Have you been thinking about getting your kids a smartwatch? With many options on the market, we know that parents struggle in their decision. That’s why it was time to give you a hand. In this blog post we’ll analyse the three high-quality wearables for kids retailing in Australia in 2018; the Elanation ETURBO Smartwatch, the FitBit Ace and the Garmin Vivofit jr. 2. We’ll highlight the useful and fun features of each band to help you make the right decision for your family.
Showerproof vs. waterproof
We’ve all been there when little Johnny or Jill decided to jump into the pool at lightning speed before everyone else has had a chance to grab a towel. If you’re a parent planning to invest $100+ for a smartwatch, it’s natural that you’ll be considering all the unexpected adventures this new smartwatch might be taken on.
In today’s smartwatch comparison, there’s one band that’s showerproof, while two are completely waterproof (and thus, worry-free).
The FitBit Ace offers families a showerproof device. The Elanation ETURBO Smartwatch and the Garmin Vivofit jr. 2 instead, offer a full waterproof solution. What does this mean? These two bands are suitable for a fun experience in the rain, in the shower and in the pool.
Tap vs. swipe
Gone are the days when the Tamagochi was the latest and greatest gadget. Kids are born digital natives and they’re demanding ‘toys’ that will help them become digital masters.
When it comes to modern technological features the Elanation ETURBO and the FitBit Ace smartwatches definitely embrace this mission. Both smartwatch brands offer kids a modern touch-screen experience.
The main difference between the two bands lies in their usability and ‘tap’ vs ‘swipe’ interfaces. With the FitBit Ace, kids are tapping their watch to change functions, whereas, on the Elanation ETURBO Smartwatch, kids are swiping through different screens, left to right (similar to the swiping motion used on an iPad).
While the Garmin Vivofit jr. 2, with its manual click interface, lacks on the tech-savvy front, the company has partnered with Disney offering kids a princess or Star Wars inspired wearable. If your kids are more interested in channelling their inner Skywalker or Cinderella, then this model might be perfect for you.
Activity tracking plus more
Adult smartwatches typically offer a range of features and functionality to help us become educated about our bodies and performance. One might argue that kids don’t need to worry about these details (calorie counting, no thank you), but isn’t it a good thing that they’re becoming aware of their heart, starting to calculate speed and more?
Overall, it’s the Elanation ETURBO Smartwatch that offers the most fitness functionality. The smartwatch for kids can be used to measure steps, distance, heart-rate, it has a stopwatch, a clock (12 and 24 hour time), 8 sports modes, a relaxation mode and much more.
So, if you’re a sporting family and you can imagine your child racing friends down the track and field, then the Elanation ETURBO Smartwatch might be the right pick for you.
Comfort and convenience
At the end of the day, kids smartwatches need to be comfortable and simple to use. If they aren’t, kids will wear them for five days and then never again.
When reviewing the band sizes of the three smartwatches, we noted two bands with adjustable bands and one with the option to choose between a stretchy or adjustable band.
The Elanation ETURBO Smartwatch offers the greatest flexibility of all three wearables in terms of the sizing. It fits all wrists from 140mm to 240mm comfortably. The Garmin Vivofit jr. 2 comes with the two options instead. They accommodate wrists up to 147mm with the stretchy version and wrists between 130 and 175mm with the modifiable option.
The FitBit Ace is clearly smaller in size and meant for younger and smaller kids. The adjustable band fits wrists between 119mm and 155mm.
Battery life and charging
The smartwatches presented in this guide differ greatly in regards to battery life and charging mechanisms. Two have a battery life of almost a week, while one lasts up to a year with no charging.
The Garmin Vivofit jr. 2 definitely wins the race in terms of battery life. There’s no re-charging needed up to an entire year and the battery can be easily replaced. But again, this band doesn’t come with a high-quality touchscreen which is why the battery life is much longer.
The FitBit Ace lasts up to five days and is charged with a separate USB cable. The only feedback we have received from families here is the ease of loss of the cable. Once the cable is lost, no more charging is possible.
The Elanation ETURBO Smartwatch offers 7 days of full charge. As a bonus, it also offers a very child-friendly solution of no charging cables! Yes, that’s correct, the Elanation ETURBO Smartwatch has a built-in USB charger which can be plugged into any USB port. So whether you kid is at school, at home or at a friend’s place, they can easily plug their Elanation ETURBO Smartwatch straight into a computer and charge up their power for endless hours of fun.
GPS tracking is all the rage, but what happens once your child realises that their every move is being tracked? Speaking with families across Australia it appears that Aussie families are split; some are happy with tracking their child, others are not.
If you’re shopping for a smartwatch with GPS tracking, it’s important to understand where the company is saving the geolocation data about your child. Even though all firms strive to keep their data safe, it’s essential to ask yourself: what data are you comfortable sharing with a third party via the internet?
If you belong to the category of Australian families who don’t want to track their children’s location, then we have good news for you: no smartwatch in this blog post tracks the users’ GPS data.
The perfect band for your child
Overall, all three smartwatches for kids offer different value for different personalities of kids.
Are your kids crazy about Disney movies? Then the Garmin Vivofit jr. 2 might be the right choice for them. If you’re a total FitBit family then the FitBit Ace might be a nice add-on to the existing family collection. If you’re a sports-loving type of family, then check out the Elanation ETURBO Smartwatch with its extensive fitness features.