Reviewed by David Ashworth
Kids these days are growing up so fast and seem to want access to all the modern amenities that their parents and older siblings take for granted. Things like games consoles and mobile phones can be a little advanced for younger kids and therefore they can feel like they’re left standing on the sidelines whilst big brothers and sisters or mummy and daddy are surfing the net or challenging their online friends to play online in the latest video game sensation.
But now, thanks to the folks at Kurio there’s something strictly built for the kids aged six and up, the Kurio Smartwatch 2.0.
The Kurio Smartwatch is full of options to keep little ones excited as well as coming in three stylish colours; pink, blue and purple and it also comes with a special thermal colour changing replacement strap for the watch which changes colour in response to the heat from your wrist.
It looks just like an adult smartwatch, minus the pesky watch clasp which is instead replaced by a cool snap on wrist strap making it even easier and more accessible for little fingers. The curved edges of the watch means it is comfortable to wear and won’t cause accidents. The Kurio Smartwatch is also extremely robust with its coloured plastic casing, this is particularly reassuring as anyone with kids will be familiar with the fact that anything expensive or electronic will be dropped over and over.
As far as looks go the Kurio Smartwatch is fun and appealing for the kids, but what about the technical stuff?
Well, the Kurio Smartwatch comes with 256mb of internal memory but can be expanded with a microSD card, making plenty of room for photos and messages to be stored. It also comes with 20 built in apps and games plus more can be installed really easy, but don’t fret parents, the content filters make sure your kids can only install age appropriate content and even has great emergency functions where you can store important contacts and medical information for your child.
The Kurio Smartwatch can also be personalised with themes such as kids television shows or personal photos and the camera is excellent for selfies and keeping track of the busy life my young children seem to think they have. There’s also a really cool photo filter app that lets kids alter the pictures they take and make funny images of themselves or others by adding amusing facial features such as moustaches or changing their appearance altogether, making themselves into wild animals and domestic pets. The Kurio Smartwatch can also take excellent quality videos which can be shared, as well as messages and voice recordings.
At this point, I just want to mention that as a parent myself, you’re probably having much of the same concerns as I did about giving a device like this to my kids which can send messages and videos, but let me reassure you the Kurio Smartwatch will not allow your kids to message or send pictures to random strangers. The Kurio Smartwatch can connect to other Kurio Smartwatches and Android devices such as mobile phones and tablets to send videos and messages, however this does require approval and Bluetooth connection so there is no danger of any impropriety or your kids being exposed to persons or media that you don’t want them to be.
Now that’s out the way I’ll get back to the good stuff.
So as I mentioned the Kurio Smartwatch can be linked to other Kurio Smartwatches so your kids can chat to or send videos, doodles and messages amongst themselves but also it can be linked to other Android devices so the kids can bombard you with messages and videos as well. Emojis are also available for use in messages. The Bluetooth feature can also allow them to play multiplayer games with other smartwatch users, a great feature if you have more than one child or friends with Kurio Smartwatches.
Speaking of games, the watch comes with several games installed such as tic-tac-toe and battleship and can download tons more which are playable on the go and an extra nice feature is the motion detection games which respond to your movements rather than standard button presses. This is an excellent feature which keeps the kids active and couples well with the built-in activity tracker, which is basically a fitness tracker for kids.
The phone feature of the Kurio Smartwatch is easy to use and has excellent sound quality when paired with other smartwatches and Android phones and the beauty of it is you don’t need any additional phone plans or contracts to use it. It can also be connected to your child’s existing android mobile phone (or yours if they don’t have one) and used as a hands-free headset. It can also store contacts and emergency numbers like a mobile phone would.
The smartwatch can also store mp3’s and play music with amazing sound quality as well as featuring many other features you would expect from a smartwatch such as a calendar, reminders and notifications and an alarm clock…oh and it tells the time as well.
So here are the technical bits…
- The Smartwatch has a 1.54” Touch screen with a 240×240 pixel resolution providing a crystal clear picture
- A Built-in Camera with excellent photo and video playback quality
- A built-in motion sensor adding new dimensions to gameplay and the activity tracker
- A rechargeable 400mAh Lithium-Ion battery which can last up to a day on a full charge
- An internal memory of 256Mb which can be upgraded with a MicroSD Card up to 32GB of extra memory
- A micro USB slot for charging and data transfer
- Bluetooth 3.0
- Built-in speaker & microphone with excellent playback quality
- Vibration motor
- USB Cable included in the box
- Compatibility with PC and Mac as well as Android devices
My son has always been a lover of technology, from video games and phone apps to motorised toys and electronic board games so he was absolutely thrilled with the Kurio Smartwatch. After a little instruction he really took to it and was messaging and sending videos in no time. He really enjoyed all the apps and games and was playing with it for hours and still finding new and exciting things to do with it.
The Kurio Smartwatch is a great investment for parents of kids who love technology. It’s a phone, games console, personal organiser and watch all in one as well as some other funky features to keep the kids entertained for hours. It’s also wonderful parents as it features numerous safety features and apps to keep your kids protected, as well as allowing you to store personal information and medical details for your own peace of mind.