Gabb Wireless, makers of the popular Gabb Z2 kids smartphone, definitely did their research when developing the Gabb Watch. They’ve managed to blend the best features of the Verizon GizmoWatch 2 and the Xplora X5 Play into one of the most affordable kids smartwatch on the market. There’s just one thing missing: a camera.
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How much money is a Gabb Watch?
The Gabb Watch costs $99, but it doesn’t work without a cell plan. That costs at least $9.99 per month from Gabb Wireless. You’ll also need to pay sales tax, which bumps the cost up.
Optional accessories include the following:
- Equipment warranty ($4.99/mo.)
- Screen protector ($9.99)
- Extra watch band ($9.99)
Limited contact list
The Gabb Watch’s contact list has room for 10 people, and you have full control over who gets one of those coveted spots. No outside numbers can call your kid’s watch, which protects them from spam and scam calls.
Ten is a great number for younger kids but might be too limited for social tweens. If those 10 spots are already full with siblings, grandparents, and cousins, there’s no room for friends.
Depending on how old your kid is and when you plan to give them a phone, it might be worth spending a little more money for a watch with extra contact slots.
The Gabb Watch includes an SOS button to quickly reach you (or whomever you designate as the emergency contact). But kids have to press it for a full 10 seconds, and that feels like an eternity in an emergency. In fact, it’s actually faster to just swipe the screen and start a call with a couple of taps.
In contrast, the Angel Watch starts calling emergency contacts after three seconds.
There’s no 911 option on the Gabb Watch, but this is typical of most kids smartwatches.
GPS tracking and geofencing
The GPS tracker in the Gabb Watch makes it easy to find your kid any time. For example, maybe your kid had ball practice at a huge sports complex and you want to know which field they’re on. You can view their location in real-time on the MyGabb app or schedule automatic location updates every 15 minutes or so.
You can also set up “safe zones” and get notifications when your kid enters or leaves these areas. Common safe zones include school, home, friends’ houses, or the library. The idea is that you can let your guard down a bit and not worry about your kid’s whereabouts until you get that “exiting safe zone” ping.
GabbGo™ for gamified fitness and to-do lists
We like seeing a touch of fun on kids smartwatches. The Gabb Watch features a digital pet app called GabbGo, but it’s not the screen-addicting time suck that it initially sounds like. GabbGo actually turns real-life fitness and chores into a virtual game like a cleverly disguised behavior chart.
Kids start out with either a cat or a dog. The goal is to earn virtual coins and then spend those coins building out a full menagerie of pets. Kids can also spend coins to teach their pets tricks like spin, backflip, roll over, or raise the roof.
Coins are earned by caring for their virtual pets or completing step goals and to-do lists, which you control and approve through the parent app. It’s a way to peel kids away from their screens and get them moving.
The Gabb Watch’s extra apps and features
The Gabb Watch has no internet access whatsoever, so your kid can’t access social media or download potentially dangerous apps from the App Store. But the Gabb Watch comes preprogrammed with a few extra tools and features, including the following:
Parents can also lock the watch from the MyGabb app so kids can’t use it at inappropriate times, such as during school.
The watch bands come in four cheerful colors. Extras cost around $10.
What’s missing from the Gabb Watch
There’s no camera on the Gabb Watch, which undoubtedly accounts for its affordability.
A camera’s nice for video calling or so that your kid can share snapshots of their day, but it’s also a distraction. Gabb Wireless’s mission is to keep kids off their screens as much as possible, so it makes sense that they’d leave a camera off this watch.
Here are some other features you can find in other kids smartwatches, but not in the Gabb Watch:
- Talk to text
- 911 dialing
- Health monitoring
- Auto-answer for stealthy check-ins
- Waterproof vs. water-resistant construction
Those are all nice to have, but we don’t consider them total dealbreakers. You still get an incredible amount of features for less than $100 with the Gabb Watch, and no other kids smartwatch can compete with its value.
Gabb Watch vs. other kids smartwatches
Max. number of contacts
|53||Music and story streaming||View on Amazon||Read Review|
|Best for SOS calls|
|25||Health monitoring||View on Angel Watch||Read Review|
|Best for budgets|
Verizon GizmoWatch 2
|$99.99 + $35 activation fee|
|10||Auto-answer||View on Verizon||Read Review|
|Best for active play|
Xplora X5 Play
|50||Gamified activity||View on Amazon||Read Review|
|Best for younger kids|
|10||Gamified activity||View on Gabb|
*Amazon.com price as of post date. Read full disclaimer.
If you’ve been careful to keep your kid’s screen time to a minimum throughout their life and want to continue that trend, you’ll appreciate the bare-bones nature of the Gabb Watch. It offers the safety net of a phone without any internet access, stranger danger, or distracting social media apps and selfies.
If your kid is older and already has a smart device, the Gabb Watch might seem a little dull.
Overall, we’re impressed with the Gabb Watch’s balance of features and affordability.
Gabb Watch FAQ
Yes, the Gabb Watch has a virtual pet game that encourages kids to develop care routines, accomplish real-world tasks set by parents, and complete daily step goals. You can’t download any other games to the Gabb Watch.
No, the Gabb Watch does not have music.
No, the Gabb Watch does not pair with any Gabb phone. If you give your kid both devices, they’ll have two different phone numbers.
How we reviewed the Gabb Watch
For our Gabb Watch review, we pitted the Gabb Watch’s specs and features against our lineup of the best kids smartwatches. We also browsed Gabb Wireless’s support portal to learn more about the ins and outs of this GPS watch. Hands-on testing is in progress, and we’ll report back soon with new insights. For more information, check out the SafeWise methodology page.
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