Pebble Steel Smartwatch Stainless
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- Read email, texts, incoming calls, calendars and access your favorite apps on your wrist
- Includes Pebble timeline, a chronological display of calendar and notifications
- Control your music right from your wrist with iTunes, Spotify, Pandora and more, refer user manual below
- Rechargeable battery lasts 5-7 days on a single charge; Waterproof up to 5 ATM (approx. 165 feet) Please reboot the phone to fix any bug issues. Please make sure the phone is updated.
- Crafted from marine-grade stainless-steel and Corning Gorilla Glass; Ships with black genuine leather band
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Smart is Sexy
Pebble Steel now with Pebble Timeline
Pebble Steel brings smart function and elegant form together. Ruggedly handsome, Pebble Steel is crafted from marine-grade stainless steel and Corning Gorilla Glass, so it’s as tough as it is good looking – and it’s battery lasts up to 7 days on a single charge. And it’s built with the same brains as Pebble, so you get notifications at a glance as well as the latest scores, your Starbucks card or even your boarding pass on your wrist. Pebble’s Timeline interface arranges all of your daily events, reminders and notifications in an easy-to-read chronological view. Ships with a black genuine leather watch band.
Leaving Your Phone In Your Pocket Has Never Been Classier
We all need to be connected and accessible, but pulling out your phone at dinner to check a text message or incoming call is a bit. ..gauche. With Pebble Steel, just a quick glance lets you read messages, see who’s calling or see important emails and never miss a beat. Or with hundreds of free apps, check the weather, stocks, train schedule and more. And yes, it also tells the time—with nearly 1,000 watchfaces to suit your style.
Perfect for Meetings Underwater
Ridiculous, right? Pebble Steel doesn’t think so. It’s waterproof up to 5 ATM (approx. 165’) so you can be accessible even while doing laps in the pool. With the available steel band, Pebble Steel is perfect for things like running in the rain or boating, while keeping your phone tucked away and dry. And while we’re on the subject of exercise, Pebble Steel also syncs with popular apps like RunKeeper, letting you track your progress from your wrist.
Works with your iPhone or Android Smartphone
- Connects wirelessly via Bluetooth with iOS and Android Smartphones
- iPhone (iOS6 and up)
- Android (OS 4.0 and up)
Apps for Everything—Pebble App Store
Discover thousands of apps and watchfaces to customize Pebble Steel to fit your life. Check sports scores with the ESPN app, listen to your music, or start voice navigation without having to touch your phone. Health and fitness apps like Misfit, Jawbone, and others let you track steps, activity, and sleep.
Popular sports apps like RunKeeper and FreeCaddie help you track performance and enjoy what you love.
Check in on FourSquare with a single click or find a place to eat on Yelp! Pebble is an open platform, so new apps are always in the works from our development community and partners, letting you take advantage of new watchfaces, games and other innovations.
Control your favorite music apps—including iTunes, Spotify, and Pandora—from your Pebble without missing a beat while running, cycling or just playing music from a dock at home.
Discover watch faces and bands to customize Pebble Steel
What's in the box?
- Pebble Steel Smartwatch
- Leather Band
- Custom USB Charging Cable
- Quick Start Guide
Even Easier with Timeline
Pebble timeline collects all of your daily appointments, notfications, and events and arranges them in a single, easy-to-read chronological view, accessed the by the same easy-access Up and Down buttons that you scroll through watchfaces and menus. The Select button takes you to the main menu, which includes music, control, alarm, and settings. A simple tap on the watch or the flick of your wrist will illuminate the backlight.
- Read texts, notifications and incoming calls
- Control your music right from your wrist
- Swim, shower, or run in the rain
- Go up to a week without charging
- Read your display in direct sunlight or total darkness
- Play games, check scores, and more
Read email, texts, incoming calls, calendars and access your favorite apps on your wrist includes Pebble timeline, a chronological display of calendar and notifications control your music right from your wrist with iTunes, Spotify, Pandora and more, refer user Manual below rechargeable battery lasts 5-7 days on a single charge; waterproof up to 5 ATM (approx. 165 feet) crafted from marine-grade stainless-steel and corning gorilla glass; ships with Black genuine Leather band
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Until now, all these smart-watches were pretty silly looking. I also found them a bit pointless. I mean, I've got a smart phone, why do I want all the same crap on my wrist? So, wrist phone/camera/email, etc.... all seemed "cool", but not with a gigantic watch that everyone is going to gawk at. I like to be a bit understated.
