The Good The affordable Martian Notifier is a whiz at smartphone alerts and has classic analog style for mainstream appeal. The Notifier supports both Android and iOS devices.
The Bad Charging the Notifier’s Bluetooth radio and other mobile electronics requires a proprietary cable. The watch is splashproof, but not fully water-resistant.
The Bottom Line If you’re looking for a way to get subtle phone alerts on your wrist without busting the budget, it’s hard to top the Martian Notifier.
Classic watch style paired with slick smartphone features
The people at Martian believe that smartwatches will entice mainstream shoppers only when they function as standard timepieces first and deliver rock-solid phone smarts second. That's why the company believes it has a real winner in the new Martian Notifier. And I agree.
Priced at a low $129.99, at first glance the Notifier looks like your standard analog watch. But hidden beneath its classic styling are the best alerts I've ever seen from a smartwatch. You get notifications for just about any mobile application on your handset such as email, twitter, texts, calls, you name it.
You can even set the Notifier to discretely buzz your wrist in distinct staccatos depending which app or phone function demands your attention. Sure, the Martian Notifier isn't as luxuriously appointed or as capable as rivals like the metallic $249. For almost half the price though it's just as useful and a heck of a lot more practical. And while it costs the same as the first Pebble, the Notifier's fashionable design translates into a watch I'd rather wear every day.
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