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Pebble Steel (401BLR, 401SLR)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 39 reviews of Pebble Steel (401BLR, 401SLR). The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Smart Watches for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Smart Watches the Pebble Steel (401BLR, 401SLR) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 39 reviews)

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Expert review by: Eugene Kim (pcmag.com)

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 ($199 direct). Since the original Pebble's launch, we've seen flashy new entrants like the Samsung Galaxy Gear and Sony Smartwatch...

Dec, 2014

Expert review by: Jeffrey Van Camp (digitaltrends.com)

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.

Feb, 2014

Expert review by: Mark Spoonauer (laptopmag.com)

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.

Jan, 2014
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Expert review by: Nilay Patel (theverge.com)

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

Jan, 2014

Expert review by: Christina Bonnington (wired.com)

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

Jan, 2014

Expert review by: Scott Stein (cnet.com)

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.

Jan, 2014

Expert review by: Chris Davies (slashgear.com)

Pebble Steel Review

 

Pebble might not agree that 2014 is set to be the year of wearables: the smartwatch startup closed out last year with one of the most compelling devices in its category, taking the original Pebble from Kickstarter hit to shipping product and finally...

No ecosystem is an island. Even the companies generally accused of being the most closed have demonstrated that, these days, if you want your platform to succeed you need to embrace outsiders: developers, enthusiasts, third-party accessory...

Jan, 2014

Expert review by: Brian K. (phonearena.com)

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...

Feb, 2014

Expert review by: Will Shanklin (gizmag.com)

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).

Jun, 2014

Expert review by: Joshua Vergara (androidauthority.com)

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!

Mar, 2014
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