I have always been a big fan of tech but in the way of wearable tech, I am also a guy who wants something that looks as good on me as the tech product itself. I know some of you may disagree with me but that is the reason why I am not a big fan of the iWatch, yes you heard me right. I want a stylish watch that can provide me with just enough tech that I don’t need to pull my phone out of my pocket every few minutes. For that reason I give you the Martian Alpha Watch ($279).
Lets face it, smartwatches have recently been trying to cram in tons of features (sometimes too many) and the aesthetics and beauty of the watch have taken a backseat. This is a problem because the current (dumb) wristwatch market is largely based on style. Martian Watches takes a different approach, that is to provide notification style updates for any app you want to know about as well as quickly listening/replying to texts and phone calls.
I have been following the Martian watch company for some time now and remember their first line of watches, the Notifier, Passport and Victory watches. Since then Martian has expanded and improved their line of watches, working with Guess watches. In my eyes, they have done everything right and I always look forward to the next generation watches they put out.
For that reason, I recently I had the opportunity to check out the new line of watches from Martian and noticed some nice improvements. For one, they removed the M logo from the right side of the OLED display providing a longer digital read out. Another improvement was with the hardware improving both the microphone and speaker for better call quality.
One of the next features I really hope to see in the next release of their watches is the addition of a fitness tracker. Now I am not even asking to merge with any of the major player but since they already have a 3 Axis Accelerometer why not allow it to work with the iOS Health app or Android Health Tracker. I know there are more people out there who would like to wear both a real analog stylish watch and a fitness tracker but do not want two bands around their wrist in this y and age.
- Long battery life
- Stylish analog design
- Scrolling text OLED display
- Separate battery for clock
- microUSB port for charging
- Compatible with Android and iOS
- Not dramatically less expensive than an Apple Watch
- Splash proof, but not waterproof
- No fitness tracker capabilities
- Doesn’t charge wirelessly
Disclosure: I received the Martian Alpha in exchange for my honest review. The opinions expressed in my review are my own. No other compensation was given.