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  • A lot of fun for kids -- and parents!

    posted by clotsoc on 12/17/2010
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    Involvement:General (knows how to use it) - Ownership:1 week to 1 month

    Pros:

    Great build quality. Packed full of fun features. Really works. Very cute look -- so my girls love them.
    Lots of useful features:
    :: Program to be off during school hours
    :: Find out where your child is (or at least which pre-defined location the cell phone is near) -- it claims 50-300m accuracy
    :: Set maximum call time
    :: Even turn it off
    :: Or set the volume
    :: Or the numbers it calls from each preset button
    :: Even the ringtones
    ... all by sending text messages from the uber-parent's phone.
    Perfect for the anxious or controlling parent!

    Cons:

    The child can still loose it ... then it's no use!
    Charger uses a USB cable (that's OK) but if I plug it into my computer to charge the phone, the computer complains about a malfunctioning USB connection and beeps at me until I pull out the cable. The manual does not mention any 'data' use for the USB cable.
    Could be cheaper -- then good would be great!

    OtherThoughts:

    After putting in the SIM and battery you are directed to set up the guardian's (uber-parent's) phone number. After that the i-baby sends a text to the uber-parent with the format of SMS commands (very obliging). So if you are using a new SIM that needs to be registered first, best to do that on a regular phone before putting it in the i-baby.
    The (small) charger comes with US/China mains pins ... easy enough to bend to local (New Zealand) style.

    Bottomline:

    You know you want one -- your 7 year-old definitely does.

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