Smartwatches like the Pebble are still seen as gimmicky by many, but once you start using one it can have a real impact on your daily life. I'm a Pebble owner, and while I wear it most days anyway, there are certain circumstances where it has become an absolute essential. Like travelling.
In recent weeks and months I've travelled both with and without my Pebble and I've been led to one conclusion. I wouldn't willingly travel without it anymore. Here's why.
Apps are useful
Pebble might only be able to hold eight apps at any one time but I've got some in rotation that always go with me when I travel. UK Transport, for example, puts bus and train information on my wrist regardless of where I am. It just figures it out and shows what I need to know. Then there's Pebblenav, keeping me on the right track and usually making sure I don't get lost.
Or how about Flight Track? Using information from FlightAware you're able to keep track of up to three flights at once, all from the Pebble. A recent trip with Air Berlin even put my boarding card on my watch.
There are tons of apps out there to cater to all kinds of different needs. I don't have many specific to travel, but I wouldn't travel without any of them any more.
Notifications on your wrist are just better in a hurry
The core functionality of the Pebble is what made me fall in love with it in the first place. When you're travelling, you're often in a hurry. Well, I know I am, anyway. Having the notifications on my wrist instead of vibrating in my pocket makes them much easier to action upon. That email can wait, I need to call my wife back, and so on.
But the single most useful notifications are from TripIt. If you're a TripIt Pro subscriber you get push notifications, and that means they can be sent to Pebble. So, those checkin reminders and status updates that get pushed to my iPhone are right where I need them. Close at hand. I don't miss any of them, I don't have to dig in my pockets everytime something vibrates.
It all comes down to convenience. Super, super convenience
Pebble gives me such convenience when travelling that it's become a no-brainer never to leave it behind. Apps, notifications, music controls, even just updating the time when you land in a new time zone and my iPhone clock updates. I can leave my phone in my pocket for much of the trip. And I think that's the best thing about it.
Having all this information, this control, this capability on my wrist has become really important to me when I travel. Travelling without my Pebble leaves me feeling like something is missing. I look at my regular watch frustrated it's not updating me on my flight or giving me playback control over my music. Sure, it's a nice watch, but all it does is look nice and tell the time. Pebble has spoiled me. But in a good way. So I won't travel without it, not unless I really, really have to.
Do you travel with your Pebble? What makes it so valuable to you on a trip? Or, do you have other areas that your Pebble has become an essential tool that you can't leave home without? Sound off in the comments below!