With the current trend on wearable technology, the smartwatch is the latest accessory to get some tech love. But the trend is not just for adults. Kids are just as caught up (if not more) with their electronics as their parents, which is why VTech has recently introduced the VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch, a durable watch that also features a built-in camera and video recorder, made especially for kids ages 4-8.
Tweenhood put the VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch to the test with 6-year-old Gabriella and her 9-year-old brother Joseph. The initial setup was simple and required nothing more than a 3-hour charge via the built-in rechargeable battery and initial time/date setup.
The Kidizoom Smartwatch can take 800 photos or six 1-minute videos. Taking photos and videos with the watch was simple (camera located at top of watch above Vtech logo) and the kids got to show off their creative flair using the various effects, frames and filters. I was pleasantly surprised how good the resolution was. Now I wouldn’t compare this to the resolution taken from a point and shoot camera, but it was more than adequate for this age group.
The smartwatch comes pre-loaded with 4 learning games out of the box with more games available for download from VTech’s Learning Lodge. The games were a big hit with Finger Dance being Gabby’s favourite. The kids also had fun with the voice recorder that records their voice with playback in 1 of 5 zany voice-changing effects.
The watch interface was simple and easy to navigate. Joseph was able to take it out of the box and start it up without help from his parents. The watch has a touch screen, which was very responsive and worked as it should. The home button is on the left side of the watch and the shutter button to launch the camera and take photos is on the bottom right, just below the micro USB port. Photos and videos can be transferred off the watch to a computer using the micro USB which is included with the watch.
There are 50 clock face designs to choose from, with analog and digital learning modes to teach kids to tell time. There’s also a timer and alarm with a variety of fun animations to choose from. Parental controls allow for adults to set one of four pre-determined time limits for how long the child can play with the watch.
The Kidizoom Smartwatch features:
- Camera with photo effects
- Video recorder
- Voice recorder
- Touch screen
- 4 learning games
- Durable design
- Connects with VTech’s Learning Lodge
- Available in blue, green, and pink
- Splash and sweat proof
- Digital and analog watch displays
- Timer and alarm clock
- 50+ clock face designs
Gabby and Joseph’s mom mentioned that the watch kept the kids busy, which was especially helpful when this family of 6 was out and about. It’s lightweight, portable and rests comfortably on the wrist, which means one less thing to carry around or lose. Gabby took it to the baseball diamond during her brother’s game and it was an instant hit with all the kids. It’s also sweat and splash proof (though I wouldn’t go swimming or shower with it). Gabby enjoyed playing with the watch both on her wrist and off.
The VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch retails for $59.99 CAD and is available at participating toy retailers including Toys R Us and Walmart. A white Kidizoom Smartwatch is available exclusively at Walmart.
*Tweenhood received a Kidizoom Smartwatch to facilitate this review. All opinions belong to our kid testers.
About Wendy Morelli
Wendy loves her 2 kids and her iPhone, not necessarily always in that order. She is an app obsessed mom who loves everything tech and is (unfortunately) old enough to remember the brick Motorola cell phone and the Commodore computer. Her love for technology stems back to the 10+ years of working for technology based companies. Wendy's alter ego, "AppHipMom" has been featured in Canadian Family, iVillage, Women in Biz, EverythingMom, BlogHer and Savvy Mom.