From Kickstarter to Best Buy: Pebble Smart Watch goes major as it hits top retailer


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Another Kickstarter success story has culminated with its landing in a major retail store. I’m talking about the Pebble smart watch this time, the e-paper time ticker that convinced more than 68,000 people to pledge more than $10 million in funds to make it a reality. This is only the beginning for Pebble, with the team still crafting the final SDK that will allow developers to create great apps for it.

Now, Pebble takes its next big step as it has gotten a place in a certain big box retailer’s heart. I’m talking about Best Buy, and it’s one of the few places you want to be if you want your products to succeed. The store will sell the black and red versions of the watch for $150, and while we can’t be sure how the less-informed public will react to seeing one of these on a store shelf we can only imagine Pebble is better off for it.

That said, this isn’t the first brainy wristwatch to hit Best Buy’s stores. Sony’s own SmartWatch is still on-hand for $130 (though the new SmartWatch 2 has yet to launch just yet). Still, this is an exciting time for this growing category of products, and we’re sure many other Kickstarter hopefuls are looking on with inspiration (or envy, depending on who you are). Are you going to go and grab one once they’re available?

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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    Maybe in the future, but doubtful.

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      With the issues that I have had
      trying to get a preorder I doubt that I will ever buy a Pebble. Just a
      horrid experience from day 60 to now.

  2. Anything that is designed to work icrapple products is on my not list.Yes I dislike crapple that much.I will wait for a android only watch

    1. You must not use anything that goes into the headphone jack!

    2. meh, i hate apple as much as the next sensible person, but openness is the thing we all love about android, disliking a new product because it is “too open” is a little silly. You can at least take solace in the fact that it is not as functional with ios.

    3. That’s pretty much stopping you from using every electronic device known to mankind. =./

    4. Pretty much look for devices that do what I want them to do, not based on the other parts of the eco system they support.

      Like it or not, Apple does drive a huge part of the ‘third-party’ accessories for smartphones. That is beginning to shift, but so long as there is a large variety of Android handsets and a small variety of Apple handsets, it will be that way.

  3. I’m still waiting on my email about my preorder

  4. Sonys smart watch is only $99

    1. Where did you find that price at?

      1. Sonys site

  5. With the issues that I have had trying to get a preorder I doubt that I will ever buy a Pebble. Just a horrid experience from day 60 to now.

    1. I’ve been waiting on my preorder of a black one since January now they have them at best buy before preorders are filled

  6. still waiting for word on my pre-order. I’m waiting on more details of the smartwatch 2 now, but it’s still awfully tempting to just drop in to a best buy and pick one up.

  7. I’ve had mine for a few months now so I won’t be picking one up, but I am glad to see that more people are going to be able to grab one.

  8. I was looking for an LED watch, a good one. They usually ranged about $100-$150 for the cool looking ones. Mainly the Kisai LED Watches. Those look amazing.

    I can see myself picking this up. It’ll have more functionality then telling the time. More for my buck.

  9. IGN is reporting availability on the 7th of July.

  10. I’ll buy me a smart watch when it functions as good as my fitbit one.

  11. I mean, cool concept and all. but is anybody really checking to get a smart watch? seems like a waste of moola.

  12. I’m still waiting for my preorder since.. god knows when, and they go and pull this a-hole move? I can’t even cancel my order anymore. Can they honestly say that preorder production wasn’t affected by this? Try asking on their forums and they silently delete your post. Horrible horrible customer service. This makes me sick.

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