A co-worker showed me his Pebble watch last week. He’s using it with his Galaxy 3 phone. Overall, he’s pretty happy with it and hasn’t had any issues. I’ve been watching the reviews and it seems that they’re a hit with some and others (especially iOS users) who seem to have issues with the Bluetooth service losing connection.
With a quick check on-line at Best Buy Chula Vista, I confirmed they have the Red and Black models in stock. At $149, what the heck, I’ll give it a try. Well, 40-minutes later, I’m back at home, box opened and the device getting a charge. A quick review of the included manual and I start the setup process.
After 45-minutes of trying to configure the watch, I’m already very frustrated. The screen goes blank (just a white display), the buttons are not responding and I get weird screen display like its stuck between menus. Okay, maybe it needs a full charge. After 5-hours of charging, I reset the watch back to factory setting (5 minutes to just get the menus to respond), I try again and again with the same failed results. Upon checking the trouble shooting tips on-line, each of the issues described in their document, I’m having each one of them.
Back to Best Buy it goes. I so wanted this to work. Guess I’ll just have to wait for the iWatch from Apple… assuming the rumors are true.
UPDATE: While returning the Pebble Watch to Best Buy, I had the chance to ask the clerk about other returns. Yep — plenty of them. All with various complaints of screen and button issues. Sounds like someone has production or software issues.