Anonymous asked:

So what you think about Pebble Steel? But i think they should make screen bigger rather limited themselves from the black border around it and they should remove pebble logo on it or move it to clasp. But they just follow other who did this like TAG Heuer, Omega, i could go on and they could make themselves different rather than follow other who already did this for over past century. so what you think?

I’m a fan of the original Pebble (I have an orange one), but I’m not so sure about the Steel. While the stated emphasis is on elegance and quality, it simply doesn’t look that great to my eye. Of course, that’s only me seeing it from afar in the pictures from CES. But I’d be shocked if I liked the look and feel of the Steel in person.

I still don’t really understand why all these companies are insisting on making wearables that look exactly like watches. I mean, I get it, of course. But I think it’s short-sighted. I think the first such device that is really successful won’t look anything like a standard watch. The only thing it will have in common is that it’s worn on your wrist.

These are tiny computers, they’re not watches. They’re not for telling time. That’s just one app. See also: the iPhone.

Darrell Etherington:

Pebble’s creators didn’t just make a functional smartwatch when they designed their device, they packed it with a lot of potential for the future, too. Much of that potential has lain dormant while Pebble focused on ramping up production and building an enthusiastic community of dedicated independent developers, but today, the startup is activating some more of its smartwatch’s superpowers, and laying the groundwork of the next generation of Pebble apps.

I’ve had my Pebble for a few months now. I like it as more of a proof-of-concept for a smart wearable, but don’t love it. Mainly, it has been nice to have a watch that shows you your text messages without having to pull out your phone dozens of times a day. 

But I do love that Pebble keeps iterating and adding functionality to the base layer. In particular, the ability to check in to a venue on Foursquare right from the device sounds intriguing — especially if you then got a push notification back to the device telling you what to try there.

Still, I’m more than a little worried about push notification overload. There needs to be more granular controls for exactly which types of notifications you want sent to your wrist (it won’t be the same as the phone).

Vlad Savov on the new Samsung Galaxy Gear:

There are a couple of significant downsides that temper my enthusiasm for the new Gear. First and foremost is the speed and intuitiveness of the user interface — or rather, the lack thereof. There’s a tangible lag to anything you do with the Gear, while the swipe gestures are hard to figure out and do different things depending on where you are in the menus. Additionally, the speaker built into the buckle is too quiet and makes the old sci-fi action of conducting a phone call via your watch a possibility only in quiet areas; it also doesn’t play back any music, it just controls output on your connected device. Most of all, however, I find it hard to justify spending the $299 asking price on an accessory like the Galaxy Gear. It’s too dependent on its parent device for functionality — which will cost you a fair amount too — and, like all other smartwatches, fails to truly live up to the “smart” part of its name.

Where to begin…