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GizmoWatch 2 is a kid-friendly smartwatch designed with your child's safety in mind. GizmoWatch 2 is chock-full of features parents will love, like a GPS locator, ¹ reminders and easy-to-use parental controls. This is one smart watch that fosters independence while helping to provide parents a little peace of mind. It includes interactive features like a step tracker to encourage healthy habits and to-do lists with rewards. Set up to 10 trusted contacts that kids can send voice notes to, call, or text. Waterproof, durable and easy to use, the new GizmoWatch 2 connects to 4G LTE from Verizon, the nation's most awarded network
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The Gizmowatch Review - Is It the Right GPS Watch For You?
Our Gizmowatch 2 review comes about due to all the increased demand for smartwatches for children to satisfy both the parents and their offspring. The Gizmowatch 2 from Verizon is easily one of the most recognizable names on the market of kid smartwatches, and in this review, we'll help you figure out if it's right for you.
What Is the Gizmowatch 2: A Brief Description
The Gizmowatch 2 is a fairly basic smartwatch explicitly designed for children, and offered by Verizon (hence it's only supported on Verizon). Many parents resort to smartwatches for children who are either too young or too scatterbrained to be trusted with a full-blown smartphone's responsibility.
A smartwatch like the Gizmowatch 2 allows the child to perform a few essential functions, such as calling or sending messages, and allowing the parent to keep an eye on their offspring through GPS.
This Verizon Gizmo watch for kids can be an excellent choice if you are a Verizon client already and are looking for something to fit into your monthly plan (the Gizmowatch 2 can be added for as little as $5 a month!).
What Does The Gizmowatch 2 Look Like?
At the time of this writing, the Gizmowatch 2 is available in 2 colors, blue and pink, thus catering to a wide and varied audience. In terms of design, the screen is relatively small and quite basic, and the watch itself is lightweight, making it a right choice for younger kids, as well. While a few people have complained of a pretty low-quality wrist band, this can be replaced, in a pinch, so that shouldn't be a major issue.
But since you're likely buying a smartwatch not necessarily for its looks, but for the smart features it offers, let's talk a bit about that.
Gizmowatch 2 - Some Neat Features
1. GPS Tracking
Easily the most crucial feature for most concerned parents is the live tracking through GPS. Through this function, you can connect the child's watch to your own smart device, and get updated on where they are throughout the day. This is particularly useful if kids are of school-age or spend a fair bit of time on their own or with friends.
Some clients have noted that the GPS tracking done by the Gizmowatch 2 is not actually in real-time (in the sense that it's a bit laggy), but at the same time, several parents loved it. So, I'd say the truth lies somewhere in the middle here. Considering Verizon's reputation, we're willing to trust the Gizmowatch 2 as an accurate and fast GPS tracker.
Geofencing is really just another aspect of GPS tracking, and many parents prefer their child's device to have a geofencing option as well, as it's particularly useful. Geofencing allows you, the parent, to set up a certain radius that the child is supposed to be in.
For example, if the little one is at school, you will set the school and the immediate surrounding area. However, if the child leaves that set area, you will immediately receive an alarm informing you of this. Such a function is obviously really useful for parents concerned by kidnappings or just the child getting lost. With geofencing, that's much less of a problem.
3. 2-Way Calling
The Gizmowatch 2 also allows two-way calling with up to 10 contacts that you set beforehand. The calling ability itself helps you keep in touch with your little one, and also lets them reach out to family, if necessary. However, the 10 contact limit (and the requirement that the contact is pre-programmed into the device) helps keep your child safe from strangers and potential predators.
One aspect that some parents were a little bummed about was the lack of FaceCalling (since the device does not have a camera), but as a basic way to keep in contact, the Gizmowatch 2 works great.
The Gizmowatch 2 also permits messaging with the 10 contacts, but only offers a limited set of pre-set texts. Basic messages like “Where are you?” are pre-programmed into the device, and it also allows you to send voice messages, in case you need to get a more complex message across. Your child can send voice messages, as well.
5. To-do lists
The device also allows you to program little mementos for your child and sends reminders at the appropriate time to make sure the child is ticking off the to-do list. For example, if your child needs to get to soccer practice, you might call to remind them, but you can also program it into the Gizmowatch 2 directly, thus saving you some time.
