Pebble introduced their upcoming new watch, the “Pebble Time” this morning, and like their first version they’re using Kickstarter to get people’s attention, and money!
50 minutes after starting the Kickstarter campaign for the new watch, it already had raised over 1 million dollars. At the time of writing this article it now sits at over 5.3 millions! Making it the fastest Kickstarter launch ever.
Why is it so popular?
The Pebble watch has one thing that all the others don’t have… Long battery life!
I wear mine everyday, and love the fact that I don’t have to worry about charging it all the time. I also have a Samsung Gear watch that I don’t wear very often because of that fact.
Granted the original Pebble watch is not the best looking thing out there, but at $99 it’s inexpensive enough for me not to worry about damaging it, which is why I wear it so much.
From what I can tell, the new Pebble Time watch will have the same battery life, but will include a e-paper colour screen and a microphone.
The new watch is also 20% thinner, and the casing has been redesigned to look more like a rounded square.
If you want to get one, you can go to their Kickstarter page and get it for $179 shipping in May 2015. But do it fast, because time is running out, even if it was just lauched this morning. After that, the Pebble Time will retail for $199.
What makes my original Pebble so great, is it’s simplicity and the low price.
This new one seems to have everything I love about the original: battery life, waterproof, etc…
The added cost for the colour screen and added microphone raises the price to double that of the original Pebble. But I have to say that the new interface looks cool especially with the upgraded colour screen
At $199 dollars, the new Pebble Time is getting close to a crowded area of the smartwatch market and will face more competition.
What do you think? Are the new look, colour screen and microphone worth double the price of the original Pebble?
If you want more information go to the Kickstarter page here.
Also check out their promo video: