Pebble Announces Next-Generation $249 'Pebble Steel' Smart Watch

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Pebble today announced its next-generation Pebble Smart Watch, the Pebble Steel, which features a stainless steel body with a leather or steel band and a face covered with the ultra durable and scratch resistant Gorilla Glass used in Apple's own products.

    Along with a new metal or leather band, a deviation from the plastic band of the first-generation Pebble, the Pebble Steel features smaller side and top bezels for a slimmer, lighter profile. The Pebble Steel weighs 45 grams, two grams less than the original Pebble.

    According to Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky, who spoke to CNET, the Pebble Steel is designed to be a more formal version of the original Pebble.
    The band is available in both brushed stainless steel and a matte black steel, along with black leather. Pebble Steel lasts for up to a week on a single charge and includes an LED indicator that displays battery life. Like the original Pebble, it is waterproof.

    Along with the Steel, Pebble has announced that its app store will be available to users later in January. The company is also partnering with new companies to introduce a playback control app for Pandora, ESPN sports stats and box scores, and a car stats monitoring app from Mercedes.

    Pebble Steel will begin shipping on January 28 for $249, a $100 premium over the existing Pebble watch. Pre-orders can be placed today on the Pebble website.

    Article Link: Pebble Announces Next-Generation $249 'Pebble Steel' Smart Watch
  2. TheGenerous, Jan 6, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2014

    macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2010
    I'm an Austronaut
    I'm still preferring old fashion watches. They are better built and look great. These examples below cost less than the Pebble.

  3. macrumors regular

    Mar 7, 2012
  4. macrumors 65816

    Jan 26, 2010
    Is this one of those videos in the running for the worst of the year?

    Why can no one make a decent product video anymore!?

    Watch looks ok. a bit 1970s - but not a bad thing!
  5. macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
  6. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 8, 2010
    Detroit, Michigan
    That actually looks rather nice. I'm very picky when it comes to watches, so for me to say that I like the look of it, that's saying a lot.
  7. macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2009
    Mac Rumors?

    Shouldn't this have been posted to or I see the tenuous Apple link to iWatch, but com'on let's not dilute the subject.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Dec 31, 2008
    Looks nice. I love my Pebble but $100 above the original one seems a tad steep. Then again, some buy high end mechanical watches costing hundreds without blinking.
  9. macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2014
    70's pre-punk retro styling, not a period with a great fashion legacy

    but then i can't see the attraction of smart watches, maybe there's a market for this sort of stuff, good luck to them
  10. macrumors 6502

    Apr 17, 2010
    Apple tree-Toronto
  11. macrumors newbie

    Oct 6, 2011
    Manchester, UK
    Hopefully we'll see many more wearables in the market this year that will drive the prices down. As much as I would love to own a pebble, 250 is way to steep for me.
  12. macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2008
    I'll be saving my pennies for the iWatch thank you.
  13. macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    1. The Pebble is also iPhone-compliant.

    2. I have been contemplating with ordering the Pebble as it's GREAT value. However, I'll definitely wait for this new model.
  14. macrumors 68020


    Nov 23, 2011
    Still amazes me how this product is light years ahead of Samsung's wearable.
  15. macrumors 65816


    Mar 28, 2013
    Finally a pebble that's "decent" looking. I will consider looking at these after I see what Apple puts on the table.
  16. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2013
    I hate all watches except my $10 Casio. You know, that one that they have been selling for 30 years :D

    When these get that light an unobtrusive i'll be all about them.

    Same goes for eyewear
  17. macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2008
    Love it

    I love my pebble watch as I have stated before. The black metal one actually looks very much like another watch I own. Maybe it is time to give my old pebble to a family member.

    Also the live stream made me feel a little nervous for Eric. I see why even the showman that was Steve Jobs still ran mountains of rehearsals. Its not as easy as he used to make it look.
  18. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 26, 2005
    There's a simpler solution to your problem: scroll past this news story.
  19. macrumors regular


    Nov 10, 2007
    Bristol, UK
    I just puked in my mouth a bit. Abysmal design.
  20. macrumors 68010


    Sep 21, 2006
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Which is entirely different. Truly high-end, mechanical watches are an investment that will span generations. Not a piece of disposable modern tech.
  21. macrumors 68040


    Aug 31, 2007
    Land of the Free-Waiting for Term Limits
    Still wondering why smart watches are needed- especially if they have to ride on the coattails of the smart phone in your pocket.
  22. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 9, 2010
    eew... I think it kind of looks... pretty bad. I like the normal one more it is less pretentious.
  23. macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2009
    I genuinely think they'll all fail based upon trying to solve a problem that doesn't exist. It's like having a remote control for your car radio. The controls are there, right there!
  24. Stella, Jan 6, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2014

    macrumors 603


    Apr 21, 2003
    The plastic ( original ) pebbles cost $149, if thats in your price range. Same functionality.

    Not everyone has their smartphone in their pocket… or available at hand.
  25. macrumors G4

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    They also serve a different purpose and have (intentionally because they are jewelry) less functionality. Silly comparison. Smart Watches are not meant to be fashion or wealth statements.


    Improvement on the Pebble's aesthetics. But still too think and clunky for my taste. I love how they keep steamrolling along but hope they don't end up getting steam rolled when/if Apple shows a smart watch.

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