Smartwatch: Pebble vs. Android Wear

Even though Apple owns the new smartwatch platform, for the last two years Pebble has know a huge amount of sales and also had a Kickstarter campaign of $10 million.

The question is whether Pebble has a well based platform which can compete against iOS and Android Wear. Here are some comparisons between Android Wear and Pebble devices.

Pebble vs. Android Wear: OS and Apps

Pebble’s operating system is independent and separate as it runs on Pebble devices and is supported by official apps from both Apple and Android. Pebble has more than 3,000 apps and you can change its faces from the main app installed on your smartphone. You are able to control the watch from the button on the side.

Rather than being a self standing entity, Android Wear is more of an extension of Android, and they do not offer any support for iOS gadgets. On a basic level, all Android app support Android Wear and some even add some extra functionality. These smartwatches have touchscreen and voice support.

Pebble vs. Android Wear: Health

With the Android Wear’s launch, Pebble worked on adding some fitness tracking abilities and now it offers the user support for sleep and activity tracking. With Fitbit and Jawbone apps, the user is able to make the most out of this functionality.

All Android Wear smartwatches have built-in fitness tracking capacities but LG G Watchalso has a heart rate monitor. With these, the user is able to track his fitness activity and with some apps he will be able to keep and do some data crunching.

Pebble vs. Android Wear: Notifications

Even if Pebble does not have the same flexibility as Android devices have, this smartwatch can still support notifications from anything happening on your phone. Pebble’s smartwatch cannot control individual app notifications, so the user has to decide if they will stay on or off. But this is not so bad seeing as how all Android Wear devices do not support iOS.

From the default settings, Android Wear will show notifications from all your smartphone’s apps, but you can customize which apps you want to receive notifications from. These smartwatches also come with Google Now installed on them. This app gives you useful information about travel times or the weather when it believes you might need it.

Pebble vs. Android Wear: Price

Not too long ago, Pebble cut down the prices of their original smartwatch and the premium Pebble Steel. You can purchase a Pebble for £99 / $99 or choose the premium Pebble Steel at £179 / $199. Also, Pebble watches come in different colours and Steel comes either in a stainless steel or black matte version. We can consider that Pebble saves up more than the cheapest Android Wear device and the Steel version falls in the same category as the Google competitors.

All Android Wear comes with full-colour touchscreen and when comparing with Pebble Steel, you will be a little over its price if you want to purchase an Android gadget. Prices start from £159 / $230 for the LG G Watch, followed right after by Samsung Gear Live at £169 / $199, Moto 360 at £200 / $25. It will seem that LG G Watch R will be pricier once it launches.

Pebble vs. Android Wear: Conclusion

Pebble seems to be a more logical choice of purchase if you keep in mind all its advantages, such as long battery life (5-7 days), the number of apps to choose from and the support for iOS.

Android devices tend to improve at the same time on hardware and software, but this will be a close fight between the competing companies as they all have a tight integration with Android.