If Android Wear doesn't meet all your smartwatch needs, the Pebble series of devices is an impressive alternative... and it doesn't hurt that most of the time, it's the cheaper option. That's especially true today: discount online retailer Monoprice has the latest version of the platform, the Pebble Time, on sale. You can pick one up for just $97.99, plus shipping and local sales tax, when you apply the coupon code "AP20" at checkout. That's a discount of over fifty dollars compared to the retail price of the plastic model.
The Pebble Time is the full-color update to the popular original Pebble, focusing on quickly-accessible notifications rather than stand-alone capability. It uses a non-touch e-paper display that lasts for up to a week without a charge, and it has the same Bluetooth connection and notification system as the original Pebble. New apps can take advantage of the color screen, and it includes a built-in microphone. The watch is water-resistant and works with all conventional 22mm watch bands.
It's worth noting that many first-generation Android Wear devices can often be found for under a hundred bucks, and the original black-and-white Pebble is usually even cheaper than that. Wow, there are a lot of deals out there for smartwatches.