The Xplora X5 Play includes two features we’ve come to expect from kids smartwatches: location tracking and geofencing.
Xplora is up front about the X5 Play’s location-tracking limitations, explaining that GPS signals only work when the watch is outside with an unobstructed view of the sky. The watch uses nearby Wi-Fi signals to provide an approximate location indoors, and when neither GPS nor Wi-FI is available, the watch defaults to cell-tower triangulation.
The Xplora X5 Play’s location tracking is only accurate to about 25 to 100 yards, which means you might have a football-field-sized gap to cover to find your kid’s precise location.
This isn’t a unique problem among kids smartwatches or any GPS tracker. For example, one of our teammates shared a story about a child who, according to their tracker, was supposedly at the county jail. We appreciate Xplora’s transparency on the subject.
You can set up geofences in the app and get alerts when your child enters or leaves that area. The Xplora app calls these “safe zones,” but you can also use it to mark unsafe areas that you don’t want your child to visit without your knowledge.
However you choose to use this feature, the zones must be at least 300 meters (nearly 1,000 feet) across.