The Pebble Time Steel which was originally a kickstarter project created a lot of hype because it was supposed to be a cheaper alternative for the expensive Apple Watch.
After launching the plastic strap edition, Pebble has come up with a steel strap which is a much better improvement and feels solid in terms of build quality. However, at $249, it might make a lot of people wonder whether they should really spend it for a couple of features or go with the Sports edition which starts at $350. Here’s the answer to your question.
Why You Should Buy it?
The Pebble Time Steel and Leather Watch editions are amazingly premium. When you wear it in your hand, the materials will gel onto your skin and will feel like any other watch you have worn in the past. But, there’s a huge difference because this one is capable of doing a lot more than just showing you the time.
It has 30 meters of water resistance combined with GPS and NFC. A wide range of popular apps are available including ESPN for sports updates, weather app, Uber for cabs, social media sites among others. The watch is also a great way to promote your fitness activities as it helps you keep track of distance travelled, calories burned and works with a wide range of fitness apps.
Above all, the battery life has been significantly increased in the new Steel which promises up to 10 days of continuous usage. That’s a massive number and is a convenient one that buyers would appreciate.
The Pebble Time Steel is a great device but it lacks the sophistication that an Apple Watch or Samsung smart wearable would offer. The color e-paper looks somewhat like a toy especially when you start using it on a daily basis.
Being used to OLED and Gorilla Glass displays on every device, this is a huge step down. The size of the display limits most activities and it doesn’t allow you to do as many activities an actual smart watch would allow.
People don’t need smart watches to be honest because they simply make your life miserable by keeping you connected all day long. But, if you really want own, pay the $100 extra and go for an Apple Watch Sports edition or other cheaper alternatives including Asus Zenwatch and Moto 260.
It’s a great start and a good device but Pebble should either up the features or bring the cost down to convince the buyer community.