6. Water Resistance
Like many smartwatches made for children, the Gizmowatch 2 has an IP67 rating, marking it as water-resistant but not waterproof. A device with an IP67 rating can be worn, for example, when the child is washing their hands, as a light splash of water won't damage the watch.
However, make sure that your child takes off the watch before taking a bath or shower, as the Gizmowatch 2 won't support that.
Also, make sure your child doesn't swim with it still attached. Basically, any activity that would submerge the watch in water is a no-go.
Also, the IP67 rating means that the Gizmowatch 2 is dust-proof, meaning you don't have to worry about that.
7. Customizable Watch Face
One aspect that your child will no doubt appreciate is the customizable watch face. Your child can choose from seven different designs and alternate them whenever they like, so as not to get bored with their smartwatch.
8. Quiet mode (Do Not Disturb)
Since many parents are getting their children smartwatches to wear to school, you want to make sure it doesn't distract them during class. Luckily, the Gizmowatch 2 allows you to set a "quiet time" or a "do not disturb" so that if anyone calls or texts the child during class, the watch won't make a noise.
9. Auto Answer
There are times when your child either can't hear the ringing or just won't answer. But the Gizmowatch 2 allows you to activate an auto-answering function that automatically puts you through after about 10 unanswered rings. It also captures surrounding audio, allowing you to hear what's going on around your child. This function is developed as a response to bullying and can help the parent know what's going on with their child.
The Gizmowatch 2 also works as a pedometer and basic fitness device that monitors your child's physical activity and helps you ensure they're getting enough exercise in a given day. What's more, this can also be fun for the child, especially if they see their parents monitoring their own physical activity on their own “grown-up” devices.
The Gizmowatch 2 can, if needed, also function as an alarm clock, allowing you or the child to set the alarm sound (you can also set the ringtone for the calling function!). It also doubles as a stopwatch.
This Verizon watch comes complete with some basic games - enough to keep the child entertained, but not so many that they will distract them from their other tasks or during class.
One notable lack of the Gizmowatch 2 is that it doesn't have a camera, unfortunately. So your child can't take pictures or record videos, which is something most kids want from their smart device. However, if that's not a significant issue for you, then it shouldn't stop you from getting the Gizmowatch 2!
How Much Control Do You Get?
For any smart device for children, an important issue is parental controls. Well, with the Gizmowatch 2, you don't need to worry about that.
Aside from the Auto Answer function discussed above, you also get to decide who contacts the child.
You can also choose such extras as ringtones for the child and access your child's text and call logs from your own connected device.
The Gizmowatch 2 doesn't support Internet access, so you don't need to worry about your child being distracted or exposed to inappropriate content.
Then, of course, there's the geofencing, which helps you keep your child secure at all times. All in all, the Gizmowatch 2 is a great choice both for the parent and the child!
Battery Life - What You Need To Know
By all accounts, the battery life seems to be better for the Gizmowatch 2 than for the original Gizmowatch. However, that's not to say it's exactly stellar. While most parents seem to accept the Gizmowatch 2 as a good device for children overall, several note that the battery life is less than great.
From what I've been able to gather, you will need to charge the Gizmowatch 2 every night (or every morning), but considering that it's the same with most smartphones, I'd say that's not so bad.
How Much Does It Cost?
Price is another important factor in buying your child's first smart device. Most parents, understandably, don't want to spend a lot of money, especially when there's a risk their child might lose or damage the watch.
Luckily, the Gizmowatch 2 comes at a very decent price of just $ from the original Verizon website, which is a great price for a GPS watch for children. Alternatively, you can opt for monthly payments over the course of 24 months, at just $ a month.
Of course, in devising your budget, keep in mind the extra $5 for adding the watch to your Verizon plan. All in all, not a bad deal for a watch with this many functions.
Gizmowatch vs. Gizmowatch 2
So, what's so different, you might be wondering. Well, the main difference between Gizmowatch and Gizmowatch 2 is, interestingly enough, the price. While the Gizmowatch 2 sits at a nice $, the original Gizmowatch goes for as much as $ (Disney edition on the original website) or $ (for a basic Gizmowatch on Amazon). Quite a big difference!
