Electronics for Squirts | T+L Family
Published: June 2009
There's suddenly a whole new world of cell phones, digital cameras, and camcorders made expressly for minors. We corralled a bunch of serious button mashers to try them out
DISNEY GPS FAMILY PHONE
Features Two GPS phones (one for parents); camera; two Disney games.
Glenn says "I downloaded extra games, and my mom liked that the GPS could track me down."
TICTALK KIDS' CELL PHONE
Features Pre-programmed numbers only; five games.
Glenn says "It's cool that you can hang it on something, and I like the games, but it's better for a younger kid."
FIREFLY KIDS' CELL PHONE
Features Pre-programmed numbers only; 12 ringtones.
Kayla says "It lights up when you use it, and I like the different ringtones, but anyone older than nine would think it's babyish."
VERIZON LG MIGO GPS CELL PHONE
Features GPS; preprogrammed numbers only.
Kayla says "You just press one button—any kid could use it. Too bad my parents never figured out the GPS."
VCAM NOW DIGITAL VIDEO CAMERA
Features Digital video and photos; microphone; video-editing software.
Antonio says "It's the most fun to use, but when you zoom, it makes a click that you can hear in the video."
PURE DIGITAL POINT & SHOOT CAMERA
Features Digital video; microphone; USB port (no software needed).
Antonio says "I like how it looks, and it's easy to use—I'd be psyched to get one for my birthday!"
BRATZ PLUGGED IN DIGITAL VIDEO CAMERA
Features Digital video and photos; auto flash; video-editing software.
Antonio says "It works well and my little sister wants one. Why is it so expensive?"
VIDSTER DIGITAL VIDEO CAMERA
Features Digital videos and photos; microphone; movie-editing software.
Antonio says "It's really cool and records videos for half an hour. It just needs a light."
KID-TOUGH DIGITAL CAMERA
Features Soft plastic body; auto flash; color screen; photo-editing software.
Madeline says "It won't break if you drop it, and I liked the big screen—it's a little blurry though."
SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS DIGITAL CAMERA
Features Auto flash; photo-editing software; holds up to 175 pictures.
Madeline says "I guess it's okay, but I'd be totally embarrassed to be seen with it— it's SpongeBob!"
AMERICAN IDOL KEYCHAIN DIGITAL CAMERA
Features Mini size (21/4 x 11/2 inches), photo-editing software.
Madeline says "It's so cute, and it takes awesome pictures. It rocks my socks!"
CYBERPIX KIDZCAM DIGITAL CAMERA
Features Auto flash; three decorative faceplates; photo- editing software.
Madeline says "I like the faceplates, but I wish it worked faster."