Pebble Steel - the evolution of the Pebble smartwatch

    From the very beginning of sales of Pebble smart watches, one of the main disadvantages of watches, according to users, was their “toy” design - a bright plastic case and a rubber strap were suitable for geeks and students, but did not even fit with strict office clothes, not that with a suit. Apparently, the developers also understood this, so they released a version of Pebble with a beautiful metal case - Pebble Steel.

    Pebble Steel does not differ in anything except the case from the "ordinary" Pebble - the same backlit screen, good visible even in bright sunshine, the same week of work from charging. All already developed programs are compatible with the new version of the watch. Therefore, we will only have to study the new building. Go.


    Packaging

    The box of new watches compared to the previous version looks very cool - instead of a small colored glossy box we get a gothic black “coffin” with embossed inscription on the lid:
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    Despite the fact that the size of the watch itself has practically not increased, the box has grown significantly:
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    For users the difference is rather positive - it’s more pleasant to give a large box and hold it in your hands, but the store isn’t very happy - we pay more for delivery of the same number of hours. :) The
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    insides of the box are also very entertaining - there are no cheap lodges made of thin plastic, and the space is divided by dense cardboard partitions with a velvet coating:
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    It looks cool, but it also has its drawbacks - the watch that just got out of the box is covered with small white fluffs. Mi-mi-mi, or "fu, dust" everyone decides for himself.
    To get the whole set, you will have to open one “window” first, and then the second:
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    On the top floor there is a screwdriver and a steel strap, and on the last one there is a charging wire.

    Options and appearance

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    Compared with the plastic version, the equipment has not changed much. A second metal strap and a small screwdriver were added to replace it:
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    We also need to remember that this is one of the last parties in which there are two different straps at the same time. Prices on the site have dropped for a reason - now the steel strap is sold separately for $ 20.
    Also in the kit there is an instruction for changing the strap, which in 4 pictures tells how to properly unscrew the screw:
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    An ingenious thing. But on how to fit a metal strap under the arm, not a word is written there at all.
    And of course, the clock itself is inside:
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    They are available in two versions - “Brushed steel”, silver, and “Black matte”, matte black. I like the silver version more, so I’ll photograph it:
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    Outwardly, the watch looks good - a black rectangle, but not with smooth edges, but a bit “bloated” on the sides. Here's how they look next to the plastic version:
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    The screen size remains the same, but because of the larger case, a little free space has appeared under the screen. What needs to be pushed there? Of course, the name of the watch!
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    Also, the number and arrangement of buttons remained the same - three on one side:
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    And one on the other. On the same side there are charging contacts:
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    Charging has changed - it is still magnetic, but it has changed shape (having lost compatibility with older versions). The good news is that she is now holding herself still better than ordinary ones. Not happy that she still does not hold enough so as not to disconnect inside the backpack, in which the watch is charged from the battery. This is a fairly common situation for any device, and the fact that the watch cannot be charged in this way upsets me.
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    During charging, a red-orange LED is lit at the bottom of the watch. When charging is complete, the color changes to green: There is
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    nothing at the back of the watch, except for information about the watch and 4 screws. Stop, 4 screws ?!
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    Screws are very good. This means that we will also analyze the watch, at least partially.

    User experience, or "Well, how is it, Van?"

    Strap change
    Actually, changing the strap is quite simple (I'm still ironic of the instructions in four volumes of pictures), and consists in unscrewing the belt axis with the screwdriver attached:
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    After changing the belt, you just need to put the axis back and tighten it tightly. If you tighten it slightly, then over time it begins to twist due to the movement of the strap. It does not fall out, the strap holds it, but it sticks out and does not look so neat.
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    Fitting a metal strap
    The metal strap (although the “bracelet” will be more accurate) on the watch is more or less standard, with a latch, so in the initial state it will not hang except on very full hands. In order to tightly fit his arm, several segments can be pulled out of it, thereby reducing its length. We unscrew one of the axes of the bracelet so that it can be laid out on the table in full length and look at that part of the bracelet that adjoins the clasp: The arrows somehow
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    hint to us that we need to interact with them.
    Take a screwdriver, put it in the recess and try to squeeze the segment mount out:
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    Op, it turned out. Now we hook the mount from the outside and pull it out:
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    After you unhook the hook with another segment, the bracelet should fall into two parts:
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    Now we repeat the operation with one more (two, three) segment in order to achieve the desired length of the bracelet:
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    Then we remove the central part in the box so as not to lose, and interlock the segments together:
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    It must be said that it is better to remove an equal number of segments on both sides of the strap . This is necessary so that the latch remains in the center of the bracelet, otherwise it changes balance when worn and shifts the watch. Not deadly, but interfering.

