Martian Notifier Review: This Smartwatch is Cooler Than You Think

When we first laid eyes on the Martian line of smartwatches, I was unimpressed. Too low-tech.

When we first laid hands on the Martian Notifier, I remained unmoved. Too low-key.

When AT&T and Martian dropped a Notifier on our doorstep, I almost recycled it for our summer of giveaways. Too busy.

Then I used it for a week … and I had to schedule a review. Too awesome.

In a world with smartwatches like Android Wear, Samsung’s Gear line, and the Pebble, you might think the time for a simpler wearable has long passed. But a company called Martian Watches is betting the other way, offering a line of stripped-down watches with a big analog face and a tiny screen for notifications.

The latest in that line is the aptly-named Notifier: a decidedly un-dainty resin/steel/silicone timepiece sporting a dense list of features and best-in-class battery life. Best of all, wearing one doesn’t consign you to the ranks of nerdy smartwatch wearers: even when it’s scrolling an alert across its tiny 96×16 OLED panel, the Martian Notifier looks just like a normal watch. And a good-looking one, at that.

How can a glorified quartz wristwatch offer up similar functionality to its competition, you ask? How can a three-button old-timer expect to hold its ground against the touchscreen wrist computers being fielded by the goliaths of the smartphone world? How many rhetorical questions can this description sustain before collapsing in on itself in a cloud of redundant nonsense? Two-thirds of those questions will be answered –and answered with vigor– in Pocketnow’s Martian Notifier review video above!

JOIN US Friday, July 25th at 2pm ET for a hands-on session with the Martian Notifier (and HTC One E8) on the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, where we’ll answer your questions live on air!


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Geeky Games says:

The notifier is gen 2. the precursor to the notifier was the martian passport which came out around the same time as the gear lineup. 

Harold ZÚÑIGA MORENO says:

Can I read whatsapp???

Spencerwalker21 says:

Help can you control music playback on this watch

Bryan Cerrati says:

God i appreciate honesty

Pedro Rodriguez says:

That looks really thick

Zareisha says:

Something like this could have been useful in 1996…not in 2014 when everyone has a smartphone.

Robert Bishop says:

I just bought one on sale for $39 on sale from Groupon. I can live with the ‘low tech’ as what I need is to be alerted to text messages and calls as I have to keep my phone inconspicuous while at work.
Nice video presentation and good amount of information.

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Brian Westfield says:

Nice features. If only this didn’t look like a cheap plastic watch….

Raymond Jeffries says:

I have one here and it looks so cheap, for the money, get a Pebble and be Happy! I’ve since moved on to the Moto 360, but I occasionally still use my Pebble!
And the Pebble has limited Android Wear support!!!

MrPokination says:

Wait so the watch has 2 batteries?

anthony cervo says:

I love my red martian notifier smartwatch and I got it for 20 dollars on amazon plus shipping. this is a classy looking watch and I highly recommend it!

Michael Undas says:

2:49, is that a Dorian scale I hear? 😉

Gail Aronow says:

How do you set the date on the Martian Notifier smartwatch? I set it to MM/DD but it doesn’t give it. The time set came up right away.

Activsoul says:

As a teacher with kids (who occasionally barf at their schools), it’s good to have a reliable smartwatch so I can just glance at my watch. Reliability and connectivity are key, and the META smartwatch I had, while cool in design, just got worse and worse.
If the bluetooth connection is severed, do I have to restart my phone? Is it reliable? All these matter quite a bit for now.

Pranay Aggarwal says:

i got it for 30$

DeJ Bi says:

so basically it sucks.

Riyaj Jayaprakash says:

No seconds needle!!

Hermann Westermann says:
Kirk Moran says:

Does anyone know when the second generation will be released?If the problems they mentioned in the video are addressed in v2, then ill definitely getting one of these.

C W says:

My roommate has the apple watch and the same thing happened around the latch. Luckily, I include finger workouts into my daily routine, and it slide back on. I’d buy the watch if it could skip songs playing but since it doesn’t, I guess I’ll get a Huwaii brand or something.

Andrew Hoffman says:

I like the heart rate monitor of the Gear 2 for use when exercising and viewing health data. These devices are pretty good already and will improve over Time.

Jeremy R says:

bahahaha the clasp fell apart and you went to a jeweler? Bend it back and put the pin back in. It’s not rocket telemetry.

Ricardo Rivas says:

Shit watch.. Done

Hao Wang says:

Bought it, now it’s in my shelf with dusts on it.

technology productions 2017 says:

I love mine

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