So, here comes the Pebble Steel. I've got to say, I bought it on a whim and have been very pleased. Here's why:
Just on the "looks", I was concerned. I've got really skinny wrists, and I was really worried it would look idiotic. Nope. It's a lot smaller than you'd think and it looks fine.
I like to swim in the bay before work, so I need a waterproof watch. Shower & Sauna too. :)
I also hate having to squint at screens in the sun. The paper-white is bright in the sun and lights up in the dark. Awesome.
Now, there's been a lot of comments about functionality. This is actually an issue. My purpose for getting the watch was originally because I miss a lot of texts from my wife because I've got my phone on the charger at work while I have loud music on. I figured the little buzz on my wrist would fix that. (and it does perfectly).
The thing that some people have been thinking is a problem (not being able to type responses, etc...), really is an advantage. There are a LOT of emails that come in which don't really need a reply to, or can be replied to later. If I have my phone open, I'm always responding, since it's right there. With the Pebble, I see it and then generally leave my phone in my pocket unless I REALLY need to respond.
Just yesterday, I was on the bus and had my 3yr old on my lap. Buzz Buzz, glanced at my watch, it was a call from a crazy client I didn't want to talk to. So I didn't have to tell my kid to get off while I dug my phone out of my pocket. I DID get a text from my wife telling me to meet her at a Caffe, and I hadn't felt the buzz in my pocket, but did on the watch, so I got off in time and replied from my phone once my hands were free.
So, notifications are very cool. It's an enhancement, not a replacement.
There are also a ton of apps, more every day. I use one to check the tides (so I don't get swept under the GG bridge by surprise). You can even program it to do whatever other things you want. People have it controlling their home, etc... for me: weather, time, notifications, and controlling music (google play, pandora, ds audio, sound cloud, etc...) is awesome.
The interface is really a lot like the old palm pilots. Yes, they're way gone into the history of gadgets, but it works. Honestly, I don't care if it is in DOS. I just like things to be easy and work. This is SUPER easy, Very professional looking, Very solid and just a good all around product.
I'm super happy with it and the folks at Pebble should be proud of their work.
### UPDATE ### 6/26/15
It's been almost a year now, and I finally managed to break it. :)
I suppose I'm a bit hard on it. While I am a big geek, and spend all day working on database systems. I start my mornings by having a swim in the SF Bay, then get out of the 55 degree water, take an extremely hot shower, and then spend 20 minutes in a sauna.
Then, I've got 3 kids who insist on beating the living heck out of everything that looks remotely entertaining.
Still, not a scratch on it, but the screen started getting some crazy lines through it. I emailed pebble, they asked for a picture and the serial number. A couple days later they sent me a link with a pre-paid postage label to send mine back and an email thanking me for the purchase of my new pebble at $0.00.
No questions, no debate, not even a question of how I did it. just .... "OK, well, that looks broken. Here's a new one.".
That's pretty cool.
Unfortunately, I'm going bat-sh#t crazy without my watch! I'm missing phone calls and texts all the time. I guess I got too accustomed to having it.
Also... for those of you with kids... you're going to love this. You can download pebble locker, which is an app that locks your phone when it gets out of blue-tooth range. So, if you've got a sneaky child who likes to snag your phone so they and their siblings can secretly watch netflix in their room, it's REALLY funny when I hear them all start to fight and realize that the phone just shut down their cartoon. HA!! a little daddy revenge. :) .... now, without my pebble, they've already caught me out several times. :(
I'll send in an update once I get the new one. I'm not sure about the Pebble time. It looks pretty geeky, so I'm going to wait for the steel version to come out. Either way, I'm pretty pleased about pebble.
