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Will Android Wear Crush Pebble to bits?

Monday, September 22nd, 2014 by | Filed Under: Android

It’s not always best to be first it’s always best to be, best.

Pebble burst onto the scene in the fall of 2012 after one of the most successful crowd-funding campaigns ever on KickStarter.

Their sharp design, rich features, and just overall coolness connected with consumers in a way that hadn’t been seen in a new device since well, the iPhone. 

Just like Apple who redefined the smartphone platform discovered that Android is serious competition the young company founded by Eric Migicovsky is about to get a tutorial.

Here’s two reasons why Pebble could find itself under the Android foot:


#1 – Pebble is Cool Android Wear is Ice Cold

Pictured above is the LG G Watch (Black Titan) 

Android is taking what Pebble started and simply elevating it to the next level.  

The LG G watch is a perfect example.  

If you ever see one of these you’ll notice right away the exacting quality of the construction. 

Currently offered in two finishes, Black Titan as picture above and White Gold.

It’s IP67 water and dust resistant, IP which means “Ingress Protection” is a rating system developed by the International Electrotechnical Commission to determine how resistant devices are to water and dust.  In short the higher the number the better the protection. 

This means the LG G watch is essentially dust-proof and can be submerged underwater up to 1 meter deep for 30 minutes, that is amazing.


#2 – Power in Numbers

As if the LG smart watch won’t give Pebble enough headaches in comes Samsung with a smart watch of their own.

The Samsung Gear Live (Black) picture above is the more affordable of the two Android wear devices available now, you almost get an athletic feel to this one in comparison to the LG which really comes off as a more dressy or stylish watch.

The Samsung Gear Live boasts a 300 mAh battery rated to last you all day, a 1.2 GHz processor, 4 GB of internal memory, a USB port, and it’s light it only weighs about two ounces (59 g).

It’s also IP67 water and dust resistant and the product page suggests that you can take a shower while wearing it, that’s cool.


Could Pebble Steel have the last say?

Pun intended.  There remains a huge opportunity for Pebble as the product steel brings a lot to the table.

The Pebble Steel Black Matte pictured above remains “in very limited supply” according to the company website and there’s reasons why this trend could continue.

Where Android may offer a color screen and more digital options via it’s Android OS pebble offers Apps that are compatible on Android and iPhone which opens up their product to more customers. 

Android Wear will be totally ignored by “iFans” who obsess over all things Apple but pebble will get a hard long look from this crowd at least until Apple releases their own smart watch which remains tba. 

Also the Pebble’s battery life is much longer than the Android so you’ll only have to charge it on the weekends as opposed to the Android that you’ll have to charge daily.  

 Of course, with Apple’s new Apple Watch coming at the start of 2015, it could be a whole new ball game.

Now it’s over to you do you have any plans of buying a smart watch or do you own one currently? Which do you plan to buy?

~ Darnell

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