This past year my 7 year old daughter Danica learned how to tell time. It has been a blessing as she now understands what it means when we say it is bedtime and she also knows when she wakes up too early in the morning that she should just try to go back to sleep for awhile. Now, we just need my younger boys ages 5 and 3 to learn. I don’t think it will take long for our 5 year old Kurt to understand. He is already learning with his new watch we were sent by Vtech to try out.
All of my kids love their new Vtech Kidizoom Smartwatch. I gave it to all of them to share, and the 3 oldest have all been having a lot of fun with it. Besides being a watch, it offers so much more including games, a camera, video recorder and so much more.
- 1.4 inch color touch screen
- Camera for taking photos and recording videos
- Voice recorder with 5 voice changing effects
- Special effects including customized photo frames, color filters and distortion effects; fun video frames
- 4 fun games, included / Access to Learning Lodge app store to download more games and watch displays
- Kid-durable design to withstand drops and bumps. / Splash proof and sweat proof
- Alarm clock with fun tones and animation/ Timer and stopwatch in kid-friendly themes /50+ digital and traditional analog displays
- Rechargeable battery/ Micro USB cable for data transfer and battery recharging
- 4 vibrant colors: blue, pink, white and green
- 128 MB built in memory/ Storage capacity approx 800 photos; approx 6 min of video at 320 x 240 pixels
By far, my children’s favorite feature is the watch and video recorder. They immediately began taking pictures and filming one another. They often take my phone lately and make videos of themselves, so this allowed them to do so on their own device. (Which was great since I nolonger have to worry about them breaking my phone.) Their only disappointment was that it only lets you take 60 seconds of video before it cuts you off. I am sure this is due to storage constraints on the watch. Still, they have managed to record a few renditions of “Let it Go”.
The watch has a voice recorder which is great fun as it has voice changing effects. This is another feature they play with on my phone already, so they are so happy to be able to do it with the watch.
The image quality on the screen is quite good for such a small screen. It offers 640 x 480 (0.3MP) Photo resolution and 320 x 240 pixel or 160 x 120 pixel @ 15 fps Video Resolution. I was fairly impressed with the quality of the photos it takes. A lot of the photos my kids take are blurry, but that is because both the photographer and often the subjects of the photos can’t stay still. When I was taking the photos, most came out clear. The focus range is 1.5 feat to infinity.
As a watch, the Kidizoom smartwatch is very cool. It allows you to choose Analog or Digital clock, then choose from several different backgrounds for the clock (and even more you can download). From animals, to outer space and vehicles for boys, to hearts, stars and teddy bears for girls, there is bound to be a background for everyone. It is fun to see which ones the kids pick as their favorites. Danica loved all of the girly themes.
Kurtis has been having a lot of fun with the Time Master feature which teaches children to tell time by letting them to move the hands on a clock, then listen as the own tells them what time it is. This is where I think Kurtis will quickly learn to tell time.
The watch comes with 3 loaded games (besides the Time Master Game). Danica was fairly bored with the games as they were quite easy for her, but Kurtis and Keegan like to play them. Super Detective involves watching as they show a face on the screen, then tapping the screen each time they show the face again. Rotating Puzzle takes a 4 piece puzzle and rotating one corner of it. You have to tap the rotated piece. Finally, Finger Dance involves tapping colored circles as they are highlighted on the screen. They seem to be mostly preschool level.
By logging onto Learning Lodge, you are able to create a user profile and download additional games and apps to the phone. At present, there are 6 additional downloads: 3 clock face themes, 1 game, 1 camera effect, and one timer. I am sure they will continue to add more, as the first time I looked there were only 3, and already there are now 6. The site is extremely easy to use.
The watch features an on/off switch on the back which allows you to turn it off so it does not drain the battery when you are not using it. My kids keep turning it off, but each time they do so, you have to reset the time. It is however, very easy to set the time, so it is not a big deal. We have yet to completely drain the battery through use and I have only plugged it in to recharge a couple of times over the course of a few weeks.
I had some fun one evening playing with some of the camera features such as the very fun frames. My husband was a great model for me even if he wasn’t pleased with the frame I chose for him.
The kids have also had a great time with the stopwatch and time features. They love timing eachother on things lately such as how long they can hold their breath. The watch allows them to time these contests making them slightly more fair.
Overall we are extremely pleased with the Kidizoom Smartwatch. Recommended for ages 4+ I only wish the games were a little more fun/challenging for my 7 year old, but as long as it has the fun phone/video capabilities she is still happy with it.
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Vtech. The VTech product, gift card, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by VTech. All thoughts remain my own.