@Dizavid not to talk you off that three-inch ledge that is the vmp threat, but the Martian one you just got works with Alexa and Google Assistant, doesn’t it? These don’t. But they have fancier designers, potentially.
I would love a stylish, new smart watch. I’m in the market for one. Alas, these are huge, and appear to be marketed for men. Just like the majority of items on meh. Think socks.
You are missing an entire audience, meh.
I wish I knew why all watch makers decided that Brown is for boys and White is for girls. I (boy) am very fond of a white watch face and band, but they’ve all started putting “jewels” on the white ones. I’d have bought the Martian last time except for this same problem.
PS Having owned the older Martian, I can say that these really hit the sweet spot for me. A regular watch (that doesn’t have to be turned on to see the time) with notifications (so I don’t have to dig my phone out for every text or phone call) is perfect.
Good. I’m glad I’m not the only one who bought the Martian and is mildly happy with it. Although this one looks a little nicer. This one also has an activity tracker! But my Martian does email. (and boy does it. I get about 4 notifications each time I get an email. It got so bad that I had to disable the email notifier. But I digress…) Had I not bought the Martian, this would be the one. But alas, my dresser is too full for another one. So, I’m mildly depressed that this is a no for me
I know there is a market for smartwatches that look like watches but…
that’s a dumb market, get over yourself. Buy a smartwatch or buy a watch. The LED display on that thing is SILLY. Analog watchfaces on actual smart watches look really good now if it bothers you that much.
You guys bicker over these cheap “smartwatches” when you should just pay a little more for an actual android wear watch or just buy a regular analog. This middle road stuff is nonsense. It trivializes the function of a “smartwatch” while also cheapening the class appeal of an analog.
I’m one of those ridiculous people who wears devices on both arms (at times).
I have a Garmin I wear on my right wrist 24/7 to record useful activity/health info, show me all kinds of notifications from my phone (even in the shower, which is more useful that you’d initially think), and act as a timer/weekend alarm clock. It’s very light and durable, so it’s easy to wear all day every day, and its battery lasts about a week.
Unfortunately, I also love mechanical watches as both devices and accessories. So I have a mid-range titanium Tissot automatic I usually wear on my left wrist when I go out wearing something nicer than athletic gear.
I tried replacing the Tissot with Android Wear devices (Moto 360 2, Huawei Watch 1). The functionality was great, but they were bulky/heavy, and charging every night sucks, especially on trips.
There isn’t one device that covers everything I want, so I wear two sometimes. Don’t really care if some people consider it dumb or weird, it works for me.
@djslack I would hope to see something to explain the allure of that map. Someone had started a discussion about a map of swear words earlier, and that was fresh in my mind when I composed the haiku.
/image alluring map continental united States
Mine doesn’t appear to be charging/turn-on either!!! AUUUGHHHH I’ve had it on the cradle for almost 8 hours today at the office and NADA!!! I even checked the voltage coming out of the charger and that’s working fine so it’s something with the dang watch…
Got the watch I ordered for my wife yesterday and immediately put it on the charger. After 6 hours or so and no charging indication I took it off and tried to turn it on by holding the top button. It didn’t work, so I changed chargers and let it charge overnight. This morning it still wouldn’t power on, so I changed chargers again and left it charging all day. I just got home and checked the watch again and it still won’t charge. Guess I got a dud like some other folks. Should I go through meh or HP to have it replaced?
Same problem with the one I got today. Suspect it’s faulty charger? Charger is supposed to vibrate twice when plugged in. It did not. 6 hours on charger. Nothing. Pretty watch to be sitting there doing nothing.
F/U to my post. HP sent me a Fedex return slip to return the watch and replace it. I did get it to finally charge using a big rubber band to squeeze the charger tightly around watch to make contact with charging points. BUT…was at 100% and then dropped down to 85% within 5 minutes so definitely can’t hold a charge. Will be returning to HP but after reading same problems from others, who’s to say I won’t get another dud? Da*n.
Well, I had high hopes and…they were dashed. Worked out of the box, I charged it, I installed the app, I paired it. I was optimistic. Unfortunately, the next day the watch was “disconnected” from my phone and nothing could make it connect again. Some anecdotal evidence online suggested a factory reset. I said “Oh hell no” to that because that’s ridiculous.
I wanted a cute-ish (cuter than Apple watch) watch that could notify me when I get calls and texts without having to dig my phone out of my bag etc. I guess I’m going to have to bite the bullet and get that Apple watch at some point. Martian users, you’re liking yours? Maybe I’ll try one of those.
@Groovymarlin I picked up a Asus ZenWatch 2 on eBay a few months ago for about $50. I’ve been using it with my iPhone without any issues. Full iOS Android Wear support, so it’s a bit smarter than the average simple hybrid watch. I can change watchfaces and such, answer calls, use Google Assistant, download apps to it, read email, speech to text responses for Gmail. Read texts (but can’t reply to texts), etc.
For the price, I’ve been very pleased with the functionality. It’s features are short of the Apple Watch, but the price… $50? Perfecto for my budget.
Mine came in Friday. Changed the band to a black silicone, looking good. Charged it for 3 hours, installed app to my LG V20 and paired it. Works great. Firmware update Sat night. Sun-Wed used the bluetooth off/on. Been connected to my watch for 3 days straight now and at 73% battery on first charge.
Sorry for those that got a dud. Super happy about my purchase ☺ and thanks Meh!
@gustador Well, it’s September (6 months) and this watch won’t connect via BT. Also, I put the phone on and I already have 1k steps. Until today this watch has been perfect for what I need:
long battery life
analog face (I went on a 2 week vacation and just needed the time, no notifications)
bummed now that the display shows Jan1 and 12:00 is blinking
Let’s hope HP has some that have a longer life than 6 months
I just got a replacement one from HP Warranty and she’s working like a champ! I REALLY like the ACTUAL analog face…and not just a digital representation of one…I’m wearing it on one wrist while my Samsung S3 Frontier is on the other wrist as a point of comparison…so far step tracking is spot on, notifications (that I choose via the app) are spot on, and battery life is doing great! Only issue is that the display the Titan shows for email could be better…it shows 4-5 lines, but the first one is OUTLOOK, then EMAIL person, then EMAIL title…then a small blurb about the full email. Not a big deal, I can quickly see if the email is of importance or not…I’ve become so spoiled with the S3 way of displaying, as well as the S3 rotating bezel SWEETNESS! I’ll stick with the Titan Juxt and I can see this as a good alternative when going out on the town and wanting to look a bit better than the digital watch faces from S3/etc…
@Jacobmmoore1994 A brief update for y’all…I’ve been using it for about 2-3 weeks straight and the only issue has been twice it’s turned OFF on me completely for no reason…I threw it back on the charger and was at full charge in about 30 mins and was back to using it again…did I mention I REALLY like the analog face w/ the added ‘smarts’ of the small digital display???