Skip to main content

Pebble Steel - Week One

Pebble Steel with Leather Wristband
Smartwatches are definitely a piece of technology that no one needs. That being said, it's a piece of technology that almost everyone can use. Assuming, of course, that you have the right phone!

Last Saturday, Amanda presented me with a Pebble Steel. I've been wanting to dive into the world of smartwatches but it wasn't until Black Friday that we finally pulled the trigger on one of them.


Nothing to it at all. The watch paired to my Nexus 6 without any issues and the instructions were clear enough that anyone could get setup. You don't need any expert knowledge on this one.


Now here's the big shocker. I haven't downloaded squat for the watch outside of the official Pebble app from Google Play on my Nexus 6. Since then the device has worked without any other tinkering. It shows me notifications for e-mail, text, hangouts, etc. without any special configuration outside the few setup steps in the Pebble App. 

There's a lot of health kit options in the app store, but I haven't bothered downloading a single one.


I did download a handful of watchfaces, but ended with a simple design that gives me the time and temperature.


I was under the impression that the watch only came with the leather wristband, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that mine came with both the black leather and the metal wristbands. I had planned on dropping another $20 for a new band but now I don't have to worry about it! I'll note here that I got mine directly from Pebble, so maybe that plays into it somehow?

Using the Device

Head's up: it's a watch. The truth of the matter is, most of the time the device is good for two things:
  • Time
  • Temperature
As a tech guy the watch has a lot of other benefits, but let's be honest here... the two things listed above are the primary reasons you will look at your wrist. That being said, having a quick glance to know the time has saved me the effort of pulling my phone out of my pocket about 100 times this week.

Now, those heavy hitters out of the way, I'll go on to praise the other things this watch has done for me:
  • Text Messages
  • Hangouts
  • Mail
  • Phone Calls
So, these are super helpful for a few reasons. E-mail is a plus because it helps me get a quick glance at those annoying messages that I don't care about. For those, I don't have to pull my phone out thinking I have a new message waiting for me. That's probably about another 50 pocket fetches of my phone removed this week.

Most importantly, SMART LOCK has saved my life.
As an Android user, I don't like going through multiple swipes just to unlock my phone. In the new release of Android, users can setup a smart lock to work with their smart phone so that the screen will remain unlocked when in connection range to the external device. That has saved me about 1000 swipes across my screen this last week alone. I am overjoyed by this function.


The leather band was quite comfortable, but I wanted the metal wristband because I have a small wrist and knew that with the metal band I can get a better fit. I got it to what was probably a little too loose of a fit, but figured that I could get used to it. Unfortunately, when I went to work the next day I was suddenly in great pain as the metal band was ripping hairs out like it wanted to clear my entire arm of hair by the end of my work shift. So, after getting home that night I took out one more metal piece and the band fit much better... probably a little too tight to be honest, but I'm not losing any arm hairs now.


The watch is actually much smaller than I thought. Every article I read on the internet prepared me to unbox a hideous watch that would gobble up my entire wrist. The Pebble didn't come across that way at all once I had it out of the box. In fact, I would be willing to bet that my Nixon watches are bigger than the Pebble.


If you're looking for a watch that will let you know what's up on your phone then I think the Pebble is a TOP contender. In fact, if you're using iOS until the Apple Watch hits next year it's one of your ONLY options.

I was fortunate enough to be gifted an LG G Watch (Android Wear) for the holidays this year and I've put Amanda to the test on using it with her own Android phone to see what kind of interesting tidbits she might get from it. The Android Wear smartwatches start around the $199 window, which matches up with a normal priced Pebble Steel. 

Personally, I think that the market has to come down on pricing with these devices. If this Pebble Steel was $129 I would shout to the world that everyone should pick one up for the holiday season, but for $200 it's hard to justify the purchase by telling yourself that the biggest benefit is pulling your phone out of your pocket less each day.

If, on the other hand, you're looking for a new watch anyway? Give the Pebble Steel some attention. It's a great looking time piece and it can keep you informed of what's happening on your phone even when you can't be bothered to look for yourself. 

Popular posts from this blog

Heading Back to a Galaxy Far Far Away!

When the old Star Wars "Expanded Universe" was retired to Legendarystatus, I was torn apart. I had grown to love the novels that were being published each year and going to Dragon Con to meet the authors was a special day for me each year. At the same time, I knew that in exchange for this sacrifice, I would be getting more Star Wars movies.

Thankfully, that exchange has already proven to be extremely valuable. Now I am graced with a universe filled with new adventures and exciting opportunities!

Meanwhile, while the previous published works of the EU have been moved to the "maybe it happened, but probably not" section of the franchise, new novels have emerged that continue to fill my shelves at home.

Today, a new novel joins the ranks:

Picking up over twenty years since  Return of the Jedi ended, this novel is one of the first that really dives head first into the time where the EU had freely played before.

Claudia Gray has traditionally published YA novels, but s…

Name of the Wand Season 2

When it comes to creative writing, I try to experiment a little from time to time. One of those experiments started six years ago with a simple idea to create a backstory for my World of Warcraft character, a mage of Stormwind.
This story is fan fiction, that I must admit, but despite taking place in the world of Azeroth, I have tried to give life to my mage and fill him with a compelling purpose and surround him with original characters rather than trying to shoehorn him into the larger Warcraft narrative. Now, with the upcoming Warcraft movie, I realize that more people than ever may begin to recognize the locations and characters referenced throughout my stories. 
I publish new adventures from time to time, and today I've made the entire second season (short episodes that string together a narrative) available for viewing. Meanwhile, the first season is also available at the main site, and if you want to see some writing from many years past, you can check out the "origin…

The Hero of Hyla Paperback

When I first started working on publishing The Hero of Hyla, I assumed that creating a print copy of my book was simply out of my reach. I had tried to print a manuscript before and that wasn't cheap. 
So, last month when I finally launched my new book, I released it as a Kindle ebook with the goal of selling digital copies.
Of course, I soon met some harsh realities. The truth of the matter is, the eReader market is shrinking rather than growing, and while some people are fine reading an article or two on their phones or tablets, they just aren't apt to pick up a book and stare at an LED screen for hours on end.
Thankfully, with extra work and time I have been able to produce a print coy of my novel that can be purchased directly through Amazon.
It is already for sale! Grab a copy today!
Additionally, I will be lowering the price of my eBook copy to just $2.99 to help make the novel more appealing to those who might have to choose between my first book or something like The M…