One of the more affordable smartwatch options out there is from Pebble
. Unlike Samsung's Galaxy Gear, which sells for $299 outright, you can snag yourself a Pebble smartwatch for $150, or even less. Pebble is offering a $20 discount on its website, a sale that it decided to extend beyond Black Friday, bringing the cost of ownership down to $130 with free shipping.
Pebble also found its way to Amazon where it's being offered for a slight discount, though pay attention to the actual seller. For the Pebble smartwatches that are shipped and sold directly from Amazon, the going rate is $147.49 with Prime eligibility (free 2-day shipping for Amazon Prime members).
Not all colors are in stock, and unfortunately some third-party sellers on Amazon are taking advantage of the shortage by jacking up the price. The orange model, for example, is selling for a whopping $280 on Amazon through a company called Widget One, LLC. That same color is backordered on Pebble's website.
When Pebble finished its Kickstarter campaign last year, it had raised over $10 million, making it Kickstarter's most-funded project at the time. High demand forced the company to delay its initial September 2012 launch before finally shipping out models to early backers earlier this year.
Pebble has since updated its SDK
to allow it to communicate with smartphones. It supports iOS and Android.