We’ll be the first ones to tell you that, while Android Wear is pretty awesome, it’s definitely not for everyone. Same goes for most things in life, but thankfully there are options and easily one of the most compelling is the Pebble Time.
The regular bezelicious Pebble Time went up for sale not too long ago and while you still can’t get the metal clad version — the Pebble Time Steel — it is now officially available for anyone that was on the fence about dishing out money during its wildly successful Kickstarter campaign. Pre-orderers can snag the watch for $250 in leather (black on black, silver on grey, or gold on red), or pay $300 for a metal band, a full $50-$100 more than the plastic model.
While a little on the pricey side, the Pebble Time, unlike Android Wear but maybe not for long, is platform agnostic. That means it works not only with Android devices, but iOS too. In theory, it should have some pretty nice resell value (that’s if you can convince Apple fans to turn their back on the Apple Watch). Aside from shrinking the outer bezel a tad, the Steel has much better battery life than the regular Time, boasting 10 days of life from a single charge (the plastic Time promises 7 days). Even though we only experienced about 5 days from the regular Time, even a full week with the Steel is an interesting prospect.
The Pebble Time Steel also offers a few other benefits that set it apart from the current crop of Android Wear devices. It has an always-on 64-color display (even if it’s a bit washed out), has amazing outdoor visibility, is thinner than most smartwatches, and once again, it works cross platform. Whether that’s enough to warrant spending the extra money (sometimes upwards of $100 more) for a Pebble Time Steel is between you, your wife, and your conscience. You can pre-order the Pebble Time Steel directly on their website via the link down below.
Pre-order: Pebble Time Steel $250