Find out whether the Vtech Kidizoom smartwatch is the right piece of wearable tech for your child
Wearable tech for children is a popular gift from parents to children because the benefits work both ways. Children love the attractive designs and the fun features, while parents love the safety features that often come as part of the package.
With so many models and brands out there, it can be difficult to know which smartwatch is best for your child. Today we’re looking at the Vtech Kidizoom – one of the market leaders for GPS smartwatches – to determine whether or not it would make a good investment for your child.
The Vtech Kidizoom can be considered to be one of the most multifunctional smartwatches for kids on the market. It boasts a huge number of exciting features which children love. But on face value, the Vtech model seems surprisingly lacking in parent-friendly features. Indeed, many of the safety aspects prioritised by other kids smartwatches are sacrificed in the Kidizoom.
Compared to other models like the Watchu, Moochies or the FiLIP, the Vtech Kidizoom has a great deal more features designed to keep kids entertained. For one thing, it has a camera. This lets your children take photos, record videos, add photo effects, add frames and even use filters.
The Vtech also incorporates games into its model. These are learning games to promote thinking and development in your children whilst also being fun. There are eight games to choose from in total, including Super Detective, Rotating Puzzle and Finger Dance.
The Kidizoom is understandably aimed at children aged 5+, and is a great choice for younger, school-aged kids who are by now familiar with digital devices but not quite ready for something as sophisticated (or costly) as a phone, tablet or console. It comes in various colourful designs, and even has a fully customisable watch face. This includes choices of alarms, timers, and clock faces with over fifty digital and analogue displays to choose from. This is a great way of making your child’s smartwatch feel truly unique.
Another positive of the Vtech Kidizoom is that it can be connected to a computer, much like your smartphone, so that any photos or videos your child takes can be saved and shared for everyone to enjoy. It’s also a durable model with a rechargeable battery that lasts up to two weeks. There’s even a motion sensor to use as a pedometer.
There are so many reasons for children to fall in love with the Vtech Kidizoom, but what about parents? When pitted against other smartwatch models, the Vtech Kidizoom has a genuine lack of safety features and is certainly more aligned with an entertainment system than wearable tech device. Whilst other smartwatches for children incorporate features such as voice calling, an SOS button for emergencies and — most importantly — a GPS tracker so you know where your child is when they aren’t with you, the Vtech Kidizoom bypasses these features altogether.
For some parents, this might be a deal breaker. It’s understandable, but the Vtech Kidizoom could benefit your child in other ways. It seems that the Vtech is less about safety and more about fun and learning. It encourages both creative and independent play through its features, which include a calculator, calendar and a great program called Time Master, which helps your child learn to tell the time. You also have the choice of downloading more educational apps onto it.
The Vtech Kidizoom isn’t the model for parent who want wearable tech mainly to keep their child safe and know their location at all times. This is the smartwatch that’s a treat for kids, with games, entertainment, apps and learning encouragement.
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