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Pebble opens pre-orders for its next smartwatch, the Time Steel

By Gabe Carey
Aug 6, 2015
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  1. [parsehtml]<p><img src="http://www.techspot.com/images2/news/bigimage/2015/08/2015-08-06-image-21.jpg" /></p> <p>Smartwatch pioneer Pebble is at it again, opening up pre-orders for the <a href="http://www.techspot.com/news/59930-pebble-announces-pebble-time-steel-here-how-upgrade.html">Pebble Time Steel</a>, only weeks after launching the more affordable $199 <a href="http://www.techspot.com/products/audio-video/pebble-time.119721/">Pebble Time</a>.</p> <p>The steel variant of the Pebble Time will be available six-to-eight weeks after pre-ordering, although the device is promised to reach Kickstarter backers within a week. The Time Steel is said to bring the design and functionality of the vanilla Pebble Time, but with a body made entirely of steel along with a better display and battery life. For $249, you can purchase one with a leather strap. Alternatively, steel band edition is available for $299.</p> <p>Early impressions are already trickling in. <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2015/8/6/9108023/pebble-time-steel-preorder-launch-review">The Verge</a> reports that after spending six days with the Pebble Time Steel, it didn&#39;t require a single recharging, and that while it&#39;s marginally bulkier than the standard Pebble Time watch, those criticisms are negated by a larger battery and sturdier build quality.</p> <p>The Time Steel packs a significantly improved display over that of the Time smartwatch. The tiny 64-color LCD still bears a limited palette and muted colors, but it&#39;s notably less reflective, bringing an improved indoor reading quality. Unlike the Time display, the Time Steel also forgoes the air gap located between the glass lens and LCD panel.</p> <p>Unfortunately, its companion app on iOS and Android is reportedly difficult to work with and, perhaps unsurprisingly, considerably less functional on Apple&#39;s devices than on Android. It should be noted that at $249 - $299, the Pebble Steel is approaching Apple Watch territory, which starts at $349 with more optimal iOS compatibility.</p> <p>While on Android, Time Steel users can respond to messages from their watches with emojis, generic preset responses, or voice dictation, there&#39;s no option to do so on iOS. And, unfortunately, it&#39;s also impossible to personalize notifications, unlike with Apple Watch.</p> <p>For the price, unless an extensive battery life, an always-on display, and compatibility across multiple devices are determining factors in whether to purchase a smartwatch or not, it may be a better idea to look elsewhere for your next (first?) smartwatch. This holds especially true if you&#39;re on Android considering most watches sporting Android Wear are accompanied by lower price tags than the Pebble Time Steel.</p><p><a rel='alternate' href='http://www.techspot.com/news/61669-pebble-opens-pre-orders-next-smartwatch-time-steel.html' target='_blank'>Permalink to story.</a></p><p class='permalink'><a rel='alternate' href='http://www.techspot.com/news/61669-pebble-opens-pre-orders-next-smartwatch-time-steel.html'>http://www.techspot.com/news/61669-pebble-opens-pre-orders-next-smartwatch-time-steel.html</a></p>[/parsehtml]
     
  2. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,004   +775

    It's a shame (although not surprising) about the rubbish iOS integration, the battery life and always on screen are awesome, I would have picked one of these up had Apple allowed better integration.

    I guess I'll be waiting quite some time until Apple Watch can last this long on a single charge
     
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2015

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