A start-up company based in Redwood City, California, Pebble has done it again and this time they've come up with not 1, not 2 but 3 new wearables - Pebble 2, Pebble Time 2 & Pebble Core.
Being one of the first few Kickstarter backers for the first Pebble around 2 years ago and also an owner of the Pebble Steel, I'll be looking forward to get my hands on the any of these...especially the Pebble Time 2.
Both the new Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2 has some new aesthetic improvements but the most notable feature is the heart rate sensor. This will be a feature which will be included in all future Pebble watches. The way I see it, this is a smart move by Pebble to include the heart rate sensor because they are so many users out there who are constantly on the go and wanting to keep track of their activities and with these two new wearables, they can look good while going about with their daily activities.
The new Pebble 2 smartwatch is thinner and lighter than the original Pebble and it has the same black & white e-paper display. Only difference is that this one comes with a Corning Gorilla Glass coating instead of the plastic coating on the previous Pebble. Another addition to the new Pebble smartwatches, they also come with built-in microphone, something the original Pebble didn't have.
The Pebble Time 2 is made of steel and has a noticeably smaller bezel than the previous watch, which means its color display has more than 50 percent more viewing area. Another plus point is that both smartwatches are water-resistant up to 30 meters so you don't have to worry if you happen to get it wet or better yet, taking a dip in the pool. The one thing I love about the Pebble smartwatches is that the battery life last the longest compared to all those other smartwatches out there - 1 week for the Pebble 2 and 10 days for the Pebble Time 2. At least you don't have to charge your smartwatch once a day or some even twice a day (depending on usage).
Pebble Core is the company's first-ever non-smartwatch. It's an Android-powered wearable designed for runners with built-in GPS so you can track your runs and what makes this little device even more interesting, it also has a built-in 3G modem which allows you to stream your music via Spotify. You will need a SIM card if you want to stream your music via Spotify and that only works with Spotify Premium.
The built-in 3G modem can be used to send emergency SOS notifications if you’re in trouble and it has WiFi which you can sync with your running stats apps like Runkeeper, Strava, MapMyRun, Google Fit and Under Armour. There's also a 3.5mm headset jack for earbuds and it also has Bluetooth if you prefer to go wireless. There is a magnetic clip on the back which can be clipped on to your shirt or your pocket.
With a 4GB storage space, the Pebble Core still function perfectly without a SIM card and although you won’t be able to stream your music, with WiFi on-board, you will have ample of music files for your listening pleasure during your long-hour workout session.