The Gizmowatch colors are the same for both releases (pink and blue), but another notable difference seems to be the battery life, which was much worse for the original Gizmowatch than for the new and improved one.
One way the two devices differ from one another is the overall design, with several parents noting that the Gizmowatch 2 is lighter than the original, thus making it a better fit for a small child's hand. Also, from what I've been able to gather, it's more challenging to replace the band for the Gizmowatch, whereas replacing the band for the Gizmowatch 2 is fairly easy.
Incidentally, the Gizmowatch 2 also happens to have a slightly bigger screen size, which obviously a lot of children will enjoy. The original Gizmowatch also isn't dust-proof and so has a bigger chance of becoming damaged.
All in all, especially considering that the Gizmowatch 2 is cheaper and more advanced, I would suggest opting for that.
The Gizmowatch 2 Q&A
- Is the Gizmowatch 2 waterproof?
The Gizmowatch 2 has an IP67 rating that means it is water-resistant. It can sustain a splash, though it should not be submerged in water.
- Does the Gizmowatch 2 have games?
Yes, the watch comes with a few basic games to keep your child entertained for a short while.
- What age is the Gizmowatch 2 intended for?
The Gizmowatch 2 caters to children as little as 3 and as old as
- What network does the Gizmowatch 2 support?
The Gizmowatch 2 works on 4G LTE network.
Conclusion - is the Gizmowatch 2 a good choice?
In the end, it really depends on what you want from the device, but as a first basic smart device for your child, the Gizmowatch 2 goes above and beyond. It helps them learn responsibility for smart devices, and enables you to keep in touch with your child, without being overbearing.
The Gizmowatch 2 offers the right amount of parental control and several entertaining functions that will make it a hit with your little one!
Verizon GizmoWatch Review
We evaluated the GizmoWatch 2 and Disney Edition and compared them to the competition.
Verizon sells two smartwatches for kids ages 6 through the GizmoWatch 2 and the GizmoWatch Disney Edition. We think the GizmoWatch 2 is an excellent GPS tracker and communication device for families on a budget, but the Disney Edition is overpriced compared to other kids’ smartwatches.
- GizmoWatch 2 OR GizmoWatch Disney Edition
- Charging station
- USB wall outlet adapter
- Quick reference guide
- Three different-colored loops for holding wristband (Disney Edition only)
GizmoWatch 2 vs. GizmoWatch Disney Edition
The GizmoWatch 2 and the Disney Edition share the following features:
- Real-time GPS tracking
- Time-based location alerts
- Parent-controlled contact list
- Parent-controlled text response list
- Auto answer
- Step counter
- To-do list
- Funny sounds game
- School/quiet mode
A few extras were added to the Disney Edition:
- Selfie camera
- SOS button
- Weather app
- Orange, green, and blue loop straps
Plus, there are cool Disney-themed backgrounds, photo frames, and characters to interact with on the special edition.
A timer, stopwatch, jumping game, and voice distortion app are available on the GizmoWatch 2 but not on the Disney Edition.
Cost of the GizmoWatch: Financing available
The GizmoWatch 2 costs around $, making it one of the most affordable but functional kids smartwatches on the market.
The Disney Edition has the opposite problem. Its nearly $ price tag makes it more expensive than other kids smartwatches, including those with advanced features like video calling and longer contact lists.
There’s also a $35 activation fee for either watch, which bumps up the total price. And don’t forget the Verizon service plan, which runs around $10 per month.
If your kid’s a die-hard Disney fan and needs this watch, Verizon offers month financing for either GizmoWatch. We aren’t aware of any similar kids smartwatch with this option.
Excellent parental controls
The GizmoWatch gives your child a chance to call you without being exposed to spam phone calls. It’s the watch’s primary function, and we think it does a great job thanks to the options available in the parent app.
You have full control over who can call or text your child through the phone and vice versa. The contact list has room for just 10 people, and you can assign them different permissions.
- Buddy: can send and receive calls
- Gizmo Buddy: can send and receive calls and texts from another GizmoWatch
- Caregivers: can send and receive calls and texts, see real-time GizmoWatch location, and receive various alerts
- Guardian: same as Caregiver but with the ability to add and remove contacts, turn the GizmoWatch on and off, and change its settings
Ten contacts isn’t a lot
You’re one of them, so really there are nine spaces left. Your child might outgrow this list before you know it.
