Re: Loving the simplicity versus rivals
I've had my PebbleTime since mid June, and generally, I'm very happy with it. Having owned and used (for a reasonable amount of time) both the original Pebble and Steel, I feel I have a good basis for comparison.
With the screen, I feel that it is still glanceable, which for a watch, is important. The thing I have noticed is that because it is a colour screen, I am inclined to use more intricate watch faces, which in turn does make it slightly more difficult to see the time, at a glance.
Just this morning, i have received an OTA firmware update, which has addressed at least one of my complaints (they had removed the 'dismiss all' function for notifications, this is now back) and also at least one from from the review (you can now change font size) you can also change the intensity and duration of the backlight, yes, this will (may) impact battery life.
Having had mine for a month, I haven't noticed any dust build up, or scratches. I have not been overly 'precious' with it.
Battery life seems to be about the same, will vary depending on how many notifications you get, what kind of watch face you use and many other things, I currently have "30%" and will probably charge it on Sunday morning before I go out. One improvement with the power management I have noticed is that when the battery reaches "0%" the watch will automatically switch into low power mode, a very basic watch face, no notifications, and no access to the menus, I have yet to work out just how long it will stay at "0%" but it is several hours (I always get bored of waiting for it cut out and charge it).
I have not seen the sloth, on my calendar, if I have no events, I always have the approximate weather and the sunrise / set times.