Xplora X5 Play Smartwatch Review | The Sun UK

HOWEVER parents felt about their children and technology pre-pandemic, it’s clear that things have changed.

Many of us have accepted that technology for kids can be a source of education, socialisation and fun, which is why we were keen to test out the Xplora X5 Play Smartwatch with our kids.

This smartwatch from Norwegian brand Xplora just launched in the UK in February 2021, and is somewhere between a toy, a learning tool and a way to communicate with and keep track of the kids.

It also helps encourage activity, an issue stressing out parents conscious of the increased amount of time their kids have spent indoors in recent months, in front of screens.

Here's everything you need to know about the Xplora X5 smartwatch for kids, which even managed to convert a skeptical-about-smartwatches parent…

The Xplora X5 Play kids' smartwatch gets kids moving

  • XPlora X5 Play Smartwatch, £159.99 at Very – buy here

We'd never used a smartwatch or fitness tracker with our kids before, and one of the first things we'd note is how much they seemed to enjoy the device – and that was before we even connected the phone to its giffgaff SIM.

The smartwatch is easy to set up and use – you basically swipe right or left to access the different on-screen options, and push down on the button on the righthand side to activate it whenever the smartwatch goes to sleep.

One of the ways that the Xplora X5 Play works is as a gamified device that encourages kids to be more active.

The watch includes a step counter which rewards you for every 1,000 steps taken, by converting steps into virtual Xcoins and badges.

The watch integrates with a GoPlay Xplora app (which can be installed on the parents' phone), and has features like games – there's currently a pinball game linked to a recent Tom & Jerry movie, and past link-ups have includedpartnerships with BBC's Doctor Who and Netflix's Spy Racers.

The Xcoins can translate into merchandise from these shows and movies, and kids scoring in the top 10 on the weekly leaderboard are eligible for prizes like Amazon gift cards and Bluetooth speakers.

According to Xplora, children who wear the watch and engage with the GoPlay platform walk up to 300% more steps a day than regular users.

We can vouch that it does effectively encourage kids to want to walk more so they can amp up their step count – ours were running around the house to get their step count up, and begging to go on extra walks outside.

The more information you input about the child's height and weight, the more accurate the health data collected by the app.

Xplora X5 Play Smartwatch: other features

  • XPlora X5 Play Smartwatch, £159.99 at Very – buy here

The kids loved – LOVED! – taking photos and videos with the smartwatch.

It includes a 2MP camera and can store up to a thousand pictures on the device, and ours have spent hours just playing around with that function and recording themselves performing.

The photos and videos are fantastic quality, by the way – and yes, it's a good camera for selfies.

Other non-phone features of the smartwatch include a stopwatch and an alarm.

It's an upgrade on the brand's previous X4 watch, with a Qualcomm chipset, 1.4" TFT display, 800 mAh battery and IP68 waterproofing.

The watch is chunky-looking and sporty, with three colourways to choose from: all-black, black with blue or black with pink, and is advertised for kids 4 and up.

Since there's plenty to do before you even get to the phone component, we can understand why – but it may be a bit pricey for younger kids who aren't using it as a phone.

The Xplora X5 Play Smartwatch: your child's first phone

  • XPlora X5 Play Smartwatch, £159.99 at Very – buy here

Parents have different rules when it comes to smartphones in each family, but these days, many kids receive their first smartphone when they transfer to secondary school (and lucky younger siblings tend to have phones passed down before they hit that milestone).

Xplora was originally founded by father-of-four Sven Kirkbak when he couldn't find his four-year-old in a shopping mall, so keeping kids connected is a huge part of this smartwatch's design.

The Xplora X5 Play includes a giffgaff SIM with unlimited calls and texts and 500MB of data, which you can set up with a monthly or pay-as-you-go contract.

It's simple and straightforward to set up and starts at as little as a tenner with the cheapest pay-as-you-go option.

The X5 Play lets kids make and receive calls from up 50 approved contacts, while giving parents control of who their child is in touch with (ours is only connected to family memebrs at the moment).

It uses GSM and WiFi triangulation to let you know your child's location, and there's even an option to set up safe zones via Google Maps.

When a child enters or leaves the safe zone, parents get an alert. This can be helpful for parents who want to keep track of their kids once they get to the stage of starting to walk around independently.

Kids can also use the phone to send messages (including voice memos) and emojis to parents, as well as photos and videos.

There are text options, too, including pre-uploaded words and phrases like 'love you', 'I'll be late', etc, that can be sent with a couple of easy taps.

There's a chat function that allows them to chat to other friends with X5 watches, too.

Xplora X5 Play Smartwatch: the verdict

  • XPlora X5 Play Smartwatch, £159.99 at Very – buy here

Overall, we've been really impressed by this smartwatch, which is designed for kids 4-11 but really comes into its own with kids 8 and older, who will be able to use it as a phone, too.

It's extremely easy to use, appealing for the kids and scores a lot of points as an entertainment tool, a communication device and a fitness motivator.

Every child wants their own phone from the time they're about 7, and this watch is a way to give them a taste of having a phone that also gets them moving.

It will entertain them too, keeping them busy recording videos of themselves singing and performing (what, just our kids?).

We should also mention that holding down the button on the right for several seconds functions as an SOS and will call the primary and secondary contacts in the app, and kids can even wear this smartwatch in school (just change to school mode so the kids won't get distracted).

The X5 play comes with a watch, giffgaff SIM and charger, and eco-aware parents will be happy to know that for every Xplora purchased, a tree is planted.

Our view? Our kids would wear this watch 24/7 if we let them, and it's well-priced for all of the functions it offers.

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