Text content is also completely within your control. From the parent app, you can create a list of quick messages for your child to choose from when sending texts. The GizmoWatch also features a list of emojis for children to send instead.
Children can share images with the Disney Edition, but there’s no video calling.
A new smartwatch is exciting, and your child might need a little help focusing on school. You can set up a period of time when the watch won’t work (except for emergency calls on the Disney Edition). It’s called School Mode in the Disney Edition and Quiet Mode in the GizmoWatch 2.
But note that there’s no way to limit the watch’s daily use or receive alerts about excessive usage.
Location check-in features
Through the GizmoHub smartphone app, you can view your child’s location to confirm that they made it to school or are still at a friend’s house. Best of all, you can do so without seeming like a nagging parent, since your child won’t know that you’ve looked up their location.
Your child can also manually check in by tapping the location symbol (a white arrow on a teal background). Contacts marked as guardians or caregivers will be notified of the child’s location.
Our hack for historical location tracking
There’s no built-in report on the GizmoWatch 2 that shows your child’s location history or traces their steps. But you can set up the next-best thing: time-based notifications.
- Start on your child’s profile page.
- Tap Add Location Alert followed by Time-Based.
- Next, select Time Range.
- Choose the dates and times when you want to know your child’s location, as well as how often you want the check-ins to take place.
For example, you could set up the app to tell you where your child is every 30 minutes between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m., every single day. Or, you could just focus on the times when your child is traveling to and from school, sports practice, a friend’s house, etc.
On the app, you’ll see a full list of your child’s locations during these scheduled check-ins. It’s not minute-by-minute historical tracking, but it’s pretty close.
The only downside is that you’ll drain the GizmoWatch 2’s battery life with more frequent check-ins.
You can also receive location-based alerts. First, you have to set up and name the locations you want to monitor, such as school, home, the park, the library, or friends’ houses.
A circle appears around each location on the map. This is the geofence (digital perimeter). You’ll get notifications when the GizmoWatch enters or exits this boundary.
You can adjust the size of the circle on the map by tapping and dragging.
The only downside is that this won’t work well in apartment complexes or other large buildings. You won’t necessarily know which floor they’re on.
SOS calling in Disney Edition only, but not to
One feature missing from the GizmoWatch 2 is an emergency/SOS button. The Disney Edition does have a recessed emergency button on the side. Kids can activate it by pressing and holding for five seconds, then swiping on the touch screen to place the call.
You can set up only one contact as the designated emergency number. If you’re not available, the phone doesn’t cycle through to a back-up number. Your child would have to manually go through their contact list and place another call.
Neither GizmoWatch can place calls to a number not in the contact list, including to You also can’t make an approved contact. This isn’t unusual for a kids smartwatch, but if it’s a dealbreaker for you, check out the TickTalk 4.
Auto answer feature for parents
Both versions of the GizmoWatch feature an “auto answer” option for parents. If your child isn’t answering calls, enable this mode from the parent app to turn their watch into a two-way speaker.
Neither GizmoWatch features a ton of games or other entertainment. If you’re concerned about screen time, this is definitely a bonus, but your kid might feel disappointed.
The GizmoWatch 2 features three activities that don’t have a lot of replay value, but they seem fun enough for younger kids:
- A jumping game: Complete a certain number of jumps in a row to advance to the next level.
- Funny sounds: Tap different icons to hear funny sounds.
- Voice distortion: Record a voice clip and play it back with different distortions.
The Disney Edition includes the funny sounds game, but not the jumping or voice distortion activities. Since that version has a camera, kids can entertain themselves with selfies and photo stickers.
Both watches also include a step counter, which could be turned into a fun challenge in a pinch. (“I bet you can’t take steps!”)
If you gotta have games, we recommend the Xplora X5 Play.
Secure wristbands that are easy to swap out
You have two color choices when purchasing the GizmoWatch 2: pink or blue wristbands. The Disney Edition comes in an off-white color with the option to add an Elsa, Darth Vader, Buzz Lightyear, or Minnie wristband for around $35 at checkout.
