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Unboxing the Pebble Steel smartwatch [Video chat]

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Pebble began shipping the Steel in late January, a device that is as much a piece of jewelry as it is a smartwatch.

Recently, I had a chance to unbox and review one of these smartwatches, which are available for purchase online for $249.

The Steel is Pebble's second smartwatch, following the original Pebble that was released in 2013. But the original featured a sporty yet dorky look. The Steel emphasizes style as much as it does functionality.

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The Pebble Steel is available to users in either a brushed stainless frame or a black matte. Each version also comes with two types of swappable bands: a metal chain or leather strap.

Like most other wearable devices, the Pebble Steel works by connecting with a user's smartphone. It's compatible with the iPhone as well as Android devices.

Users' smartphones relay information to the Pebble, which flashes users' notifications on its small e-ink screen. The Pebble is also capable of running apps built specifically for it.

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