The Pebble Time has been our favorite smartwatch for business users since it launched earlier this year, but the device has one big drawback: Its square face just doesn't look as nice as your average wristwatch face.
Pebble hopes to remedy that with the new Pebble Time Round, which packs most of the best features of the original Pebble Time into a slim, round face that might just pair better with your business-casual attire. In fact, Pebble says this is the slimmest and lightest smartwatch in the world, and it's set to become available in stores in early November, for $249.
It'll be available in two band sizes and three colors: Black, Silver or Rose Gold. Bands are available in two different sizes, with the option to choose from leather or stainless-steel bands.
Unfortunately, the Pebble Time Round sheds the single best feature of the original model: its epic five-day battery life. In order to cram all the components of the Pebble Time into a sleeker package — the Round is both smaller and thinner than the standard version — Pebble had to trim down the physical size of the watch's battery. So instead of lasting through the end of the workweek, the Pebble Time Round will die in about two days or so.
But while you lose the Pebble Time's biggest advantage over competing devices like the Apple Watch, the Round still has some things going for it. Those include an excellent selection of third-party apps, with everything you need to check your email, add events to your calendar, save quick notes and more.
The Pebble Time Round's always-on display is another big perk. Like all Pebble smartwatches, this device sports a lower-power E Ink screen that stays on at all times, so your alerts, notifications and the current time are always one quick glance away. The Apple Watch, as well as Android Wear watches, have OLED displays that offer more-vibrant colors, but these displays must shut off when not in use, to conserve battery life.
The Pebble Time Round won't wow you with a gorgeous display, but it's slightly more practical than your average smartwatch. That's because, while it doesn't offer the longevity of its predecessor, it still outlasts the Apple Watch and similar devices, which must be recharged every night. That makes the Pebble Time Round the more reliable smartwatch, which is a big plus if you're using it for work.
Plus, it's hard to deny that Pebble's new smartwatch is one of the best-looking wearables we've ever seen. Check back for a full review of the Pebble Time Round very soon, or check out our review of the Apple Watch.