Apple Watch vs Pebble Time Steel

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Dino F, Mar 10, 2015.

  1. Dino F macrumors 68020

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    I owned both pebble watches and never thought either of them were lookers. Felt a little too geeky wearing them to be honest. While I like the new advancements, the new pebble time's enormous black space surrounding the screen is offputting to me
     
  3. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

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    I am honestly up in the air about which one I'm getting. I have been using the Pebble Steel now for a long time and really like it. I want the new Pebble Steel but need to actually see the Apple watch first.

    Honestly Apple may screw the pooch on the Apple Watch especially at that price point.
     
  4. chrf097 macrumors 68040

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    I have a Pebble Steel - it's nice, but it definitely does not feel like a premium watch. It feels like a cheap $80-$100 metal watch from the mall or Target - it's nice but nothing special in terms of design. definitely feels like a geek toy than an actual watch. I like it though.

    I'll probably end up getting a Pebble Time Steel and an Apple Watch Sport anyways.
     
  5. 8CoreWhore macrumors 68020

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    This is like comparing an iPad to a Kindle. No watch will have access to the features of the iPhone than Apple's own Watch. The phone, messaging, GPS, etc.
     
  6. samcraig macrumors P6

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    Not entirely. But I get your point. Fact is - the Kindle sells amazingly well. For many - all they want is an eReader. And there's really no better one than the Kindle.

    The Pebble is platform agnostic, is offered at a lower price point, and offers a lot of what many people want - notifications and fitness tracking. Is it as robust as the Apple Watch (or Android Wear) - perhaps not - but not everyone wants that.
     
  7. papa8706 macrumors 6502a

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    I feel the same way. I think in general the apps are kind of a joke for a smart watch though. Being a longtime pebble user, I love the convenience of being able to read a text, see who is calling me, skip through songs, and check the score of a game. It is really the simple things and convenience that I think will change peoples views who think smart watches are dumb. When I wear my other watches I found myself looking at my wrist every time my phone buzzed missing the convenience.

    I welcome Siri and having the option to dictate/reply or even take a call here and there but I would never want to send my heartbeat, open my garage door, check into my hotel room, or use GPS. I think this is where I'm unsure of the direction apple wants to go. These are all things where using your phone is just simply superior.

    That being said I can still do all the simple things I personally enjoy a smart watch for so I'm not gonna complain if the stuff is there if I need it. I just hope the activity reminders to "stand up" or whatever aren't intrusive. They better have a way to disable that junk
     
  8. slvrscoobie macrumors 6502a

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    Im just going to enjoy that the watch will not find itself disconnected from the phone every couple of hours like my pebble. GD thats annoying. Then trying the 6 different things that might get it to reconnect without repairing... just so I can see my emails and stocks.
    Worst of all in the 18 months Ive owned it, Im on my 3rd pebble for hardware failure...
     
  9. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

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    Interesting. I've had nothing but perfect performance from my Pebbles (I had the plastic and now the Pebble Steel). No failures at all. Are you hard on your watches? (getting them wet, banging them around, etc.).
     
  10. samcraig macrumors P6

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    Never had a problem with my Pebble either.
     
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    Exactly, I have a matte Steel, and it hasn't worn well at all, just got a SS Steel, and backed the Time Steel.

    For me, a continuously running stock ticker is the killer feature of the Pebble platform, tried an Android Wear watch, and the battery only lasted 3-5 hours for me, with my use case...

    Pebble's definitely aren't for the fashion conscious :)
     
  12. Dino F thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I've only recently bought my Pebble Steel (never had a smart watch before) and loving the fact that I can now just glance at my Pebble to see who is calling/texting/messaging me on twitter, etc, instead of me constantly hitting the home button on my phone to light it up to see the notifications (my phone sits on my desk in front of me but I don't always notice when notifications come in).

    I didn't back the new Pebble Time just because I don't really like the look of it (too much bezel around the screen just exaggerates the small screen, whereas on the Pebble Steel original, the same screen size is in proportion to the bezel) and the Pebble Time Steel, I think is too pricey (as is the Apple watch).

    Anyway, I already have my Apple Watch, right here :D :
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  13. daghstdrummer macrumors member

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    I think i'll be following in the direction of the pebble as well.. Though I do prefer to have a good ole standard watch on my wrist 95% of the time.

    Honestly I was not too impressed by the Apple Watch.. just didn't appeal to me.
     
  14. Esoom macrumors 6502

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    Interesting, mine have been very stable, maybe 3 crashes, and they've never disconnected from the phone unless separated by distance.
     
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    intersting. Mine has always had issues staying connected. Ive read its to do with the pebble app being shut down by the iphone for background usage. but on the 5 and now 6 with all 3, about once a day i'll get either a request to connect to the pebble, which if say allow, opens the app and then loses the connection or ignore and its ok. Or the pebble face wont update and I have to manually reopen the app.
     
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    Pebble Time Steel For Me

    We have all of Apple devices so far, but signed up for and are looking forward to the Pebble Time Steels for me & my wife. Apple Watch too pricey for now.
     
  17. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

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    Is the Kindle still selling well? I've always mainly seen them on planes, used by older people. The last time I flew I noticed far fewer of them, with more small tablets or phablets.

    That's just a quick, one-time anecdotal observation of course, that doesn't prove anything, but I wonder if there are any hard stats out there.
     
  18. douglasf13 macrumors 65816

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    I've had connection and notification issues with my Pebble and Garmin Vivosmart with my IPhone 5 and 6. I'm looking forward to a native watch. Plus, as was mentioned earlier, the Pebbles look like "nice" plastic or metal watches from Target, not the quality of your average Swiss watch that Apple is gunning for with the steel model (average Swiss watch costs about $750.)
     
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    I don't know why these two products are even being compared.

    The Pebble Steel has a serious limitation in which you can't really do anything with notifications that arrive on it except to view them and dismiss them. You have to reach for your phone every time you need to respond to a notification.
     
  20. samcraig macrumors P6

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    Honestly don't know - but even if it's a "senior" market - that's still decent. But the point I was really making is that sometimes "more" is not what people want.
     
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    What is that, a 240x240 display? :eek:

    That looks like a great option for a 3rd-grader. :)
     
  22. KauaiBruce macrumors 6502a

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    I have a Pebble but never heard it had its own fitness tracking. Is that a new feature of the next version? Displaying fitness tracking info that the phone gathers is NOT fitness tracking.
     
  23. Southern Dad macrumors 65816

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    I'll probably buy the Apple Watch when it comes out but for now, I've got my Apple Watch, too.
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