Wearable showdown: Samsung Gear vs. Pebble
When people talk about smartwatches, they mainly refer to the one from Android Wear and Apple Watch, and very few talk about this market’s underdogs: Samsung Gear and Pebble. Both of these two types of watches have their own advantages, such as Samsung Gear’s Tizen OS, it features and smartphone connectivity, and Pebble’s increased sales.
Pebble knows that the competition in the smartwatch market is thought, so the company started to cut off some of its prices. The premium Pebble Steel’s price is around Â£179 / $199 and the original Pebble can be bought for Â£99 / $99.
Samsung starts pricing its Gear 2 Neo at Â£169 / $199, putting it right next to Pebble Steel, while the premium version of Gear 2 is around Â£250 / $29. Even though the price has not been officially announced yet, the SIM-supporting Gear S is rumored to be priced at around Â£329.
Pebble vs. Samsung Gear: OS and Apps
While Pebble still has its own mini-OS running on their device, it is connected by an app on to an Android or iOS smartphone. You are able to change the watch’s faces and install Pebble app such as games, news apps and remote controls. With a range of 3000 to 4000 apps, you cannot say you don’t have enough app to choose from.
Samsung’s Tizen OS is the same as Pebble’s OS, a miniature platform, but with not so many apps available. To be able to use this smartwatch you need to have a Galaxy with Android 4.3 or above., and even thought there are not many apps available for Tizen, Samsung has some big partnerships going on (PayPal, Facebook, Deezer, Nike and more). With Gear, Samsung decided to go with a touchscreen as opposed to other smartwatches which chise to go with the physical buttons.
Pebble vs. Samsung: Notifications
It seems that Pebble has developed a real nice notification system which allows you to check what is happening on your phone. The system is able to do its job effectively even though it is not the most sophisticated one.
Samsung lets you control which app notifications will appear on your smartwatch, and you can choose them with the Gear Manager app. In terms of syncing the notifications between smartphone and watch, Samsung did a nice job since it allows to jump from a new message alert into the email app on your phone.
Pebble vs. Samsung: Health
The recent changes Pebble made to its device make the smartwatch more useful for fitness tracking. You are now able to monitor your steps, sleep and activity, of course, only if you have installed the right app.
As opposed to Pebble, Samsung has more capacities when it comes to fitness tracking as their Gear series are more a combination between smartwatches and fitness trackers. Gear has an integrated heart rate monitor and pedometer which communicates with either Samsung's S Health app or any app other app you prefer. Also, Gear S has a built-in GPS sensor.
Pebble vs. Samsung: Conclusion
Samsung’s smartwatch can do more, such as make and receive phone calls and even take pictures, and the full-coloured touchscreen display gives a more stylish and modern appearance. If you look at the Pebble watches, they have more apps and are more affordable, and also they can work with both Android and iOS running smartphones, which is a plus.
Let us look a bit at the battery life for bth of the gadgets: a Pebble can last between 5 to 7 days while a Gear Neo 2 can last between 2 or 3 days. From this point of view Pebble wins with no problem, all you have to do is decide which smart gadget is best for you.