Pebble Smartwatch Set for Prime Time?

Tablets are so 2012. iPods are obsolete. Nearly everyone has upgraded their smartphones, and Google Glass isn't yet widely available. So what's the tech-savvy gift-giver to do for holiday shopping in 2013? A timely solution may be at hand.

Wearable tech may be the biggest trend this year, and smart watches are at the forefront, with versions in the works from Acer, Apple, BlackBerry, Google, LG, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Sony, and Toshiba. Samsung launched the Galaxy Gear, which works in tandem with smartphones and tablets running Google's Android 4.3 operating system, in early September in Berlin. But it was widely received as a work in progress.

The Pebble smartwatch also launched in September and is now being offered for Black Friday with a $20 discount off its usual $149.99 price, when purchased directly from GetPebble.com. The Pebble is also available from Amazon.com, BestBuy and AT&T.

Solid As a Rock?

The Pebble smartwatch connects via Bluetooth 4.0 to both iOS and Android-powered smartphones and allows wearers to interact with apps without touching their phones. It's great for cold weather when the phone is in your pocket, or for joggers.

Or, as Pebble suggests, it can let you know who's calling so you don't have to take out your phone during a meeting. It also lets you control music while driving without taking your hands off the steering wheel.

The water-resistant Pebble smart watch has a 1.26-inch, 144-168 pixel e-paper display with LED backlight and optical hard coating for scratch resistance. It packs an ARM Cortex-M3 processor with an 80 megahertz capacity and runs its own operating system, Pebble OS.

Pebble promises five to seven days of battery life, depending on usage, between charges via a USB connection.

Recent research suggests that consumers are intrigued by the idea of a smart watch. A survey commissioned by technology analyst Jessica Lessin...

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