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Review: VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch

If you work in the technology or communications industries, you almost certainly know who Vtech is. The Chinese company has been making innovative products for over 40 years. When it was started, the company focused on making video games, especially those with an educational bent. Today, it’s also one of the largest phone manufacturers in the world.

Considering these two facts, it’s not surprising that Vtech has made a great smartwatch for kids. There really aren’t many companies that could pull this off. There are even fewer that could do it as well as Vtech.

If you have kids between four and seven years old, it’s worth taking a closer look at the Kidizoom. It’s more than just a fun product that makes youngsters feel grown up. It’s also a good educational tool that will help them develop.

Top Features

If your kids are interested in mobile devices (and, really, it seems like they all are. It’s impossible to keep our kids off of our smartphones), this is a good product to not only teach them how to take care of  technology but also have a lot of fun.

The watch comes pre-loaded with four games that kids can play right on the watch’s face. Users can also download extra games. There are plenty available through the Vtech Learning Lodge. Putting a handful of games on the smartwatch, however, was a good move by Vtech. Most kids will want to play with it immediately. If they don’t find something fun to do, they could quickly lose interest. This helps ensure that parents don’t waste money on a device that turns their kids off before it has a chance to inspire them.

The Kidizoom has a rugged build, which is clearly another good idea since kids aren’t always good at caring for their toys. To make it even better, the watch is water resistant. Keep in mind that dunking it in water will likely destroy its electronics, so you don’t want to let your kids jump into the swimming pool before they take their watches off. Still, it’s water resistant enough that it won’t get damaged by spilled drinks and splashing in puddles.

The kids loved this watch’s voice-changing effects when we tested it. There are only five voices included, but that’s more than enough to crack up a group of five year olds.

What’s Unique About Vtech Kidizoom smartwatch

The Vtech Kidizoom watch has a lot of fun features that kids will love. What really stands out to us, though, is the 0.3 megapixel. While a 0.3 megapixel camera isn’t exactly going to give you pro quality images, it’s perfect for kids who just want to have fun. Plus, this is one of the few smartwatches (and that includes devices for adults) that include any kind of camera at all.

To make the camera even better, kids get to add effects, borders and trims. Whether they just like playing with technological toys or they’re budding artists, kids will enjoy this aspect of owning the Kidizoom. We kind of wish our smartwatches had something similar.

Vtech Kidizoom Price

The Vtech smartwatch for kids retails at about $60. During our research, though, we found that it is often available at a discounted price. If you manage to find it for $10 or more off, jump at the chance to buy it, especially if you can also get free shipping and handling.

Potential Drawbacks

Some parents complain that the Kidizoom is too large for their children’s wrists. It is available in several sizes, though, so it’s possible that they simply didn’t make good decisions when buying their watches. In our experience, it is slightly bulky, but the kids don’t care. In fact, it seems like a smaller version would make it hard for kids to use. In some cases, smaller electronics aren’t necessarily better. We think this is one of those occasions.

Still, it seems worth noting that some people complain about this. If you have a kid who doesn’t like things around his or her wrist, then you probably should but this or any other watch for them.

Conclusion

The Kidizoom smartwatch from Vtech is one of a kind. You won’t find another smartwatch out there that’s uniquely designed for kids. Of course, it doesn’t offer full Internet connectivity or as many apps as you would expect from an adult watch. That’s part of the attraction, though. With this kid-friendly device, you can trust your kids to have fun without encountering questionable materials. a

VTech 80-171650 Kidizoom Smartwatch DX, Vivid Violet (2nd Generation)

$62.99 64.99
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Last update was in: March 22, 2017 9:00 pm

VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch

VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch - A great start to get your kids into smart technology!

9.5 Total Score
Your kids will love this!

VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch - A great start to get your kids into smart technology!

Design
9.5
Performance
9
Apps
9
Price
10
Comfort
9.5
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