Connected watches are a real trend, but they don’t really raise that much enthusiasm, as their somewhat weak sales results show. Manufacturers are now starting to focus on the children GPS watch market: it seemed to us that it was time to clear up the differences between connected watches and GPS trackers for children.

Autonomy

GPS trackers are clearly winning this battle, although it is an easy one… Watches have a serious handicap: miniaturization. They must be as light and small as possible, in order for a child to wear it through the school day without discomfort. Miniaturization has a serious impact on battery autonomy; a battery’s efficiency is directly related to its size!
La Fontaine’s wise words from the famous tale of “The frog who wanted to be as big as the ox” have not echoed in manufacturers’ strategy. When you’re using a small sized battery, you ought to limit the number of features, or at least refrain from adding new ones. This seems to be the least of their problems: connected watches often offer games, an alarm feature, a touchscreen… Talking about shooting yourself in the foot?…
As a result, your GPS tracker’s battery will last for 5 days for a GPS tracker, while a watch hardly reaches 1 day of autonomy! This gives a lot to think about.

Fragility

Children are not the most cautious when it comes to taking care of their belongings… So of course, wearing a watch on their wrist all day, with a nice touchscreen, is not hazard free. We took a close look at customer reviews published about Filip, an American watch brand. We realized that most watch owners had experienced breakage. We know how kids play and fool around, make each other trip and fall: not the best strategy to extend a watch’s life expectancy.
On the contrary, GPS trackers are simply stored in a water and shock resistant pocket, in the child’s schoolbag or on his/her belt: no risk of falling and breaking from there.

The price

No matter if you have a single child or a large family, price is always an important, when not crucial criteria in the decision process. Another matter where watches lack arguments. They are filled with technology, and offer many features that are not strictly essential for their main purpose: making sure you know where your child is at all times. Design choices that impair the battery, but also impact the price.

Therefore, Weenect Kids GPS trackers (we insist on the fact that we are the manufacturers of the device, it is our honesty policy) are only €69,99, while Kiwip watches are sold for €149: a €79 price gap! The price difference is even higher than the price of the device itself!

Envy

Finally, we also think that most children will want the watch if they see a friend wearing it. We already know how children behave with mobile phones and it’s easy to imagine that watches may have the same effect. A connected watch may raise envy and get stolen, or even induce an aggression or a mugging. A GPS tracker, on the contrary, is a very discreet device. When stored in its protection case, it does not look very attractive. Also, it is most often hidden from envious eyes to see, in the child’s school bag, making it less likely to be stolen.

These four arguments (autonomy, fragility, price and envy) explain why we, at Weenect, chose to put our focus on GPS trackers rather than connected watches. Of course, children are more likely to be attracted to a watch, but we are happy to note that all the children of our community are very satisfied with their tracker. After all, it provides what matters most: becoming autonomous while staying safe.

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Author: Weenect

Weenect, leader de la géolocalisation familiale, propose une gamme de traceurs GPS pour les différents membres de la famille : les enfants, les seniors, les chiens et chats. Ce blog a vocation à aider les familles dans leur vie quotidienne.