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Topic # 231805 14-Mar-2018 11:03
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I have had a secondhand 1st Gen Pebble for about 2 years now, really liked the simple display, always on, and also the affordability. But I have looking for a replacement since the vibration has been glitchy and screen flashes now and then requiring me to press buttons until it displays properly again. I could get a new strap for the time being but looks like a replacement is needed.

 

 

 

Whats on my the list so far

 

Versa - $350 - newest Fitbit, but wouldn't wanna spend that much

 

https://www.fitbit.com/nz/shop/versa 

 

 

 

Amazfit - $95 - Xiaomi pebble knock off, not sure of the longevity 

 

https://www.dicksmith.co.nz/dn/buy/xiaomi-huami-amazfit-bip-black-xiaomi/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=product_listing_ads&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI9ILFt5_q2QIVkbXACh01kw7TEAQYASABEgLp3vD_BwE 

 

 

 

What other watches am I missing?

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1976411 14-Mar-2018 11:13
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Depends on what you want - activity tracking, smart phone notifications and/or integration, GPS recording, water proof/resistant, bluetooth, wifi, etc...?? Garmin and Fitbit both have a range of similarly priced watches with a variety of features, ranging in price from $100 to $1,000. I have a Garmin Vivoactive and that works well for me - I wanted a watch with GPS, waterproof for swimming and smart phone notifications.

 

side note... I had no idea that Dick Smith were still operating in NZ.




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  Reply # 1976414 14-Mar-2018 11:18
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Affordable! $100-$250

 

waterproof

 

smart phone notifications

 

sleep tracking

 

alarms

 

 

 

I remember looking at the Vivoactive when before buying my pebble but it wasn't that appealing to me

 

 


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  Reply # 1976415 14-Mar-2018 11:20
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I replaced my 1st Gen Pebble with An Asus Zen Watch (also Gen 1). Its fine but I still pine for my Pebble. I hate having to charge it every 2 days but it does have some good features. I did replace the leather strap with the Pebble strap! In terms of Apps I dont really use any of them, primary uses are time (duh) and notifications. Having google assistant is nice (i.e Ok Google etc) albeit hit and miss since I upgraded to Android 7.

 

If I was buying right now I'd get the Amazfit, it ticks most boxes for me.


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  Reply # 1976426 14-Mar-2018 11:34
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That Amazfit looks amazing at that price... Only concern would be around quality and warranty. 




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  Reply # 1976428 14-Mar-2018 11:39
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Dick smith offer a 5 year warranty for $20 more, of course they aren't that reliable and may at some point disappear but for some reason dick smith is cheaper than online Chinese stores


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  Reply # 1976432 14-Mar-2018 11:43
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Yeah, I looked up that watch on G e a r b e s t (for some reason I'm not allowed to post the actual word??) and Aliexpress and was surprised to see Dick Smiths cheaper than both. $20 for 5 year warranty seems good but would need to see the fine print - also seems doubtful that Dick Smith *and/or* that particular watch will still be around in 5 years time...


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  Reply # 1976433 14-Mar-2018 11:46
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Awesome find on the Amazfit!

 

I just ordered one to replace my pebble time.

 

Found that using the discount code 'CHEAPSKATE' gives you $20 USD off.

 

Edit: And then I aborted the order when they wanted to charge me US$50 for postage via mail, or US$70 for courier.

 

 





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  Reply # 1976436 14-Mar-2018 12:03
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No sure where you are ordering from but dicksmith gives me $126.98

 

 

 

Xiaomi Huami AmazFit Bip (Black)

 

1 × $95.00

 

Tax Free

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Delivery

 

$9.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Freight Protection

 

$1.99

 

 

 

 

 

Standard Care Warranty and Extended Care

 

 

5 Year Warranty
for Xiaomi Huami AmazFit Bip (Black)

 

$20.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

$126.98

 


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  Reply # 1976441 14-Mar-2018 12:09
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BuffyNZ:

 

Awesome find on the Amazfit!

 

I just ordered one to replace my pebble time.

 

Found that using the discount code 'CHEAPSKATE' gives you $20 USD off.

 

Edit: And then I aborted the order when they wanted to charge me US$50 for postage via mail, or US$70 for courier.

 

 

 

 

Where did you want it delivered to?  I just went through the checkout process out of curiosity and it estimated $9.99 for delivery to Auckland

 

Looks like a nice watch.  I bought a Pebble Time Steel from amazon.com at a very cheap price about a year ago, there may still be some there


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  Reply # 1976445 14-Mar-2018 12:20
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I was looking at the Amazfit webstore. I have ordered from DSE now.





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  Reply # 1976448 14-Mar-2018 12:35
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shk292:

 

Looks like a nice watch.  I bought a Pebble Time Steel from amazon.com at a very cheap price about a year ago, there may still be some there

 

 

My understanding is that the Pebble infrastructure will stop working at the end of June. :(

 

Voice recognition features, and SMS and email replies will stop working.

 

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/24/16928792/fitbit-smartwatch-pebble-end-support-date-june





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  Reply # 1976456 14-Mar-2018 12:54
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BuffyNZ:

 

shk292:

 

Looks like a nice watch.  I bought a Pebble Time Steel from amazon.com at a very cheap price about a year ago, there may still be some there

 

 

My understanding is that the Pebble infrastructure will stop working at the end of June. :(

 

Voice recognition features, and SMS and email replies will stop working.

 

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/24/16928792/fitbit-smartwatch-pebble-end-support-date-june

 

 

That's not good - I knew it had to happen some time and some apps have already stopped working.  I mostly just use it for watch + notifications so may be able to do without those features


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  Reply # 1976467 14-Mar-2018 13:17
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As a long time Pebble user (currently a Pebble Time that I love and will probably shed a tear over when it dies) I've started looking at what might come next.

 

Fossil have some smart watches now that look pretty tasty.  I used to role with Fossil watches in the past too.  So these are very tempting for me. May be a little out of your price range.


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  Reply # 1976482 14-Mar-2018 13:29
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@dryburn I've got a Pebble Time if you want it? Been unused for a while now (as I have switched to the Fitbit Ionic) but should keep you going for a while. Silver + White with a white strap. Let me know via a PM.





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  Reply # 1976504 14-Mar-2018 14:08
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As an aside for anyone still using their Pebble 2 watches, I would no longer trust the '30 meter water resist' part of the feature list. The missus and I were swimming in surf with the the kids a month back and both our Pebbles died that same afternoon. I guess the seals didn't last.


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