Pebble Time Steel is one of those smart watches that arrived on the market and surprised everyone with the features it offered and the superior functions compared to many other smart watches out there. Now becoming a mainstream brand, despite not being known only a few years ago; Pebble has come a long way in cementing their place as excellent makers of wearable technology.
Model: Time Steel
The Pebble Time Steel is a step above the inexpensive starter smart watch that was introduced by Pebble for only $99. While still popular and on the market, Pebble began creating additional lines of smart watches for users who had additional desires and needs.
The design of the Pebble Time Steel begins with the square watch face with a stainless steel chassis and bezel. Due to the layout of the display screen and the band, the Pebble has a similar display shape as the Apple Watch, but with the various customization options and color tones, it looks from the exterior, more attractive. However, unlike the Apple Watch, the Pebble Time Steel only comes in one size: 40.5mm x 37.5mm x 10.5mm, which is right in the middle between the standard women and standard men sizes.
The Tech Specs:
- Square Watch Face and Casing
- Size: 40.5mm x 37.5mm x 10.5mm
- Battery Life: Up to 10 days
- Compatible: iPhone 4S and Above running iOS8 / Android devices running 4.3 (Jelly Bean) and above
- Tactile, textured buttons for easy, eyes-free control
- Magnetic charging cable (works in any USB port)
- Marine Grade Stainless Steel Chassis and Bezel; PVD coated in matte with polished detailing
- Always on, color e-paper display with LED Backlight
- 5D tough, glass display thickness
- 22mm band options
- Pebble Appstore (thousands of applications and watch faces to choose)
- Misfit and Jawbone features (tracks sleep, activity, and steps)
- Water Resistant Depth: Up to 30 meters
- Features: Applications, social media, SMS Text, Hangouts, Gmail, Facebook Messenger, voice features, health and fitness, notifications, Uber, custom watch faces, Pandora, streaming, and more.
The Pebble Time Steel is compatible with iPhone 4S and above, running iOS 8 and is compatible with all Android devices 4.3 (Jelly Bean) and above. This makes this smart watch an attractive option for a larger pool of potential buyers.
The battery life is one of the most impressive aspects of this smart watch. With up to 10 days of battery life, depending on usage, this is one of the highest battery lives in such a functional smart watch, outside the Vector Luna and the Huawei Watch.
This smart watch is perfect for those who are into sports, fitness, swimming, and other outdoor activities. There are features that are perfect for this to be used as a sports watch. This includes: water resistance up to 30 meters, an always-on color display using e-paper display which makes it a breeze to see in the sunlight, Marine Grade Stainless Steel case, options for waterproof and rubber bands and bracelets, voice reply, notification settings, health and fitness applications, a tough 2.5D glass display, and a long battery life.
This smart watch would be perfect for longer camping trips, long runs, outdoor activities, and more.
The battery life is more than impressive with life up to 10 days, and the options for different materials and bands are impressive and useful for any situation from sportswear, to work, casual, or dress.
The materials used are high-grade and the features as well as various options for the watch face, make the Pebble Time Steel a versatile and affordable smart watch.
Thousands of applications and watch faces can be found in the Pebble App Store.
Lastly, this smart watch is compatible with both Apple iOS and all Android devices above a certain specification (see The Tech Specs above).
As for the bad, there are aspects to any smart watch that may not check off all the needs of a smart watch user. While the Pebble Time Steel has just about everything a user could want in a smart watch, some users wish that it came with a traditional or other circular display face, rather than the square face that is reminiscent of the Apple Watch.
However, due to the additions and the tactile buttons added to the Pebble that the Apple Watch does not have, the overall look and style is different and for many, may not be such a deal breaker. However, some diversity in the face display is preferred for many potential buyers.
On the whole, there are not many bad aspects about the Pebble Time Steel smart watch. While it does not have all of the functions of the Samsung Gear S2 while going for a similar price, it has features that may interest active users more.
The highlight of the Pebble Time Steel has to be its long battery life. Finding a smart watch that utilizes applications, notifications, messaging, music, touch screen capabilities, etc… it is everyone’s focus to find the smart watch that has the features they desire, with the look they want, and the price they need it to be.
With a battery that can last up to 10 days depending on usage, this Pebble has continued to impress.
The functionality of the Pebble Time Steel is very impressive—from its processing speed, touch screen responsiveness, ease of navigation, excellent health and fitness apps, notification features, water resistance, beautiful case material, color e-paper display with LED backlight, long battery life, and other features of this Pebble smart watch—the functionality has proven to be quick, efficient, and accurate.
Easy to use and navigate, the Pebble Time Steel is perfect for active wearers who want all the perks of a smart watch at the price of a mainstream watch.
The Pebble Time Steel begins at a price of $249.99 and higher, depending on the band type purchased for the Time Steel.
You can purchase the Pebble Time Steel from retailers online and in store, including on Pebble’s website, at: https://www.pebble.com/buy-pebble-time-steel-smartwatch.
My overall impression of the Pebble is how impressive it is. A few years ago, most people did not know who Pebble was, their reputation, or the quality of their work. However, now, Pebble is a well-known maker of wearable technology and has built a reputation on quality, design, functional features, reasonably priced technology, and has become a mainstream maker of smart watches.
The Pebble Time Steel is a model by Pebble that is different than the others in their lineup, and has attracted a following of Apple and Android-based users who are looking for a specific type of smart watch. Water resistant, perfect for active wear, excellent functions, a great variety of features, excellent pricing, an impressive 10 day battery life, and superior display that is perfect for full sunlight conditions, are just a few features that make the Pebble different from other mainstream smart watches.
While the design hits a snag for some people, with the square display face, some like it and find it to be a perfect style for their work out ensemble. However, overall, this Pebble model excels in all other areas and is one smart watch to keep an eye on in the future.