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SundayXtra - - LIFE / TECH -

THE new se­ries of Mar­tian Voice Com­mand (MVC) smart­watch is ev­ery­thing a smart­watch should be.

There are sev­eral new de­signs. I tried out the Mar­tian En­voy G10, which is styled for ac­tive men who en­joy the great out­doors.

The En­voy G10 (US$249) looks great for wear­ing at home, work or play.

Which­ever de­sign you choose, it in­te­grates seam­lessly with your smart­phone or tablet to alert you to any text mes­sages, emails and phone calls. A scrolling dis­play along the bot­tom shows the info, alert or caller ID, which is easy to read.

There’s no need for a touch­screen on such a small wrist­watch dis­play. In­stead, you use two but­tons to con­trol ev­ery­thing with ease.

When an alert comes in, you can tap the watch’s anti-scratch glass cov­er­ing to dis­miss it. Or you can tap the glass to see no­ti­fi­ca­tions from the last five min­utes.

You can take phone calls on the watch by us­ing the built-in noise-can­cel­la­tion mi­cro­phone and the di­rec­tional per­sonal speaker. I took a few calls with it, and to­ward the end of the con­ver­sa­tion I asked how well the caller heard me. All the re­sponses were pos­i­tive — they thought I was talk­ing on the phone as usual.

The top and bot­tom but­tons pretty much con­trol ev­ery­thing. This in­cludes turn­ing the watch on and off, mak­ing, ac­cept­ing or end­ing calls and re­ject­ing alerts, chang­ing the vol­ume and se­lect­ing cam­era mode.

I loved the cam­era mode. As­sum­ing you have a tri­pod for your smart­phone, just ac­ti­vate the cam­era mode and press the top but­ton to re­motely take photos from your phone’s cam­era.

I also like that af­ter a few min­utes the cam­era mode fea­ture de­ac­ti­vates, so you won’t be tak­ing photos while try­ing to use a dif­fer­ence fea­ture on the watch.

I can’t go through ev­ery­thing the watch does, but the list seems end­less. You can get weather re­ports, so­cial-media alerts, world clocks and talk to Siri or An­droid voice com­mand. It works with many fit­ness apps such as Run­meter, and even my per­sonal favourite, ESPN Sport­sCen­ter.

In­side the watch is a USB recharge­able bat­tery, which should last for two days depend­ing on how much you use the watch. A sep­a­rate bat­tery for the watch will last up to two years.

Oh, it also has a great-look­ing ana­log clock to tell you the time.

DE­TAILS: mar­tian­watches.com.

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