The Kickstarter-funded Pebble smartwatch is a classic and, despite the best efforts of much more experienced device manufacturers, its popularity and especially bang for buck factor remain almost impossible to beat.
Of course, with everyone that’s someone in the mobile business now committed to bring Android to your wrist and Apple focused on taking over every little niche of the tech world, Pebble needs to stay on guard to keep its relevance.
The launch of an evolved, thinner, sturdier Pebble Steel was only part one of the company’s strategy for 2014, with discounts now offered for buyers of the first-gen. Heavy, advantageous, unrefusable discounts, as the OG Pebble wearable piece is available, presumably for a limited-time only, via Best Buy at $99.99.
That’s $50 off the gizmo’s list price, and for once, list means something. It means the real price the intelligent watch goes for at other retailers, [easyazon-link asin=”B00BKEQBI0″ locale=”us”]Amazon included[/easyazon-link]. And given the cheapest Android Wear device, Samsung’s Gear Live, [easyazon-link asin=”B00LTR5HP6″ locale=”us”]is still around $200[/easyazon-link], I guess we can all agree this is a once-in-a-lifetime deal.
Maybe not literally, as similar promos could be prepped for the looming Black Friday or Cyber Monday savings events. Yet you don’t want to miss out on BB’s special offer, and pass up perhaps the perfect mix of activity tracking and basic smartwatch applications.
The Pebble, mind you, is compatible both with Android handheld and iPhones, can last 7 days of typical use on a single charge and runs a custom-made operating system with access to thousands of helpful, productive and silky smooth apps. Bottom line, it’s not a smartwatch, it’s the smartwatch that kick-started (pun intended) the whole frenzy.