@tartanknickers my ten year battery in my Casio is why I have a bunch of smart watches and fitness trackers just sitting in drawers, while the actual watch gets worn every day, almost never coming off until the band starts to smell horrific.
@fuzzmanmatt if you’re looking to get rid of any of those sitting in drawers, I need to replace one that a puppy thought was good for teething on. You can reach me at zukppr at google’s email domain
Looks like from the review comments on Amazon you will have to go to their website and download a firmware update. The company is replying to amazon reviews but apparently have no phone support - only email (hmm like another company well all know )
Both of my brothers and I have the base Martian Notifiers that we paid about $40 for, and are very happy with them. I bought one of the mVoice watches when it went on sale from $295 to $109, and it’s all right, but absolutely not worth the original price.
The watch battery is separate from the smart functions battery, so it’s still a watch if you don’t keep it charged. Firmware update wasn’t too difficult to do.
My only complaint is that I have no use for the voice function on the mvoice, and they took away the option to disable it with the iPhone. I have to turn it off when I get into my sync equipped Ford, otherwise it won’t connect to the car’s bluetooth. The notifier does not have that issue.
@jeffreywsnyder The issue was that my phone won’t connect to the Ford Sync system if the phone is currently connected to the mvoice watch, so I have to turn off the watch while driving. That’s not an issue with the Martian Notifier. (Turning the watch off and on is easier for me than going into bluetooth settings to disconnect and reconnect)
I’ve had their Notifier model for 2+years and it still works perfectly. Still gets 3-4 days easy on a charge. It’s just the amount of smart I need on my wrist. That said I paid less than 30 bucks for it here back then, hard to pay 2x that price for these today that minus their Dick Tracy-ness have the same functionality.
Meh to the last batch of smart watches, Meh to this batch of smart watches, Meh to all batches of smart watches.
It’s the Meh trifecta and I just scored a hat trick of 3 days where Meh didn’t get my money. You’ll have to try harder next time Meh.
@bleedmichigan Why wear a watch at all, when I have a cell, tablet, Kindle, desktop telephone and computer, and pager all with the time on them and automatically updated by the networks- I haven’t worn a watch in >14 years, and I’m not likely to start again now.
I’m not feeling safe about the software looks like the manufacturers are giving up also, hence here it is , However that being said the Youtube videos are good if all the connections work .would like to hear more from the Meh-heads on this product. ty
@Dizavid I’ve splashed mine a number of times washing hands and doing dishes with no ill effect, but I am careful not to submerge it. Between the mic and speaker openings and the charge port I’m sure it wouldn’t survive many dunks.
The issue my son had with an earlier iteration of the Martian watch was with the fact it uses a proprietary micro usb connector (it’s longer) and the port was covered with a flap that does not properly prevent moisture from seeping in. Eventually salty sweat eats away the innards & the USB port will break.
I received mine today and the time keeping battery is dead, so that’s a bit of a disappointment. I hope Batteries Plus can replace it.
On another note, the instructions say to download the blue Martian alerts app which is not in the Apple app store, but it seems to be working fine with the mvoice app.
It makes me wonder when these were made, and why the battery drained. The knob is supposed to he pulled out from the factory to keep that from happening but I didn’t pay attention if it was or not.
I am not very confident that Batteries Plus will do it since it looks like you have to remove the mother board to get to it. Hopefully there will be some recourse if not.
@mattsal23 got the same response. I submitted a ticket but their website says that the warrenty doesn’t replace batteries, so I’m not sure they’ll do anything about it. I can’t even test myself if the battery is the issue because replacing the battery voids the warrenty.
@mattsal23@mfladd Ya I’m pretty sure this is just a dead battery. I hope I don’t have to send it all the way to Martian, pay for it, pay for it to be sent back because they don’t replace batteries, then send it to meh.
@HaruhiSuzumiya@mfladd I got mine back from Martian yesterday with a new battery. Took a few days longer than the 3-5 day turn around time they promised, but at least they took care of it.
I sent it in the original packaging since I didn’t know if they would fix or replace, and it came back without the instructions/warranty card papers that were in the box, kind of annoying since it was no longer paired and I had to google the instructions.