GizmoWatch 2: Kid-Friendly Smartwatch That Fosters Independence While Keeping Children Safe

As the schools are slowly opening after a long pandemic lockdown, kids are getting ready to meet...

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As the schools are slowly opening after a long pandemic lockdown, kids are getting ready to meet their friends and explore independence this summer. However, adjusting to the freedoms of the season could be a challenge for many families. For parents looking for digital solutions to keep track of their kids, child-tracking watch like Gizmowatch 2 can help.

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Geared toward kids 3 to 11, the Gizmowatch 2 features GPS and LTE connectivity on Verizon’s network so kids can call and text approved contacts, and parents can keep an eye on them in real time.

This new model boasts a larger screen than its predecessor, better battery life, and a lower price: $99 plus the cost of LTE connectivity (which starts at $10 per month).

The GizmoWatch 2 can help you stay connected to your kids without excessive unwanted contact. Parents can set up to 10 trusted contacts of their choice, reports Neil Mitchell in Verizon.

The watch is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2500 1.2GHz quad-core processor. It has 4 GB of RAM and a 500mAh battery that Verizon says can last up to four days with typical usage. The typical usage can include calling and texting up to 10 parentally-approved contacts, as well as setting alarms and task reminders, and even playing a fun pre-loaded energy burning game.

In terms of water resistance, the GizmoWatch 2 is rated IP67, meaning it can withstand up to 3.2 feet of water for 30 minutes.

The Fun Activities section has a step counter, which parents have to enable in the app. You can also add a step goal, set a time to receive a daily notification with your child’s step count, and write a congratulatory message they will see when they reach their goal.

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The voice changer lets kids record a message then hear it back as a robot, someone who inhaled helium, a squirrel, or a monster. They can share this funny recording with their friends.

Sam Draper
June 7, 2021

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