I got a Pebble

For my recent birthday, I ordered myself a Pebble through Ubuntu's Amazon lens.

My Pebble, using the Simplicity++ watchface. It uses the Ubuntu font!

Overall, it is quite nice. At first, I didn't know how to turn it on, but a quick Google search revealed that I only needed to hold any button down for longer than three seconds. After that, it was pretty much smooth sailing.

The Pebble app for Android is easy to use, if a bit slow and glitchy at times. I was able to locate some nifty stuff through it for checking battery (something which the Pebble apparently does not come with by default), looking at a calendar and weather, and some timers. I also got a Magic: The Gathering life counter on there, since it seemed more convenient than using a phone app and I have been trying to get into it more lately.

The coolest feature in my opinion is the ability to turn on the backlight by just shaking your wrist. Using the buttons on the side works too if you don't feel like swinging your wrist all over the place.

My only major gripe about this watch is how app launching is handled. To launch a watch app, you must click the middle button on the right side to open your settings screen, then click all the way down until you reach the apps below the settings. I wish there was a way to move the apps on top, but I guess it's not a big deal.

All in all, I'm very happy with my new gadget.


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