Pebble Steel Review

The Pebble Steel is a smartwatch which is perfect for everyday use. It brings smart function and elegant form together in a high-end package. It truly is a fantastic no-frills timepiece. A much more affordable choice in comparison to watches like the Apple Watch and Samsung Gear S2. It is the kind of watch that is being chosen by professionals not only because of its classic watch like appearance but because of its smooth functionality. Continue reading this Pebble Steel Review to find out why it is one of the most popular, yet cost effective smartwatches on the market.
Pebble Steel is crafted from materials such as marine-grade stainless steel and Corning Gorilla Glass, so it’s as tough as it is good-looking. And it’s built with the same brains as Pebble, so you can still do all the functions you could ever want from your wrist. Whether that be checking social media, browsing the web, checking the scores or your favourite recipe. It’s one of the smartest watches you’ll ever own, and in the Pebble range definitely one of the most fashionable. You can choose from Black Matte or Brushed Stainless Steel.  Will always ship with a black genuine leather watch band.

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Pebble Steel Review

Design

The Pebble Steel is a good looking watch. The Steel looks much closer to a high-end watch. Made with a brushed stainless case and gorilla glass bezel and leather band display with, of course, an all steel body. Which all feels solid, It’s not too thick or oversized. Most people won’t even realise you are wearing a smart watch. It is stylish, and the different displays an array of choice.

Pebble Steel has easy-access Up and Down buttons to scroll through watch faces and menus. The Select button takes you to the main menu, which includes music control, alarm, and settings. A simple tap on the watch or flick of your wrist will illuminate the backlight. Simple yet oh so effective. The readability of the e-paper screen works great. In a similar fashion to how a  kindle can be read in sunlight. It is super easy to read in sunlight and even easier indoors. If it is dark, and you have the backlight set to auto, the screen lights up in the dark. There is a great versatility on the screen. Overall it is decently crafted and well-finished time-piece.

Features

The Pebble steel does the basics including notifications, time, alarms, pedometer, stopwatch.

-Messages

-Mail

-Music

-Changeable Watch Faces

-Notifications

Messages/Mail
The watch can be used primarily for reading text messages while in meetings or driving, meeting reminders with call-in information, caller ID and of course telling the time or even read the weather with an adaptable watch face.
Music
Music can be controlled right from your wrist with iTunes, Spotify, Pandora and more…
Changeable Watch Faces
One of the key benefits of the Pebble Steel is that you can change its Watch face. From the factory, Pebble provides 4 watch faces, There are actually close to 2000 other faces you can choose including digital, analog, weather info, battery level, etc.

Notifications

You can read email, texts, check incoming calls and calendars all from your wrist. Included on the Steel is the Pebble timeline, a chronological display of calendar and notifications. If you are looking for something to address common issues such as missing calls or messages when out in the street, or crowded and noisy places, and also to avoid having to keep on staring at my phone when expecting an important call. The Pebble Steel can provide the solution.

Apps

Pebble Steel has apps for everything.There are thousands of apps and vast numbers of watch faces discoverable through the Pebble App Store. You can select the ones suited to fit your lifestyle. Pebble is an open platform, meaning anyone can design an application. This means that new apps are always in the works from the development community and partners. It’s an extremely exciting time to be an owner of a Pebble Smartwatch!
For example, you can check your sports scores with apps like the ESPN app, listen to your music, or start voice navigation without having to touch your phone. Popular apps like RunKeeper, MisFit and FreeCaddie help you track performance and enjoy what you love. Check in on Facebook with a single click or find a place to eat on Yelp! Take advantage of new watch faces, games and other innovations constantly being developed. Control your favourite music apps—including iTunes, Spotify, and Pandora—from your Pebble without missing a beat while running, cycling or just playing music from a dock at home. With Pebble Steel notifications, you can get discreet updates on the information that is most important to you. In addition to Caller ID, email, text message, and calendar alerts, you can choose to receive notifications from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest and More.

Battery

Thanks to a long battery life, Pebble Steel will go up to 7 days between charges. This includes using functions on a daily basis like the vibrating alarm clock to wake up or fitness programs.  Officially Pebble state “The rechargeable battery lasts 5-7 days on a single charge”. It does notify you when it is getting low, and all you need to do is simply connect it to a USB port using the easy magnetic cable. Then you’re good to go.

Fitness

No heart rate monitor is built into the Pebble Steel, however, apps exist on the Pebble to display a pulse reading from another device. If you want to track your fitness, it is very easy to do with the Pebble and notably the misfit app. You can track you daily steps, your sleep, etc. You can load the misfit iPhone app which can sync directly with the Pebble. Another popular fitness tracking activity is measuring sleep patterns. This can be done on the Pebble via the “Sleep as Android” app. It tracks all your sleep patterns REM, light sleep, deep sleep.
For those wondering about further fitness apps here is a small selection:
iSmoothRun – Can be used to display heart rate to the pebble, iSmoothRun isn’t just an all for running.
Wahoo Tickr Heart Rate strap can be used with the Pebble Steel and it works flawlessly!

As this is a smart watch which can connect either to an Android or IOS device there is a plethora of apps that you can sync to the watch, including a variety of fitness apps. On the google play/app store, you can track various data and share your stats with friends who you can connect with.

Out of the Box

  • Pebble Steel
  • USB Charging Cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Spare Band

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What We Like

  •  Compatible with a variety of smartphones on a variety of platforms.
  • Access to Emails, SMS, and Whatsapp – With the option to preview the text.
  • Always showing the time no matter how dark or light it is outside, and will last for days easily on a single charge.
  • Convenience , Often in a situation where it would be rude or unprofessional to pull out your phone to check it? Now you can tell by glancing at your wrist whether you’re receiving a call from someone, an email from a client or a fitness update for the day.

What Needs Improvement

– The limited ability to respond to text.

Pebble Steel Score

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