I own a Pebble Steel, and I love it. The battery easily lasts me through the workweek without charging. I can control my notifications so that my Clash of Clans and Gmail aren’t giving me notification fatigue causing me to miss my upcoming meeting notifications. It’s simple, sleek, and elegant and I really appreciate that.
The smartwatch market has expanded since I purchased my Pebble Steel. The Moto 360 was released by Motorola (though exactly how that monstrosity would dwarf my wrist will be fodder for another article), the Apple Watch is widely available, and Pebble has shipped the Pebble Time to their Kickstarter backers (though it’s still on preorder from Best Buy for the rest of us plebs).
I’m running an Android phone, and I was interested to see how the Pebble Time stacks up against my Pebble Steel. I don’t need an upgrade per se, but that’s never stopped me from buying sweet new tech.
Most obviously, the Pebble Time has a color screen. Pebble has only shaved 1mm off of the depth of the watchface, so the Steel and the Time are nearly identical in size. The Time supports a few more apps from their appstore, but no killer apps that are pushing me to immediately pull the trigger. It still gets notifications and, well, all of the other features you’d expect of a smartwatch these days. Additionally, and disappointingly, they’ve dressed the watch back down, opting for bright plastics (Black, White, and Red) instead of the clean metal finish of the Steel.
All-in-all, the Pebble Time is not a compelling upgrade for my intended usage. Especially when Pebble has run sales a couple of times in the past six months reducing the price of the Pebble Steel to $149, which is the price-point at which I picked it up (don’t worry, we’ll let you know when Pebble drops the price again). Right now, you can buy the Pebble Steel for $179 and get it in a few days or you can preorder the Pebble Time from Best Buy for $200 and get it sometime in the future. If you want a Pebble today, the Steel is a steal. Get one and you’ll love it.
But if you really want that color screen, and you don’t mind waiting, consider waiting a few more months to get one one sale.
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