Gadgets: Xplora X5 Play smartwatch offers impressive safety features for kids – msnNOW
Xplora’s X5 Play is a perfect way to introduce children to the world of smartwatches without breaking the bank. The wearable doesn’t have direct internet access, but it is packed with features, including critical safety components.
It runs off Android OS with a Qualcomm chipset, is waterproof with IP68 water-resistant rating, and has an 800 mAh rechargeable battery. With the two megapixel camera, the X5 Play can take and store up to 1,000 pictures in the gallery. A captured image can be used as a custom background.
Those are all features children will enjoy, but what makes this watch is the safety. Parents can communicate with the watch since it acts as a cellphone, with security settings allowing up to 50 approved contacts for calls and texts. Calls are answered with a swipe on the display.
For SIM cards to access a cellular network, Xplora states their watches are not compatible with Verizon, U.S. Cellular or Sprint. Instead, they recommend a T-Mobile connection/SIM card for the smoothest setup and to enable full use of your new watch features. The Xplora X5 Play device is 4G-, 3G- and 2G-enabled.
The included SIM card is activated with its bar code and with contract choices of two years for $7.99 per month, $9.99 for 1 year, or pay as you go for $11.99 per month. All plans include unlimited voice and data. And of course emojis. The Xplora X5 Play can also connect to a Wi-Fi network.
Safe Zones can be created through the data plan and the Xplora app to send an alert when a child wearing the watch enters or leaves a specific zone. The app is set up on a smartphone, which is connected to the watch via Bluetooth.
I enlisted my neighbor’s daughter for a quick test and two things were a success right away. While she was riding her bicycle down the street with a Safe Zone set, her mom was alerted. And probably one of the most important issues her mom pointed out, it’s on her wrist and is not easily lost or forgotten in comparison to a smartphone.
The girls didn’t complain at the comfort and kept it on for the whole day. Even feeling like she was cool and showing everyone her selfie on the display.
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