Adventures in Smartwatch Land

Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.
— C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Adventures in Smartwatch Land

I bought my Pebble Time from a friend at work way back in 2017. Ever since then, it has been working flawlessly (over 5 years now!). But with my move from Android to the lovely walled garden that is iOS, I no longer have easy access to the Pebble app (Apple, in it's infinite and perfect wisdom, removed it from the store a few years ago). I've since found a way to sideload the Pebble app on my phone so I can use it again, but it isn't the most convenient solution.

How does the Pebble Time stack up against an Apple Watch series 3 in my view? Here're some quick highlights:

The Apple Watch really did not agree with me. My main pain points with it were:

Pebble had a great personality that uses simple animations and motion to communicate simplicity and authenticity. The animations especially feel smooth and fun to watch while still communicating the information that's intended. Even now in 2022, no company has recreated the magic and simplicity Pebble had with its smartwatches (at least that I know of). Unless something better comes along, I'll still be sticking with my Pebble Time as long as it holds up. Hope to see more watches try to recapture and blaze forward with e-ink technologies soon!