For kids who want something way different, other manufacturers have come to the rescue. You can find replacement 20 mm wristbands in all kinds of colors and patterns for creative self-expression:
The watch’s original wristband features a buckle fastener and a secondary clasp to keep the long “tail” tucked out of the way. It provides a secure fit so your kid can run around without losing the watch.
Prevent screen cracks
While you’re at it, get a screen protector too. Kids fall over all the time, and this watch will be toast if they land on it.
The GizmoWatch 2 can only be charged with the included docking station. Your typical smartphone charge cord won’t work. So add it to vacation packing lists, because you’re unlikely to find a replacement at a convenience store.
On the plus side, it’s a USB charging station, so it should work with most car charging ports for on-the-go power-ups.
We recommend buying a couple of compatible chargers to keep on hand. One in the car, one at home, and perhaps one at a caretaker’s house will ensure your child can keep this safety device charged and ready for adventure.
You can view the watch’s battery level in the GizmoHub app.
Check Verizon coverage map before you buy
The GizmoWatch requires a Verizon service plan ($10/month). You can’t use it with T-Mobile, AT&T, etc. Make sure your area has Verizon 4G LTE coverage before you buy.
View Verizon’s coverage map and double-check it with the FCC’s map (check the “Verizon LTE Data” box). Zoom in on both maps to confirm your exact area is covered. There are pockets throughout the country that don’t get Verizon cell service, especially in mountainous or rural regions.
We think the Verizon GizmoWatch 2 is an excellent choice for kids who are too young for a phone but still need a way to contact their parents. It also helps parents monitor their child’s newfound independence with GPS features.
We have a hard time recommending the Disney Edition since there are more affordable kids smartwatches on the market with the same features, like the TickTalk 4 or the Angel Watch.
How we reviewed the Verizon GizmoWatch
For our Verizon GizmoWatch review, we talked to Verizon and downloaded copies of the user manuals. We read what other parents were saying in dozens of reviews and used our industry knowledge of other kids smartwatches to put the GizmoWatch’s features into context. Learn more on the SafeWise methodology page.
A Verizon cellular data plan for GizmoWatch costs $10 per month. If you choose to finance the watch, you can make payments of around $ per month for 24 months for the GizmoWatch 2, or payments of around $ per month for 24 months for the Disney Edition. There’s also the option to pay about $14 extra per month for a Verizon Mobile Protect plan.
The Verizon GizmoWatch is water resistant, which means it works even if splashed, but it shouldn’t be worn in the pool, bathtub, or shower.
Yes. The GizmoWatch allows kids to send pre-written text messages. You can text a custom message to your child’s watch via the GizmoHub app.
No, the GizmoWatch can’t call
Yes, both parents can have the GizmoHub app. Whoever sets up the account can grant the other parent Guardian access. This allows both parents to have the same level of control over the GizmoWatch.
Ages 6 through 12 will get the most use and enjoyment out of a GizmoWatch.
Yes, the parent app GizmoHub works with Android phones running version and above.
No, you have to use Verizon with the GizmoWatch. But that doesn't mean you have to be a current Verizon customer to buy the GizmoWatch. You’ll buy a monthly plan during the checkout process.
The differences between the Gizmo 1 and Gizmo 2 include the following:
- Back button and power button moved from the front of the watch to the side
- Slight increase in touchscreen display size ( inch, x pixels in GizmoWatch 2 versus inch, x pixels in the original GizmoWatch)
- More powerful processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon in the Gizmo 2 versus the Qualcomm Snapdragon in the Gizmo 1)
- Slight difference in dimensions ( x x inches for the GizmoWatch 2 versus x x inches for the original GizmoWatch)
The original GizmoWatch and the GizmoWatch 2 share the same features, memory (4 GB), and battery time (about four days of average use).
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With over seven years of experience as a content writer, Cathy has a knack for untangling complex information. Her natural curiosity and ability to empathize help Cathy offer insightful, friendly advice. She believes in empowering readers who may not feel confident about a purchase, project, or topic. Cathy earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Indiana University Southeast and began her professional writing career immediately after graduation. She has contributed to sites like Safety.com, Reviews.com, Hunker, and Thumbtack. Cathy’s pride and joy is her Appaloosa “Chacos.” She also likes to crochet while watching stand-up comedy specials on Netflix.
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