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Pebble Time Steel Review

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The Pebble Time Steel is the latest top end device in Pebbles range.  Fresh from a Kickstarter campaign, the new Steel Time was recently delivered and replaces an aging first generation original Pebble.

Due to arrive with two straps, a leather and steel strap, at the time of review the ‘Steel’ element was missing due to production problems.  This is meant to be getting shipped on separately in the near future.

The design difference between an original Pebble and the Pebble Time Steel is immediately noticeable, next to each other the original Pebble looks like a prototype for the Pebble Time Steel.  The 4 button design remains, with one on the left and three on the right, but the overall build quality is vastly superior.

How you use the buttons has changed as well with the latest ‘Time’ interface providing a far better user experience (we’ll come back to that shortly).

The big change is the introduction of a colour eInk display.  As well as the introduction of colour the display has a higher resolution and much quicker refresh rate, so quick animations look really smooth and menu items swoosh around without any delay.

The screen takes a little getting used to, especially if you compare your chosen watch face to the same on your mobile Pebble app.  Many watch faces look really good on the mobile screen but can appear somewhat washed out on the Pebble screen.

Overall the Pebble Time Steel looks less chunky than the original Pebble, it looks like a proper watch rather than a geeky gimmick.

There is now a small microphone under the bottom right hand button and this is used when replying to messages.  Rather than having to dig your mobile out you can read the message, choose to reply (with either a pre-set text, emoji or via voice) and send a message right from your wrist.  In practice the voice transcription works well providing you speak clearly into the microphone.

The new range of Pebbles come with new software that provides a more fluid user interface.  When you look at the watch you’ll have whatever watch face you’ve selected, but by pressing the top or bottom button this will change to show your timeline of calendar events, very useful for quickly seeing what’s next.

If you have a particular app you use a lot you don’t need to wade through the menus, it can be set as a shortcut when you long hold either the top or bottom key, really useful if you use the music playback controls a lot.

The range of watch faces available at launch is impressive, with the majority free to download.  There are also a number of apps ready to go, for example the Leaf app allows you to control your Nest Home Thermostat from your wrist.

While you may get a great number of apps on other watches the one area they can’t touch is batter life.  The Pebble Time Steel easily lasts a week from a full charge, with the battery dropping around 10% a day.  Charging is just a matter of using the included magnetic charging cable and it’s great not to have to worry that your watch might run out of power halfway through the day.

And you no longer need to worry about storage space.  Gone are the days of having a limited number of watch faces or apps, instead the Pebble and companion app manage that for you, if you select an app that isn’t on your Pebble it automatically installs and starts, giving the appearance that it was on the watch all along.

The original Pebble was a brilliant smartwatch, if you held off on upgrading to the incremental updates then nows the time to treat yourself as the Pebble Time Steel is a genuine leap forward in terms of build quality and user interface.

You’ll often find Pebbles sold on Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1hEvVDy and USA: http://amzn.to/1WQyJ0r

Alternativly check out Pebbles website: https://getpebble.com/

Fitbit Charge 3 Advanced Fitness Tracker with Heart Rate, Swim Tracking & 7 Day Battery - Graphite/Black, One Size

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Features

  • Built swimproof and water resistant to 50M, Charge 3 automatically tracks swim workouts and can be worn in shower, pool and beyond.
  • With a battery life of up to 7 days, Fitbit Charge 3 keeps the insights and inspiration coming day and night. Varies with use and other factors.
  • Use 24/7 heart rate to better track calorie burn, optimise workouts and uncover health trends that inspire you to make moves on your health and fitness goals.
  • Fitbit Charge 3 automatically recognises exercises like runs, swims, elliptical, sports and more and records them for you in the Fitbit app.
  • Get a better understanding of your sleep quality, get helpful insights about each night and set a sleep schedule with bedtime reminders to actively work toward a consistent routine.

TRUMiRR Compatible with Samsung Gear S3 Watchband, 22mm Italy Genuine Leather Watch Band Quick Release Strap Wrist Bracelet for Moto 360 2 46mm Men, Pebble Time/Steel, LG G, Vector, Amazfit

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  • APPLICATION: Specially designed for Samsung Gear S3 Frontier/S3 Classic, and also compatible with all 22mm lug watches, such as Moto 360 2nd 46mm, Pebble Time/Steel, LG G Watch W100/W110/W150, Asus ZenWatch 1 2 Men WI500Q WI501Q, Fossil, Seiko, Casio, etc.
  • SUPERB MATERIALS: Made of Italy genuine calf leather with unique Trefoil Pattern, it offers a new stylish look to your gear S3. Crafted stitching with moderate softness, it will never be thread loosing and very comfortable to wear. 316L stainless steel buckle with double-layer electroplating is robust and durable.
  • QUICK RELEASE & SIZE ADJUSTABLE: Quick release design makes it easier to install and detach the band, just by hand, no tool needed; Fit wrists 6.7''- 8.7''(170mm-220mm), covering the majority of people. Please kindly check your wrist size before buying it.
  • FIT FOR MANY OCCASIONS: This bracelet is fashionable, high grade, and water/sweat-proof, giving a nice professional look on any occasion, no matter casual, daily, business or even sports.
  • LIFETIME WARRANTY - Lifetime Warranty for a refund or replacement. And 24 hour within reply. Package includes: 1 x Watchband, 3 x Quick Release Spring Bar (2 Fixed on the Band, and 1 for Spare), 1 x Watch Tool (Just for Spare)

Fitbit Versa 2 Health & Fitness Smartwatch with Voice Control, Sleep Score & Music, Bordeaux, with Alexa built-in

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Features

  • Use built-in Amazon Alexa to get quick news, info and weather, set bedtime reminders and alarms, control your smart home devices and more—just by speaking to your smartwatch.
  • See the quality of each night’s sleep by measuring heart rate, time asleep, time awake, time in deep and REM sleep and restlessness. Environmental Requirements: Operating temperature: -10° to 45°C, Maximum operating altitude: 8,535 m
  • Use 24/7 heart rate tracking to better track calorie burn, optimise effort during workouts, see your resting heart rate trends and cardio fitness level in the Fitbit app.
  • Control your Spotify app and add Deezer playlists—plus store and play 300+ songs on your wrist. Subscriptions required.
  • Get notifications for calls, texts, calendar events and apps like Gmail and Facebook—plus send quick replies right from your wrist. Works when your phone is nearby; quick replies on Android only.

Mark J Draper is a self-confessed gadget lover who forged a career in the telecommunication and utility industry while maintaining a hobby of writing and filming reviews that are published on YouTube and Reviewify.co.uk.