Five reasons you should still consider the Pebble and Samsung Gear even with Android Wear coming soon

Five reasons you should still consider the Pebble and Samsung Gear even with Android Wear coming soon

Summary: Google excited many folks by announcing Android Wear smartwatches with a focus on Google Now, but there are still many valid reasons to consider the Pebble and new Samsung Gear options.

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Five reasons you should still consider the Pebble and Samsung Gear even with Android Wear coming soon
(Image: Pebble)

The Moto 360 Android Wear watch from Motorola looks great and I am considering one. I am probably not as excited as my MoTR podcast co-host Kevin Tofel because I don't find Google Now always performs as well as I expect it to.

After hearing the Android Wear news, I got the immediate feeling that Samsung and Pebble would be seriously concerned about the future of their Gear and Pebble smartwatches. However, after a couple of days of pondering the Android Wear news, I honestly think there are several reasons that both of these smartwatch choices are still viable choices.

Here are my five reasons that the Pebble smartwatch is still a good option:

  1. Compatible with iOS and Android platforms, likely going to work with Windows Phone 8.1
  2. Decent 5-7 day battery life
  3. Offers plenty of 3rd party apps, more than just Google Now functionality
  4. Nicely sized watch, reasonable for women. The Moto 360 looks to be a beast.
  5. Waterproof and fairly robust

Here are my five reasons that the new Samsung Gear 2 and Gear Fit are good options to consider:

  1. Second generation hardware and software so many lessons have been learned and improvements made
  2. Millions of Samsung Galaxy smartphone owners so consistency with the user interface and ecosystem is offered
  3. Elegant design aspects and rather compact Fit wristband form factor
  4. Advanced sensors and specs, including heart rate monitor, digital camera, and more
  5. Samsung brand is well-known and well supported around the world

The Pebble ($149) and Pebble Steel ($249) are reasonably priced smartwatches while Samsung still looks to have the Gear 2 ($299) and Gear Fit ($199) priced rather high. We don't yet know the price of the Moto 360 or other Android Wear watches, but price could still be an advantage for Pebble.

The Samsung Gear devices would be more attractive if they worked with more than Galaxy smartphones and that is one area where Android Wear and the Pebble have a clear advantage.

I previously wrote five reasons I prefer the Pebble over the Galaxy Gear, but Samsung also worked to improve their smartwatch with this latest generation and I am very interested in testing out the Gear Fit.

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  • A couple of opposing reason ....

    1. Pebble is just plain ugly. I wouldn't wear it so no matter how good it is, why would I buy it? Just my fashionista view. Your could differ.
    2. Samsung only works with ...... Yup. I have 5S and a One.

    Still, I like GNow. It doesn't always work as well as I would like but it does a pretty decent job. As for the 360; that is a design I would wear.

    Still, I plan on waiting before I delve back into the SW fraternity.
    rhonin
    • Grammar

      Too early and the caffeine has yet to kick in.
      Edit option would be nice.

      Dänke
      rhonin
    • A conterpoint

      1) agreed generally speaking, but there are some OK options with the pebble (steel, etc.) that look decent if you are ok with eInk.

      2) That is a valid point, but for those (like myself) with a Samsung phone, the question only becomes if I want to lock myself into that ecosystem. If I get a gear watch, my next phone will have to be a Note 4 or S6. I love my phone on the whole, so other than "the grass is greener" comparisons, I see no major reason why not to, if the benefits of the ecosystem are worth it to me (I get this reasoning, which is why I understand why people lock into Apple).

      For me, the best mix of features and price seems to be the Gear Neo ($199 for all features but the camera and some of the nicer finishings). I really want a HRM for working out, and the benefit of having the IR blaster actually sounds appealing (I use WatchON quite a bit, but hate searching for my phone at the house). In fact, the "Find my Phone" feature is almost the worth the price alone. And I like the idea of the watch being able to "do" something on its own without a phone right next to it.

      But that's me.
      skyledavisbooks
      • I know its a late replay but meh

        I got the Gear 2 Neo and yes the device is really great and but the app support is crappy mind you it just came out and Samsung did just release the SDK for all devs so it will get much better.

        The main advantage of using Tizen over Android is the Tizen utilizes less batter which is why the battery is smaller then the original gear but lasts 2-3x longer
        dakunclear
  • Personally I use my galaxy gear to pay for Starbucks

    It's easy in the morning
    Http://youtu.be KpKtAjzzpv0
    M777x
  • whoops, not enough coffee yet

    Missed the forward slash in the previous link put the forward slash between youtu.be / and KpKtAjzzpv0.

    And watch the smartwatch pay for coffee

    It won't allow me to post it as a link
    M777x
  • One reason not to.

    Basically, these devices don't solve any problem most people have.
    matthew_maurice
    • Agreed.

      Wear this device on your head, wear this one on your wrist, store this one in your pocket.

      What's the point or need? doesn't that remarkable device called the smartphone do al of that for you with little to no inconvenience?
      William.Farrel
  • Five reasons I will never buy any "smartwatches" or other "wearables".

    1) I have two Omega watches that are waterproof to 100m, keep perfect time, and NEVER need to be charged. I simply WIND THEM UP every morning. Both have been running just fine since 1969.

    2) I am not so infirm that I can't reach into my pocket, and pull out my phone to see who has called or emailed me.

    3) There is no reason to monitor my heart rate constantly. If someone has this need, they should probably check themselves into the nearest hospital...immediately.

    4) I have all the Apps I need on my phone...BOTH of them.

    5) And most importantly...I don't really care.
    IT_Fella
  • useless article

    Funny how people like the one who wrote this article start making comparisons n talk bs even before the actual product being launched n not knowing what it can do, hardware etc.
    Metamorphosis2048
  • I agree--no need for such a device

    I see no need for such a device, in the first place. I have a phone, albeit an older one, but it works. I have two wrist watches, both work, the one that keeps accurate time, is messed up at the moment, but I haven't contactd Casio yet, the other is my multifunction calculator watch, with a new battery, it seems to be doing great now.
    dhays
  • The 12 pros and cons of a cellular smartwatch

    http://www.networkworld.com/research/2014/032114-the-12-pros-and-cons-279950.html?source=NWWNLE_nlt_wireless_2014-03-24
    The 12 pros and cons of a cellular smartwatch
    dhays
  • Why the Moto 360 will succeed where other smartwatches failed

    Another point of view:
    http://www.networkworld.com/community/blog/why-moto-360-will-succeed-where-other-smartwatches-failed?source=NWWNLE_nlt_review_2014-03-21
    I have not read either of these posts from Network World, just thought they might add fuel to the fire. I still am not in the market for a smart watch, mine are smart enough.
    dhays