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A look at smart wearables designed specifically for youngsters aged four and up

Paul Mah
Tech Editor
South China Morning Post

Published 27 AUG 2018

OAXIS myFirstFone S2

"The Oaxis myFirstFone S2 is a sophisticated smartwatch with a wealth of features designed to keep you in contact with your child. Equipped with 1.3-inch color touch screen, mobile 3G capability for two-way messaging with companion myFirstFone app.

Importantly, the device packs a range of security features such as the current location of your little one, and an 'SOS' button for emergencies. Unlike similar devices on the market that requires subscription fee, the myFirstFone S2 works with a standard nano-SIM card for mobile connectivity.

The myFirstFone S2 uses a combination of GPS, WiFi and location information from the mobile network for a claimed accuracy of 10m even when indoors. To conserve battery, location updates hourly, though you can set it as frequently as every 5 minutes or ask for the current location at anytime.

The myFirstFone S2 has a number of communication options. Pressing the physical SOS button sends an alert to the app with the current location and an audio recording of the next 30 seconds. For non-emergencies, the watch has a messaging function that supports emoticons, photos and voice messages.

Voice calls to predetermined contacts can also be initiated by swiping to the contact icon on the graphical interface. Likewise, guardians can initiate voice calls or video calls - there is a built-in front-facing camera - from the app.

You don't have to worry about unauthorized calls either, as (unknown) numbers are automatically rejected. Finally, there is an option to surreptitiously dial-in and listen through the myFirstFone S2's microphone."

Who should get this?

The myFirstFone S2 is perfect for parents who are concerned about the location of their school-age children or about getting in touch with them. While the device is slightly bulky and warms up slightly when in use, the sheer breadth of features on top of a touted two-day battery life makes for a highly compelling choice. Price: US$149

Published by SCMP Digital Life - OAXIS myFirstFone S2 on 27 Aug 2018

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