Pebble Time Steel unveiled on Kickstarter and ready to take on Apple Watch


Just a few days after it unveiled its brand new Pebble Time smartwatch and introduced us to its new Timeline interface for the timepiece, Pebble Technology is now taking the cover off the Pebble Time Steel: a metal watch with exquisite styling, but otherwise practically identical to the original Pebble Time.

The Pebble Time Steel arrives as an addition to the Pebble Time campaign, and you can get it after you pledge $250 (the final retail version will sell for $300, so you're getting a good deal for ordering early via Kickstarter).

The big story for the Pebble Time Steel is its carefully crafted metal body and with just a few days until Apple is expected to tell us about its new watch (it has scheduled a March 9th press event), we are seeing a gold-color version of Pebble's watch and even the PR materials have photographed the Time Steel in a similar red band. It's clear that Pebble sees itself as a competitor to the Apple Watch, and not so much to Android Wear timepieces that, quite frankly, have failed to get users attention.

The Pebble Time Steel is expected to ship in July, and the little changes to it compared to the Pebble Time are as follows: the Steel is 1mm thicker, but has twice as much battery capacity; it has a laminated display; and the buttons have a nice textured grip.

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25 Comments

1. Denco

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

This looks better and more compact than Apple Watch of the same shape.

4. MyPhoneIsBetterThanYours

Posts: 60; Member since: Feb 22, 2015

Now everybody here knows I hate Apple, but the Apple watch simply looks better and this looks like a blatant copy.

6. TyrionLannister unregistered

Too bad it didn't copy the legendary 4 hour battery life of the apple watch.

13. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Have there actually been any reports on the battery life for either watch? I doubt it. Though if I'm wrong, share a link, I'd be interested to find out.

15. TyrionLannister unregistered

Apple announced that Apple watch will have 4 hour battery life when screen is on. Too lazy to provide the link. Pebble steel has 10 day battery life.

21. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The Pebble has the biggest bezels. Can I have some screen with that bezel. Please. Although I have to admit this Pebble time with its new open hardware SDK for the bands has me intrigued. BTW. Pebble mentioned that it has up to 7 days of battery life, and not 10. But usage varies the battery life.

11. engineer-1701d unregistered

it would be great if i can text via voice like my android wear then i will consider it.

25. mtywe

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

You do have voice functionality on the pebble.

23. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

No it doesn't. I am not saying the Apple watch is beautiful(imo it is hideous), but Pebble blatantly copied the Apple Watch's design, it seems like they have lost their identity.

2. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

WTF? I did not see that coming!

3. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

interesting what an Apple Watch can start... i like this from pebble though

12. engineer-1701d unregistered

apple watch did not start any of this, the asus is how this came to be.

22. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

um...ok if you say so...i don't think when other companies saw asus watch they felt threatened...i think you're misunderstanding my message

5. drunkenjay

Posts: 1670; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

dont like pebble watches. i looks like casio digital watch ui.

7. FrequencyBender

Posts: 18; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

I'm no Barney, but that's my Pebble!

8. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Looks better and cheaper than what the Apple watch will be.

9. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2187; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Unfortunately it looks like junk. The screen is 1"x1". Graphics look like Nintendo. Not worth $250. More like $99.

14. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I agree this watch looks horrible. But don't go bashing Nintendo lol XDDD

17. TheWeasel

Posts: 403; Member since: Dec 26, 2014

Saying it looks like Nintendo is a compliment. Joke's on you.

10. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

i'm glad pebble is taking the minimalist approach to design as apple. i'd prefer e-ink over any lcd screen for practicality. however, for $50 dollars more, i think i'd go with the apple watch.

19. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

as much as I love Apple I wouldn't recommend an apple watch right now. The battery life is going to be abysmal. I'd wait for the 2nd generation if I were you.

16. alumoyo

Posts: 391; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

I already liked the recently announced Pebble Time - but this is really EXTRA nice. And I LOOOOVE those types of metal link straps with the "single solid bar" types of links. That's what I currently wear on my regular watch. And no heart rate monitor nonsense, I couldn't care less about those sensors. I also disagree with TOUCHSCREENS on smartwatches. For me they don't make any sense at all. And then TEN DAY BATTERY??? Its as if they read my mind and built my IDEAL smartwatch!!! All that's left for me to say: SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY! This Pebble CEO might just replace Elon Musk as my Silicon Valley Hero! I like EVERYTHING about this watch! Apple fans will ensure that the Apple Watch doesn't totally flop, but for me, PEBBLE JUST MADE THEM LOOK LIKE AMATEURS. In fact, I think the whole industry just got schooled, coz THIS is what the smartwatch SHOULD BE - IMHO.

18. adecvat

Posts: 640; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Lawsuit is coming, lol.

20. P2theG1

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

Personally I feel like this looks like something a child or young teenager would wear, it doesn't have a very mature appearance and like the apple watch I feel like it's less of watch and more of a phone on your wrist, may as well call it a wrist phone, apart from its clear size difference to a phone. IMO the Huawei smartwatch was a far more impressive device when it was unveiled the other day, it looks far more like a watch and I feel that they seem to be able to do luxury right but of course this is again bases on images and I have of course not uses any of these devices myself, my comment is completely personal but I'm sure people will agree when I say that most smart watches are still behind on appearance and look too much like a toy and for the price just aren't worth it.

24. pupkin

Posts: 147; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

Why does most tech company are making Apple their industry standard? Lol

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