Top 10 must-have apps for the Pebble smartwatch

The slim, cheery little Pebble is our favourite smartwatch so far, and it has only become better with the arrival of the Pebble App Store earlier this week.

Pebbles aren't terribly complex devices, with just four buttons and a black-and-white, non-touch screen, but it turns out they can do a lot: Play games, show notes, and even find directions.

The app store is currently available for all Pebble users with iPhones, and there's a beta out there for Android users, as well. To access it, just open the Pebble app on your phone and choose "Get Apps."

There are hundreds of apps in the Pebble App Store; your Pebble can hold eight, but you can stash others in a "locker" on your phone to swap them in and out easily.

Ever since the app store first rolled out back on Monday, I've been feverishly examining its various offerings and picking out the choicest cuts. So, here are 10 of the best Pebble apps with which you can get your smartwatch software collection started.

Asteroids (free)

I love that you can play games on a Pebble now; the trick is to pick games that aren't too complicated, and don't have complicated control schemes. With just four things you can do (turn left, right, thrust, and shoot), Asteroids fits the bill, and its black-and-white vector graphics also look perfect on the Pebble's little screen.

Glance (Android only, free)

If your Pebble is just showing the time, it's probably wasting space. I think Glance is the most elegant of the many notification apps: At the very least you get the time, weather, and missed messages, but you can also potentially see calendar entries and reply to text messages. This is the first thing I'd install on any Pebble.

Pebble Cards (free)

I don't like it quite as much as Glance, but it's available for iOS. Pebble Cards is a little less dense than Glance – you get the time on the top half of your watch and configurable information on the bottom half – but it provides a similar array of potential data including weather, notes, sports results, and RSS feeds.

Pebloid (free)

Another great, simple game for Pebble, Pebloid is a convincing Arkanoid clone, complete with those special "super power" blocks that drop and make your paddle do cool things.

PebbGPS (free)

There are several GPS apps for the Pebble; I picked PebbGPS over PebbleNav largely because it's free. PebbGPS shows a map on your Pebble, including directions if you want them.

PebbleCam (iOS only, £1.20)

Another must-have first app for your Pebble, PebbleCam lets you use the smartwatch as a remote viewfinder and trigger for your smartphone's camera. This is perfect for anyone who likes to take group photos.

Runtastic Pro (£3)

There are a lot of run trackers available for the Pebble, but this one's the best in our opinion. It's easy to use and gathers a lot of data regarding your fitness activities.

Twebble (free)

Billing itself as the first full-featured Twitter client that runs directly on the Pebble, Twebble lets you check your feed, look at your mentions, and even tweet through a rather painful triple-tap interface.

WatchNote (Android only, £1.20)

I'm recommending this for Android only. You see, on iOS, WatchNote shows a text note you typed into your phone. Fine, whatever. But on an Android phone, WatchNote shows notes synced with Evernote. It's Evernote for your Pebble. That's awesome. That's something you need.

Yelp (free)

My favourite of Pebble's marquee, big-name launch apps lets you perform location-based Yelp searches for restaurants and bars – a terrific use for your smartwatch.

My favourite feature here: Twist your wrist and get a random, nearby suggestion.

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