Play time: The best smartwatches for kids

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There's now a bustling industry of kids smartwatches out there, offering children a little fun and adding peace of mind for parents too.

While smartwatches that track location might be music to the ears of parents, won't somebody think of the children? After all, smartwatches for little ones can be fun, too.

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With that in mind, below is our pick of the best smartwatches for kids. Some of them also handle activity tracking or GPS, but all of them provide something extra that will keep everyone happy. Any questions? Drop them in the comment section below.

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VTech Kidizoom DX

At the budget end, we have the Kidizoom DX. It wants to get kids active and tries to do so with a selection of motion-based activities, but there are also extra features, such as maths challenges with a digital owl. Available in a range of colours, the main appeal here is that the smartwatch features a built-in camera with fun photo effects, frames and filters to choose from. Aimed at 4–9 year-olds.

For those in the US, there's also the Kidizoom DX2, which features cameras, customisable watch faces and a range of games.

$43.78, vtechkids | Amazon

DokiWatch S

The self proclaimed 'most advanced kids smartwatch' (and joint-most expensive choice here) was a Kickstarter success and is now available to order. It's true that it basically has everything – GPS, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, built-in camera for video calling and Tamagotchi-style activity games via a feature called DokiPet. There's also a colour touchscreen (pretty standard), plus text and emoji messages and an SOS alarm for safety.

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It's IP65 water resistant, available in yellow, pink, blue and dark grey, with cute DokiWatch charms available to customise it and lots of watch face wallpapers, too. This is suitable for 6–12 year-olds.

$199, doki.com | Amazon

Omate Wherecom K3

Omate's K3 is a funky all-rounder with a bright yellow, blue or pink plastic case and rubber band. There's GPS, a microSIM card slot, a mic and 3G to keep your 6-10 year-old connected without the need for a smartphone.

Plus, as well as a pedometer and things running over Android, there are pre-installed games which can be played against other K3 owners over Bluetooth. The price isn't bad, either, if you're able to actually track down one of the devices. That said, you'd likely be better off waiting for the Omate x Nanoblock smartwatch, which we delve into more below.

Read this: Omate Wherecom K3 first look

$129, omate.com

hereO V2

This friendly kids smartwatch that puts safety first, but the hereO V2 is also small and light at just 40g, so your kid shouldn't mind wearing it. Plus, thanks to an e-paper screen, the battery lasts for up to 60 hours – much longer than colour touchscreen models. As well as GPS location tracking and a panic feature, hereO watches let children send messages to family members with one click. For ages 3 and up.

$199, hereO | Amazon


LG GizmoPal 2

Play time: The best smartwatches for kids

A redesign of the smaller predecessor, LG's GizmoPal 2 offers built-in GPS tracking and geofencing capabilities when worn.

Perhaps most importantly, though, is the watch's ability to work as a phone, with wearers able to dial up to four predetermined numbers. As far as the fun for kids goes, the watch offers a voice clock and brings one of the more sophisticated designs in this area, despite being recommended for anybody above age 4.

As this is offered through US carrier Verizon, watch out for the $5 monthly subscription.

$79, LG | Amazon

Coming soon...

Play time: The best smartwatches for kids

As we teased earlier, Omate also has a new kids smartwatch on the horizon, collaborating with Japanese toymaker Diablock on design and Tata Communications on software.

The Omate x Nanoblock smartwatch is set to land in June for $179, offering security features such as SOS alerts, two-way voice and video chatting and location tracking, as well as a three-day battery life, an alarm, pedometer, stopwatch and front-facing camera.

Extended look: Hands-on with the Omate x Nanoblock

The watch has 3G connectivity, provided through Tata Communications' built-in SIM card, tracking the wearer's location through GPS, Wi-Fi hotspots and cellular networks. Importantly, none of this data can be compromised, Omate and Tata say, thanks to end-to-end encryption.


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1 Comment

  • Debd861 says:

    Waiting on my dokiWatch for my daughter. It looks real good! My girl can't wait to get it on her wrist!

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