Pebble Steelby Pebble

  • Pebble Steel
  • Pebble Steel
  • Pebble Steel
  • Pebble Steel
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
A solid product. Despite some flaws, it's still a good value.
79%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The Pebble Steel features a sturdy steel design and is attractive enough to be worn for work or play.
  • It is water resistant up to 50 meters.
  • It is simple to use and connects to Android and iPhones easily.

CONS

  • The Pebble Steel can only hold eight apps at a time; you store all the others in the Pebble Locker and rotate them onto the phone when you want to use them.
  • The monochrome screen is low resolution and lacks touch-screen capabilities.
  • It doesn't include advanced fitness-tracking features or a heart rate monitor.
With its steel design and leather or steel band, the Pebble Steel smartwatch looks sleeker and more sophisticated than the original Pebble smartwatch, but on the inside, it's basically the same watch. Like the original Pebble, the Steel connects to an iPhone or Android by Bluetooth, and it displays notifications of texts, emails, phone calls, and more. It runs Pebble’s updated software, which accesses third-party apps on an app store.
NamePebble SteelPebble WatchPeakSportWatch GPSPebble Time
ManufacturerPebblePebbleBasisNikePebble
Techwalla Score
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List Price$149$99$200$149$200
100%

Nobody seemed to notice that we were wearing "the future" - and most just thought we were checking the time because we had somewhere to be.

Nobody seemed to notice that we were wearing "the future" - and most just thought we were checking the time because we had somewhere to be.

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85%

Come for the fancy new hardware, stay for the fancy new software.

Come for the fancy new hardware, stay for the fancy new software.

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85%

It feels like a regular watch with added functionality, not a "wearable" that’s trying to convince me to change my entire life around.

It feels like a regular watch with added functionality, not a "wearable" that’s trying to convince me to change my entire life around.

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80%

It doesn't look crazy-futuristic at all; in fact, it looks good with a suit or at a wedding. Or, going to the beach.

It doesn't look crazy-futuristic at all; in fact, it looks good with a suit or at a wedding. Or, going to the beach.

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80%

If you want a smartwatch that doesn't look like a smartwatch, the Pebble Steel will satisfy.

If you want a smartwatch that doesn't look like a smartwatch, the Pebble Steel will satisfy.

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80%

Given the original Pebble's candy-colored, cool-kid plastic roots, the Pebble Steel brings a remarkable level of craftmanship to the table.

Given the original Pebble's candy-colored, cool-kid plastic roots, the Pebble Steel brings a remarkable level of craftmanship to the table.

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80%

There are hundreds of apps and countless watch faces available for the Pebble. And it's not just a ragtag group of half-baked apps anymore; …

There are hundreds of apps and countless watch faces available for the Pebble. And it's not just a ragtag group of half-baked apps anymore; Pebble scored some big name partnerships, such as apps from Yelp and ESPN.

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70%

Pebble’s software has come a long way in the past year, but it’s still a bit of a work in progress.

Pebble’s software has come a long way in the past year, but it’s still a bit of a work in progress.

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70%

Slick new look says “I’m a technology professional” rather than “I’m an early adopter dork.”

Slick new look says “I’m a technology professional” rather than “I’m an early adopter dork.”

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60%

For the most part the fairly low resolution of the display won't bother you. Text is readable, clock faces look smooth and it's more than en…

For the most part the fairly low resolution of the display won't bother you. Text is readable, clock faces look smooth and it's more than enough for a device you'll only be glancing down at.

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That eight app limit is a pain, however: It’s like Sophie’s Choice trying to figure out whether you want the app that controls your Philips …

That eight app limit is a pain, however: It’s like Sophie’s Choice trying to figure out whether you want the app that controls your Philips Hue lighting system or the one that offers on-wrist package tracking.

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As a piece of fashion, I think the Pebble Steel hits all the right marks. As a woman, I might prefer something a little more rounded and fem…

As a piece of fashion, I think the Pebble Steel hits all the right marks. As a woman, I might prefer something a little more rounded and feminine, but I can't fault the design cues of the Pebble Steel as it exists right now.

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What it still does best, though, is funnel notifications from your phone to your wrist. You can now scroll through multiple recent alerts, r…

What it still does best, though, is funnel notifications from your phone to your wrist. You can now scroll through multiple recent alerts, rather than seeing just the very latest, and it's a brilliant way to triage what's arriving on your smartphone without pulling it out of your pocket each and every time.

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Does building a Pebble out of metal rather than plastic make it look classier? Yes, but no wrist-worn gadget with a big monochrome screen is…

Does building a Pebble out of metal rather than plastic make it look classier? Yes, but no wrist-worn gadget with a big monochrome screen is going to exude understated elegance.

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It's puuuuurty. The Pebble Steel's main goal is just to look more respectable than the nerd-toy it is, and it pulls that off wonderfully.

It's puuuuurty. The Pebble Steel's main goal is just to look more respectable than the nerd-toy it is, and it pulls that off wonderfully.

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Pebble Steel won't be challenging anything from Tissot or Tag Heuer for elegance or glamour.

Pebble Steel won't be challenging anything from Tissot or Tag Heuer for elegance or glamour.

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