Pebble Time Steelby Pebble

  • Pebble Time Steel
  • Pebble Time Steel
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Recommended, but seriously flawed. There are probably better alternatives.
73%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The updated styling and optional steel band make the Pebble Time Steel more "grown up" looking than previous editions.
  • Ten days of battery life position the Pebble Time Steel as the smartwatch with the hands-down best battery life on the market.
  • All steel construction makes the watch more rugged than its predecessors.

CONS

  • The display is just as dark and washed out as its sister watch, the Pebble Time.
  • It's not as polished as Apple Watch--notifications come to both the Pebble and phone, for example, instead of just the watch the way Apple does.
  • The Pebble Time Steel, like all Pebbles, is somewhat hobbled on iOS, since Apple's platform doesn't let third-party devices do as much as Android allows.
The Pebble Time Steel is the premium version of the Pebble Time--pretty much the same, except it has all-steel construction, is about a millimeter thicker, and has a slightly better battery life (10 days as compared to 7). Otherwise, everything you can say about the Pebble Time also applies to the steel version. It features the new well-reviewed timeline interface, is compatible with thousands of older apps, has a dim e-paper color display and is waterproof to about 3 atmospheres. It's the latest version of the device that essentially kicked off the current smartphone craze, and it works with both iOS and Android. One thing to be aware of: Kickstarter backers got both leather and steel bands, but everyone else only gets leather; the steel band is optional.
NamePebble Time SteelMoto 360 (2015)Pebble Time RoundGear S2Q Founder
ManufacturerPebbleMotorolaPebbleSamsungFossil
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80%

But like the ordinary Time, the Pebble Time Steel is arguably one of the best smartwatches currently available and one of very few that work…

But like the ordinary Time, the Pebble Time Steel is arguably one of the best smartwatches currently available and one of very few that work with both Android and iPhones.

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80%

90 per cent of the time when I use the Pebble Time, it’s for notifications. As you receive one, it gives you a vibrate buzz and shows up on …

90 per cent of the time when I use the Pebble Time, it’s for notifications. As you receive one, it gives you a vibrate buzz and shows up on the display, nudging the clock display out the way (there’s still a time read-out at the top). You can then use the side buttons to scroll through all your recent notifications.

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80%

If you thought the Pebble Time's bezel was a bit thick, you'll probably do a double-take when you see the Pebble Time Steel. That black bar …

If you thought the Pebble Time's bezel was a bit thick, you'll probably do a double-take when you see the Pebble Time Steel. That black bar surrounding the screen is even bigger now, with the unfortunate effect that the display seems to have shrunk towards the middle of the panel.

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70%

What Pebble still needs to catch up on is apps - it has fitness covered by Misfit and Jawbone integrations and new big names like Uber but t…

What Pebble still needs to catch up on is apps - it has fitness covered by Misfit and Jawbone integrations and new big names like Uber but there's still a rookie flavour to its selection of apps.

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70%

It's a watch first, smartwatch second. It's low-key, always on, and skips a touchscreen in favor of physical buttons.

It's a watch first, smartwatch second. It's low-key, always on, and skips a touchscreen in favor of physical buttons.

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70%

Like most smartwatches, the Time Steel suffers from a lack of actionable options for notifications. Even if you can send a canned text messa…

Like most smartwatches, the Time Steel suffers from a lack of actionable options for notifications. Even if you can send a canned text message, you can't compose a new message or dictate a Tweet or Facebook post, nor can you forward an email to a colleague.

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Later this year, Pebble Time Steel and Pebble Time owners will be able to swap out their normal bands for ones that have all sorts of new po…

Later this year, Pebble Time Steel and Pebble Time owners will be able to swap out their normal bands for ones that have all sorts of new powers. Everything from measuring fitness in new ways to giving you an extra battery life for up to four weeks on a single charge.

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The Time Steel fixes most of my gripes about the regular Time — better buttons, better screen — and puts everything in a package that looks …

The Time Steel fixes most of my gripes about the regular Time — better buttons, better screen — and puts everything in a package that looks nicer, and feels better on my wrist.

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The time is always on without having to flick your wrist, and the battery life is outstanding. In fact, the Time Steel promises up to 10 day…

The time is always on without having to flick your wrist, and the battery life is outstanding. In fact, the Time Steel promises up to 10 days of use instead of the Time's seven (perhaps that's why it's 1mm thicker).

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The Time Steel’s biggest drawback, especially compared to the Apple Watch, is its limited functionality on iOS. Just like the regular Time, …

The Time Steel’s biggest drawback, especially compared to the Apple Watch, is its limited functionality on iOS. Just like the regular Time, the Time Steel can’t do much with notifications other than clear them — there’s no option to reply with a canned response or voice dictation as you can with the Apple Watch.

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People more concerned about aesthetics -- and a watch is jewelry, after all -- will be put off by its dim display, lack of touch screen and …

People more concerned about aesthetics -- and a watch is jewelry, after all -- will be put off by its dim display, lack of touch screen and retro bezel.

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Most sequels are iffy at best, but the Pebble Time Steel ($250 list) took everything that was great about the original Pebble Steel and made…

Most sequels are iffy at best, but the Pebble Time Steel ($250 list) took everything that was great about the original Pebble Steel and made it better. First up: an always-on screen, this time in color.

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Positive Reviews
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Flawed but still my favorite
Pebble's 2nd-gen smartwatch still suffers from the dork factor, with an annoyingly wide bezel around the screen and a color display that looks washed-out much of the time. However, it's cross-platform compatible, great at notifications, and able to last a whopping 9-10 days on a charge. The big complaint is price: at $300 for the Time Steel with a metal wristband, it's barely less expensive than an Apple Watch (which has vastly superior hardware).
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Most functional smartwatch
While not impressive whatsoever in its design, this watch is easily the best smartwatch if functionality is your primary metric. With a whopping 10 days of battery life, and a brilliantly intuitive timeline UI for its homescreen, the Pebble Time Steel does everything that Androidwear and apple watch do with much less effort.

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