Alcatel MOVETIME Family Watch review
Quick verdict: The Alcatel MOVETIME Family Watch fulfils provides kids quick communication with their parents, but its GPS function could be better, as could the comfort of its wrist strap.
- Colourful design.
- GPS tracking.
- Call or send voice messages.
- No distracting apps.
- GPS lock isn't always 100%.
- Wants direct info on your kids.
- Requires ongoing SIM subscription.
- Not all that comfortable.
The Alcatel MOVETIME Family Watch technically fulfills the requirements for being called a "smartwatch". It does more than tell the time, it's capable of making phone calls and has app functions.
At the same time, it's in a specific niche of devices marketed at parents who may be understandably nervous about sending their children off to school – or maybe just down to the shops – but who don't want to provide them with a feature phone or smartphone.
Parents are going to be the buyers for this device, because it's hard to see any kid requesting one over a more fully flexible smartphone.
- Very colourful.
- Small display.
- Can get uncomfortable on hot days.
- App driven approach.
- App asks for child's details.
- 3G GPS tracking isn't 100%.
- Voice messages aren't always apparent to parents.
- Custom charging cable.
- Multi-day battery life is feasible.
- A simple smartwatch.
- You've got to be happy tracking your kids in the first place.
- GPS tracking could use improvement.
Personally speaking, I'm not super in favour of the whole tracking kids argument, but. I can certainly see a space for the Alcatel MOVETIME Family Watch amongst parents of children who want a non-phone way for their kids to keep in touch. That mostly works, and the Alcatel MOVETIME Family Watch is priced fairly low to keep it affordable.
Your opinion on the tracking aspect may be quite different to mine of course, and that's fine. You do need to recognise the tracking limitations of this device though.
For parents where child security is a genuine threat – in the case of separated couples where there's conflict over custody, for example – I could see the Alcatel MOVETIME Family Watch as being a very useful tool, but only in a general sense. The poorer indoor tracking capability means that you'll almost inevitably end up with your child somewhere that the app can't accurately "see" them.