Verizon have announced the second generation of its GizmoWatch for kids. This version of the watch sells for about half the price of the original.
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The New York-based telecommunications company is a well known multinational telecommunications conglomerate. Currently, Verizon is ranked as the largest mobile network in the US, ahead of T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint.
The first generation of Verizon’s GizmoWatch sells for $179. The second version is much more budget friendly, coming in at $99. This means the new device undercuts the $144 WatchMeGo and $192 Timex FamilyConnect.
Strangely enough, the original GizmoWatch which was released back in 2018 continues to sell at the more expensive price. This is despite the new watch having a more powerful and battery efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2500 32-bit, Quad-core 1.2GHz processor, a larger screen (1.4” 300×300 303PPI) and improved band materials.
Just like the original, GizmoWatch2 comes with lots of functionality packed into its small body. There’s 2-way voice calls and messaging, GPS connectivity, 4GB memory, 4G LTE support, a step counter, IP-67 water-resistance, sending and receiving emojis and fun voice recordings and much more.
A big selling point are the safety features. It’s never a good idea to let your kids wander around, now more than ever with the social-distancing measures in place. The device has a GPS locator feature that allows you to find your little one whenever you want. There’s also geofencing and you’ll get a notification if your little one strays outside the pre-defined safety zone.
For added security, up to ten parentally-approved contacts are accessible and can be Quick Dialled from the watch. Gizmowatch 2 can also be set to Auto Answer after repeat calls making sure your kids can’t ignore your calls!
Other functionality includes setting alarms, step goals and To-do’s, as well even playing a pre-loaded game. Battery life is a perfectly respectable 7 days of stand by time and up to 96 hours of usage thanks to a 500mAh battery.
The watch can be picked up now for $99 on Verizon’s website. You’ll need to decide between a pink and a blue band and a monthly line access plan.
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