    Which strap to choose?
    I chose leather. It is less felt on the hand, because it is softer, and does not tear out hair like metal (this happens occasionally, but nonetheless happens). But on the other hand, with a leather strap, the watch’s water resistance is practically useless - they have to be removed before the shower, because the very wet strap has to be removed and dried, otherwise it starts to smell. With metal, there is no such problem.

    Is the case and bracelet scratched?
    Yes, indeed, holding in my hands one of the first copies of the watch, I wrote (by the way, sign up ) that the black bracelet is very scratched. In reality, everything turned out to be not so scary - dragging the same specimen for 4 months I did not notice too terrible injuries.
    There is not a single scratch on the glass, despite the fact that I did not wear the watch very carefully (even rather “very carelessly”). Perhaps this is because the frame around the screen took the main blow - it has several subtle scratches on it:
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    And the angle, which accounted for the most blows, is slightly dented: The
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    metal bracelet is scratched more than the watch case - in 4 months it still noticeable scratches appeared:
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    On silver watches, which were operated at about the same intensity, no scratches were noticeable at all - neither on the case, nor on the bracelet. Of course, they are, but they are not noticeable against the background of the texture.
    In general, I expected the worst, the watch proved to be quite resistant to damage.

    Is a watch heavier than a plastic one?
    They are not very strong, but noticeably heavier. If plastic is not felt at all on the hand, then it is difficult to forget about steel, although this is partly due to the angular case.
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    38 grams weigh plastic Pebble, 55 - steel with a leather strap, 91 - steel with a metal bracelet. The metal bracelet itself weighs 58 grams, but it is with a maximum length. A leather strap weighs only 12 grams.

    What's inside?

    We all remember the 4 cogs on the back of the watch, right? And now we will unscrew them:
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    We will select a suitable screwdriver:
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    Unscrew the screws and begin to gently lift the lid:
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    It is not glued at the edges, but it is held by glue on the vibromotor. Without a cover, the watch looks like this:
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    Next, you need to gently pick up the edges of the plastic “basket” with a screwdriver from 4 sides in turn, squeezing the plastic latches:
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    After that, you can pull the electronics out of the case:
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    Suddenly, it turns out that the watch screen is glued into the case, and the white on the block with Electronics - just a diffuser clock backlight. And the display turned out to have very few contacts, only 10 pieces: The
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    very same three-color LED is visible next to it:
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    On the reverse side, next to the vibromotor and the battery, there is some unidentifiable chip. From the fact that it is on the screen loop, I can conclude that it is somehow connected with the screen controller. Perhaps this is it.
    Since the entire block is firmly glued inside, I will not disassemble it further. You can only look at the “back” button and the charging contacts:
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    And at the three buttons on the other side: The
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    buttons, by the way, are “honest” membranes, and not of the “spring plate” type, as they usually like to put on a watch.
    And the watch works great even in this state. This, by the way, is pretty creepy - I took them apart, took pictures, and then they’ll shine soooo, they’ll crawl at me with the sound of vibra! It turned out the message on the phone came.

    Conclusion

    Pebble Steel is not a revolution, but an evolution. Thoughtful work on improving the capabilities, which goes both on the hardware side and on the software side (for example, in 2.6 they added the ability to run applications in the background, which means hello to different fitness trackers).

    Where could I buy? Of course, in the Madrobots.ru store:



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