Pebble Steel

8.2/10 AVG.
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  • Pebble Steel
  • Pebble Steel
  • Pebble Steel
  • Pebble Steel
  • Pebble Steel

Specs / Features


Read email, texts, incoming calls, calendars and access your favorite apps on your wrist | Discover thousands of apps and watch faces to customize Pebble Steel to fit your life | Control your music right from your wrist with iTunes, Spotify, Pandora and more | Rechargeable battery lasts 5-7 days on a single charge | Waterproof up to 5 ATM (approx. 165 feet) | Crafted from marine-grade stainless-steel and Corning Gorilla Glass; Ships with black genuine leather band

Read email, texts, incoming calls, calendars and access your favorite apps on your wrist | Discover thousands of apps and watch faces to customize Pebble Steel to fit your life | Control your music right from your wrist with iTunes, Spotify, Pandora and more | Rechargeable battery lasts 5-7 days on a single charge | Waterproof up to 5 ATM (approx. 165 feet) | Crafted from marine-grade stainless-steel and Corning Gorilla Glass; Ships with black genuine leather band

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Specification

Brand Pebble
Model 401SLR
Size 26 x 3 cm (10.2 x 1.2 in)

Reviews (8.2/10 Avg. rating)


Gets the core smartwatch functions right

from TechRadar

If you're looking for a simple smartwatch to deliver notifications to your wrist and doesn't require a charge every other night the Pebble Steel delivers, but it doesn't offer great value for money.

The LG G Watch R for example, is only a touch more expensive now, and it outstrips the... More

If you're looking for a simple smartwatch to deliver notifications to your wrist and doesn't require a charge every other night the Pebble Steel delivers, but it doesn't offer great value for money.

The LG G Watch R for example, is only a touch more expensive now, and it outstrips the Steel in terms of features, functions and notification handling.

With the Android Wear crowd sporting similar price tags it's difficult to really recommend the Steel over them, and with Google's backing and a heap more power the future for those is greater than the Steel's. 

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Elegant, high-end design and easy to use

from PC Magazine

The Pebble Steel is notable for what it is and what it is not. It's a complete redesign that tastefully marries high-tech with high-end looks. It's not a me-too product that tries to pack in needless features just for the sake of features. Pebble runs on the strength of its simplicity and its gro... More

The Pebble Steel is notable for what it is and what it is not. It's a complete redesign that tastefully marries high-tech with high-end looks. It's not a me-too product that tries to pack in needless features just for the sake of features. Pebble runs on the strength of its simplicity and its growing ecosystem of apps—it's a winning strategy, and not unlike Apple's. With the Pebble Steel and the Pebble app store, the company now has a mature product to go along with a quickly maturing platform. Whether the style upgrades are worth the $100 premium over the original is really just a matter of personal taste.

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A good alternative to Android Wear and other rivals

from PC Advisor

The Pebble Steel may not have a high-res and colourful screen and the square design may not be for everyone, but we think it's stylish and the display has a retro charm which also provides excellent battery life. A good alternative to Android Wear if that's not your cup of tea.

The Pebble Steel may not have a high-res and colourful screen and the square design may not be for everyone, but we think it's stylish and the display has a retro charm which also provides excellent battery life. A good alternative to Android Wear if that's not your cup of tea.

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Marries functionality with great battery life and genuinely attractive design

from TrustedReviews

Like the original Pebble, the Pebble Steel is possibly the most convincing smartwatch we've seen so far, thanks largely to its excellent battery life, straightforward functionality and growing collection of dedicated applications. It's a highly recommended device that retails for around the same... More

Like the original Pebble, the Pebble Steel is possibly the most convincing smartwatch we've seen so far, thanks largely to its excellent battery life, straightforward functionality and growing collection of dedicated applications. It's a highly recommended device that retails for around the same price as many Android Wear-rivals, but has the added bonus of being compatible with iOS. The only real caveat here is that the standard Pebble shares the same functionality yet is around half the price. 

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An inviting refinement of the original smartwatch

from PC Pro

The Pebble Steel isn't as sparkly or shiny as the latest Android Wear devices, and it lacks high-tech features such as voice and touchscreen control. As a wrist-borne notification centre, however, it works just as well, and with greatly superior battery life. It's easier to read when you're out a... More

The Pebble Steel isn't as sparkly or shiny as the latest Android Wear devices, and it lacks high-tech features such as voice and touchscreen control. As a wrist-borne notification centre, however, it works just as well, and with greatly superior battery life. It's easier to read when you're out and about, and it'll take more abuse, too.

Even the price is impressive: at £180 it's not the cheapest smartwatch out there, but for what you get it's eminently affordable. Indeed, the Pebble Steel is the first smartwatch we've come across we'd seriously consider spending our own money on. 

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keeps things simple and really impresses

from Wareable

The Pebble Steel improves on just about aspect of the original - it’s much better looking, feels premium in the hand and impresses with clever apps and a well thought out operating system. It may lack the specs of its Android Wear rivals, but the battery and screen make it a much better cho... More

The Pebble Steel improves on just about aspect of the original - it’s much better looking, feels premium in the hand and impresses with clever apps and a well thought out operating system. It may lack the specs of its Android Wear rivals, but the battery and screen make it a much better choice.

