U8 U watch Pebble Smart Time Steel silver Samsung Gear S
From left:
U8 U watch,
Pebble Smart Time Steel silver and Samsung Gear S

These are my three pressen smartwatches. I have given them all positive reviews, but just to be clear: It is an obvius difference between these three. It's not the same to get a watch for 10€ or 300€.

  • Build quality - chassi/bezel:
    Pebble is made from stianless steel and feels both well built, light and elegant. Gear S is all in palstix. U8 is made from metall and feels heavy.
  • Build quality - strap/band:
    Pebble comes with a steel or a leather band. Gear S has a high quality silikon strap. U8 has a rather flimsy silicone strap.
  • Battery time:
    Not having done too carefully measurements, U8 and Gear S seems to be quite equal (1-2 days depending on how much you use the touch screen). Pebble is outstanding with it's 10 days of battery life.
  • Charging:
    Pebble charges with a magnetic charger contact that is fastened to the back of the chassi. Gear S charges via a plastic dock that is fastened to the back. U8 charges via a micro USB cable.
  • Changeable band:
    Pebble takes any 22 mm band. Gear S has after market bands to buy. U8 has a non-replacable band, I guess.
  • Pairing via Bluetooth:
    Pebble and U8 pairs immediately with my Android mobile phone. Gear S runs the OS Tizen and this version only pairs with a couple of selected models from Samsung. Pebble and Gear S reconnect immediately if the bluetooth conenction has been lost. I often have to manually reconnect the U8.
  • Screen:
    U8 and Gear S both have touch screen. Pebble is operated by 4 buttons (which I acutally prefer).
  • Screen in day light:
    I find U8 a bit difficult to see in bright daylight. The Pebble is absolutely the best one, but the Gear is OK.
  • Screen in night light:
    U8 and Gear S is fine at night. You need to shake your arms if you want the back light of the Pebble screen to be activated (it's visible without the back light, although not as bright).
  • Screen activity:
    Pebble's screen is always on. Gear S's screen is activated when you raise your arm. You have to manually press the U8:s button on the right side in order to get it started.
  • Watch faces:
    U8 has the one that comes with the watch. Gear S has quite a couple to choose from but the Pebble has numerous to chose from.
  • Functions like pedometer, sleep monitor etc:
    I like the Pebble best here: Everything is automatic and easy accessable. Gear S works fine, too but U8 needs a lot of manual activity.
  • Navigating in the menus:
    The Pebble has a very easy and intuitive interface, when you get the meanings of the buttons. A lot of hte configuration is made from the phone. Geas S has it's touch screen and Gear app at the phone. U8 is only configurable from the watch itself.
  • Icon interface:
    Pebblehas it's own set of icons and animations, which feels both fresh and often makes you smile. Gear S has a functional and nicely designed interface, as they use on their mobile phones. U8 looks like an old mobile phone (with buttons) from ages ago.
  • Apps:
    Pebble really has lots of apps and the Pebble community keeps making more. Gear S has quite a lot of apps too. U8 has the apps that are pre-installed on the watch.
  • Navigate:
    Pebble and Gear S may be used to navigate as in Google Navigator. I haven't found anything like that on the U8.
  • Integration with the phone:
    Pebble is a prolonged unit of the phone. All notficiations and phone calls ends up at the watch. Gear S works in the same way. I have only been able to get notifications from calls and text messages from the U8 (no calendar, facebook messenger etc).
  • SIM-card in watch:
    Gear S can be used as a standalone unit since you can put a SIM-card into it. Pebble and U8 needs a bluetooth connection.
  • Voice reply to text messages:
    Both Pebble and Gear S have this function (although I prefer the way Pebble has solved it). I haven't found anything like this in the U8.

U8 is an extremely cheap smartwatch, but it doesn't play in the same legaue as the Pebble or the Gear S, but is still an interesting alternative if you're on a budget.