Martian Notifier Smartwatch Review
Martian Watches recently unveiled their new smart watch, the Notifier, at CES 2015. Rather than a full blown screen on your arm that stands out as a smartwatch, the Notifier has been designed as a traditional looking watch that happens to have notification features.
In fact anyone glancing at your wrist wouldn’t think anything of it unless they happen to catch the small OLED ticker screen light up, it’s so much like an ordinary watch that in use it hasnn’t been commented on once, whereas the Pebble was spotted and commented on frequently.
The Notifier comes in several colours, you’ll the black version in the video below, and it has a nice clean design to it.
The watch face looks like it should glow in the dark, but it doesn’t and so you’ll use the digital clock in the dark. The Notifier watch face can be used to dismiss messages by a simple tap, or if you’ve missed a message you can tap to reply it within 5 minutes of it arriving.
The USB port is used to charge the smart functions and annoyingly although it is USB it requires a special USB cable with extended tip to charge. One is provided in the box but if that goes missing you can’t use a standard cable (e.g. the sort you’d get with a mobile) as the connector would be too short.
Compared to many of the current smart watches available battery life is excellent, with the Notifier easily lasting 5 days without needing to be charged (of course that depends on the amount of notifications you get). If you do run out of power the analogue watch will continue to work as it runs off a seperate battery which should last 2 years.
On the left hand side of the Notifier are two buttons, and these are used to control the smart features. Look at the bottom of the watch face and and you’ll spot the enhancements made to give the Notifier it’s name: a small OLED ticker screen.
This small screen is where you’ll get any incoming notifications that you choose to receive, you pick what to be notified about via the companion app which is available for both Android or iPhones. The setup process was very quick and easier, note you need to put it into Android mode if not using an iPhone, and once paired with your mobile the Notifier will automatically reconnect to it.
The app gives you a range of options to tweak how the Notifier operates, with a really nice feature being the ability to pick different vibrating patterns for each notification, so a call could be a series of long vibrations, text messages short vibrations etc, without even looking you know what type of notification you’re receiving.
The screen is crisp and clear and very easier to read, it’s perfect for a sneaky look to see what’s going on in situations where looking at your mobile might not be appropriate, such as a meeting. The information you get will depend on the type of notification, usually you’ll get a name (assuming it’s stored in your phone) and then some additional information such as the message itself.
The Notifier has a couple of extra tricks: It can alert you when the Notifier has lost contact with your mobile, useful if you’re worried about forgetting your phone, and as you’ll see in the video it has a find the phone feature to activate some music as well as a camera activation button, really useful if your mobile requires you to press the screen to take a photo.
If this had been waterproof/water resistant and could be charged via a standard USB cable it’d get tops marks as it’s a great smart watch that’s both useful and subtle.