Hands on with the Pebble watch

Think your smart watch is pretty slick? Well, think again. The new US$150 Pebble watch flaunts a wide range of fancy skills — and looks gorgeous doing it.

No smart watch is complete without an inscrutable binary watch face for true geek cred, and the Pebble doesn't disappoint.
(Credit: Mark Licea/CNET)

The Pebble watch has finally come out of hiding at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013.

On the surface, the Pebble seems to be your standard smart timepiece. It syncs to phones, either Android or iOS, to display incoming messages and caller information. What sets this device apart, though, are its powerful and flexible software skills and its stunning good looks. For instance, you'll be able to configure the device via the cloud and have custom alerts pushed to the watch. Need to know when it's raining in Perth? No problem. You can also download and swap in fresh watch faces on the fly to keep things current.

Another big draw is its sleek, light (38.2 grams) chassis and attractive design. The Pebble's display (144x168 pixels) also uses E Ink-style LCD technology, which enables you to view it in strong outdoor sunlight.

One of the Pebble's neat tricks is that you can use it to control music playback on your phone via a wireless Bluetooth connection.
(Credit: Brian Bennett/CNET)

When we picked the Pebble up, held it in our hands and strapped it to our wrist, we were hit with its beauty and light weight. Honestly, the gadget feels lighter and smaller than a standard analog watch. And with the ability to run custom apps and software in the future, we bet developers will soon harness the Pebble's built-in accelerometer, ambient light sensor and other high-tech gear in no time.

Want to get your hands on the new Pebble? You'll have to wait until after 23 January, when the watch begins shipping out to its first Kickstarter supporters.

Via CNET.com



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