There are some “basics” in life, such as a Swiss Army knife, that you should always have on-hand if you want to be prepared for anything the day will throw at you. The following apps make up part of my Swiss Army knife essentials of my Pebble Time Round. You may only occasionally use that corkscrew (or Pebble Compass), but when you need it, you’ll be awfully glad you have it.
Compass is a nifty app developed by Pebble that, somehow, I haven’t really noticed until now. It looks like a standard compass rose, which suits the Pebble Time Round exceptionally well. As you turn toward a different direction, the movement of the compass is extremely fluid, and it includes pseudo friction and inertia. When you hold your wrist/hand parallel to the ground you will see a standard compass rose. There is also a spirit level in the center of this screen.
When you hold your wrist up so that the watch face is facing you, the screen converts into a heading indicator. This is a simple, yet useful app without any unnecessary bells and whistles. I’m looking forward to using it on hikes this summer.
Stopwatch is another simple app developed by Pebble. It has start, pause, delete, and lap buttons. Allowing you to track your time in detail. The time clock is large enough to be easily read, and it’s very easy to use. This is definitely one of those apps that comes in handy just enough to be glad you have it when you need it.
Note to Self
This app is very handy for all those times you need an internal personal assistant. You’re in the middle of half a dozen things, but you don’t want to forget to pick up your friend at the airport. So you open Note to Self, and it goes directly into the Listening screen. Then you say, “Remind me to pick up Silas at 4:30.”
When 4:30 rolls around, and you’re deeply engrossed in something else, your pebble will light up with a simple notification that says “Pick up Silas.” Catastrophe averted, as easy as 1-2-3. While I have other tools like my phone or my Amazon Echo that will accomplish the same task, none of them are as simple and convenient as Note to Self on my Pebble.