CES, the annual Consumer Electronics Show, is happening right now in Vegas, and How-To Geek has boots on the ground. The Pebble Smartwatch has launched a new version made from stainless steel instead of plastic. It’s stylish, sturdy, and does everything the old version did.
The new steel model raises the price by another hundred dollars, so you’ll be dropping $250 on your Pebble Steel if you choose to get one — although that’s still cheap compared to most premium watches. This one is made from premium milled stainless steel and Gorilla Glass, comes in either black matte or stainless steel, and comes with both metal and leather bands. It’s also waterproof.
Everything else works exactly the same as when we reviewed the regular Pebble model — which is an excellent smartwatch that most of the people on our team have switched to. You can hook it to either your Android or iPhone, all the alerts work really well either way.
According to their product page, there are only a limited supply of Pebble Steel watches at this point, so if you want one, you’d better get in on the first wave or you might be waiting a while for them to get more in stock. Then again, CES will probably have a lot of new smartwatch announcements, so it might be worth waiting a few days before making a decision. If you do decide to get one, they’ll start shipping in February.
It’s definitely much more attractive than the previous model, which felt a little cheap and plastic compared to a regular metal watch. We’re happy to see Pebble pushing the smartwatch market forward and setting the bar a little higher. Even if you don’t want to buy one now, innovation and competition mean good things for us, the consumers.