Pebble Time Steel
Following tradition, Pebble has both plastic and steel versions of their new Time series of watches. However, unlike the original Pebble and Pebble Steel, the Time and Time Steel have an almost identical design. Visually, the only major difference is the size of the bezel; the Time is thicker while the Time Steel has a slimmer frame. However, that doesn't mean that the LCD size is larger on the Time Steel. It remains the same 1.25-inch color e-paper display, so you actually just get a black border between the bezel frame and the LCD. While the Time Steel is stainless steel all around, it's worth noting that the Time's bezel is also made of stainless steel; only its case is polycarbonate. So the difference between the two is even less apparent in terms of build quality and feel.
The only other physical difference is a thin 1mm band surrounding the Time Steel between the case and the bezel. This allows the Time Steel to pack in a larger battery, boasting a 10-day battery life as opposed to the 7-day rating of the Time. All other hardware specifications and functionality remain identical between the two watches. As I've reviewed the Time back in July, I won't go into specifics again and will instead dive into the improvements made so far and the value of the Time Steel.
Pebble has continuously rolled out functional improvements via firmware updates that address many of our original concerns with the smartwatch, chiefly the lack of control over basic functions and low visibility of the LCD backlight. As of firmware v3.4, you can now adjust the intensity of the backlight and the duration it stays lit. You can also adjust notification vibration strength and font size. The latest firmware, v3.6 adds support for Pebble Dictation API for iOS. While there's still no native voice command for iOS, developers can now build thirdparty apps that will support voice input. All these make for a more functional product that continues to gain from strength to strength.
The main draw of buying a Pebble watch remains its long-lasting battery life. Now, we all know that you're going to charge all your devices at the end of the day anyway, so does it really make that much of a difference?
Let's look at it this way. I agree that the Apple Watch does many things better: better screen, better colors, prettier interactive apps and games, but the main problem