VTech Watch: Kidizoom Smartwatch Review
The VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch is not a cheap play watch – it really tells the time, and does a lot more besides. It’s brightly coloured and childproof, but you can set it to either a digital or traditional clock face, and it also takes pictures and videos.
Along with the camera and video recorder there’s a sound and voice recorder, where kids can add special effects. They can even play games on it. So let’s take a closer look at this hit example of wearable technology in the form of a kids’ smart watch.
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Kidizoom Smartwatch Features
* Choose from 4 colour options
* Many different clock face designs
* Tell the time digitally or with clock hands
* Also takes photos and videos
* Comes preloaded with 4 fun learning games
* Age range: 5+
VTech Kidizoom Smart Watch Review
With the Kidizoom Smartwatch, you have the choice of four child-friendly colours, designed to attract both boys and girls. It comes in pink, blue, white or green, and as we’ve already seen, it does plenty more than tell the time – although it certainly does that too.
It’s targeted at the 5-12 age range, but we think it’s probably ideal for a child aged around 5-7. A younger child might be unsure what to do with it, although they’d slowly learn from it, while kids over 8 are likely to start to find it childish. It has a touch screen display, specially designed to be easy for small fingers to operate.
You have the choice of not one but 50 different analogue and digital displays for telling the time. You can use it to help kids learn to tell the time from clock hands, while have the option of switching over to the digital display if they are not sure.
The different displays make it fun learning to tell the time, but there are also some educational games preloaded on the Kidizoom watch:
– Super Detective, to boost problem-solving skills.
– Finger Dance, for co-ordination and fine motor movements.
– Time Master, a time-related game to beat before the clock runs out.
– Rotating Puzzle, for developing the mind.
You can order more games from the VTech store separately. Keep in mind this is not a games console, however, and its capacity is limited. Kids won’t be able to play high graphics games like Skylanders on it!
As well as telling the time and games, it also acts as a camera and video recorder, allowing kids to take photos wherever they are. The watch will store up to 800 photos or 6 minutes of video, and then you can download them to make space for more. There’s also a voice recorder with added special effects. These features offer the potential for plenty more real life games, especially spy games, or recording your kids’ activities.
The battery life is not what you would expect from a regular watch, but more like a phone battery – up to 2 weeks of low usage (say just the watch face display) and 2-4 hours of constant high usage, game playing, etc. But the good news is that, also like a phone battery, it’s rechargeable, so you just have to remember to charge it up when the child takes it off at the end of the day. If you forget, there is an alarm that tells you when the battery is running down.
This toy was number 3 in Hamleys’ list of the 10 top Christmas toys 2014. VTech is one of the top two brands in kids’ technology toys, and they understand how kids treat their possesions, so their Kidizoom Smartwatch is sturdily made and is splash-proof (but not fully waterproof).
Kids are becoming more and more technologically-minded, and this clever little watch is the perfect introduction to wearable technology for them. It’s fun as well as practical, and will engage them in a lot of different activities. Highly recommended for the age range.
Published 17 November 2014