iFixit declares Pebble Smartwatch unrepairable

By Shawn Knight · 16 replies
Mar 13, 2013
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  1. iFixit recently performed a teardown of the Pebble Smartwatch and ultimately declared it unrepairable. The teardown specialists found copious amounts of adhesive inside the watch used to keep water out (a good thing) but it’s this very adhesive that also...

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  2. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,595   +257

    Add this to the list of things I wont ever attempt to repair!

    Good thing nobody will buy them anyway...
  3. Rippleman

    Rippleman TS Evangelist Posts: 811   +371

    They should try to repair a rock. Unless they realize that maybe everything in this world does not have to be repairable.
    NeoFlux likes this.
  4. BlueDrake

    BlueDrake TS Evangelist Posts: 378   +112

    The whole point I think is honestly would it be possible to repair, or just more logical sense to just buy a new one which is $150 each. Price might adjust or such but still that's that. Some people would like to know, is it even repairable or just headed for the trash. It's the same as buying any generally that could be, an unrepairable thing to begin with.

    Just would it make logical sense to buy if it can't be repaired, especially at prices people might not pay. Say a $400-500 phone that was too fragile and unrepairable, would you buy into that kind of product then? There's a reason they give a repairability score, for those personal fixers or professionals who offer repair services. Sometimes people hold onto something for sentimental reasons, so there's a logical point to it also.
  5. Ravik

    Ravik TS Rookie Posts: 44   +8

    Sites like iFixit keep you safe from that guy in the mall who tells you, "Pebble Smartwatch? Oh yeah...I can fix that. Cost you $40. Please pay up front, and read my disclaimer..."

    Then when he breaks it he looks at you and says, "You must have done something to your watch. I've never seen one do this before..." :)
    BlueDrake likes this.
  6. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    A lifespan of 10 years is not even worth mentioning in something like this.
  7. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,595   +257

    everything in this world is repairable. just a matter of know-how and having the tools and equipment to do it.
  8. Lets stop repairing anything then, shall we? Lets just dispose of everything once we've used it. Environment, economics, resources be damned.

    Watch needs a new battery? Nope.
    Boots need new soles? Nope.
    HD dies? Nope.
    Lens cracks? Nope.
    Lose keys? Nope.
    BlueDrake likes this.
  9. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,595   +257

    Lol guest made me laugh
  10. BlueDrake

    BlueDrake TS Evangelist Posts: 378   +112

    Friends are broke often? Disposable! </sarcasm>

    I'm all for repairs though, just don't want to invest in something like this. :p
  11. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 819   +343

    If you have enough superglue and duct tape, anything can be repaired.
  12. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Evangelist Posts: 510   +152

    10 years... It'll be obsolete far before battery dies. I really don't have a problem with this. Most watches aren't worth repairing, some aren't even worth replacing the battery. Unrepairability should almost be a given at such a small form factor. And at $150 bucks, either you'll love it enough to shell out for another one or you wouldn't bother fixing it anyway. Besides... if its unrepairable, thats a good thing. No getting refurbished products when you claim a manufacturer's warranty.
  13. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,713   +3,688

    If there is a 10 year guarantee on the product, I don't have a problem with it.

    I would have a problem with any merchandise that is manufactured without repair in mind, and does not come with any guarantees of replacement.
  14. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    I actually think this is a cool invention, hopefully version 2 will be more repairable and have a color display instead of a paper white display (or whatever you call it)
  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,961   +2,516

    Did you just reinvent the "one night stand", you devil you.
    UNKNOWN9122 likes this.
  16. In 10 years it won't be $150... this thing may not have all the bells and whistles, but it seems pretty awesome for someone who just wants a watch.
  17. That e-paper display is what akes he battery life so good.

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