Still the most functional smartwatch today, plus who can argue with a 10-day battery life and actual water-proofing?
Chassis/Bezel Marine-grade stainless steel // Features Timeline interface, Pebble appstore, compatible with Misfit and Jawbone // Compatibility iPhone 4S and above (running iOS 8), Android devices (running 4.3 Jelly Bean and above) // Others Magnetic charging cable, built-in microphone // Dimensions 40.5 x 37.5 x 10.5 mm (case), 22 mm (band) // Weight 62.3g (leather band), 116.3g (metal band) // URL www.getpebble.com with it (and just about every other smartwatch to date) is the ability to actually use it like their ads makes it out to be. Most people will never continuously fiddle with all the rich multimedia aspects of their smartwatches simply because it will never last you through your day.
For general use, which is to tell time and receive on-demand notifications, that average two-day battery life is fine. But when you start messing with apps such as using it for GPS mapping directions or god-forbid, try to play games on your smartwatch, chances are it would have died by mid-day.
The Pebble Time Steel has no such issue. You'll never have to religiously remember to keep it charged at night, and will not be punished even if you forget to feed it for a few days. That's also one less cable you need to bring with you for that weekend getaway.
For the duration of this review, besides general dayto-day usage consisting of messaging, mail and calendar notifications, news headlines and a healthy obsession with fitness tracking via Misfit, I've also been constantly switching watch faces, loading (and unloading) apps from the store to try out new features and timeline support. The Time Steel still lasted me 8.5 days before finally winking out; that's close to Pebble's 10-day claim with moderate-heavy use.
The Pebble Time Steel is a no-nonsense smartwatch that delivers on all the core functionalities you need in such a device. Always-on timekeeping thanks to its e-paper display, customizable notifications, and apps on the side you can explore without worrying about battery consumption. My favorite feature is its 30 meter waterresistance, which is based on the proper ISO 22810 standard used by watches rather than the merely splash-proof IPXX ratings normally used for electronic devices.
So, the real question is whether the Time Steel is worth US$50 more than the Time just for that extra three-day battery? Probably not. It all boils down to aesthetics, as the Time Steel is a little more elegant with the steel link band. But, unless you're a Kickstarter backer, the steel band is going to set you back another US$49.99. With the healthy third-party strap market for Pebble watches, customizing shouldn't be a problem. At US$199.99, the Pebble Time is the one to get.