Test: Xplora X5 Play – Children’s watch instead of mobile

Xplora X5 Play is not a smartwatch, it is a complete mobile in watch format. At the same time, it has built-in limitations that, after all, make it more similar to the traditional smartwatch. But the restrictions have been put in place on purpose.

The target group for Xplora X5 Play is parents with children of younger school age. Children who are more independent from their parents but may still need to communicate with them regularly. Children that the parents for one reason or another do not think are ready for a real mobile phone.

As a watch, the Xplora X5 Play is quite large and thick, which becomes even more noticeable on a child’s arm. Considered as a mobile phone, it is of course minimal. Thanks to the limited set of functions, the battery life is better than expected, and the watch often lasts two days without charging. Since there is no sleep measurement or the like, there is no major reason not to charge it every night instead of wearing it. However, it does not have a standard charging cable, so it is not possible to borrow a charger from someone else if you run out of battery when you are not at home.

Xplora X5 Play has a physical SIM card slot, but since it is sold in Sweden with a fixed subscription, either from Xplora (which uses Telenor’s network), or from Telia, it does not matter much. The watch is also linked to a parent’s account, and an app that the parent has in their mobile.

Not your regular Android

The system in the watch is actually Android, more specifically Android 7.1.2, but you will not find any of Google’s services, can not install your own apps, and the apps that are available are quite limited and more like the ones you find on a watch.

The clearest thought of the watch is in the telephone function. You can call but you can not dial phone numbers. The only ones you can call are embedded contacts, and they are entered via the app on the parent’s mobile. You can receive text messages, but do not reply. You can chat, but then only via the Xplora app in your mobile or other Xplora watches. Chatting with a watch is pretty awkward anyway. You can not get a keyboard, but you can choose between ready-made messages, emojis, to record an audio clip or to send a picture or video.

Yes, Xplora 5 Play has a camera. Taking flattering pictures is difficult when the camera is on the wrist, but you can always take off the watch to take pictures. It is of course something you can play with as a child, and the requirements for good image quality are not so great. Getting the image out of the watch at all is not entirely easy. The only way I came up with is to send it in chat to one of the contacts who from there downloads it to their mobile. If you do, you will see that the images will be 720 x 720 pixels, or just over 0.5 megapixels in size, even though the camera itself should be 2 megapixels. The camera can be compared to a webcam on a computer approximately. It fulfills its purpose.

Other functions are few. There are alarms and timer clocks, a calendar where you can not enter records, just see the dates for the coming days of the week, a calculator (possibly a problem in school situations) and a music player.

Yes, that music player you can wonder about. The only way to get music to the watch is again that someone sends a file via chat. This must be an MP3 file of max 5 megabytes. If you then listen to it, you have to do it in the watch’s speakers, because you can not connect the headset with either a 3.5 mm socket or bluetooth. Listening in this way is of course no pleasure. Since you can also not use the sent music file as a ringtone, the function is most curious.

The last function the clock has is a pedometer. This pedometer is connected to a game function. The more steps you take, the more virtual coins you earn, which you can redeem to play small mobile games. Not at that time, but on the parent’s phone.

Parental control

There are also a couple of additional features with the watch that are only visible in the Xplora app. GPS, for example. In the app, you as a parent can therefore always see where the child who has the watch is. The parent can also schedule “school mode” in the clock. When that mode is set, the clock can only display the time and activate the SOS function (which solves the problem of calculators on the wrist in the classroom). The SOS function means that you hold down the clock’s button and it then automatically calls the people in the contact list in turn.

The watch’s screen is neither impressively sharp nor bright but fulfills its purpose. It does not light up automatically when you hold up your wrist. Instead, you have to press the button to wake it up, which may make the watch less of a distraction for the child.

The biggest weakness with the Xplora X5 Play is actually the basic function. The sound during phone calls is simply not very good. A watch is awkward to put on the ear, so you have calls with speaker function, and the speaker in the watch is not very strong. In a noisy environment, for example in a schoolyard, it is therefore difficult to hear what the person you are talking to is saying.

The one who has the watch sounds better to the person you are talking to, but there the problem is instead an irritating little sound that lies like a tone in the background all the time when talking on our copy. According to the manufacturer, this is a defect that occurs on some copies, and they replace the watch if you happen to have it.

As a whole, I think that Xplora 5 Play is a well-thought-out solution for children who are starting to reach the age where they need a mobile phone but may not be ready to take responsibility for a smartphone. It is a fairly short period in life and one can discuss whether it is worth a special investment. With better speech sound, the rating would probably have gone up another step. If you as a parent think this sounds like exactly what you’re looking for, you’ll probably not be dissatisfied in practice with the Xplora X5 Play.


Source: Mobil by www.mobil.se.

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