With the first batch of Pebble Time smart watches about to begin shipping to eager Kickstarter backers, choosing the right colour/strap combination proved to be a bit of a nightmare based on static images alone.

Fortunately, if you’re still planning to buy a Pebble Time or Pebble Time Steel when they go on general sale, you can now try out every colour/strap combination from the comfort of your own home, and see each watch from different angles as it comes to life – virtually!

You will need a printer, an Android phone (the author says an iOS app is on its way if Apple approves it), plus a way to stick a bit of paper to your wrist without it falling off, but none of that should be too much hassle, especially compared to booking an appointment to have a fitting at a local (or not quite so local) Apple store or boutique.

The only downside is that you can’t actually feel the watch on your wrist (hint; the real thing isn’t as light as the bit of paper you stuck on), nor will you get to experience someone in a blue T-shirt saying how much it totally suits you, but you can always use your imagination for that.

How to try out your virtual Pebble Time or Pebble Time Steel:

  1. Download and print out a sticker to put on your wrist.
  2. Download the Virtual Smartwatch app (Android only for now).
  3. Run the app and point the camera at the sticker.

Written by Jonathan Morris

Writing about technology, with a focus on mobile, since the early 1990s! Former editor of What Mobile magazine, writer for The Telegraph, Stuff, Know Your Mobile, Pocket Gamer, Smart TV Radar and more. Regular Tweeter, occasional YouTuber, keen amateur photographer and forum moderator. If you like what I write, please consider deactivating your ad blocker or making a donation via PayPal to help fund this site.

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