Glass. Less wearable computer, and more strap-a-Pebble-to-your-face.

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Pebble iOS and Android apps released: Now you just need the smartwatch

Pebble iOS and Android apps released: Now you just need the smartwatch

The Pebble smartphone apps for iOS and Android have both landed in their respective app stores, despite concerns by the smartwatch company that Apple approval delays might mar the day-one experience for iPhone users. The Pebble team announced the potential delay yesterday, alongside news that the first batch of watches was being shipped out to Kickstarter backers; however, in a follow-up message, the start-up confirmed the good news that apps for both platforms had been given the green light.

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Pebble shipping today (in black first); iOS app delayed

Pebble shipping today (in black first); iOS app delayed

Kickstarter star Pebble will begin shipping today, the team behind the smartwatch has confirmed, with the production line currently pumping out 800 to 1,000 units per day, and initially focusing on the black finish. The wirelessly-connected timepiece - which practically stole the show at CES - will eventually be produced at a rate of 2,400 per day, though right now Pebble is busy trying to guide its iOS app through Apple's approvals process, a delay in which means iPhone owners will only have limited functionality at first.

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Pebble smartwatch: CEO Eric Migocovsky talks Kickstarter loyalty and more with SlashGear

Pebble smartwatch: CEO Eric Migocovsky talks Kickstarter loyalty and more with SlashGear

With $10m in the Kickstarter bank and a product shipping in two weeks time, Pebble was arguably the king of the crowdsourcers in 2012. The smartwatch already has us tempted after our hands-on, so we caught up with Pebble CEO Eric Migocovsky to talk lessons-learned from the original InPulse model, the process of growing a company in the public eye, and what's next in the smartwatch's future.

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Pebble smartwatch hands-on [Video]

Pebble smartwatch hands-on [Video]

Pebble's smartwatch begins shipping out to Kickstarter supporters this month, but we've grabbed some early wrist-action at CES today to see what the surprise sensation is all about. It's a surprise how close it is to the original concept shown on the crowd-sourcing site, though our favorite of the color range - the transparent one, which Pebble created for water-resistance testing - won't actually be offered to buyers. Read on for some first impressions.

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Pebble talks developers, apps, watchfaces and future-proofing

Pebble talks developers, apps, watchfaces and future-proofing

The first Pebble developer SDK is already in limited testing, the company has confirmed, allowing coders to create custom watchfaces for the smartwatch. Pebble is paving the way for new features that won't be in the initial feature-set, too; although it uses Bluetooth 2.1 to connect currently, there's actually a Bluetooth 4.0 chip inside for lower-power wireless in the future, and there's an ambient light sensor which developers will also be able to tap into. On the software side, there's If This Then That integration for extra flexibility. Read on for more details.

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