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Pebble Time Steel Review

Pebble Time Steel Review

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  • Heart rate measurement Continuous tracking of heart rate in training mode and control of heart rate day and night for gradual improvement of general health

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/

5 / 5 stars     

Withings Steel HR Hybrid Smartwatch - Fitness watch with heart rate and activity measurement, 36mm - White grey silicone strap

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Features

  • Heart rate measurement Continuous tracking of heart rate in training mode and control of heart rate day and night for gradual improvement of general health
  • Long-life battery Up to 25 days battery life with only one charge plus 20 more days in energy-saving mode (time display & activity tracking only)
  • 24 hours activity tracking Automatic tracking of walking, running, swimming, Distances and burned calories as well as recognition of over 30 further activities waterproof to 50 m the heart rate meter Steel HR accompanies you with swimming, under the shower and with rain sleep monitoring analysis of the sleep phases as well as soundless vibration alarm with Smart Wake UP function for waking up in the ideal moment of the correct sleep phase
  • PREMIUM ARMBAND - sapphire glass is however only one of the highlights of Steel HR Sapphire: The bracelet made of Italian leather elegantly rounds off the design of the watch, which supports you at the same time in the rhythm of your everyday life with the improvement of your health

Pinhen 22MM Watch Band - Gear S3 Metal Stainless Steel Watchband Replacement Strap For Galaxy Watch 46mm, Moto 360 46mm, Pebble time, Huawei Watch GT, Ticwatch Pro, LG G Watch (Steel Black)

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Features

  • 22mm Replacement band For Huawei Watch GT / Huawei Watch 2 Classic / Galaxy Watch 46mm / Gear S3 Classic and Frontier /Moto 360 2nd Gen 46mm / Asus Zenwatch 2 1.63" / LG Urbane, R and G / LG W100/LG W110/LG W150 / Asus Zenwatch 2 1.63" / Fossil Q Founder 2.0 / Moto 360 2nd Gen 46mm / Pebble Classic / Pebble Time / Samsung Gear2 R380 / Gear2 Neo R381 / Amazfit Pace / Ticwatch 1nd /Ticwatch Pro / ZTE Quartz
  • Made of high quality stainless steel giving you a good wear experience,Matte metal surface mach Smart watch and Precision stainless steel material
  • The strap length can be adjusted according to your wrist,Size: Fit 5.7''-7.48''(145mm-190mm) wrist.The size can be adjusted according to the circumstance of individual wrist.
  • EASY TO INSTALL: 22mm Strap With quick release spring bars, which locks onto Smart Watch Band Interface precisely and securely, no tool needed
  • Package Contents: 1x Watch Band, 2x Quick Release Spring Bars / Pins 1x Remove Tool

Withings Steel HR Hybrid Smartwatch - Fitness Watch with heart rate and activity measurement, 36mm - Black, Black Silicone Strap

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Features

  • HEART RATE MONITORING - Maximize your workouts with continuous heart rate and in-depth reporting plus daily and overnight HR.
  • LONG-LASTING BATTERY - Up to 25 days battery life on one charge, plus 20 more days on power reserve mode (time & activity tracking only).
  • 24/7 TRACKING - Automatically tracks walk, run, swim, and 30+ activities in workout mode. Connected GPS provides a map of your session with distance, elevation and pace.
  • WATER RESISTANT TO 50M - Steel HR is water-friendly-from automatic swim recognition to having no fear when you shower, go snorkeling, or get caught in the rain.
  • SLEEP TRACKING - wake to a Sleep Score based on light & deep sleep cycles, interruptions, depth & regularity.

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Self confessed gadget lover who has a day job at Verastar Ltd and a hobby of writing and filming reviews that are published on YouTube and Reviewify.co.uk.