Now that Pebble officially begun on sale in Sweden we looking at their more luxurious model, but also see a bit where the system taken out during the year and if it is still worth a look.
Apple Watch lurking around the corner, Android Wear begins to sporadically appear on the market and Samsung’s own Tizen-system in Gear-the bells allows the watch market despite their immaturity is starting to feel rather crowded. Pebble is, however, still remains as a kind of precursor, although it was not the first, however you choose to look at it.
At the beginning of the year released Pebble Steel as a kind of pseudoexfoliation to the company’s first Bell. Internal saw most of it out as before, but the exterior was exchanged to the metal shell, metal or leather strap and a overall better construction. It is still valid for Pebble when we now look at steel model in time for the bells thus officially launched in Sweden.
If it’s not the colors that come with the plastic release of Pebble, or the ability to use reasonably normal watchband, or simply the price tag, so there is really nothing to be said for the first edition of Pebble towards the Pebble Steel. Here we have a clock that, despite its squareness, actually gives the impression of being a watch and not some plastic supernordigt s that virtually all competitors signals. The fact that you get with both a steel and a leather bracelet makes it doesn’t feel quite as hard to the hilt for arm bands replaced with Pebbles en hittepa. In terms of build quality shows Pebble Steel simply what should be the standard for most watches that would take out any kind of price tag.
When it comes to hardware, it is still black and white e-ink screen and really goofy limited hardware. While making it to the readability of the screen becomes gruesomely much better than many LCD variants (while the screen is always on, which should be a basic requirement) and, of course, that battery life will be somewhere around a week instead of one day, or at best two as most of the other competitors run on.
News in software
The Pebble we test has just been updated to version 2.6 and it actually has happened a lot with the system then we looked at the last. First of all, you don’t need to right are skeptical about with separate app installs or Web interface to get both apps as clock faces, but all of that is handled directly in the Pebbles own app. Second, clock with time learned to keep track of steps, something that was not there in the beginning. At present, Misfit utilized feature long, while the Jawbone jumped on with an update recently. After testing the function a week we can conclude that the accuracy is roughly in the same style as the other activity meters on the market, albeit somewhat stingy in scoring (3-400 steps per day less than a Fitbit for example). Activity measuring should also be used to measure the swimming, something we have not yet looked at (and that also feels more suited for plastic model). With the activity mode switched on, shortened battery life something, so instead of one week of use, it is a matter of about five days instead. Ensured that the notification system works great and the pedometer also may be seen as a fully approved battery life though.
Both hardware and software are both Pebbles strength and weakness. You get a battery life that feels like the least you can ask of a watch. At the same time, in almost any other system running on Pebble in terms of features and appstöd. It’ll be really interesting to see how Pebble develops his concept, for it shows honestly already now that the influx of apps is not nearly as strong as the high roller Android Wear.
Do you see it as a simple model of the smart watch that handles simple alerts cleanly (höhö) and activity tracking completely okay, however, it is a fantastic product that build quality and battery life should be the rest of the system uses as a benchmark for what should be the default. Especially since this is one of the extremely few watches that actually manage to talk with both Ios and Android, and is not locked to a single system.