Martian Alpha Smartwatch Evaluation - Closer Look and More

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Martian Alpha Smartwatch Evaluation
Closer Look and More
Specs and Real-World Usage

 

Closer Look:

I've been involved in the tech industry for over 15 years and I've seen a lot of things change. I remember the first attempt at VR back in the early 90's and have witnessed wearable technology get smaller and more powerful. I've also seen the average battery life of such wearable technology increase from a couple of hours to a full working day, but still, poor battery life is perhaps one of the biggest drawbacks with Smartwatches and other connected wearables.

As aforementioned, Martian tackles this by providing a watch experience that is fantastic, and separate from their smart device. They both exist in the same case, but they each have different batteries. The watch should stay powered for a couple of years, while the smart features should last you about five days under normal use. That's way better than any of the LCD screen competition and almost rivals that of a Pebble (and out-lasts a Pebble Time Round).

Granted, the "Smarts" of the Martian device are more limited than what Android Wear devices provide, but I believe that consumers don't really need or even want all the features of most of these expensive devices. They want notifications and perhaps a way to do a few simple things on your watch that controls your phone. Martian does this with the Alpha by way of a single-line OLED display as well as with a microphone and speaker built into the Alpha. I was downright impressed at the quality of both the speaker and the microphone as I used these for hands-free operation while driving without any call quality issues on either end. It was fantastic. What is really impressive is that it performs so will with such a small speaker and microphone.

Alpha Speaker
Martian Alpha Speaker

Alpha Mic & Controls
Martian Alpha Mic & Controls

 

Charging is taken care of via a small Micro-USB port located under a rubber flap that doesn't stay quite securely in place all the time. While the watch is rated at being IPX-4 water resistant to splashes and possibly even a shower, it would be imperative that the cover be securely in place. The back is stainless steel and secured by four screws making the rear seal tight and it should stand up to as much sweat as you can muster.

Charging Port
Charging Port

Alpha Back
Stainless Steel Back

 

Overall the watch is very attractive and has an attractive list of features.

 

Features:

Featuring a 24-hour military time dial, encased in a high quality nylon resin case and IPX4 water resistant, Alpha’s styled for those who want an impressive analog watch with high-tech smartwatch performance.

Martian Alpha, connected and suited for any occasion.

 

Smart Features:

  • App Notifications
    Get push notifications from hundreds of your favorite social, news, fitness, sports and other apps.
     
  • Customizable Vibration
    Screen the alerts you want and assign a custom vibration pattern to make each one unique, for awareness without even looking.
     
  • Speaker Phone
    Place or accept a call from your wrist. Great for any time when it’s inconvenient or not safe to pull out your phone.
     
  • Voice Commands
    Use “read message”, “send message”, “make a note” and many of other voice commands. Uniquely get voice responses.
     
  • Camera Remote Trigger
    Jump into the scene and snap photos of the group using a button on your watch as the shutter control.
     
  • Music Control
    See the artist name and what’s playing, and play, pause or jump to the next song while on the move (iOS only).
     
  • Silent Alarms
    Be awakened, alerted or reminded silently; set up to 5 individual or recurring alarms.
     
  • Phone Leash
    With the wireless leash, Martian watch alerts when you walking away from your phone.
     
  • Find Phone
    Does your phone tend to hide in your sofa or under a newspaper. A quick tap on the Martian menu and you’ll hear it calling you.
     
  • Digital World Clock
    Press one button to access the accurate digital time for any location you set around the globe.
     
  • Local Weather
    Quickly check the watch display screen for current weather conditions in your area.
     
  • Stopwatch
    Easy to use watch feature to measure the amount of time elapsed from a particular time

 

Alpha Face

 

On the next page, we'll take a look at the specifications and talk about real-world usage and what you can really expect out of the Martian Alpha.