This post was orginally published on October 13, 2016.
It's been 17 months since I posted about the "Pebble Time Steel Smartwatch for Apple/Android Devices - Silver". It still is wrapped around my wrist and is working perfectly. Unfortunatly, Fitbit purchased Pebbel on February 22, 2017. I can't purchase another Pebble when this smartwatch eventually dies out or is no longer supported by Fitbit. I am betting the latter will come first. I love by Pebble and do not relish the time when it will need to be replaced.
Lauren Thomas from reviews.com contacted me to tell me about their site "The Best Smart Watch". It's a good resource and I agree with most of their findings. Check it out to find which watch may be best for you.
A disclaimer up front: I am writing this without any compensation from Pebble.
I placed an order on December 30, 2015 for a "Pebble Time Steel Smartwatch for Apple/Android Devices - Silver" for under $200. In the eleven months since I've received the smartwatch, my continual attitude has been one of surprised pleasure.
When people see my watch they often comment, "That's an Apple watch..right?". It's an understandable conclusion because I use so many of Apple's products. Not this time Apple.
The biggest surprises I've experienced from the "Pebble Time Steel" can be categorized into three areas.
1. The frequency of updates: I sport an iPhone 6s. Pebble has produced a constant stream of updates to improve the look and feel of the watch along with better integration into Apple’s Health app. Also, I use the developer edition of iOS. This means that much of the time my phone is using a beta version of iOS. To the point, Pebble has provided an update mere days after an update to beta version of iOS has been released.
2. Battery life: Sure, the company promotes days of battery life. However, in my experience, that is an empty boast. My wife uses Fitbit that merely displays the time and I get a few more days of battery life than she does.
3. Durability: The watch has been left in the sun, jumped in the pool (on my wrist), and has no lack of opportunities to be scratched. Yet, it continues to operate and doesn’t look worse for wear.
I enjoy having a smart watch to assist in keeping track of my heath and to triage emails and messages. Don’t get me wrong. I would love to have an Apple Watch. However, the battery life performance and price keep me from “pulling the trigger” for a purchase.
When my Pebble begins to dig it’s own grave and the current smartwatch market is similar to what it is now then I plan to purchase another Pebble.