Kurio Watch 2.0 is an updated version of the original Kurio Watch for children and is suitable for aged six and above. Children can now enjoy this innovative product in a multitude of ways including gaming, education and social communication through the multifunctional touchscreen. It features a customisable interface, 256 MB of internal memory, a camera, new photo filters, video recorder and Bluetooth® 3.0 connectivity. It has a micro SD card slot giving users the option to add up to 32 GB of memory.
This smartwatch range comes with four different colour Watch Bands, two of which change colour through body heat, available to help make each watch unique to the user. We have received two different sets of watches for Ms C and Mr K. The Pink strap set comes with a Purple thermal strap that changes to a blue colour whilst the Blue strap set comes with a Red thermal strap that changes to an orange colour. Both of them love the thermal straps and love to watch the colours changes! The straps are made from a silicon material. They are very flexible, smooth and most importantly, they are comfortable to wear. Another couple of great things about this smartwatch is that it is splash proof and has a scratch resistant screen! You know how careless children are! These features gives you piece of mind!
In the box, it also comes with one short micro USB cable and instructions. For the first initial use, they recommend a 3 hour charge. So if you are buying one for Christmas, you might want to charge it first before wrapping it up! Also this does not comes with a charger, so you would need to charge it via a laptop or USB plug.
Setting it up is very simple. Both of them managed it without my help except for some information. When you first turn it on, you need to input your child’s name, DOB, date & time setting and I.C.E. I didn’t set up the In Case of Emergency (I.C.E.) info as I don’t know my children’s blood type and luckily they don’t have any allergies. So I just skipped this part and will add it at a later date. They are also able to customize their watch by choosing from 8 display themes and 12 watch face themes (both digital and analogue displays available) or they can even use their photo as display background.
There is not much difference between the original watch and Kurio Watch 2.0 in their preloaded apps and games, of which there are 20. These are: Snake, Tic Tac Toe, Air Music, Battleship, Motion Maze, Motion Sport, Voice Changer, Translator, Photo Retouch, Drawing, Activity Tracker, Alarm Clock, Timer, Calendar, Calculator, Reminder and Contact List. The motion sensor feature enables children to play the games simply by using their wrist movements. The only difference between the new and old watch is that the new watch have updated the colour displays on some of the apps and games.
If you have two Kurio watches, you can connect them using the built-in Bluetooth technology to play games and message! The two games that allow multi-players are Tic Tac Toe and Battleship.
We had no problems getting both devices to link up. We have even connected their watches with our Android phones. The Kurio Messaging app is free to download on Google Play on any version after Android 4.0. Unfortunately, this will not work for iPhone.
Once you download the app, you can receive or send messages through text, photos, emoji’s, drawings and voice. Note though that you can only receive messages when both devices’ Bluetooth is on and connected, and you are not connected to any other device. This is the same with phone calls. My children was able to phone my mobile phone when the watch is paired with my phone. The on-board speaker allows them to make a hands-free call.
It comes with a front facing camera, so that your children can take their own selfies and share pictures of themselves. With the photo filters, they will be able to add cool designs to them! Both of them love using this to create funny pictures of themselves! I was quite disappointed that there is no improvement on the quality of the camera. Nevertheless the children enjoy using it and they have not complained about it.
This watch is very easy to use and navigate. Swipe from top down for quick access to flashlight, camera, Bluetooth, volume and I.C.E. Info. The screen will go off quite quickly if not in use to save power although you can set it to turn off from six to 60 seconds.
Also there are some basic built-in music but you can add more using a micro SD card or by connecting the watch up to your PC or Mac with the USB cable where you can transfer music, video and photos.
At the moment, they have been playing with it quite heavily to play games, so we’re charging it daily. If it is on standby mode, it will last for 10 days.
Both of my children continue to enjoy using these and they love being able to play games with one another. It is well made and packed with features for their target age group. They make a great Christmas gift or present. Overall this smartwatch is fun to play with and safe for them to use. It is available to buy from a number of retailers including Amazon and Smyth’s Toys. For more information, please visit: www.kurioworld.com/k/uk/parents/products/watch
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