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The Apple Watch gets all of the attention, press and adoration, but believe it or not, there are other smartwatches available on the market that can do most of the stuff the Apple Watch can do (and in some cases even more) at a fraction of the price. One of those alternatives is the Pebble Time Smartwatch. As a wearable, Pebble Time is one of the more balanced across the functionality spectrum, giving users the ability to do a little bit of a lot of different features that other wearables are solely built around.

With up to 7 days of battery life, this is a convenient smartwatch to just slap on and let it do its business, without having to worry it’ll give out on you when you really need it. Pebble Time’s crowning achievement is its timeline interface, which allows you to scroll through calendar appointments and events, weather reports, notifications, alerts and other pins in a streamlined manner that is easy to navigate in order to see what you may have missed or to prepare for what’s coming up next.

Aesthetically, Pebble Time is quirky and simplistic – the rubber watch band, chrome, rectangular face and color options of black, red and white make this a more fun, light-hearted option than most smartwatches. One of the nice things about Pebble Time is its customization – there are tons of different watch faces that can be downloaded from third-party designers and developers that change the appearance and design of what you see when you look down at your wrist.

Coupled with the Pebble Time app, which is available on both iOS and Android devices, Pebble Time smartwatches can sync to your phone through Bluetooth, giving you notifications of everything you get on your phone. It’s a great way to peek at what’s blowing up your phone to determine whether or not you need to respond immediately, and having the vibrating notification come through on your wrist is very handy when driving so you can keep those eyes peeled on the road and not go fumbling for your phone.

However, all these notifications can get a little overwhelming, especially if you’re getting notified by every incoming work email, or for notifications that lack immediacy. I honestly don’t need to be notified if someone’s checking me out on OKCupid or if my phone updated my Snapchat app. And without the ability to really do anything beyond see and dismiss the notifications, the watch comes off more as an ornamental add-on accompanying your phone, rather than a self-sufficient device.

For someone who isn’t particularly tech inclined, the Pebble Time smartwatch was fairly easy enough to figure out with a few minutes of tinkering and playing around. With four buttons on the sides to navigate and scroll through the watch’s features, the dread of figuring out a new device is minimized by user-friendly simplicity.

Honestly, I don’t have anything truly negative to say about the Pebble Time smartwatch. With a pleasing design, long-lasting battery life and handy notification features, it was definitely a cool wearable to rock. Compared to the ever popular Apple Watch, the $200 price tag is much more appealing as well. For those looking for an accessible and relatively inexpensive smartwatch, Pebble Time is for you. Wisely, Pebble Time seems to be catering to the gadget and wearable curious, rather than the fanatical. If you’re interested in checking out what all the fuss is about when it comes to wearables, the Pebble Time smartwatch is a solid introduction.

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