I am a big fan of Apple products. When the Apple Watch launched I ran out and bought the cheapest option, the sports watch, for $349. I was recently given a watch from the brand new Martian Active Watch line, with both voice commands and notifications, to review. I can see how these Martian watches might appeal to many people not buying the Apple Watch.
First, a little about Martian Watches. The philosophy of the Martian Watch company is:
Martian Watches creates design-forward smartwatches that are rich in technical features
while offering fashionable styles for both men and women.
The first line of Martian watches featured notifications only. The newer line, which adds voice commands, was launched in 2015, with five different styles to choose from. You can check out the many awards Martian Watch has received. And learn a little more from this short video.
The set-up and pairing of your phone and watch is very similar to that of Apple products, no easier, no more difficult. You download the Martian App and follow the instructions. Setting up some of the notifications got a little tricky at times, but the voice commands were simple as can be. I was able to easily make a phone call via voice command right away.
Reasons For Buying the Active Martian Watch With Voice Commands Instead of the Apple Watch
If you want a watch that looks like a real watch, not a piece of technology, then the Martian is for you. They are analog smartwatches that sport classic watch designs.
The Martian Watch can be used with Android and Apple devices. Just download the appropriate app. So Android users can have a great smartwatch also.
Unlike the Apple Watch, there are two different batteries for the Martian watch. One you must charge everyday or so, like you do your phone. However, there is a separate battery for the watch that lasts for two years without charging or replacing. So even if you forget to charge your Martian Watch, you can still wear it as a regular watch and see the time.
In notifications, you can set custom vibrations for each type of alert.. For example, to know if an alert is a text, email or Facebook message, without having to look.
Martian’s directional speaker and noise-canceling microphone allow wearers to access their smartphone’s voice command functions and receive spoken responses clearly and easily.
The new Martian Watches sell for $249 to $299 depending on style. The lowest priced Apple watch is $349. While the cost differential may not seem like much, if any of the above features also apply to you, then its a no-brainer. You can purchase the Martian Voice Command Watches on the Martian Watch website. The new Active line of watches is also on sale at Bloomingdales.
If you are comparing the Martian Watch to other smartwatches, not the Apple Watch, then the Martian, has many more features that the others don’t that they aren’t even in the same category. With Martian you get a good looking analog watch with technology built in to make your life easier.
Full disclosure: I received one of these Martian Watches for free to so that I could review it. However, all opinions are completely my own.