At $250, the newest addition to the Time family goes for style (and bezels) rather than record-setting battery life or robustness.
Didn’t you find it ironic that the wearable pioneer was one of the very few market protagonists to ignore a key trend started last year, and escalated thus far in 2015? We’re talking, of course, about the circular current, adopted by Motorola, LG, Huawei and Samsung, among others, but not Pebble, the designers of the awkward, rectangular Time and Time Steel.
Well, now the Time Round is also official, seemingly confirming the old saying. Be careful what you wish for, boys and girls, as a massive bezel surrounds this bad boy’s color e-paper display, likely breaking the deal for many fashionistas out there.
That’s too bad, given Pebble’s engineers pulled off an otherwise beautiful wrist-worn contraption, which resembles a classic, “dumb” watch for a change, and incredibly enough, tips the scales at 28 grams, measuring an almost anorexic 7.5 mm thick.
The device manufacturer claims this is the thinnest and lightest smartwatch in the world, and you better believe it, with an Apple Watch Sport, for instance, weighing in at 62 grams, and the second-gen Moto 360 sizing up at around 11 mm in depth.
Entirely made of metal as far as the case goes, and currently only paired with leather straps, the Time Round clearly looks tougher than the plastic-constructed standard Time, but not quite as muscular as the Time Steel. It’s not safe for swims and general water immersion either, though at least it’s splash-proof, and therefore usable on rainy days.
Another big tradeoff concerns a fundamental selling point for Pebbles, namely battery life, downgraded from over a week on the Time and Time Steel to just a couple of days here. Everything else stays the same, begging the obvious question: is a slimmer, sleeker body, alongside a circular screen worth the compromises, and $249 price tag? If you think so, go ahead and book the Time Round before actual shipments are underway, in early November.