I can remember when I turned 16 and cell phones were just starting to reach the world of the 90s teens. Back then I couldn’t imagine how technology would affect my own children, let alone being ambushed by my twin boys at 8-years-old requesting a cell phone of their own. I could see some of their points. We live on five acres and it would be easier for me to call them home for dinner instead of trying to search through the back of our property to find them. Yes, I would love to get emoji texts from them throughout the day. Of course it would be great for them to have all their games on my phone removed and on their own phones. But even with all of these great points (I swear they should grow up and become lawyers), I couldn’t justify the cost, the incredible responsibility and safety hazards a phone can lead to. So I decided to conduct my own research and see if there was an alternative.
While surfing the web, the KD Interactive Kurio Watch caught my eye. It is the perfect size for kids and comes in several colors. Once they arrived in the mail, I was blown away at how well they fit and how easy they were to set up. All we had to do was press hold from the home button to power up the watch, and swipe the screen from left to right for instant fun! The watch has a camera, microphone, a micro SD card, Micro USB port, speaker, touch screen and home button. What I liked the most was the I.C.E. (in case of emergency) info that I could easily enter into the watch.
It certainly didn’t take long for the boys to figure out all the other functions. Landen was able to change the theme of the main screen very easily by simply pressing and holding the main screen. He really liked the blue background with the bright green buttons. You can also get really creative with the Transformers theme or even Littlest pet Shop. And once we figured out how connect the two watches through the Bluetooth, they were able to send messages and pictures back and forth to each other. They also liked being able to play two on two games like Tic Tac Toe and Pirates battle and even play their favorite music.
So where does the “phone” component come into play you ask? Great question. I was easily able to connect my iPhone to the Kurio Watch and share all the phone numbers that the boys needed. Mine, daddy’s, grandma and even Uncle Blake. From there, they can dial from the watch or accept an incoming call. You don’t need a phone plan or add an extra line for this feature which was great. I also like that I can control who they call from their contact list.
I would highly recommend the Kurio Watch to any family who have kiddos who aren’t ready for a phone, but are looking for a safe way to connect with their friends and family. You can find the Kurio Watch at www.kuriowatch.com. It retails for $59.99.
***I received sample product in order to conduct this review. The thoughts and opinions in this article are my own.****