Martian Notifier Smartwatch Review

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Smartwatches are a funny thing. In today’s world where “Smart” devices are becoming more and more prevalent, even going as far as having a genre of gadgets coined “Internet of Things”, it’s hard to say which of these are the best. They all do many of the same essential functions, they alert you of notifications that you receive on your phone.

Sure, there are some extra bells and whistles in some of the higher tiered smartwatches, but they essentially all function to make receiving notifications less of a bear when by displaying on your wrist rather than requiring you to take your phone out of your pocket each time.

In a world where smartwatches come in varying sizes, colors, and prices, we set out to answer a very fundamental question: could you buy a smartwatch that you are satisfied with for under $40? We’re going to answer that question here today. We’ll be reviewing the Martian Notifier, a very basic smartwatch for less than $35.

Design

The Martian Notifier has a very simplistic yet traditional design. On the surface we have a standard analog watch which is round with a slick metal “M” to the side of a small rectangular display. To the left of the display is an LED light that flashes when a notification comes in. The Roman numeral that dictates the hour 12 at the top of the display is a nice touch and gives a rather premium feeling to the watch. The rest of the watch is an incredibly grippy rubber material that gives the impression of a sport / fitness watch but has neither built into its functionality.

On the sides of the watch are silver metal buttons, the clock’s dial on the right with two buttons on the left. The two buttons have separate contextual buttons based on what’s on the display. For example, say a notification appears on the display and you want to dismiss it, quickly press the bottom silver button. There’s also a metal clasp at the end to tie the whole watch around your wrist. There’s also a vibration motor inside the casing that is responsible for alerting you when a notification comes in. To be honest it feels kind of heavy on your wrist but it adds a premium feeling weight to it.

Functionality

Here’s where the Martian Notifier really shows its price. This watch does the very bare essentials. You connect the Notifier to your iOS or Android device via Bluetooth which was really simple to setup. You enable Bluetooth on your device, turn on the Notifier and you will be prompted to enter a passcode that is displayed on the watch. Once that’s entered on your device, the two will be paired seamlessly.

From day to day use, the Notifier proved to be actually pretty handy. I am using an iPhone 6 paired with the Notifier so any push notification that is sent to my device is pushed to my Notifier. A strong motor buzzes the Notifier on your wrist when you receive a notification which really helped me catch all notifications. This proved especially useful in large crowded areas where a lot of ambient noise was present. While I couldn’t hear the vibration on my watch, I most certainly felt it. It was actually pretty handy. There’s not a touch screen, nor any response technology like a speaker or microphone, which was something I saw myself wanting after a few days, but it really isn’t any evidence against the watch itself.

Conclusion

So let’s look back at the original question, could you buy a smartwatch that you are satisfied with for under $40? The short answer? Yes, yes you can. For less than $35 you can get a watch that is both stylish and functional. You will get a watch made of strong, sturdy materials that honestly does not feel cheap. You get all the basic functionality of a smartwatch by having all push notifications buzzed on your wrist so you never miss a beat. You will notice after a while, especially if you have friends with substantially more expensive smart watches, that you are missing features like responding to messages you receive, taking photos, and more. However, I would argue that you don’t really need those things in a smartwatch. My ideal smartwatch is one that alerts me whenever my phone receives a notification which the Martian Notifier does very well.

While I would like to see things like a speaker for audible notifications along with the very strong vibration motor, the vibration is enough to train my brain to know I have received a notification when I feel that buzz on my wrist. When it comes down to it, you don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on a fancy smartwatch if all you’re looking for is an extension to your smart phone. For around $35, you’re getting a great deal with the Martian Notifier.

So what do you guys think? Have you purchased a sub-50$ smartwatch? Let us know your experiences in the comments below.

 

Nexus 6P Pricing Information Leaked Ahead of Launch

nexus2cee_nexus-6p-arak-priceToday the world will see Google unveil their new Nexus device, or devices, to the world. Undoubtedly Google will announce a release date for Android 6.0 Marshmallow along with the Nexus device(s), however, if you’re feeling impatient about the handsets themselves, the pricing and availability for the rumored Nexus 6P seem to have been leaked early.

According to the leak, the Nexus 6P will come in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB variants and will cost $499, $549, and $649 respectively. The 6P will be available in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, and South Korea according to the leak. What do you think about these pricing schemes? Let us know in the comments below or in our live chat.

via Android Police

Google to Reveal New Nexus Devices on September 29th

 

googles-smoresGoogle’s Nexus line is top of the line for Android devices. Much like their peers in the smartphone industry, Google releases a new Nexus device yearly. This year, after a not-so-cryptic message was sent out to the press, Google looks to unveil the next Nexus device on September 29th in San Francisco.

While Google has not officially said that this event will be dedicated to hardware, the timeline makes sense. Every year towards the end of September has been historically the time where Google releases their next Nexus device coupled with their freshest version of Android.

This year, according to several rumors, Google may release two Nexus devices with a 5 inch variant and a 6 inch variant. Both will undoubtedly come with Android 6.0 codenamed “Marshmallow” which Google announced quietly a couple of weeks ago. Stay tuned to Braehawk Tech to see all of the details of the official announcements.

Via: Engadget
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Google Announces Major Internal Restructure

Logo_Google_2013_Official.svgToday marks a historic day for Google. Earlier today, Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page wrote a blog post announcing a major internal restructuring of Google. As part of this restructuring, Page will moving from CEO of Google to CEO of a newly formed company called Alphabet. In the blog post, Page described Alphabet as Google’s parent company with several other unknown companies joining suit soon. Due to this change in leadership, Page named Sundar Pichai as the new CEO of Google. This promotion takes Pichai from head of the Chrome and Android divisions to head of the company itself.

Sundar_PichaiThis makes sense given the stature of Pichai’s work at Google. Under Sundar, Android has seen a drastic improvement from the aesthetic of Kitkat and Jelly Bean, to the much more polished releases of Lollipop. As with Chrome, measures have been taken to make Chrome play much nicer with OS X recently and while Microsoft Edge seems to be besting the browser in terms of speed, Chrome remains the browser of choice for many with its vast amount of extensions and easy syncing across devices.

We’re very excited to see Sundar Pichai at the helm of the Google flagship and look forward to seeing where Google goes from here. What are your thoughts about these announcements? Let us know in the comments below.