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Pebble Steel Smart Watch for iPhone and Android Devices Reviews

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Pebble Steel Smart Watch for iPhone and Android Devices

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385 of 397 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very pleased., August 15, 2014
DCM (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

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I have a bit of a geeky job, but I don’t like to look like some dork from the Jetson’s. (showing my age with that reference already!)

Until now, all these smart-watches were pretty silly looking. I also found them a bit pointless. I mean, I’ve got a smart phone, why do I want all the same crap on my wrist? So, wrist phone/camera/email, etc…. all seemed "cool", but not with a gigantic watch that everyone is going to gawk at. I like to be a bit understated.

So, here comes the Pebble Steel. I’ve got to say, I bought it on a whim and have been very pleased. Here’s why:

Just on the "looks", I was concerned. I’ve got really skinny wrists, and I was really worried it would look idiotic. Nope. It’s a lot smaller than you’d think and it looks fine.

I like to swim in the bay before work, so I need a waterproof watch. Shower & Sauna too. 🙂

I also hate having to squint at screens in the sun. The paper-white is bright in the sun and lights up in the dark. Awesome.

Now, there’s been a lot of comments about functionality. This is actually an issue. My purpose for getting the watch was originally because I miss a lot of texts from my wife because I’ve got my phone on the charger at work while I have loud music on. I figured the little buzz on my wrist would fix that. (and it does perfectly).

The thing that some people have been thinking is a problem (not being able to type responses, etc…), really is an advantage. There are a LOT of emails that come in which don’t really need a reply to, or can be replied to later. If I have my phone open, I’m always responding, since it’s right there. With the Pebble, I see it and then generally leave my phone in my pocket unless I REALLY need to respond.

Just yesterday, I was on the bus and had my 3yr old on my lap. Buzz Buzz, glanced at my watch, it was a call from a crazy client I didn’t want to talk to. So I didn’t have to tell my kid to get off while I dug my phone out of my pocket. I DID get a text from my wife telling me to meet her at a Caffe, and I hadn’t felt the buzz in my pocket, but did on the watch, so I got off in time and replied from my phone once my hands were free.

So, notifications are very cool. It’s an enhancement, not a replacement.

There are also a ton of apps, more every day. I use one to check the tides (so I don’t get swept under the GG bridge by surprise). You can even program it to do whatever other things you want. People have it controlling their home, etc… for me: weather, time, notifications, and controlling music (google play, pandora, ds audio, sound cloud, etc…) is awesome.

The interface is really a lot like the old palm pilots. Yes, they’re way gone into the history of gadgets, but it works. Honestly, I don’t care if it is in DOS. I just like things to be easy and work. This is SUPER easy, Very professional looking, Very solid and just a good all around product.

I’m super happy with it and the folks at Pebble should be proud of their work.


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151 of 158 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars
Still the Best Smartwatch, October 26, 2014


The Smartwatch so far has been pretty much a niche market and what’s been available currently has been more or less a letdown. Complaints usually have to do with design, performance, battery life and practicality which just about all of them suffer from. Consumers and critics have been let down by Android Wear watches and Samsung Gear watches have been laughed it.

With Apple promising something revolutionary in early 2015 with their Watch, the Pebble has continued to sell since 2013. Now with a recent price reduction of the original watch down to , and the Steel to 9 on top of several software upgrades since the beginning, how does it compete today and how far will it go as OEMs continue to gear up on smart watches?


The Pebble Steel is a good looking watch. Why? Because it looks like a good looking watch vs something that came out of an old sci-fi movie. Unlike the first Pebble Watch, the Steel looks much closer to a high end watch made with a Gorilla Glass display with of course, an all steel body which feels solid. The watch body itself is squared sized at 39 x 36.8 x 10.25 weighing at 59g (with the steel band) which fares well with standard sized watches. It’s not too thick nor is it oversized for the average sized man. I would have liked a round face watch but don’t mind the Steel.

Like most conventional watches, the Pebble Steel is 5 ATM water resistant so you wear it in the shower without too much worry or if you wash your hands with your watch on. I don’t recommend swimming with it so take it off!

You also have a selection of leather and matte black or brushed stainless steel watch bands. I personally prefer the steel watch bands which gives it a much more unified look, but that’s just my taste and I am glad choices are offered. My only gripe with the steel watchband is that it creaks quite a bit and feels a little thin and somewhat flimsy at times. Maybe it’s because I’m so used to wearing my Rado and Armani watch so I’m somewhat of a watch snob.

The buttons on the watch are well placed and make navigation through the Pebble really intuitive, unlike any Android Wear device which is a mess. On the left you have a single “home / power on” button that also activates the backlight. On the right side you have a site of 3 navigation buttons. The middle button takes you to the menu and the top and bottom buttons are to scroll up and down. The middle button is also used to make a selection. It’s really simple and I had it figured out in a minute.

The watch charges magnetically via USB cable and takes a cue from Apple’s MagSafe charger, but it does take some fiddling to find that sweet spot to get it to charge correctly. Thankfully, there is a charging indicator on the face of the watch that let’s you know if it’s charging.


Like the original Pebble Watch, the Steel features an LCD 1.26-inch e-paper display which is really easy to read. Not only that, Pebble made’s reasoning for going with an e-ink display is to extend the battery life with the current battery technology it comes equipped with. The display also comes with a backlight, which I mentioned earlier that can be activated with the press of a button or simply flicking your wrist. With the competition out there with colored screens such as the Moto 360, Samsung Gear, and even the upcoming Apple Watch, Pebble has to figure out how it’s going to keep up with the competition.

Performance and Interface

Setting the watch up was quite simple on both my HTC One (M8) running Android 4.4.3 and iPhone 6 running iOS 8.1. All you need to do is download the Pebble Watch app from the Google Play or Apple App Store, launch the application and then follow the instructions to pair your devices. It might be tricky for some but it literally takes a matter of minutes. Afterwards you can test to see if you get notifications onto your watch.

The Pebble application itself is an App Store that has that has a wide selection of watch faces, games, fitness trackers, and utilities. Keep in mind that the Pebble is limited to only up to 8 applications at a time so you may need to store them in the Pebble Locker on the smartphone app if you need immediate access to it. Personally, I think 8 apps is plenty. I have a few watch faces installed, Leaf (let’s me control my Nest Thermostat from my wrist) and Misfit to track my steps. I mainly use the watch to tell time (duh) and to view and dismiss my phone’s notifications which is the watch’s key feature.

So how do the notifications work? Someone sends me a next message and boom, the Pebble Watch vibrates and you can read the text and then dismiss it. Use WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger? Those will work on the watch as well. Simply put,…

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133 of 145 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
It’s not a novelty. A necessity., July 8, 2014
Blue Socks “BS” (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

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This is my second Pebble watch and it doesn’t disappoint.

With the brushed stainless case and gorilla glass bezel and leather band, most folks don’t know that I’m wearing a smart watch.

I use it primarily for reading text messages while I’m in meetings or driving, meeting reminders with call-in information, caller ID and of course telling the time and reading the weather with my favorite watch face.

I’ve used other apps as needed…yelp, pandora, starbucks, sport scores, gps directions all without having to pull out my phone. Great to use if you’re walking around big cities, I don’t feel vulnerable having my iPhone out and about as I have had one stolen out of my hand before in San Francisco. There’s a ton of apps and watch faces to choose from, I never knew that I would get so much use out of it. It’s not a novelty. A necessity.

Battery life is great, an overnight charge lasts a week and I’ve used the vibrating alarm clock to wake me up for early morning flights so I don’t wake up my wife.

Great product, highly recommended.


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