Pebble’s latest crowdfunding success story doesn’t try too hard – reaping the benefits of a focus on functionality – notifications – and battery life.
Beyond notifications, music controls are the key reason to own a smartwatch. Pebble’s universal music remote shows what’s currently playing on the phone – can change the volume – pause – play – and skip tracks. It’s fast – effective – and works great with the iOS Music app – Spotify – Google Play Music – and most others.
Pebble also has more than 6,500 apps in its app store – typically focused on doing one thing well. Highlights include Misfit and Up for health and fitness monitoring – including sleep tracking – Runkeeper and Runtastic for tracking runs – Evernote – some transport and train times apps – Foursquare’s Swarm – and internet of things apps such as Leaf – which is used to control a Nest thermostat – the list is long.
Many of these apps are made by hobbiests and are clean simple and free.