We pit the premium offering from Pebble against the premium smartwatch from Apple to see how it fares
Apple Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) Apple Watch was launched in September, 2014, with the flagship iPhone 6, amidst a standing ovation and prolonged applause. Apple CEO Tim Cook termed the smartwatch as “a precise timepiece, an intimate way of communicating from the wrist, and a comprehensive health and fitness device”.
Pebble has launched a number of fitness trackers and even non-wrist devices such as Pebble Core, but its Time 2 smartwatch is the premium offering and one that is most suitable to compete against any top dog in the market. So naturally, we decided to put the devices head-to-head to see which one comes out on top.
Starting with the design, both Apple Watch and Pebble Time 2 are premium pieces of equipment to slap on one’s wrist with any and all types of occasion and dressing. Time 2 comes in black, gold, and silver colors on a stainless steel casing. The strap mechanism is quick and easy to replace and the user may swap and change according to his liking with any 22m watchband.
Apple Watch comes in aluminum Sport, stainless steel Watch, and the Gold edition as the three variants, with simple, smooth straps available in blue, green, black, and pink colors. A fingertip-sized button at the bottom of the Watch casing hooks and unhooks the band for easy chop and change.
Time 2 comes with a 1.5-inch 228x200p display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3, that is 50% larger than the original Time, while the Apple Watch comes with a 272x340p display for the 38mm and 312x390p display for the 42mm Watch. As for fitness and health tracking, Time 2 comes with an optical heart rate monitor alongside the accelerometer and Pebble Health integration with the calendar to track the user’s workout schedules and makeup for them in the free time. Apple Watch also includes a fitness tracker that monitors your exercise schedule and makes sure that you fill the rings for an optimal day’s work. It is not specifically a fitness tracker in its true nature, as it only borrows some of the features for the device.
With all the features and flashy casings and bands, the thing with smartwatches is that their batteries are not quite up to the mark especially when compared with the vintage smartwatches that they intend to replace. Look away now, Apple Watch users, as Time 2 is one smartwatch that boasts up to 10 days on a single charge, while Apple’s smartwatch lasts for only around 18 hours on a single charge. The reason for that is the multi-functionality of the Apple Watch, ranging from Music and fitness tracking to making calls and sending text messages right from your wrist. An improvement, however, is one of the top entries on any Apple Watch 2 wishlist.
Pebble Time 2 is available for $169 through Kickstarter and it’ll be later available for $199 at global launch. Apple Watch, on the other hand, is available from $266 for the 38mm and $344 for the 42mm model. So if you are looking for a simple, sleek fitness tracker that tells the time and lives to tell the tale as well, then Pebble Time 2 is your premium choice. But if you are in the market for a premium companion for your iPhone that does all that, then pick up an Apple Watch for yourself in your favorite loop.