In May of last year, Pebble got more than its $100,000 Kickstarter funding goal. Lots more. In fact, it got a little more than $10 million in funding. Amazing, right? One could almost say it can be the poster boy for the crowdfunding platform.
A year or so down the road, the e-paper watch has hit the market. For a “mere” $150, you get a
not-so-smart smartwatch, which does not look all that bad, actually. One thing that might turn you off, though, is the fact that AT&T is Pebble’s exclusive carrier. I say might, because you can always get the Pebble via the web site or Best Buy. Right now, though the web site only offers pre-orders.
In any case, current AT&T customers can easily get their hands on the Pebble by visiting select retail stores. This month, more retail stores are supposed to carry the smartwatch.
If you want my honest opinion, I say hold off on getting the Pebble. Why do I say this?
I got a Pebble about a month ago, and I never got around to using it. We did test it, but after a couple of days, it just didn’t really add much value to the workflow/tech experience. Sure, it gives you notifications so you see if you have text messages, Facebook messages, and so on. It does have nice set of time display options, too! At the end of the day, though, I think that it’s still more efficient to just check your phone, where you can actually reply and read messages in full. The additional layer of notifications just doesn’t work for me. But that’s my personal opinion.
So, if you really want a Pebble, there’s nothing stopping you really. Unless you don’t deal with AT&T on principle.
Another alternative: hit me up. I have a Pebble that’s been used for 3 days or so that’s sitting in its box.
[Image via Pebble]