VTech MobiGo 2 – High tech learning made durable for kids
I think, at this point, I might have mentioned it a dozen times that my kids are addicted to my iPhone and iPad. They are always trying to get on it to play. In fact, my girls are pretty much obsessed with anything to do with phones. Willow loves to get her hands on them to play, but high-tech phones are not meant to be handed over to an almost 3-year-old, without some serious consequences. But I love the apps on my iPhone and I love all the things we play together because she learns so much. I think technology has a great place, when used together with parents, to teach kids so much, because it makes it so much fun.
The VTech MobiGo 2 Touch Learning System has a touch screen, motion sensor, and even an ereader. There are games to download, cartridges to buy, plus it comes with a few default games. It teaches math, vocabulary, spelling, reading, logic, drawing and more.
So in Willow’s world, it is so similar to Mommy’s phone combined with her brother’s phone, that she thinks she is getting away with something she shouldn’t be playing with. I am thrilled because VTech are known for being durable even for 3 year olds.
The MobiGo 2 Touch Learning System has a QWERTY keyboard, so kids get the feel and practice of a real keyboard.
Willow loves any app or game that has to do with drawing, so immediately she fell in love with the Art Studio. There are lots of pictures for her to choose from. She navigates through the pictures using the directional pad, and colors on the touch screen with the included stylus.
The Shooting Gallery game teaches her to match the letter on the keyboard from the letter on the screen. There is no aiming the bow, if she clicks the wrong letter, she misses. When she hits the right letter, she hits the target.
The Hamster Highway race teaches Willow to steer Harry Hamster up the race track. She needs to tilt the game system back and forth (again, just like her favorite games on Mommy’s phone.) As she hits the stars she goes faster. To keep the game going, she needs to complete a pipe challenge.
When you register your MobiGo 2 on the Learning Lodge Navigator, you will receive 3 free downloads as a thank you gift. The MobiGo 2 has roughly 75 MB of internal storage, so you might need to manage the items you keep on your device, which can be done in the Navigator. There are so many apps to choose from, there is plenty for your child now, and as they grow.
My only real complaint is that it is so easy to turn off. There were several times that Willow was frustrated because she accidentally hit the off button and lost her game.
Over all, we are loving this device. Serenity is often playing on it as well, even though she is just about out of the 3-8 age range. Even with the new features, like the touch screen, new motion sensor and microphone, the MobiGo2 is available for the same rice of $59.99
Disclaimer: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for VTech. I received product samples to facilitate my review.