The rumors were true! The only reason for me to not buy a Pebble doesn’t exist anymore. If you, like me, wanted a Pebble but couldn’t put up with its plastic-ky finish, say hello to Pebble Steel. Priced at $249, which is $100 than the basic Pebble, the Pebble Steel comes in a stainless steel body with Corning’s Gorilla Glass on top with a fingerprint-free oleophobic coating. It will come in Brush Stainless and Black Matte finishes and every Pebble Steel will get a black leather strap in addition to the chosen metal one. Also Read - This budget smartwatch can monitor your heart rate, stress, SpO2 in one tapAlso Read - Samsung and LG confirm presence at in-person CES 2022
The rest remains the same as the original Pebble – including its battery life of up to one week, water proofing up to 5 ATM and the e-paper display. The Pebble Steel though is slightly smaller and thinner than the original. It also gets a RGB LED indicator light that at the moment works when the smartwatch is kept on charge but Pebble would eventually open it up to developers to find unique use cases for it. The company will waive off the shipping costs worldwide for early adopters, who can book it from getpebble.com. It will start shipping from January 28. Also Read - Computex 2021: When and how to watch, what to expect
In addition to launching the Pebble Steel, the company also announced it will bring an app store from where users will be able to download apps for their smartwatch. The SDK was released last month. Apps will be categorized under daily, tools and utilities, remotes, notifications, fitness and games.
The company says there are already 300,000 Pebbles out there on people’s wrists. Considering what I have seen so far from the likes of Sony and Samsung, the Pebble is probably the only smartwatch worth considering at the moment. But the season has just begun and I expect a lot more companies to throw their proverbial hats into the smartwatch ring. We are just getting started.