Verizon GizmoPal by LG Child Phone & Tracker
Verizon GizmoPal by LG Review
Verizon GizmoPal Fit
It isn’t super heavy and although the face is a larger than the average child’s watch, we didn’t find it got caught on anything or impeded his activities in any way.
From a Sensory Perspective
Our youngest has a lot of sensory issues and he did not have any issues wearing the GizmoPal. He was particular on how he wanted it to be adjusted and sit on his wrist, but he liked how smooth it was.
|The Verizon GizmoPal fits on the wrist like a large wristwatch and has a firm yet flexible rubbery feel similar to a MagicBand from Disney.|
Verizon GizmoPal Face & Functions
|The Verizon GizmoPal’s simple design makes it easy for little ones to quickly pick up on its functions from our experience. The button used to do all of the commands is recessed, which we found prevented it from being accidentally pushed.|
Verizon GizmoPal Commands
Verizon GizmoPal Ingoing & Outoing Call Capabilities
Texting is not an option on this device nor is accessing mobile games or music.
From a Sensory Perspective
Verizon GizmoPal Phone & Tracking App
|The GizmoPal app must be downloaded onto a smartphone in order to be used. A GizmoPal cannot be setup without the app.|
Verizon GizmoPal Final Thoughts
We had discussed prior to testing this out the need to find some sort of tracking device for our youngest as he has a number of challenges, including issues with memory and cannot remember his address, parents’ phone numbers, etc. He has some expressive language issues as well, so at times his speech is not totally clear, so even if he were able to remember some of that info it’s not a given that someone would be able to understand all of it. Additionally, he is a super impulsive ADHDer with no issue darting here and there when the impulse takes hold of him. While we’re thankful to have never lost him (we stay on top of him 24/7), we want to be prepared just in case it ever happens.We appreciated the fact that the volume was adjustable (through the main caregiver’s app) and that the sounds it made and voice prompts weren’t startling in any way.
Verizon GizmoPal Pros
- Tracks child pretty accurately in real-time
- Able to call child from both app and phone (as long as you’re a designated number)
- GizmoPal can be turned on and off from the app
- Volume can be adjusted from the app
- Battery can be monitored from the app
- Battery lasts very long (up to 6 days according to Verizon and we found it was completely accurate)
- Speaker phone works exceptionally well and is clear on both ends
- Cute, comfortable design
- Super budget-friendly monthly cost
- Can be tracked by up to 2 smartphones through the app
- Once your child outgrows his/her GizmoPal it’s an easy process to convert it into a regular line and you can keep your child’s number
Verizon GizmoPal Cons
- Could not edit “caregiver 2” name to say anything else
- Settings can only be managed by 1 smartphone/parent
- Only comes in 2 colors – graphic may seem immature for slightly bigger kids
Should we purchase one of our own we’d want to make sure we can get the app to work on both of our smartphones, but that aside, it’s definitely a great device in our opinions and one worth considering if you’re looking for something of this nature! As you can probably tell by his video review above, our youngest loved it.
Our youngest provided his perspective to make this review possible. He also completed the video review above entirely on his own!
Liam is an energetic little guy full of creative ideas! He has spent a lot of time over the last couple years making his own videos and is excited that Mom and Dad are finally allowing him to share some with the rest of the world through the family blog. While he struggles with a number of different challenges, expressive language skills being among them, he hopes that by videoing himself and working on everything he’s learning in therapy he can improve more and more each day!