Pebble Time Round vs Apple Watch! (Display, Thickness, Specs, Band Size, Battery Life, Price)

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Today I'll be doing a controversial comparison and feature review: the Pebble Time Round vs the Apple Watch! When looking at battery life, size, price, thickness and the display, which smartwatch will come out on top? Watch my video to find out.

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PARTIAL VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:
Hi, it's HandyAndy Tech Tips here. So the Pebble Time, which was released back in May, is a great smartwatch. It swapped the monochrome screen of the original Pebble for a full colour e-paper display, and included a completely revamped operating system, with the new Timeline feature. But it has been the target of some criticism. For example, many people have called its design toy-like and geeky.

In contrast, the Apple Watch has always been both a smartwatch and a fashion accessory. While a lot of the press attention surrounding it might have more to do with the Apple brand name than with the watch itself, it's still fair to say that the Apple watch has received more positive feedback about its design than either the Pebble Time or the Pebble Time Steel.

But now it seems like everything is about to change. Pebble have just announced the Time Round, which has a round display and
is apparently the thinnest and lightest smartwatch in the world. So what does this mean for the Apple Watch? Let's do a
head-to-head comparison.

Firstly, let's look at the most important feature of any watch - the design! The new Pebble Time has a round case that is just 7.5mm thick and weighs 28 grams. The stainless steel case comes in three finishes: silver, black or rose gold - and it also comes in two sizes, with 20mm and 14mm straps available. The diameter of the watch itself is 38.5mm, which should mean that it's large enough to look impressive, but not so large that it looks out of place on your wrist.

By contrast, the Apple Watch sport - which costs about $100 more than the Pebble Time Round - comes in two models - a 38mm
and a 42mm. It has an aluminium case with your choice of silver or space grey finishes, and the thickness measures in
at 10.5mm, which is 3mm more than the Pebble. Interestingly, even though the Pebble is made of stainless steel, it's roughly
the same weight as the aluminium Apple Watch, which, depending on which model you choose, ranges between 25g and 30g.

So we've looked at the cases, but what about the displays? Well, here's where the two watches really start to differ. The Apple Watch uses a touch sensitive square OLED panel, and the Pebble Time Round has a non-touch sensitive e-paper display
that appears to be round. Now apart from the obvious difference in shape, the actual technology used for the displays is worlds apart. Due to the e-paper, the Pebble can only display 64 colours, while the Apple Watch has theoretically millions to choose from. Of course, the advantage of e-paper smartwatches in the past has been that their battery life is measured in days, not hours, but unfortunately the Pebble has had to compromise on battery size to acheive its ultra-thin chassis. You will need to recharge it every two days, which is still better than the meagre 18-hour battery life of the Apple Watch, but nowhere near the six days of the original Pebble Time steel.

And now we get to a controversial feature of the Pebble Time Round - that bezel. Yep, it's quite large, and you'll either love it or hate it. My personal opinion is that, if it were unfeasible to have a larger screen, Pebble should have made the case smaller. Because let's face it, unlike traditional watches, the bezel on a smartwatch serves no real purpose.

But even with a large border around it, the round Pebble still looks more like a traditional watch than the Apple Watch, and that's a good thing. You'll probably draw less attention to yourself when wearing the Pebble, and the fact that the display is always-on means that it's easier to quickly glance at the time without tapping or shaking your watch.

So in the end, I suppose the choice between these two watches comes down to personal preference. If you have an iPhone,
then the Apple Watch will still offer greater integration with iOS, but it has poor battery life and a relatively high price. Personally, if I had a choice between the $349 Apple Watch Sport and the $249 Pebble Time Round, I'd still choose the Pebble, despite its limitations.

I'm HandyAndy Tech Tips and thanks so much for watching my video! Please subscribe for more tech videos.

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Pebble Time Round vs Apple Watch! (Display, Thickness, Band, Battery Life, Price)