iFixit Tears Down the Pebble Smartwatch, Finds It Virtually Unrepairable
They found a waterproof (up to 50 meters) device with a 144x168 display of black and white e-paper, a vibrating motor, a 3-axis accelerometer with gesture detection, and low-energy Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR and 4.0 for connectivity that is exceedingly difficult to repair.
There are no screws on the top surface, so iFixit had to heat the glue to loosen it and pry the display off--which ruined the screen. The whole of the Pebble’s guts are neatly encased in a single tiny box. There’s a ribbon cable surrounding the box that contains the smartwatch’s four buttons controls, three LEDs, and BT 2.1 antenna, which it makes replacing any single component an impossibility. The actual physical spring-loaded buttons could be replaced individually, though.
The bottom line is that the Pebble is well made in that the display won’t come off or leak without a fight, and the interior components and layout look to be neat and tidy. The downside of such tight construction is that you really won’t be able to fix or replace much inside the Pebble, but hey, you probably aren’t going to be messing with it much anyway.