Pebble’s new Pebble Steel smartwatch is basically just like their current model (which is rapidly becoming the darling of the smartwatch world). It runs the same software, all the same Pebble apps, and just like the cheaper version, it works with both iOS and Android smartphones.
The difference between the two all comes down to build quality and materials. The new Steel has been designed to appeal to a more traditional watch-wearing crowd; instead of the original Pebble’s brightly colored rubber and plastic, it features an attractive metal band in either stainless steel or a black matte finish. They’re good looking devices, and for those people interested in a smartwatch, but unwilling to wear one due to their appearance, the Steel is an excellent option.
For those who chafe a bit at wearing metal, each Pebble Steel also ships with a black leather watch strap option.
Just like some of today’s hottest smartphones, Steel is built with a glass face crafted from Gorilla Glass to protect the e-ink display. There’s also a new three-color LED that allows you to customize what sort of color alerts you to various notifications.
Despite the new materials, Pebble Steel is completely waterproof up to 5ATM, just like its predecessor.
Of course, all those upgrades come at a cost; where the original Pebble rang in at $150, you’ll need to fork over $249 in order to try out the new model.
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