As an ambassador for the San Francisco Marathon 2014, I was given a Pebble Smart Watch to use during my training. I was given the color option of white or black. I went with the black, and it arrived neatly packed in a tiny box along with a Quick Start Guide, important product information, and charging cable.
The watch itself is clean and simple in design. As an athletic watch, it is about the same size as the newer Garmins, so its a little bit on the large side for a female wrist. The Pebble has a polycarbonate case and a TPU rubber or silicone watchband. You can choose from a wide selection of watch faces, which can be a lot of fun! You can even switch them up daily if you like.
In preparing for it’s intitial use, the first step was to visit go.getpebble.com from my smart phone and download the app. Second step was to navigate the menus using the Quick Start Guide diagram of the Pebble. Overall, the Pebble was pretty easy to use. There aren’t a lot of buttons to cause confusion, so navigating through the different menu items quick and easy. Third step was to visit help.getpebble.com to learn all about the features, notification setups, apps, FAQs, troubleshooting tips, and customer support.
The Pebble is designed to use with your iPhone or Android via Bluetooth. Once you select the app you want to use, you can turn on your Pebble and connect it to your phone. (Make sure the Bluetooth in on) It allows you to view your app on your wrist without having to take out your phone. If you have notifications turned on, you will receive your texts or see who is calling you. To be clear, you are not able to answer the phone with the Pebble, but you are notified of the incoming call. If you are a runner that uses running apps on your phone, then you will really enjoy this feature.
The Pebble includes a special USB charging cable, which can be connected to a computer or any USB wall charger. The connector is magnetic, so it attaches to the pebble rather easily. Once charged, the batter will last 5-7 days based on the number of alerts you receive as well as apps you have in use.
One of my favorite features is that it is waterproof-rated to 5ATM for both fresh and saltwater, which is 50 meters or about 165 deep. This means you can swim, run in the rain, or take a shower with Pebble on your wrist. After a long sweaty run, I like to wash my hands and Pebble at the same time, so it is fresh and clean for my next run.
As an endurance athlete, it makes it really handy to check my watch rather than having to stop my run to check my smartphone. I find the Pebble to be a pretty cool watch and extremely handy during those long runs.