The Apple Watch isn't expected to hit the market until “early 2015,” with prices starting at $349. But if you'd like to own or gift a decent and affordable smart watch right now, consider getting a Pebble, which is currently on Black Friday sale.
Late last September, not only did the popular iOS-connected e-ink smart watch gained some fitness-focused features, it also underwent a significant markdown. The original classic Pebble version went from $149 to $99, and the Pebble Steel went from $249 to $199.
Now, in celebration of Thanksgiving weekend, both Pebble models have undergone further price reductions, with the classic Pebble available for just $79 and the Pebble Steel just $149 at GetPebble.com. What's more, the devices are offered with free standard shipping.
Note that the Pebble Black Friday sale is on from today, Nov. 27, until 11:59 p.m. PT on Sunday, Nov. 30.
The Pebble smart watches work with iOS devices via the official Pebble Smartwatch companion app, which is available on the App Store for free.
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