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Mitch

October 3, 2016

How to fix a bricked Pebble watch

I thought for a while I’d bricked my Pebble Time watch. I was trying to reset the Bluetooth connection and it ended up stuck at the screen for SOS.

I went to Google and found this post from Jason Quattrone on Google+. Instructions for fix:

  1. Place the watch on the charger.
  2. Press and hold the right bottom button for 10 seconds (this will do a factory reset while you are in recovery mode)
  3. Clear the bluetooth pairing from the phone.
  4. Try reconnecting the watch from the Bluetooth settings menu on your phone.
  5. Finally launch the watch app and continue updating your watch.

And that worked.

The good news is my Pebble Watch is working again, which means I don’t have to replace it, and I probably would have replaced it with an Apple Watch, which would have cost hundreds and hundreds of dollars.

The bad news is I’m not getting an Apple Watch and the process cost me like a half hour.

New Apple Watch. Tempting, but not compelling.

I’m happy with my Pebble Time. The Apple Watch is better for me — but $369+ better?

Apple Watch Series 2 announced with swimproof shell and GPS for $369 – Nick Statt, The Verge

The Pebble Time is water-resistant, same as the new Apple Watch. I can wash my hands or do dishes with the watch on. I hear I can shower with it too, but I like to get my wrist clean when I shower.

The Apple Watch would integrate a lot better with my favorite apps. But is that worth $369+ to me?

What’s new for Apple Watch?

MacRumors demos Apple watchOS 3.

Looks nice, but I’m not going to buy the existing Apple Watch at this point. Reviews say that Apple Watch is slow and battery life is poor. I’d want to know those problems have been corrected before buying an Apple Watch.

Also, I just bought a Pebble Time a couple of weeks ago, and Julie would cut off my hand if I bought another smartwatch so quickly. Then I wouldn’t be able to wear a watch because it would fall off my wrist.

Maybe in six months? By then I expect the new Apple Watch will be out and I can figure out a way to type with one hand.

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“Not as clumsy or random as a blaster. An elegant weapon, for a more civilized age.” —Obi-Wan Kenobi

The iPhone SE  [John Gruber – Daring Fireball]

I’m torn on this. I love a phone that I can use comfortably in one hand, which I can’t really do with the iPhone 6.

On the other hand, I want the latest greatest internal hardware, and the iPhone SE will be a generation behind in six months.

And I’m thinking about going up a size, rather than down, so I can comfortably use the phone instead of the iPad mini.

I have six months to decide. That’s when we can expect the year’s big iPhone announcement.

I’ll also be tempted by an Apple Watch when the next generation of those hits.

Or maybe I’ll just save our money and not buy any pricey Apple hardware this year. That works too.

 

Nothing in today’s Apple announcement makes me want to open my wallet 

Julie will be relieved to hear that Apple didn’t announce anything I want to buy today.

I do see an Apple Watch and new iPhone in my future in 2016. But I’ll hold out for the new models.

I might be tempted by a 4″ iPhone if the specs were top-performing. I haven’t done a side-by-side comparison, but I suspect the new phone is a low-end model.

And I think I’m going to go in the other direction this year – get a phone that’s bigger than the one I have now, rather than smaller – the 5.5″ 7 Plus (or whatever they decide to call it). I’ll see if that plus the MacBook Air and Kindle can replace the iPad for me.

Or I might just choose one or the other – Watch or phone. Buying both in one year seems like a lot of money to spend.

Or maybe I won’t buy anything.

Year’s still young yet, with at least two more Apple announcements ahead.

[Price Drops Were the Only Surprise at Apple Event / Dawn Chmielewski / Re/code]