The new Pebble smartwatch goes head-to-head with the shiny new Apple smartwatch in our comparison.

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PEBBLE TIME VS APPLE WATCH COMPARISON

Thinking about buying a smartwatch? The Apple Watch and Pebble Time smartwatch are two of the most talked-about smartwatches in the market, so we’ve put them head-to-head in our Pebble Time vs Apple Watch comparison.

When the idea of smartwatches surfaced, Pebble was one of the first brands you’d think of. In 2012, it broke records on Kickstarter and successfully funded its original Pebble Watch, and has now returned to the crowd-funding platform to launch its Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel smartwatches (and has already got almost $20 million in funding).

The Pebble Time Steel looks suspiciously like another smartwatch that’s about to launch, though. Yes, we’re talking about the Apple Watch, one of the most highly anticipated smartwatches to enter the market so far. Despite first impressions, these smartwatches are very different, though, so we’ve compared every aspect of both to find out what the differences are between the Apple Watch and Pebble Time/Pebble Time Steel.

PEBBLE TIME VS APPLE WATCH COMPARISON: DESIGN & BUILD

At first glace at the image above, you’d be forgiven for thinking that those two smartwatches are in fact the same device. We think that Pebble’s choice to use the image on the left in its marketing is a strange one, as it’s difficult not to compare it directly with the gold Apple Watch with red strap as shown on the left. However, there are various models of each smartwatch and other design differences that set them apart from one another.

The Pebble Time measures 9.5mm thick, which is thinner than the original Pebble, and also thinner than the Apple Watch, which measures 10.5mm. The Steel version of the Pebble Time measures the same 10.5mm as the Apple Watch.

You only get one size option with the Pebble Time, though, at 40.5mm tall. The Apple Watch is available in two different sizes – 38mm and 42mm – the smaller option designed for more dainty wrists.

By Ashleigh Allsopp | 26 Mar 15

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PRICE WHEN REVIEWED

From £259

PEBBLE TIME VS APPLE WATCH COMPARISON

 

Thinking about buying a smartwatch? The Apple Watch and Pebble Time smartwatch are two of the most talked-about smartwatches in the market, so we’ve put them head-to-head in our Pebble Time vs Apple Watch comparison.

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When the idea of smartwatches surfaced, Pebble was one of the first brands you’d think of. In 2012, it broke records on Kickstarter and successfully funded its original Pebble Watch, and has now returned to the crowd-funding platform to launch its Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel smartwatches (and has already got almost $20 million in funding).

 

The Pebble Time Steel looks suspiciously like another smartwatch that’s about to launch, though. Yes, we’re talking about the Apple Watch, one of the most highly anticipated smartwatches to enter the market so far. Despite first impressions, these smartwatches are very different, though, so we’ve compared every aspect of both to find out what the differences are between the Apple Watch and Pebble Time/Pebble Time Steel.

PEBBLE TIME VS APPLE WATCH COMPARISON: DESIGN & BUILD

At first glace at the image above, you’d be forgiven for thinking that those two smartwatches are in fact the same device. We think that Pebble’s choice to use the image on the left in its marketing is a strange one, as it’s difficult not to compare it directly with the gold Apple Watch with red strap as shown on the left. However, there are various models of each smartwatch and other design differences that set them apart from one another.

The Pebble Time measures 9.5mm thick, which is thinner than the original Pebble, and also thinner than the Apple Watch, which measures 10.5mm. The Steel version of the Pebble Time measures the same 10.5mm as the Apple Watch.

You only get one size option with the Pebble Time, though, at 40.5mm tall. The Apple Watch is available in two different sizes – 38mm and 42mm – the smaller option designed for more dainty wrists.

There are three versions of the Apple Watch available, and two versions of Pebble Time. In both cases, it’s simply the design that’s different about the various models available from Apple and Pebble, rather than the specs and features. Of course, the design also changes the price quite significantly, which we’ll talk about more later in this article.

Taking a closer look, you’ll find that the three versions of Apple Watch are the Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition. The Apple Watch Sport is the entry-level model, is made with aluminium, and is available in silver or space grey. The standard Apple Watch is made with stainless steel in silver or space grey colour options. Finally, the Apple Watch Edition is the luxury model that is made with 18 carat gold – either yellow gold or rose gold.

There are various different straps and colours available, too, and in total there’s a choice of 38 different combinations.

PEBBLE TIME VS APPLE WATCH COMPARISON: DISPLAY

The Pebble Time and Apple Watch both boast colour displays, but they are significantly different from one another.

Pebble has opted for an ePaper display, which is designed to consume less battery life but does mean that it’s low-res and pixelated. The Apple Watch, on the other hand, has a 330ppi display, but this means it won’t be always-on like the Pebble Time. Instead, the screen will turn on whenever you raise your wrist.

PEBBLE TIME VS APPLE WATCH COMPARISON: PRICE & AVAILABILITY

As you will now have gathered, despite our initial impressions based on that image at the top of this article, the Apple Watch and Pebble Time are very different smartwatches aimed at quite different people. Therefore, they also have very different price tags.

The Apple Watch is available to pre-order from 10 April, and will begin shipping on 24 April in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK and the US.

It’s pricey, starting at £299 but reaching all the way up to a whopping £13,500. The Watch Sport is priced at £299 – £339, the Watch is £479 – £949, and the Watch Edition is £8,000 – £13,500.

The Pebble Time, on the other hand, is not set to be released until May, followed by the Pebble Time Steel in July. They’re currently on Kickstarter, and if you’re a backer you can get the Pebble Time for $169, reduced from the $199 RRP it’ll have when it’s released. That’s around £115. The Pebble Watch Steel is slightly pricier at $250 for backers, which is around £160, so still significantly cheaper from the entry-level Apple Watch.

SPECS: Apple Watch

Requires iPhone

OUR VERDICT

We can’t give a solid verdict until we’ve tried both of these smartwatches out for our full reviews, which is what we’ll be doing as soon as they become available and arrive in our labs, but for now we can say that it should be a fairly simple decision about which is right for you as we think they’re aimed at very different people.

For those looking for a smartwatch that doesn’t break the bank, is stylish but practical with a long battery life, and is compatible with both Android and iOS, the Pebble Time is an ideal smartwatch.

If you’re putting style first and have a bigger budget, the Apple Watch offers a better display, a touchscreen and more customisation options when it comes to the style, but it also needs to be charged more regularly and is only compatible with iOS.

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