Pebble Steel now shipping for $249, shows smartwatches don’t have to be geeky

January 28, 2014

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Pebble Steel, the second generation of the popular e-ink smartwatch, is now shipping.

Launched at CES Las Vegas, Pebble brings more than a touch of class to the smartwatch arena. With its sleek stainless steel design and choice of either a metal or a leather strap, the Pebble Steel is a class above the original Pebble, which sported a much more utilitarian look and was made of plastic. In fact, the Pebble Steel outclasses most other smartwatches out there when it comes to looks, including Samsung’s much-hyped Galaxy Gear.

It’s not all good looks – the Pebble Steel is protected by scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass, appeasing one of the main issues that owners had with the original Pebble. The Steel maintains the five atmosphere water resistance rating of its predecessor and the same monochrome e-ink display, but comes with an LED indicator for battery levels and a shrunk down magnetic charging slot. The battery should be good for five to seven days, depending on your usage.

In essence, the Pebble Steel is just a prettier, more fashionable version of the original device, meaning that software and apps are identical. The software has been updated on both devices, and Pebble launched an official app store that should make it really easy to find nice watch faces and apps for your toy.

The Pebble Steel is available in Matte Black and Brushed Steel, and each watch comes with a metallic and a leather strap. Note however, that, unlike its predecessor, you won’t be able to easily change straps to match your style, because the Pebble Steel has a non-standard fitting size.

The Steel ships today for $249, though according to the website quantities are “very limited”. You will have to pay a $100 premium over the first-gen Pebble, which remains available for sale.

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Comments

  • MasterMuffin

    The best smartwatch there is period

    • Shark Bait

      About bloody time! A smart watch that doesn’t make you look a douche is well over due

      • Nebbit

        Hah! get it? overdue? like, late? a bit ironic, don’t you think?

    • Arturo Raygoza

      that’s not saying much tho

  • Fechy

    It doesnt ship to Germany :(

  • Tom Z

    Waiting for the price to drop, but I would rather have the slimmed down version of the new one.

  • Jayfeather787

    A bit expensive, but it is a pretty sexy watch.

  • mrjayviper

    probably get downvoted for this but just because it’s made of metal, it doesn’t mean it’s premium.

    there are seiko metal watches and no one would call them premium compared to say swiss watches.

    but when it comes to smart watches, the pebble steel could probably be the best (function and build quality) available right now.

  • AndroidBrian

    Once my smart watch can start and unlock my car, & unlock my front door to my house, & can turn off the lights in my house is when I will buy one. Also make it a MP3 player with wireless headphones… Changeable wrist bands too. An accessory like this can/will be worn all the time. So altering its appearance is a must IMO.

    • Jaun Lombard

      Samsung’s Gear is working hard to achieve this!

    • http://AndroidAuthority.com/ Bogdan Petrovan

      Your smartwatch can unlock your car and house already, you just need special doors.

  • https://twitter.com/ninecent ninecent

    nice but really expensive.

  • Arturo Raygoza

    I’ll pass

  • solamente

    Stupid logo. It’s just like when you buy a new car from dealers. They would put their company stickers at the back without asking permission from the owner.

  • AA :P

    I don’t get the designs both sony and samsung opted for smartwatch should look smart. that’s a minimum.