Oh... one more thing... All the Apple people who made fun of my geeky watch are now buying the Apple Watch (because they have to). I've seen them show it to me and I've got to say, Pebble is better. It's not "cooler", it's not "fancier", but it's just better. Here's the obvious ones I saw. Yesterday, my Apple neighbor was showing me all the cool stuff it does... in the sun. Nope. I laughed as he started trying to cover it with his hand so we could see it. We ended up going inside so I could look at it. Nice.
### UPDATE ### 6/28/15
Ok, so here's the return status. Like I said, I've been super hard on the watch for almost exactly a year now. Swiming in the SF Bay and taking sauna's, etc... So, it finally started getting some lines across the screen and I submitted a request to return it on June 18th at 9:30am
After filling out the return form that I got about 20 minutes later, it took a couple days before I got notified that I was getting a new watch.
This morning, about 20 minutes ago at 11:00am, I actually got it. It arrived US Post, which is awesome, since OnTrac SUCKS. (I have 2 other things that have had "attempted delivery" on them, but I was in my office, so "attempted" is a stretch. Not even a note. Hmmmm)
Anyway, I got the new watch, it automatically reloaded all the apps I had on the previous one. Beautiful. AND, within about 2 minutes, I got an email from one of my clients' new CEO about a new gig... an email that I would have completely missed if I hadn't had that little buzz, seen the message, and turned right back around to my office to give him a call-back.
I'll continue the saga if things change. --Bye
The Smartwatch so far has been pretty much a niche market and what’s been available currently has been more or less a letdown. Complaints usually have to do with design, performance, battery life and practicality which just about all of them suffer from. Consumers and critics have been let down by Android Wear watches and Samsung Gear watches have been laughed it.
With Apple promising something revolutionary in early 2015 with their Watch, the Pebble has continued to sell since 2013. Now with a recent price reduction of the original watch down to $99, and the Steel to $199 on top of several software upgrades since the beginning, how does it compete today and how far will it go as OEMs continue to gear up on smart watches?
The Pebble Steel is a good looking watch. Why? Because it looks like a good looking watch vs something that came out of an old sci-fi movie. Unlike the first Pebble Watch, the Steel looks much closer to a high end watch made with a Gorilla Glass display with of course, an all steel body which feels solid. The watch body itself is squared sized at 39 x 36.8 x 10.25 weighing at 59g (with the steel band) which fares well with standard sized watches. It’s not too thick nor is it oversized for the average sized man. I would have liked a round face watch but don’t mind the Steel.
Like most conventional watches, the Pebble Steel is 5 ATM water resistant so you wear it in the shower without too much worry or if you wash your hands with your watch on. I don’t recommend swimming with it so take it off!
You also have a selection of leather and matte black or brushed stainless steel watch bands. I personally prefer the steel watch bands which gives it a much more unified look, but that’s just my taste and I am glad choices are offered. My only gripe with the steel watchband is that it creaks quite a bit and feels a little thin and somewhat flimsy at times. Maybe it’s because I’m so used to wearing my Rado and Armani watch so I’m somewhat of a watch snob.
The buttons on the watch are well placed and make navigation through the Pebble really intuitive, unlike any Android Wear device which is a mess. On the left you have a single “home / power on” button that also activates the backlight. On the right side you have a site of 3 navigation buttons. The middle button takes you to the menu and the top and bottom buttons are to scroll up and down. The middle button is also used to make a selection. It’s really simple and I had it figured out in a minute.
The watch charges magnetically via USB cable and takes a cue from Apple’s MagSafe charger, but it does take some fiddling to find that sweet spot to get it to charge correctly. Thankfully, there is a charging indicator on the face of the watch that let’s you know if it’s charging.
Like the original Pebble Watch, the Steel features an LCD 1.26-inch e-paper display which is really easy to read. Not only that, Pebble made’s reasoning for going with an e-ink display is to extend the battery life with the current battery technology it comes equipped with. The display also comes with a backlight, which I mentioned earlier that can be activated with the press of a button or simply flicking your wrist. With the competition out there with colored screens such as the Moto 360, Samsung Gear, and even the upcoming Apple Watch, Pebble has to figure out how it’s going to keep up with the competition.
