Pebble Time Steel

Quick review of the Pebble Time Steel

Pebble Time SteelPebble can be considered as one of the oldest smartwatch companies in the world. Pebble Time Steel is the latest addition to their lineup of smartwatches. In fact, it is the successor of Pebble Steel. This new smartwatch comes along with a wide range of new and interesting features. Brand new design, color screen and the revamped software holds a prominent place out of them.


Who is it for?

Pebble Time Steel can be purchased from the market at a reasonable price tag of $250. If you are looking for a fashionable smartwatch that is equipped with a curved glass and aluminum body, you can think of purchasing it. However, it is important to keep in mind that Pebble Time Steel does not come along with all the whistles and bells that can be found in Apple and Android smartwatches – no digital scroll wheel, no heart sensors and no touchscreen.

Design

The first thing that you would notice in Pebble Time Steel is its metallic and angular design. It is more curved than the predecessors. The design of Pebble Time Steel consists of a soft aluminum body, a subtly curved glass screen and a polished bezel. These features have enhanced the elegant appearance of the watch. The smartwatch is paired with a leather band and it has delivered a handsome look to the watch. It matches perfectly well with the personality and style of modern world men.

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Display

The Pebble Time Steel features an e-paper screen. The original Pebble had a monochrome screen, but this comes along with a color display. The machined stainless steel buttons can be used to navigate through the available features. This display is equipped with a 64 color palette and it has a frame rate of 30 frames per second.

Battery Life

The color display of Pebble Time Steel has significantly reduced the battery life. You will be able to use the smartwatch for 10 consecutive days after a full charge. This will keep you away from the hassle of daily charging.

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Using it

The user interface of Pebble Time Steel is the same as original Pebble. It is simple and user friendly and you can access all the features that you want with minimum hassle. In fact, you will be able to receive seamless notification to your wrist through this smartwatch. It comes along with basic fitness tracking features as well.

Smart straps

Pebble Time Steel is compatible with a wide range of smart straps and they have the potential to enhance the functionality of it. For example, the smart watch does not have GPS tracking or heart rate monitoring. You can experience those features by purchasing smart straps that are compatible with the watch.

People who are looking to get notifications on the wrist without pulling the phone out can think of purchasing this smartwatch. It is the best looking smartwatch that you can purchase for the price range

Which smartwatch to buy in 2015 : Motorola 360 2, Tag Heuer Carrera, Samsung Gear S2 ?

I wouldn’t say I am a fan of smartwatch, i just owe a Samsung Smartband and recently a LG Urbane. But to honest, I’m following the market, and always open to buy a new smartwatch.  I have been quite impressed by the LG Urbane and Huawei smartwatch at Mobile World Congress this wear and I went for the LG as the Huawei was, and is not yet available.

This wearable market is becoming massive and all the manufacturers are going to show their new toys, so this is what you have or will have in stock in 2015 if you are looking to buy a smartwatch.

Samsung just announced the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5 this week along with a teaser for their new rounded smartwatch. Techradar gives us some insight on what to expect from the new Samsung Gear S2. Here the most important features :

  1. Rotating Bezel
  2. We already knew it, but the Gear S2 won’t run Android Wear
  3. Hearth rate monitor
  4. The Gear S2 will also be focused on sport and Fitness
  5. Intuitive interface
  6. S voice feature

We will know more in September 3rd at the IFA in Berlin

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Motorola Moto 360 2

The Motorola 360 is quite a good smartwatch, being the clear leader in total Smartwatch sale in 2014 according to a study written by Canalys . Yang Yuanqing, Lenovo Chairman is going to surf on this success by launching a successor to the original Moto 360. The first rumours states that the Moto 360 2 will feature a 360 x 360 resolution display and is going by the codename Smelt. Here few pictures that have been leaked.

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 Tag Heuer is working closely with Google and Intel for their first smartwatch, the Tag Heuer Carrera Wearable 01. While all the software side is developed in the Silicon Valley, the rest is built in Switzerland. The Tag Heuer Carrera Wearable 01 will be a true jewel of technology with a lot a built in sensors (steps,calories..), a battery life of around 40h, which is quite compared to what is offered at the moment.

Also, one thing will differentiate this smartwatch from the competition, is it will incorporate interchangeable components that will let you upgrade the Carrera Wearable. We also know the price, $1400, and it will be available in November in the US.

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I had the chance to see the Huawei Watch during my stay in Barcelona for the Mobile World Congress and was impressed by the quality of the display and « real watch » feeling. We already know a couple of thing about this smartwatch :

  •  AMOLED screen, 1.4 inches at 286ppi
  • Qualcomm processor at 1.2GHz
  • 4 Go internal memory
  • 512 of RAM
  • 300 mAh battery
  • 3 colors: Black, Gold and Silver

You can find all the specs on the official Huawei Watch page.

We still don’t know when the Huawei Watch will be release, but it may be pushed after summer 2015.

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Asus ZenWatch 2

Asus introduced the ZenWatch 2 during the Computex in Taipei earlier this year. The ZenWatch 2 will have the same curve as the first ZenWatch, but Asus did manage to add some new elements.

  • Android Wear 5.1.1
  • Ecran AMOLED 2.5D, Gorilla Glass 3
  • Processeur Qualcomm
  • Certified IP 67
  • 2 sizes : W1501Q = 49 x 41 mm or W1502Q : 45 x 37 mm
  • Wristband 18mm ou 22mm
  • Side bouton
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The Pebble Time Steel, a more luxurious version of the Pebble Time, is now available to pre order . What differentiate the Pebble Smartwatch from the rest of the competition ? It’s a smartwatch that contains only the essential features (not saying that in a pejorative way) and that lasts! While the Pebble Time has a battery life of 7 days, the Steel version can last 10 days! This is due to the e-paper display and the less evolved LCD screen.

While the Pebble Time has a battery life of 7 days, the Steel version can last 10 days!

You can find common apps for your Pebble Time Steel and the watch is compatible with IOS and Android. The Pebble Time Steel will cost you $250. It will ship to new buyers in 6 to 8 weeks. All of the color options are still available, including the red-gold combo and the ones with metal bands.

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This article was a non exhaustive list of smartwatches, but there are  much more out there ! so stay tuned for more news