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Pebble Steel (401BLR, 401SLR)

Pebble Steel (401BLR, 401SLR)
alaScore 100

30 reviews

Nov, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 30 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the reliability and size are on the whole positive. The design and usability also get good feedback, but some have doubts about the price.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headsets the Pebble Steel (401BLR, 401SLR) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 100/100 = Excellent quality.

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(Based on 30 reviews)

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Pebble Steel review

 

Samsung's Galaxy Gear may have outsold the humble Pebble smartwatch, but the little Kickstarter-grown project has been a cult favorite since its rollout last year. And now the little smartwatch that could is back, and all grown up. The Pebble Steel is...

Classy stainless steel design ; Waterproof ; Fast, crisp LCD display ; 4-7 day battery life ; More apps than other smartwatches

Same specs as the first Pebble ; Requires a lot of phone tethering ; Notifications cannot be controlled ; No battery life indicator ; Screen lacks color and touch ; App selection limited

The Pebble Steel is a beautiful waterproof Pebble. It isn’t very intelligent yet, but it’s the best smartwatch out right now.

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Pebble Steel Review

 

The Pebble Steel boasts an easy-to-use app store and premium design, making it the best smartwatch yet.

Attractive premium design ; Waterproof; Intuitive appstore; Easy to view all recent notifications; Impressive new apps

A bit pricey; Annoying 8-app limit

The Pebble Steel boasts an easy-to-use app store and premium design, making it the best smartwatch yet.

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Pebble Steel review: business class

 

It's hard to imagine, but the best smartwatch you can buy isn't from Apple, or Google, or Microsoft, or Samsung.

Looks like a regular watch ; Notifications and apps work well ; Simple to use

Apps could be better integrated ; All-or-nothing notifications on iOS

A new suit makes all the difference

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Pebble Steel

 

"That's a nice-looking watch," my sister said.

The Pebble Steel is a great-looking wristwatch with top-end construction. A growing list of apps can be swapped on and off of the watch, via easy-to-use iPhone or Android control apps. And, at long last, there's an app store.

Costs $100 more than the original Pebble despite offering the same underlying hardware. Only holds eight apps at a time. No microphone, speaker, touch screen, or color display. Fitness apps don't offer the same experience as a stand-alone device.

Equal parts fashionable and functional, the Pebble Steel leaps to the top of the smartwatch heap, but does so by improving existing tech rather than adding something totally new.

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The First Smartwatch Worth Wearing

 

The second-generation Pebble Steel performs the same basic tricks as the original, but with a new look and broader, more useful functions.

Slick new look says “I’m a technology professional” rather than “I’m an early adopter dork.” More apps means greater utility, which means you might actually consider wearing a smartwatch. Waterproof to 5 ATM, same as the original

250 price tag is a bit much for a glorified smartphone remote. We wish it had touchscreen display instead of buttons

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Pebble Steel Smartwatch

 

The Pebble Steel is as mature as smartwatches come; it couples sophisticated design with a burgeoning Pebble app store, and cements its place atop the competition.

Elegant, high-end design. Easy to use. Customizable watch faces. Growing app store and feature set

Expensive

Without ever setting up shop at this year's CES, Pebble stole the show with its boardroom-ready refresh: the Pebble Steel ($249 direct). Since the original Pebble's launch, we've seen flashy new entrants like the Samsung Galaxy Gear and Sony Smartwatch...

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Pebble Steel Review

 

By most metrics Pebble has been a bonafide indie success, the poster child for successful crowdfunding campaigns and the darling of the quickly emerging smartwatch market. While Pebble has been generally well received it is not without criticism, the...

Premium materials make it appropriate for dressier occasions ; Gorilla Glass and 5ATM waterproofing make it tough enough for everyday use

Price may be too high ; Non-standard watch band

We’ve been using Pebble as our daily watch since we first reviewed it nearly a year ago, but there were times when we’d have to slip our Seiko back on because Pebble just didn’t fit the occasion. While the Seiko is a very nice watch, we immediately...

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Review: Pebble Steel smartwatch

 

When companies release follow-ups to their existing devices, they usually bring some upgrades to the table. Bigger screen here, faster processor there and maybe some fun new features. Pebble's latest watch, though, is all new on the outside, but...

Pebble Steel is compatible with both iPhones and Android phones (sorry, Windows Phone owners). It's available now from Best Buy ($230, with a leather band only) and the product page below ($250, including both leather and steel bands).

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Pebble Steel Review

 

The Pebble Steel attempts to introduce a more conventional look to a very functional smartwatch. Does it succeed? We find out in this Pebble Steel review!

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The Pebble Steel review: Wearables 2.0 arrive

 

With a new look and new SDK, Pebble sets the bar for all the wearables to come.

Excellent design update makes Pebble look like a watch you'd wear on a date ; Software updates bring new APIs for developers to build on ; Capable app store, surprisingly full of great apps already ; The already strong notification system sees better...

The price might scare away thrifty shoppers, but they'd be best steered toward the original Pebble ; The app store is a little rough around the edges ; Some developers still think we want to type on our watches

In a real way, Pebble Steel introduces us to the second iteration of wearable computing. But don’t think of this as just a sophomore effort. There’s serious refinement in this new product, both in hardware and software. Pebble has also demonstrated a...

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