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Anonymous asked: So what you think about Pebble Steel? But i think they should make screen bigger rather limited themselves from the black border around it and they should remove pebble logo on it or move it to clasp. But they just follow other who did this like TAG Heuer, Omega, i could go on and they could make themselves different rather than follow other who already did this for over past century. so what you think?


I’m a fan of the original Pebble (I have an orange one), but I’m not so sure about the Steel. While the stated emphasis is on elegance and quality, it simply doesn’t look that great to my eye. Of course, that’s only me seeing it from afar in the pictures from CES. But I’d be shocked if I liked the look and feel of the Steel in person.

I still don’t really understand why all these companies are insisting on making wearables that look exactly like watches. I mean, I get it, of course. But I think it’s short-sighted. I think the first such device that is really successful won’t look anything like a standard watch. The only thing it will have in common is that it’s worn on your wrist.

These are tiny computers, they’re not watches. They’re not for telling time. That’s just one app. See also: the iPhone.

A couple thoughts here:

1.  As I previously mentioned on Twitter today, I didn’t like the design of the original Pebble (I’ve been wearing it in Black for months now), but everyone else seems to.  As a lover of old analog watches, I cringed when I switched to wearing the Pebble daily from a nice Citizen Eco-Drive - but I’ve gotten nothing but positive comments about its looks.

2.  I think the Pebble Steel looks like a $15 Wal-Mart watch.  I forget which article/blog I read that comment on, but I agree completely.  Maybe the actual construction and materials are nicer in person, who knows.  The renders look pretty hideous, except the leather strap one.

3.  I think that it’s important in this “transitional period” of smartwatches (specifically smartwatches, not just wearables) that they aesthetically imitate the watch.  MG Siegler’s right in that they don’t need to, and companies would do better functionally to cut away from that link - but for now, I think it drives higher adoption and allows people to ease into other forms of wearable computing.

4.  I think that “real” smartwatches are still at least two to three generations away.  The fact that Pebble iterated this year, and most other manufacturers are catching up to the Pebble, says to me that the growth is still a ways off - adoption first.  The tech is still difficult to wrangle, cf. Apple’s alleged difficulty in developing a smartwatch (MacRumors).