3 months back I reviewed the Pebble Time smart watch on this blog. While the watch performed splendidly in terms of smart watch functions and battery life, I thought it lacked a native health and fitness app support and had to rely on 3rd party apps from companies such as Misfit and Jawbone. Few days back, Pebble announced 2 new updates one of which is the new Pebble Health for nearly all of the smart watches under its stable save for the original Pebble Classic and the Pebble Steel.
The new Pebble Health is created in partnership with Stanford Wearables Health lab and one of the key features is that daily activity levels are tracked automatically for both steps and sleep; no buttons to press in order to commence and end tracking.
When it comes to hitting your step count goals, the Pebble Health platform pits you against your personal average, similar to what the Garmin Connect platform does. This might appeal to some and not so much to others.
At the end of the day, view your step count and sleep at a glance easily on the Pebble watch itself. The good news is that the captured data on the Pebble Health platform is fully compatible with both Google Fit and Apple Health which opens up a whole plethora of possibilities in terms of daily activity tracking.
The Pebble Time, Pebble Time Steel and Pebble Time Round have been on the market for barely 3 months and are regular showings on buying guides for smart watches. While the number of available apps pale in comparison to Apple Watch OS and Android Wear, it is still a force to be reckoned with and continues to appeal to those who are tired of overpriced smart watches with pathetic battery life. This new Pebble Health platform will no doubt inject new life into the Pebble line of watches. Now if they only had heart rate monitoring and GPS. Oh well.