See below our findings after 2 days of testing this watch. For now a 3 star rating based on the pros and cons listed below. Honestly I do not know if some of the cons listed depend on the watch or the GPS/Cellular networks.. The watch overall is very nice, however location accuracy, app stability and the related peace of mind for guardians is critical ...
- Nice look and feel for a “tween’s” watch, not too childish
- Easy to use application
- Easy set-up
- Waterproof (IP68) whereas other watches are often IP67 or less
- Easy to use voice messaging and text messages back and forth between app and watch
- Safezone / Geofencing feature
- Watch comes with a screen protector (i understand the screen scratching easily is a concern from parents, therefore having a screen protector is probably a good thing)
- The alarm on the watch works (too) well, a strong emergency siren is heard on the guardian’s phones when the child activates the SOS feature
- Up to 50 approved contacts can call the watch. The watch can only call these numbers.
- Nice school-mode (non disturb) feature that can be configured on the guardian app (non disturb at school, night time etc ..)
- Calendar / events feature to set reminders
- Not sure yet how useful the safe-zone feature is since the GPS location is not always accurate (which is a big concern). The app then shows the child outside of the safe-zone for several minutes. When the GPS location can not be accurately determined (inside the house but also sometimes outdoors), i see my child sometimes 2 miles away in another town when instead he should be a few hundred feet away. GPS is not always working well, i don't know whether the position accuracy depends on the watch (tiny antenna in a watch compared to antenna in a phone??) or on the location / positioning capabilities of the chipset or insufficient back-up cellular towers in the area or other ..
- The App is not stable on Android, one guardian was regularly kicked out of the app, more than once per day (the app seems more stable on IoS / iPhone so far). The App sometimes also shows a “network not available” message when another guardian on the same network can still access the watch’s GPS location and messages?
- Unsafe features / security gaps: on the watch, the child can access (and therefore modify) APN and Wi-Fi settings as well as shut-down the device, all without notifying the guardian(s) or, even better, having one of the guardian(s) approve.
- We will test this some more, however we noticed when 2 guardians access the watch GPS position at the same time, this will likely cause 1 Guardian to get kicked out of the app, get a “network unavailable message” or even simply not get the updates on the watch anymore, not knowing the connection seems to be unavailable
- Unclear what the encryption protocols are to compare multiple kids smart-watches and understand what safety protocols are adhered to (As i understand this is partly done for safety, however a case study pointed out several watches are vulnerable to hacker attacks, hence comparing these features is important!)
- To be confirmed: I was (yet) unable to see the device’s CE certificate and Certificate of Origin which appears published for other Xplora watches but not the X5 E-sim.
- The watch seems to work OK on T-Mobile Connect sim-card in USA ($15 per month if you are not a T-Mobile customer with another T-Mobile line ..).. however location accuracy is a concern per above notes
|Inclusief oplaadbare batterijen||Nee|
|Afmetingen pakket||16.21 x 9.91 x 7.01 cm; 60 gram|