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A wonderful Review on WATCHU by Mudpie Fridays

A wonderful Review on WATCHU by Mudpie Fridays

WATCHU Review by Mudpie Fridays

WATCHU Review: Speaking to other mums I know I think I am lucky as I have only lost Monkey once. It was in the park. The park was empty and yet I still lost him. I couldn’t see him anywhere and felt that chest tightening panic rising up, my mind racing. Then he reappeared and I burst into tears. Which meant Monkey started too, unsure as to why his mother had turned into a blubbering wreck. Thankfully its not a common occurrence. However he’s very independent and I am sure its only a matter of time until it happens again. Despite watching him like a hawk. So I was super excited when WATCHU got in contact. They offered us one of their kid GPS Tracker watches to review.

A WATCHU is a GPS Smart Watch. So as well as a standard watch it has a GPS tracker included as well as a phone! Its available in three colours, blue, green and pink. In the box you get the watch itself, instruction leaflet, memory card (pre loaded with £3 credit) and a charging cable. One end of the cable is a USB so it will work with most mobile phone chargers. The watch itself when fully charged will last for up to 120 hours. In order to get the benefit you need to download the WATCHU app (for free) which is available on both Apple and Android.

Despite its size the WATCHU is incredibly light weight. Its made from silicone so the anti allergy strap feels soft against Monkey’s skin. The clasp is metal and feels really heavy duty. At five and a half I wondered if Monkey would be too young for it. But he picked it up really quickly even showing me what to do with it. He thinks that its fantastic that he can ring me – which he has been doing quite a lot. I can’t see the £3 credit lasting very long! But as he loves it so much it means he doesn’t want to take it off. Ideal considering its main use.

There are so many features that we have not used them all yet!:

  • Dual way phone calls
  • Read and send voice messages
  • Instant location & route playback
  • Notification when WATCHU leaves pre-set Geo zone. A Geo zone is a pre set area which the watch is not meant to leave. Such as around the home or school
  • Dedicated SOS button – which only needs to be held down for three seconds. When this happens the watch will automatically send an update of location to the contact list. It will then cycle through the numbers on the list until it is answered.
  • Pre-set up to 26 family members
  • Its possible to listen in to the environment around the watch
  • There is a pedometer included
  • Pair watches to make friends
  • Dust and splash protection
  • 1 year warranty
  • Full instruction manual can be found on the WATCHU website

Things I love:

  • Monkey really does love wearing it! The display is bright and easy for him to read, especially since he is learning how to tell the time at school at the moment. The fact that its possible to switch between digital and analogue clock faces is a bonus I was not expecting.
  • The app itself was quick to download and very intuitive to use. I managed to set the watch up in about five minutes.
  • I like that I ultimately control it via the app. Including when it turns on and off, and who he can and can’t ring.
  • Not that I overly need to track where Monkey has been but its useful to be able too see on the app his whole route. I am sure this will come in handy as he gets older and when he is allowed some more independence.
  • The ringtone is very distinctive which means its easy to spot should Monkey get carried away looking at something when we are out and about – in a toy shop or similar.
  • The SIM which is included is a CPR Camelon pay as you go. This gives the wearer access to all UK and EU networks. Its possible to top up the SIM via the WATCHU website starting from £5.

We have been on several day trips out since receiving our WATCHU and although Monkey hasn’t needed to hit the SOS button its been reassuring knowing he’s wearing it. I can really see us using this more and more as he gets older especially as he is the sort of child that likes to push boundaries. The WATCHU retails at £119 and you can buy your own from the WATCHU website or from Amazon

WatchU Review and walkthrough - an unbiased and unscripted review from a child and the dad!

WatchU Review and walkthrough - an unbiased and unscripted review from a child and the dad!

WATCHU would like to say a thank you for the fantastic honest review below from Rio and his dad.

A full, unbiased and detailed review of this kids smart watch. There is a chance to win a Watchu, Rio gives his own review, I'll give the opinion of a parent and walk you through all of the features.

Click this link to buy the watch in blue, pink or green, there is also an opportunity to save 60 pound if you buy 2 by entering BOGOHP at the checkout. 

https://www.watchu.com/collections/four-colours/products/watchu-gps-smart-watch

Overall were really happy but there are some issues that I hope would be developed and rolled out to existing customers.

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Bambino Goodies Reviews WATCHU

Bambino Goodies Reviews WATCHU

We've been reviewed by Bambino Goodies by their master tester, Lola, and her mum. Below is the review from their website which you should definitely go and take a look at, it's got heaps of reviews for children's bits and bobs. 

 

 

I am all for an active childhood but I do worry about the kids venturing a little further than they should. So when I spied WATCHU I quickly got in touch to find out more because a wearable phone and locator that combines an emergency SOS function and location tracking into one simple device – that isn’t a phone – is brilliant.

What I love about it, other than how simple to use – Lola got to grips with it within minutes – is how considered it is. You can call up your kid, but if they don’t respond (from choice or because of mishap) you can listen in covertly to see what’s happening. Of course, you can track where they are, and it’s pretty accurate with that. They can also press a button for an emergency SOS call – it will call you, and then the list of people in order until someone picks up… more of that in a moment.

Lola’s been loving hers. Sometimes a little too much – those first few days I received quite a few phone calls from giggling seven-year-olds. Note, letting them wear to school may not be the best idea at this age! Anyway, Lola’s been wearing it a lot and hasn’t complained. It is slightly bigger than a normal watch – there’s a lot of tech in there – but not too big and bulky.

We wore it to a Justin Bieber concert over the summer at Hyde Park, and again, all day wear, no complaints! It looks great, is robust and wipe clean too.

There’s an app you add to you phone which again, is simple to use. Using the app you can set who can be called, and who can call your child. Basically, it’s not a free for all. I can ring her, and she can ring me. I can also programme in lots of numbers so should she need urgent assistance and I don’t answer, it will automatically go through all the numbers until someone picks up. She can’t free dial, and people can’t randomly contact her. Through the app I can also view all message and call history.

On the app you can set up a Geo Zones, and an alarm sounds if the child strays from a set zone.  The only thing I wasn’t so keen on was how big the safe zone is, the virtual boundary. I’d have liked to be able to reduce that to literally our street and to school but it doesn’t reduce that low.

I know I mentioned this earlier, but it really is super easy to use. We were up and running within 10 minutes, and there’s not lots of options to confuse her or I.  Three buttons do all the functionality on the phone and the app is logical. There’s been no pocket dials yet!

The watch has a pedometer. This was a bit of a revelation. My kid does a lot of steps a day – like 20,000-30,000. I didn’t realise! She loved watching her steps rise, and kept comparing to my Apple Watch, mostly to gloat she does more steps than me!

There’s a long battery life, too. The watch seemed to last for days. It’s stating up to 120 hours of usage on a single charge. I didn’t log hours, but was definitely impressed.

The watch comes with a PAYG SIM which has £3 worth of credit so you can use it straight out of the box. This I liked. And the tariff rates are good, too.

Lola’s sense of independence increases significantly when she’s wearing her watch on. She has her watch, she knows to check in, she’s sensible and intelligent and the watch has helped me loosen those reins a little. Lola’s too young for a phone, and the Watchu is a perfect interim solution – especially as it’s locked down. No inappropriate contact, no dodgy social sites or games with chat functionality. That’s peace of mind right there.

You can buy your WATCHU GPS Tracking Smart Watch direct for £119.99 or on Amazon. It’s a big thumbs up from us.