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Choosing Between the Apple Watch and Pebble Time Smart Watches

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Jason R. Rich, author of iPad and iPhone Tips and Tricks, compares the Apple Watch and the Pebble Time smart watches, and makes it easier to decide which option is best for you, based on a variety of relevant factors.
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While both of the Apple Watch and Pebble Time wearable devices offer full-color screens, run using their own proprietary operating system, and are compatible with a vast selection of third-party apps, there are some significant differences between these smart watches.

Figure 1: The Apple Watch Sport Edition starts at $349.00

Figure 2: Pebble’s second-generation Pebble Time watch starts at $199.00

Smart Watch Prices Vary Greatly

One of the biggest differentiators between Apple Watch and Pebble Time is the price. The least expensive versions of Apple Watch are priced between $349.00 and $399.00, for the Apple Watch Sport Edition. For the mid-priced Apple Watch models, expect to pay between $549.99 and $1,099.00. The highest end Apple Watch Edition models are priced between $10,000 and $17,000.

Figure 3: Apple Watch Edition will range in price from $10,000 to $17,000, but the actual technology and software within the watch is the same as the $349.00 version.

It’s important to understand that the technology within all Apple Watch models, as well as the operating system and apps available for them, are identical. What sets each watch model apart are the materials the watches are constructed from.

Meanwhile, the Pebble Time smart watch is priced at $199.00 for the basic model and $299.00 for the Pebble Time Steel stainless steel edition.

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