New Pebble Smartwatches Combine Affordability with Great Design

Pebble, the smartwatch maker which effectively kicked off the wearable trend in recent times is back with the successors to its original Pebble and Pebble Time watches with the new Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2.

While the focus of the original Pebble was on offering a usable device with a nerdy design, the new watches put emphasis on health, both coming with heart-rate sensors.

The Pebble 2 is the successor the original Pebble, now coming with a black-and-white e-paper display with Gorilla Glass 2 on top. It finally has a microphone built-in, as well as a 7-day battery life.

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Pebble 2

The Pebble Time 2 on the other hand comes with a steel design with smaller bezels, a color display (with about half more viewing area), scratch-resistant glass and water-proofing for up to 30 meters. It also comes with a built-in microphone as well as the new heart-rate sensor for fitness tracking with up to a 10 day battery. Quite impressive, that last bit.

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Pebble Time 2

The new smartwatches also feature a new shortcut to access most-commonly used features, called Actions. These core actions, such as viewing the weather, calling an Uber cab, etc. can be accessed via the top button, rather than navigating through them all the time.

Pricing for the Pebble 2 and the Pebble Time 2 is set at $99 (approx. Rs 11,000) and $169 (approx. Rs. 18,000) respectively, if you back the Kickstarter campaign. Add $30 (3000 Rs approx.) to both if you don’t. The watches aren’t the fanciest of gadgets around, lacking even a touchscreen. But for getting the job done they are among the simplest of solutions around.

Pebble is one of those companies which has been feeling heat ever since Apple joined the fray with its not-so-critically acclaimed, but quite much popularly welcomed Watch. With its successor now said to be arriving soon, possibly at the WWDC conference next month, it will be interesting to see how Pebble handles the competition from there.

Image Credits: Official Pebble Press Shots