Slick smartwatch simply superb
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.