Jul 25 AT 8:13 AM Taylor Wimberly 15 Comments

Pebble smartwatch will not ship in September as planned

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With close to 70,000 backers and over $10 million raised, the Pebble smartwatch is one of the most anticipated projects in Kickstarter’s history. The founders originally planned to send out orders for the device in September, but the demand was so overwhelming that they have now announced they won’t be able to start shipping on time.

Before they launched on Kickstarter, Pebble only planned to manufacture 1,000 units. Now they are going to produce an initial run of 85,000 units, so their timetable has shifted. Pebble says they are currently in a phase called Engineering Verification, where they have engineering samples and they are evaluating each individual component. No timeframe was provided for when the first Pebble smartwatches might ship.

This could be disappointing news if you were in the market for a new smartwatch, but there are alternatives. I’ve recently been wearing the Sony SmartWatch, which can be found online for as low as $114, and I continue to be impressed with the device. It’s hard to compare it to the Pebble since that hasn’t launched yet, but Sony already has the advantage of an active developer ecosystem that has created over 100 apps.

Hopefully Pebble will update their timetable soon and let us know when the first watches will ship, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they were delayed til next year.

Source: Kickstarter

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  • ranwanimator

    I don’t really find this surprising with the number of backers they had. However, If I were Pebble, I think I might have focused on the initial 1,000 orders and ramp up production after those were released. I haven’t read the fine print on their kickstarter but that seems like it would be a wise inclusion in their disclaimer. The first 1,000 go out right away, but everyone over that number will have to wait a little longer.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      They have developer units that are supposed to ship in August, but I’m not sure if that is still the case anymore.

      • Rob

        Really Taylor??Sony Smartwatch really impressing u that much?ok when u finally wipe the dribble off ur lips&the tear off ur eye u might wanna educate us why this ‘smartwatch’ needs to have the mothership within Bluetooth reach to do anything REMOTELY smart?So how much did Sony Pay u out for this ‘subtle’ piece of marketing?

        • Usman

          All smart watches at the moment connect to your smartphone for information. You want ANOTHER Sim and data plan for your watch? Idiot.

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      They originally thought it would ship in September because it’s easier to produce 1,000 units than it is to ship 70,000. The process is a little slower since they are setting up a much larger operation to get the devices out to as many people as possible. They could do a separate manufacturing process to get the first 1,000 units out sooner, but that would add a lot of extra cost and hurt the company’s bottom line.

      If they don’t make a profit, they won’t be in business to support the watch or create follow-up products.

  • halo0

    Sadface.

  • thekaz

    I think these look nicer than the Sony ones, and I much prefer to back a startup than a huge company like Sony.. I hope this doesn’t lead to delay after delay.. I don’t want to wait on this like I’ve been waiting on the RAZR HD…

  • YanivC

    Im kind of confused. An initial production of 1000 was possible but 85000 is not? Ummmmm why arent the initial 1000 on time?

  • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

    Missing the September estimate is in no way surprising considering that was just their projection from before the Kickstarter was underway. It’s a bit disappointing that they didn’t give any timeline in their update, but a couple backer updates ago they said they weren’t going to make statements about delivery dates until they were basically ready to ship.

    It’s also worth remembering that they made multiple upgrades from the original hardware that was going to be used and coupling that with producing 85x as many as they were expecting it would have been unbelievable if they had hit a September delivery. My personal hope is that they manage to start shipping the first batches in late October/November. That would mean about half the backers would get their watches before the holidays.

  • Iris Ailin-Pyzik

    Funny that you don’t cite your review of the Sony product.

    http://androidandme.com/2012/07/reviews/sony-smartwatch-review/

    For me – the Sony looks like someone took an iPod nano or an aspirin tin and clipped it on a band. I’ve been griping for years that multi-function watches are all designed for men, with the Sony being no exception. The high profile above the wrist is a real turnoff. I know there is some machismo deal with huge clunky watches but I’m not into that.

    Considering the changes they’ve been able to support with the additional backing, and the fact that this is now truly a mass production effort, the delay does not surprise me. It’s Kickstarter, after all.

    My everyday watch is a midsize Timex Triathlon. My current favorite dressier watch is a women’s Tissot with dual digital displays embedded in the analog face. I’m not entirely sure how I’ll like the Pebble, but at least it looks like a watch. And if I find it l too big to suit me, it will still make a nice dress watch for my husband.

  • kinderdm

    Cant say I’m surprised but maybe just a bit sad. My early purchased, late delivered, fathers day gift is now to be even later I guess.

  • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

    This is the exact same predicament I predict will happen to Ouya.

  • Nathan D.

    I want to see how this compares to the Sony smart watch.

  • Rob

    Seems like Mr.Taylor here recieved a payout or at the least a little goodie bag from Sony to write these praises for a product that is clearly failing.$114 Taylor?really?I saw a ‘smartwatch’ on EBay for $84.Anybody moronic or lazy enough to need this pointless pile of shit on their wrist their smartphone already can really needs to get a life!and Taylor?u might wanna look at the other reviews of this ‘product’ before u write ur ‘reviews’.

  • Tony

    The concept of the Smartwatch is sound, but the technology isn’t quite there yet.
    You end up trying to cram so much into it (Bluetooth, processor, memory, flash storage, decent screen) that it ends up looking clunky or becoming too expensive. So shortcuts need to be made (poorer screen (Sony, I’m looking at you), no camera, no mic etc)
    Maybe in a few years, we’ll see small form factor watches that are fully feature loaded.
    Most probably, they’ll be made by Google in the form of a repackaged Google Glass.