If you were looking for a first cell phone for your child, what are the first things you’d want to look for? For me, I’d be looking at things like how easy will it break and how much will it cost. Your kids may be more concerned with how cool it looks and all the cool things they can do with it. Alcatel OneTouch is looking to tap into the concerns of you and your child with the Go Play, its new smartphone and Go Watch, it’s new smartwatch.
The Go Play and Go Watch are waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof. That means you can drown your device up to 1 meter, get it dirty and drop it from up to 1.5 meters. The plastic bodies and IP67 rating will help the devices stay working flawlessly for all but the most clumsy of us. We’re not quite talking about being as protective as the Active line from Samsung, but not too bad.
The Go Play smartphone will feature a 5″ 720p display, Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor, 1 GB of ram and 8 GB of storage with an expandable micro SD card slot up to 32 GB. The front facing selfie camera checks in at 5 megapixels while the rear main shooter is a respectable 8 megapixels. The 2,500 mAh battery should net you pretty good battery life since we’re not dealing with a pixel packed display or a high performance, power hungry processor. It will come in 8 cool color combinations so your child can pick exactly what they like.
The Go Watch is unfortunately not running Android Wear. However it will be compatible with both Android and iOS so it will work with most phones on the market (sorry Lumia fans). The watch has a 1.22″, 240×240 display which is slightly smaller and slighty less pixel dense than the popular Moto 360. Alcatel OneTouch says it will have a 2-5 day battery life depending how heavy a user you are and you’ll be able to get alerts like SMS, MMS and calendar notifications. The Go Watch will also have a number of color combinations to choose from, just like the Go Play smartphone.
We can’t imagine it will cost much more than the very affordable Idol 3 with these specs but Alcatel OneTouch hasn’t given us their plans for pricing or release dates but we’ll be sure to keep you updated. What do you think of this line of products? Is this something you would consider for your kid? What about buying one as a backup phone if the price is right? Let us know down in the comments.