Pebble Time Round Review – A Slimmer, Lighter Smartwatch With Some Tradeoffs

The Pebble Time Round has a thin, comfortable design with a sharp construction. There is an “always-on screen” feature, a voice-dictation support for apps, and can work well for iPhone and Android smartphones. It even has a clever at-a-glance timeline feature. However, not everything about the Time Round is full of rainbows and daisies; users have to deal with a shorter battery life as compared to the company’s other smartwatches. Also, it’s not water resistant, which many would wonder considering its price tag. The clincher comes with this watch not being able to support other Pebble apps and watch faces.

Pebble Time Round Review - A Slimmer, Lighter Smartwatch With Some Tradeoffs

With the Pebble Time Round, You Get a Refreshing, But Flawed, Device

When you take your first glance at the Pebble Time Round, you will immediately find that it is seriously thin. It’s so thin and light that you may even forget that you’re wearing it. It is so comfortable to wear that it practically feels that it’s not there.

There is a stainless steel body on the Time Round and a slightly domed anti-glare Gorilla-Glass covered display. This makes for a study watch face that is durable and great looking. The leather band can easily be popped off with an easy-release mechanism if you want to replace that with other standard 20-millimeter bands on the market. Pebble says that this is the slimmest and lightest smartwatch in existence, well, until something else comes along and beats it.

Regardless of the display, this watch seems to have too much bezel. The reflective color display (which is the same as the Pebble Time and Time Steel) is now circular. But this time, it feels dwarfed in the middle due to, again, the large bezel. There are some watch faces that will balance out that humongous bezel, but others just make it look weird.

The software found on this smartwatch is simple and functional. You can even call it an elegant surprise. Notifications from the phone will pop up and stay there until it is dismissed from your phone. You can even jump straight into timeline mode. In this mode, you will be shown upcoming appointments and notes, just like a planner would. The apps can then be run from a side menu, which the Pebble app store has a lot of free apps to choose from.

The Pebble Time Round is a great, clean performer in the smartwatch sector as it is thinner and lighter than other smartwatches from the company. However, due to its more minimalistic design, battery life and some app support has been sacrificed.


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