Around here, we’re no strangers to wrist-worn smart devices. From bare-bones Bluetooth sport watches to full-on smartphones condensed to wearable size, we’ve seen them all.

Problem is, we haven’t been all that impressed by what we’ve seen. Whether by halfhearted design or a misguided quest for all-encompassing functionality, most of the intelligent watches we’ve strapped on have very quickly found themselves retired to the novelty drawer.

Last year, a company named Pebble -formerly Allerta- burst onto the scene with aspirations to change all that. Pebble’s halo product: an e-paper-based smart watch built around a very small, very simple feature set. The small outfit raised a record amount of crowdfunding money -over $10 million- on Kickstarter, and quickly became the darling of the tech media. Indeed, I penned two separate editorials in the months between Pebble’s announcement and its release, explaining why I’d ordered one of the little devices and then describing how Pebble and Kickstarter were changing how manufacturers and consumers communicate.

It was a long and drawn-out wait, but last week, my very own Kickstarter-edition Pebble finally arrived. I charged it up, paired it to my smartphone, and slapped it on my wrist – where it has remained ever since. For the past week, I’ve lived the life of a smart watch user. How’s that different from the daily drudgery of a dumbwatch owner? Watch the video below to find out.

Update: For everyone asking, here’s a link to purchase a similar watch band to the one seen in the video. (Furnished for viewer convenience; no endorsement of the site or product is implied or intended.)


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