Andrew Ducker (andrewducker) wrote,
Andrew Ducker
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I am excited about my new smartwatch, and I don't even have it yet!

I got an email from Pebble this morning, asking for me to choose which colour I wanted (Black), who I wanted to take care of taxes (them) and whether I wanted it to arrive two days early for an extra £17 (No).

And, hopefully, I will have a shiny new colour smartwatch in my hands during May.

I've been really happy with my current one. From the obvious things like "Having my wrist tell me when new emails arrive" to little things like "My phone unlocks automatically when I get close to it" to things I really didn't think about "My wrist buzzes to tell me when I've forgotten my phone when I head off to a meeting."

About the only thing I'd like to see improved on it is the battery life - five days isn't bad, but it's still frustrating to have to charge it more than once per week.

The new one looks like a nice step up - colour is a nice-to-have, the new UI looks like it will work well, and it looks like it will enable a whole load of new apps. And they allow custom watch straps which will be able to have functionality built into them and communicate with the watch.

It's probably the most exciting piece of tech I'm going to get this year. (Unless Valve/HTC launch their VR headset. Or Microsoft launches the Hololens. And even then I'll probably hold off unless the games/applications are there to make them truly irresistible.)



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