Monday, January 13, 2014

Pebble Steel Announced at CES

CES is now over and the tech blogs/media will start flooding the internet with videos of new products announced this year. The Pebble Steel was one of the favorite of tech media this year.

                                           Original Pebble                                Pebble Steel

The Pebble, a minimal smartwatch that showcases notifications on your wrist, was announced in January 2013 for 150$ after a public fund raising project. It is waterproof till 5 ATM, has support for apps, battery life of 5-7 days, watch faces, changeable straps and an e-paper technology for enhanced reading experience(seriously, who is going to read books on their watch?). It went forward to be a huge hit despite of its quirks like not too beautiful, no touchscreen and the fact that you cannot reply to notifications straight from your wrist. As of July 2013 there were 85,000 units sold. 

Specs for original Pebble:

Case: 52mm L × 36mm W × 11.5mm T

Band: 22mm wide

Weight: 38g / 1.34oz (including standard band)


1.26-inch, 144 × 168 pixel e-paper display

LED backlight
Optical hard coating for scratch resistance

Bluetooth 4.0

3D accelerometer
e-compass capable (with future software updates)
Ambient light sensor

Processor: ARM Cortex-M3, up to 80MHz
Operating system: Pebble OS


Lithium-ion polymer battery

5-7 days between charges
USB charging cable with magnetic connector included

Character sets: Unicode, Basic Latin, and Latin-1 Supplement

5 ATM water resistance
Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3,000m)

Watch case: polycarbonate
Band: TPU rubber or silicone (white Pebble only)
Cleaning: wipe with a soft, moistened cloth; if necessary, use isopropyl alcohol, or water with a mild detergent

Pebble announced the Pebble Steel at CES this year. Being priced at 100$ more than the previous Pebble, the Pebble Steel includes a new metallic strap (that looks much better), smaller bezels, double the RAM than the previous version, some new apps and of course all the features of the previous version. One notable change is the addition of Gorilla Glass which will help reduce scratches. The newer version also includes an option of 2 different straps. 

                               Pebble Steel is also 100$ more expensive than its other counterpart. 


Review video:

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