Yesterday, I was totally on board with buying an Apple Watch when it was released.
Today, the Pebble Time launched on Kickstarter. I had to reevaluate my situation.
I’m a runner without a watch, and I’m hoping to run in a lot of races this year, so I knew I was in the market for a smart watch to help me keep a good running pace.
Yesterday, I was set on getting the Apple watch for a few reasons.
- I have owned an iPhone since January 2009, a MacBook Pro since June 2009, and have upgraded both recently to a iPhone 6 and the current MacBook Pro. I love my Apple products and love what is happening with continuity.
- As a runner, the heart rate monitor on the Apple Watch was a big plus.
- Apple Pay from my wrist sounded handy, but not a daily use feature.
- The price wasn’t too prohibitive at $349, since I was likely getting a sport version.
The Apple Watch isn’t perfect, though.
- Battery life seems to be in the range of 0.3 to 1 day, depending on use.
- The thickness is estimated around 12 mm, which is a bit larger than I’d like.
- Apple watch is water resistant, not water proof.
I know a few people with a Pebble, and they love it. Here are the pros of Pebble.
- The battery lasts for 7 days.
- The screen is easy to read
- The community is very strong. There are lots of apps that support Pebble, and it will likely grow over time.
- It’s water proof!
There is no perfect smart watch. Everything is a compromise. I’m going to miss the touch screen on the Apple Watch, but I can see myself also not missing it. Apple Watch has no slide to unlock gesture, or Touch ID, to prevent accidental input. I’ll miss the tight integration with my iPhone.
I won’t miss charging it every night, though.