Performance and Interface
Setting the watch up was quite simple on both my HTC One (M8) running Android 4.4.3 and iPhone 6 running iOS 8.1. All you need to do is download the Pebble Watch app from the Google Play or Apple App Store, launch the application and then follow the instructions to pair your devices. It might be tricky for some but it literally takes a matter of minutes. Afterwards you can test to see if you get notifications onto your watch.
The Pebble application itself is an App Store that has that has a wide selection of watch faces, games, fitness trackers, and utilities. Keep in mind that the Pebble is limited to only up to 8 applications at a time so you may need to store them in the Pebble Locker on the smartphone app if you need immediate access to it. Personally, I think 8 apps is plenty. I have a few watch faces installed, Leaf (let’s me control my Nest Thermostat from my wrist) and Misfit to track my steps. I mainly use the watch to tell time (duh) and to view and dismiss my phone’s notifications which is the watch’s key feature.
So how do the notifications work? Someone sends me a next message and boom, the Pebble Watch vibrates and you can read the text and then dismiss it. Use WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger? Those will work on the watch as well. Simply put, whatever notifications that pop up on your phone will pop up on your watch. For instance, I have My Ford Mobile notify me when my Ford Fusion Energi is done charging which I can get on the watch or if someone on my VIP list on my iPhone sends me an e-mail such as my boss will also show up. It’s quite simple but surprisingly the Pebble is the only device so far that can handle notifications very well.
One big plus about the Pebble is that it has a lot of developer support, from Pebble themselves and 3rd party. Pebble has continues to update the device’s software which has evolved in the past few years. At the time of this writing, I am on version 2.7 on the watch’s firmware which fixes a lot of bugs and now has the ability to track steps and sleep activity without having to have the app open at all times. Pebble has also opened up partnerships with Jawbone and Swim.com expending the capabilities of the watch which is now a legitimate contender to other fitness watches.
Battery life, compared to it’s current competition is unrivaled. I am able to go about 5 days with the Pebble without having to charge the watch. The Moto 360 doesn’t even last a day and Apple has not revealed how long their watch will last, but a lot of tech journalist are betting an “all day battery life” which is laughable for a watch.
The watch does lose connectivity and the notifications stop from time to time and this happens mostly when you leave your phone in the room and you walk far enough to lose the Bluetooth connection and the the devices don’t re-establish connection. This can easily be fixed by restarting the watch. It’s sort of a pain but I’m sure this will be fixed in an upcoming update.
Pebble has come a long way in both hardware and software aspects of their watch. I have no doubt that the next generation watch will be one of the top competitors as they have had a really good head start in this niche market and have been running with it. As of now the Pebble Steel is the best smart watch to buy and with the price reduction of the Steel down to $199 and the classic Pebble to $99, it’s a really great value if you are in the market for one and you will not be disappointed.
* Elegant and lightweight Design
* Price drop to $199 is much more reasonable
* OS and Apps continues to improve
* Works well in both iOS and Android
* This needs to be in color
* Wristbands can be a pain to change
* Occasional loss in bluetooth connectivity
The watch is performing okay so far, compared the likes of its generation at the moment. Still exploring the watch at various usage scenarios. One thing I can approve, definitely works stellar underwater. I am just back after a trip wherein the watch was extensively submerged underwater in more than a dozen occasions, mainly to shoot underwater video footages using my GoPro hero 4 Silver - and it effortlessly held up without any issues.
I recommend keeping an eye out on prices. When I bought mine (Fall 2015) I got it for just over $100. This was shortly after the new Pebble Time watches came out. If you can find a good deal on this watch and you don't care about having a color screen or some of the other fancy features or touch UIs you'd get with some other Smartwatches I definitely recommend checking this out.
If you don't find a good deal on this watch I'd take a look at the Pebble Time or Round series.
Note 2/4/2015: The original Steel (this watch) and the original Pebble can be upgraded to use the new Pebble Time software. I recommend giving it a try. It'll give you much the functionality of the newer Pebbles, and so far the battery life has been as good, perhaps better, than the 2.x software. It's also much easier to manage what watch faces and apps you have installed and active.
If you're wondering about the software between this generation of Pebble and the new Pebble Time watches, Pebble recently announced that they will be bringing the Time software to the older Pebble watches.