Looking for a smartwatch for your kid? You’ve loads to choose from, although Verizon’s hoping you choose them with their new GizmoWatch.
The Verizon GizmoWatch is a kids smartwatch with LTE connectivity, which means it’s capable of making and receiving phone calls. You program contacts into it yourself so if your kid needs to contact you or you need to contact them, you can.
Thanks to in-built GPS connectivity, you can also track your kid’s location in real-time from your own smartphone and setup geo-boundaries. These are virtual safety perimeters that if crossed, alert you. The GizmoHub companion app is available on Android and iOS so there’ll be no issues with regards to compatibility.
Importantly, the GizmoWatch isn’t boring for the wearer. There’s a hopscotch tracker so kids can track how many steps they take, and there’s a voice changing mode which lets kids record themselves with funny voices. The 1.3-inch 240 x 240 AMOLED display isn’t going to stand up to the Galaxy Watch, but then this is a device for kids.
At least the battery life’s rated to last a good old while. With GPS turned on, it should last 48-hours between charges and up to 4 days with moderate usage. On standby, it’ll last for 7 days but that figure isn’t relevant if the watch is going to be used.
Strangely for a kids smartwatch, there’s only two colours to choose from - blue and pink, so it’s a good job the straps can be swapped out for aftermarket ones.
Pricing and availability
The GizmoWatch is available to pre-order from Verizon for $179.99. There’s also a one-time $30 activation fee (boo). As is usually the case with carrier devices, you’ll also need to sign up to a plan for $5 a month to unlock the GizmoWatch’s phone capability. Verizon will start shipments from October 10. Follow the link to find out more.