So this caught me by surprise. Â A few weeks ago on our sister site–iPad Insight, we ran a promo deal for a smart watch called the Martian Notifier. Â Weird name, I know, but something about it caught my eye. Â It was a good looking, sporty watch, and is still on sale for 76% off. Â Even if it wasn’t a smart watch, $30 is not a bad price for a respectable time piece. Â It comesÂ in 3 colors–black, white and red. Â In addition, you canÂ alsoÂ choose from an assortment ofÂ replacementÂ bands to swap out–also on sale ($10). Â It took a little over aÂ week for it to be delivered,Â andÂ to my amazement, I was counting down every day until it arrived. Â I haven’t worn a watch in well over 5 years. Â However, with the release of the Apple Watch, especially the Series 2 version, I was seriously considering expanding my collection of Apple products to include a smart watch in the very near future. Â This Martian Notifier seemed like the perfect test case.
I have had my Martian Notifier Smart Watch for only 3 days right now. Â So my observations here are going to be very preliminary. Â Some things I have noticed right away…
- Looks as good in person as on the website. Â For a two year old watch, this is still going to be enough for many smart watch users–especially at this price!
- The white modelÂ has a nice contrast on the dial, and I will most likely buy a replacement black band to swap out on occasion.
- The battery life is stellar. Â Average battery life on a full charge is reported to be 4-5 days. Â So far I have used it forÂ 3 full days+ and I’m still at 76%. Â Way better than I expected, but we’ll see how it goes during an average day at work when the email and ext notifications pick up.
- Updated firmware was a little confusing, only because there was no clear active link directing me to the newest firmware update. Â However, after that, it updated in just a few minutes over my Mac.
- Easy to set-up out off the box, and the companion app makes that process even easier.
- While not water-proof, it is splash resistant.
- Unfortunately, you cannot invoke Siri if you are running iOS 10 on your iPhone (and who isn’t running iOS 10 by now). Â This is a deal breaker for me, because, to be honest, I typically don’t interact with Siri via voice-command that often anyway.
- The rubber/silicone band is durable and comfortable enough as long as your wrist isn’t super sweaty.
- I can’t type on my laptop while wearing it–more of an annoyance than anything.
- You can only charge it with an extended micro-USB connector specific for this device.
This is a pretty big initial thoughts list. Â Suffice it to say, I am very pleased with my purchase thus far, and will be sending the Martian Notifier through the motions for the next week or so before writing any follow-up posts about my experience. Â One thing is certain, after this short time with the Notifier, I can definitely envision an Apple Watch in my immediate future.
The Martian Notifier Smart WatchÂ was purchased by meÂ for review on iPhone Insight. For further information regarding our siteâ€™s review policies, please see the â€œAboutâ€ page.