New Kit Review: Pebble Steel

From: Phil Sieg 
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So yesterday my shiny new Pebble Steel smartwatch arrived.

In true geek fashion (pun intended) I sync'd and loaded etc for several hours.

Here are my observations:

1. Excellent build quality for a smartwatch. Not so much compared to a swiss timepiece or nice Timex. Meh. As a watch collector this bums me out a bit. Will get better in time, probably after Apple sets the damned standard.

2. Buggy firmware for both watch and Android. Not unusable, just a wee bit annoying.

3. Not as user configurable as it should be. Example: The backlight that comes on when you flick your wrist is 2 seconds. Why can't I make it 5 seconds, or 3, or 10? Some of the watch faces have a lot of data compactly displayed, and 2 seconds is NOT enough time to grok it.

4. New app-store android app is slower than molasses, to the point of being annoying. I am certain this is partially caused by the bluetooth connection to the watch and necessary confirmations needed by the software as currently configured.

5. UI of watch and nav in the UI is just ok, not optimum. This is a new category and individual usage styles have yet to be mapped, then optimized. I feel certain this will improve fairly quickly with updates.

I have 30 days to decide whether or not this replaces my Titanium Omega Seamaster as my daily watch. I searched for that watch for years and to me it is the ultimate in a rugged daily watch, so the bar here is set pretty high. 

What I can say is that now that my wrist vibrates for texts and phone calls I am a lot more likely to respond. Ever since I started carrying my phone in my pocket I have missed 70% of all my calls and texts, so this should help with that at least.

Phil Sieg
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=============================================================== From: Tim Youngblood ------------------------------------------------------ Pebble Steel sounds so like something from Zoolander. a rd. t y e d. e

=============================================================== From: Jonathan Calloway ------------------------------------------------------ A Pebble possibly replacing a $5k-$7k watch you took years to find? = That=E2=80=99s interesting. .. . . Keep the updates coming, I=E2=80=99d = like to see which watch wins! On May 25, 2014, at 7:06 PM, Tim Youngblood = wrote: several hours. swiss timepiece or nice Timex. Meh. As a watch collector this bums me = out a bit. Will get better in time, probably after Apple sets the damned = standard. bit annoying. that comes on when you flick your wrist is 2 seconds. Why can't I make = it 5 seconds, or 3, or 10? Some of the watch faces have a lot of data = compactly displayed, and 2 seconds is NOT enough time to grok it. being annoying. I am certain this is partially caused by the bluetooth = connection to the watch and necessary confirmations needed by the = software as currently configured. new category and individual usage styles have yet to be mapped, then = optimized. I feel certain this will improve fairly quickly with updates. Omega Seamaster as my daily watch. I searched for that watch for years = and to me it is the ultimate in a rugged daily watch, so the bar here is = set pretty high. calls I am a lot more likely to respond. Ever since I started carrying = my phone in my pocket I have missed 70% of all my calls and texts, so = this should help with that at least. with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

=============================================================== From: Joseph Simoneau ------------------------------------------------------ Replacing a titanium seamaster? BLASPHEMY. I've worn a SS Seamaster every day (except when its off for maintenance) since the end of 1997, and there's no way I'd even consider replacing it with a smart watch. Rotating with a submariner or a speedmaster, yes. But not a smart watch. Frankly, that was part of my decision to get glass. Similar features without wearing a second watch. Plus, I just wanted it. Still, glad you're happy with it. I look forward to reading more about it from a watch nut. -js a rd. t y e d. e

=============================================================== From: Chad Smith ------------------------------------------------------ Um.... It's just a watch. I mean I googled expecting to see that it had lasers and gauges and could hunt and prepare food for you... But it just tells the time. I will never understand why anyone would ever pay more than $20 for a watch, and even that is too much, since they sell them at the Dollar Tree. And even that is too much, since, you know, every one of the dozens of screens we look at throughout every day of our lives has the time on it. I'll never forget one time in college I walked out of one of the buildings and a classmate rushed up to me and said "Hey Chad, do you know what time it is?" So I rotated my head 20=C2=B0 and looked up at the huge clock-towe= r in the middle of campus and said "It's about 1:20." *- Chad W. Smith* t a ard. ly re ed. me y y