Squeaking in just before the first bell of the school year, the VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX, the company’s second generation smartwatch for kids, hit store shelves in mid-August. The new kids gadget features hardware upgrades across the board and a new design that strives to resemble a more grown-up smartwatch.
The Kidizoom Smartwatch DX improves on its predecessor in a number of ways, adding twice the internal storage and improving image quality for picture and video recording (so yes, this is still your kid’s first spy camera). Image quality is still pretty low — according to VTech, the smartwatch can store 1,600 pictures at 640 x 480 resolution and 23 minutes of video at 320 x 240 resolution. Kids are probably tech savvy enough to know they’re getting bilked on image quality (they’ve seen your smartphone), but they’ll probably still buy in with the whole spy camera thing, and the extra photo effects and filters help make photo time a little more fun.
Being a VTech device, the Smartwatch DX won’t be able to connect to the web (or any other device). Instead, it’s meant as a standalone device that thrives on the quality of VTech’s own educational apps and games. The watch comes with 11 new games from the company, but you’ll be able to download more from the VTech Learning Lodge, the company’s own app store. There are also over 50 alternate watch faces that can be downloaded, so kids have a little room to personalize their smartwatches, too. You’ll be able to upload the new content and upload pictures and video to another device using a Micro USB connection.
The watch itself looks a little more adult than the previous generation, ditching the square look for a rectangular shape that ever-so-slightly resembles the shape of the Apple Watch. It still has the same rubberized band and splash resistance, so it should be able to stand up to at least a little childhood abuse.
The VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX is available now online and in stores for $65. You can get it in blue or purple either way, but if you hit the stores, you can also find the watch in camouflage, pink, and red. The first generation Kidizoom Smartwatch is still available online for $55.