Regardless of one's opinion about the utility of the Pebble watch, there's no denying that the company has done a good job of updating their software, features, and both UI and hardware design as time has gone on. Earlier this year the company revealed the Pebble Steel which is a version of the Pebble with a more premium design. They also introduced the Pebble appstore which is home to over 4000 applications that have been downloaded over 5 million times cumulatively. Today the company is announcing more fitness focused features and a price drop for all versions of the Pebble,

The incoming health and fitness update will enable full activity tracking and sleep monitoring. The Misfit health application for Pebble has also been updated to take advantage of these new abilities. This, combined with the Pebble's relatively long battery life for a smartwatch, will provide health, fitness, and sleep tracking throughout the day and night which is difficult to do with other smartwatches that need to be taken off for a nightly charge.

To celebrate the Pebble's growth, the watch is also being reduced in price. The original Pebble is being dropped to just $99 / €129 / £99, while the Pebble Steel has been dropped to $199 / €229 / £179. At $250 the Pebble Steel was definitely pricey and had pressure from competing Android Wear devices that can sell for $199 or less. Even at $199 I think the Pebble Steel may be a hard sell due to its limitations compared to other smartwatches, but the superior battery life may be what sways users

Source: Pebble

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  • Samus - Thursday, October 2, 2014 - link

    It's funny because all people in America bitch about how high the taxes are when they're among the lowest in the world (of industrialized first-world countries.) But it's commonly argued we get less for our taxes than everyone else...and I'm not talking healthcare. I'm talking about education. Pretty much every country in the EU has superior education from K through business/trade school (college) and it's all "free."
  • fokka - Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - link

    that €/£ pricing is ridiculous.
  • JeffFlanagan - Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - link

    It seems like this is missing heart rate, perspiration, and body temp sensors that the Basis smart watch has. I could see the pebble as an alternative if it cost a lot less than the Basis, but I believe the price is the same.
  • CharonPDX - Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - link

    From what I can find, the Basis costs $199. The same as the Pebble Steel, but twice as much as the plastic Pebble. And it's plastic, too. And it won't be out until November.

    If you were going to buy the Steel, and like the looks of the Basis, then yeah, the Basis would be a good option to consider. But if you're looking for "cheap smart watch with basic activity tracking," the Pebble wins, hands down. Heck, Basis won't even have "connected smart watch" functionality when it launches. Notifications and interaction with phone OS come later.

    And the Pebble has a heck of a head start on apps. I can't even find any information on third-party app support for Basis.

    Now, if you're shopping primarily for a fitness tracking device, the Basis goes on a short list of great-looking devices. But if you're shopping for a smart watch that has some fitness tracking, the Pebble wins.
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