Today Apple announced their quarterly earnings. While doing that they announced the AppleWatch is expected to be released in April. I know there are lots of people excited for the release of the product. From a technology standpoint I’m interested in the watch as well. However I have given this some thought and I think I’ll be sticking with my Pebble Steel.
The main and really only thing I want from a smart watch is the ability to let me know when there is a notification on my phone. I know there are some issues with the the vibration of the Pebble being way too strong. I agree with this sentiment and this is why I turned off the vibration. I find that not having the vibration on is not a problem for seeing notifications when they come on screen. There is one other complaint I see about the Pebble and notifications, there is no way to choose which notifications get sent to the watch. Once again I agree with this complaint and would like to see Pebble have this feature in an update at some point. However it remains to be seen if the AppleWatch will have the granularity people are expecting. As a matter of fact, there have been articles concerned about this very issue. We will know in April if Apple gets this right or not. At this point what is being compared is something we know (Pebble’s functionality) and something we are hoping is the case (Apple’s functionality). When making that kind of comparison the known will lose every time. My guess is that Apple will allow for some granularity of the notifications, but that remains to be seen. At the same time I believe Pebble will add the same functionality if they are allowed.
Another reason I’m going to stick with my Pebble Steel is the price of the AppleWatch. The starting price is $350 and that is for the base product. From what I have seen the base product is just not something I am interested in wearing. I have worn the original Pebble1 and I didn’t like how it looked on my wrist. It looks like the AppleWatch will look similar. Therefore, at the base price it’s not for me and I don’t have an interest in spending even more for a watch.
The final reason why I will be sticking with the Pebble goes back to the functionality issue. Although Apple has taken us lefties into consideration, there is still the issue of how I am going to access it and why I’ll be using it? As I mentioned before, I really just want to see the notifications from my phone. The fact I can send a quick message or even make a call using the watch seems silly. This is the same issue I have with a Android Wear watch. I don’t need nor want to do these things on my watch.
The AppleWatch is an interesting product and as someone who likes technology it will be interesting to see how it is used and received come its release date in April. However I don’t think it will fit into what I want and need from my watch. It is going to be too much.
- I did buy the Steel when it was being offered for $129 and not the current $199 price. ↩