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Pebble smartwatch - £39.99 prime delivered @ Amazon
Pebble smartwatch - £39.99 prime delivered @ Amazon

Pebble smartwatch - £39.99 prime delivered @ Amazon

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was looking for the black one, come cross the pink one @39.99, the cheapest I can find.

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the shape of things to come sadly, now that it's dead technology thanks to fitbit.

well worth the price if you want to take a chance that pebble will find a good enough way to allow the watches to continue to function

no guarantee as pebble have gone bump

ppoze

no guarantee as pebble have gone bump



Not bump, hostile buyout and forced closure.

Gentle_Giant

Not bump, hostile buyout and forced closure.



it wasn't really "hostile" though was it ?

pebble had made it very clear they'd run out of money, so fitbit saw an opportunity to expand and add the pebble team's skillset to their company, as well as buying the rights to the code and intellectual property behind the watches - just not the hardware.

pebble claim they're looking to make the watches more standalone so that the ongoing support and development can be taken over by the developer 'community' so i hope that's the case. i know in the early days you could download the apps as ".pbw" files and sideload them on to the watch manually so i imagine this'll be what they'll look at again.
Edited by: "HankHandsome" 10th Dec 2016

i bought pebble 2 direct from them and having issues with it, they strung me along for a month and then sent me an email to say they had basically gone bump and warranty was invalid now.

Buying a Pebble right now is bonkers. The company have openly said there will be no support or warranty. There is also no Pebble services i.e. no servers to install apps from.

I'd you are like me and use your Pebble for telling the time and notifications. Then they are still a good shout. Especially as it lasts about a week between charges.

which pebble is the better paperweight?

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Pebbles are not going to just stop working. They still do their primary job of showing notifications and they will continue to until somebody else steps in to keep things going as a community effort (which is in the pipeline).

Pebble turned down a fantastic buyout offer from Citizen a while back, then ran out of cash and shut down. Fitbit picked up the IP for the software and took on a few of the key staff.

Buying a Pebble is a bit of a punt, as it may or not work out long term but at this price I think it's OK as the thing will still be useful as a notification device - to the end of its useful battery life.

androoski

Pebbles are not going to just stop working. They still do their primary … Pebbles are not going to just stop working. They still do their primary job of showing notifications and they will continue to until somebody else steps in to keep things going as a community effort (which is in the pipeline).Pebble turned down a fantastic buyout offer from Citizen a while back, then ran out of cash and shut down. Fitbit picked up the IP for the software and took on a few of the key staff.Buying a Pebble is a bit of a punt, as it may or not work out long term but at this price I think it's OK as the thing will still be useful as a notification device - to the end of its useful battery life.



The primary use I get out of my Time isn't dependent on apps and the timeline - I do use it as a notifiction device and, mainly, to control the music player on my iPhone so i guess in that respect I won't suffer as much as many others will.

But it would be a rather large PR disaster if they suddenly decided to brick all existing pebbles - it would create a lot of bad feeling towards fitbit which they wouldn't want.



Oneday77

I'd you are like me and use your Pebble for telling the time and … I'd you are like me and use your Pebble for telling the time and notifications. Then they are still a good shout. Especially as it lasts about a week between charges.



But who knows what's going to happen - e.g. if the app never gets updated, is it going to be compatible with the next version of your OS? What if it gets pulled from the store? They say they'll try to make them more standalone or self-sufficient but honestly I don't believe that. I think they'll just down tools and walk away. Fitbit certainly aren't going to allow their newly acquired capabilities to continue to develop a dead product that they didn't even purchase, and Pebble has no assets left, and a ton of liabilities, so who's even going to keep working for them? They're not even refunding people who paid for items and haven't received them (and now, never will) until possibly March.

Sorry, as the owner of a Pebble Time Steel, buying a Pebble now is riskier than buying some no-name tech from GearBest. I too only use my Pebble for telling the time and notifications (mostly to avoid having to keep getting my phone out at work), I'm now looking at hybrid smartwatches i.e. normal watches with a notification feature, like the Fossil Q line (which runs off a normal button battery that lasts 6 months, apparently). Not really interested in the apps or fancy watchfaces. I don't want to risk getting another watch that only works as long as someone supports it.

Muir

[quote=Oneday77] I don't want to risk getting another watch that only … [quote=Oneday77] I don't want to risk getting another watch that only works as long as someone supports it.



This is a good point, but the watch will only last as long as the battery can still be charged anyway. These are limited life throwaway devices.

androoski

This is a good point, but the watch will only last as long as the battery … This is a good point, but the watch will only last as long as the battery can still be charged anyway. These are limited life throwaway devices.



I agree as far as the device itself is concerned, but at least from my perspective, I don't want to be part of a dying ecosystem. I have an Android phone that's probably good for another couple years at least, but if Google said that they were going to stop developing Android, I'd absolutely look to move away now rather than waste time customising it, changing apps etc. and still have to ditch it later. I'd rather bite the bullet and spend the time getting used to something that has a future. I liked Pebble a lot, and when my PTS kicked the bucket in a few years, my feeling was it would take another manufacturer to come up with something very special for me not to just get the new Pebble at that time. If I'm not going to have that option, I don't really see a point in continuing to integrate it with my life, knowing that at some point I'll have to replace it, and also at a time not of my choosing.
Edited by: "Muir" 10th Dec 2016

I dont see the point moving just yet from pebble until i need a new android os or phone.
Nougat hasnt been out that long and pebble is compatible so no rush yet.

The Pebble is different to other smartwatches and so I will take my time looking for a replacement but there is no panic yet.

Besides i am thinking about getting a backup pebble time steel just in case I have premature battery death.
Had my time steel for a year and no sign yet

trott3r

I dont see the point moving just yet from pebble until i need a new … I dont see the point moving just yet from pebble until i need a new android os or phone.Nougat hasnt been out that long and pebble is compatible so no rush yet.The Pebble is different to other smartwatches and so I will take my time looking for a replacement but there is no panic yet.



Well put. The existing watches aren't just going to suddenly stop working. It's going to be at least a few months before any concrete plans are actually revealed.

I'm certainly going to keep an eye on the pricing of the times going forward because i think it'll certainly be worth considering a second one to have a spare battery.
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