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Future features meet a familiar watch form

from Stuff

Did we mention the Pebble Steel is the best smartwatch you can buy? Well it is.

Nothing’s perfect - we’d like a slightly bigger (colour e-paper?) screen to fill the watchface and give some of Pebble’s new apps room to breathe, storage space for more apps and watchface... More

Did we mention the Pebble Steel is the best smartwatch you can buy? Well it is.

Nothing’s perfect - we’d like a slightly bigger (colour e-paper?) screen to fill the watchface and give some of Pebble’s new apps room to breathe, storage space for more apps and watchfaces, and official support for BlackBerry and Windows Phone. We’re sure the design can also only get sleeker with refinements - Pebble should get a move on, too, as 2014 is already bringing worthy rivals, first from Samsung but possibly also from HTC and Apple.

As a hint of what’s to come from wearables, the Pebble is already impressive and oh so loveable. Mega-affordable, open and trustworthy, with a well thought-out featureset (not a 'let's chuck everything in there' one) and an app store that has serious momentum, the Pebble is also a grower. Even if it doesn’t win everyone over in seconds or minutes, sceptics turn to loyal followers within hours and days.

Another wonderful thing? If you can’t afford the Steel, or don’t want to be shackled to businessman metal, the standard plastic Pebble is still on sale, too - both are cheaper than the Gear 2 Neo and work with more smartphones than the equally cheap Sony SmartWatch 2. 

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There still isn't that much functionality here

from Gizmag

Gizmag highly recommends Pebble Steel to anyone looking for a fashionable smartwatch that keeps you on top of your most important smartphone alerts. The eight-apps-at-a-time limit is a little baffling, but, taken as a whole, I'd say the total package is still one of the best wearables you can buy... More

Gizmag highly recommends Pebble Steel to anyone looking for a fashionable smartwatch that keeps you on top of your most important smartphone alerts. The eight-apps-at-a-time limit is a little baffling, but, taken as a whole, I'd say the total package is still one of the best wearables you can buy today.

Pebble Steel is compatible with both iPhones and Android phones (sorry, Windows Phone owners). It's available now from Best Buy ($200, with a leather band only ... steel band is sold separately) and the product page below ($220, including both leather and steel bands). 

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Sleek looks and premium build

from GSMArena

Among the currently available smartwatches, the Pebble Steel is the easiest one to recommend. It combines classic looks, solid build quality, water resistance, and top notch battery life. Even more importantly, the smartwatch offers rich, constantly growing selection of apps thank to a vibrant de... More

Among the currently available smartwatches, the Pebble Steel is the easiest one to recommend. It combines classic looks, solid build quality, water resistance, and top notch battery life. Even more importantly, the smartwatch offers rich, constantly growing selection of apps thank to a vibrant developer community.

Pebble’s entire approach to what a smartwatch should do is impressive. Unlike most of its competing smartwatches, which try to take over as many smartphone duties as possible, the Pebble Steel is focused on superbly delivering notifications while acting like a regular watch the rest of the time.

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A more upmarket, refined and sleeker smartwatch

from T3

We like the Pebble Steel and it's easily the best smart watch you can buy right now. No question about it. But, that doesn't mean we can completely recommend you plonk down $249 (there's no sterling price yet) for this timepiece. Why? Well, it just doesn't have that killer feature yet.

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We like the Pebble Steel and it's easily the best smart watch you can buy right now. No question about it. But, that doesn't mean we can completely recommend you plonk down $249 (there's no sterling price yet) for this timepiece. Why? Well, it just doesn't have that killer feature yet.

Apart from showing your notifications, or giving you access to fairly basic apps, it doesn't actually do that much. We're not saying it should have a camera, or the ability to play movies or anything like that, it just needs a real headline feature that makes you go, 'I need one of them'.

There's another reason too, and that's the recent announcement of Android Wear - the Google-based Android OS spin-off for wearables. This looks like it has some great ideas, including deep integration with Google Now. There's also the prospect of the Apple iWatch, though to be honest we could still be a long way away from seeing this mysterious product.

What it all comes down to is this - do you need a smartwatch right now? If the answer to that is yes, then you can do a lot worse than picking up a Pebble Steel. If you can wait, then we suggest you do. You'll have a lot more choice in a few short months.

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Amazon.com Reviews Summary

1,038 from Amazon.com

1,038 Amazon.com shoppers shared a review for the Pebble Steel. Ratings are middle of the road, averaging 3.7 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.com customer reviews.

7.4/10

Amazon.ca Reviews Summary

5 from Amazon.ca

5 Amazon.ca shoppers shared a review for the Pebble Steel. Ratings are middle of the road, averaging 3.8 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.ca customer reviews.

7.6/10

Amazon.co.uk Reviews Summary

204 from Amazon.co.uk

204 Amazon.co.uk shoppers shared a review for the Pebble Steel. Ratings are generally positive, averaging 4 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.co.uk customer reviews.

8/10

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