Your kids will never need to borrow your smartphone again – the MobiGo 2 is HERE! 

VTech has now released the great new follow-up to the MobiGo – the MobiGo 2!   I can tell you right from the get-go that we love it!  As a parent I think it’s the best portable educational gaming system for small children I’ve purchased so far (and we own a few different types).  Read on to find out why!

MobiGo Description & Features:

With the MobiGo 2 Touch Learning System with Motion, kids ages 3-8 can enjoy having their own educational handheld toy that engages them while they learn.  There are many built-in and downloadable apps that include e-books, coloring books, an art studio, a photo album and more.

The MobiGo 2 features:

– Slide-out QWERTY keyboard
– Touch screen and stylus
– Motion sensor
– Microphone
– Simple game pad (arrow keys and button)
– Headphones jack
– USB port
– Volume and screen brightness controls

*Note: The original MobiGo doesn’t have the motion sensor or microphone, so those are two great new features!

Games & Apps:

I was immediately impressed with the selection (and affordability) of the downloadable applications found in the Learning Lodge Navigator (the hub you download onto your computer to keep track of your child’s progress and downloads).  I know Emma is going to have a blast with these games, and I was delighted to discover that we had four free apps to pick out.  There are alphabet games, math games, spelling games, games that enhance creativity, science games, and much more!  Here’s a {very small} sampling of what is available to download:

There are pages and paaaages of games and ebooks available to download in all age ranges (3-8).  Besides this, there are already some very fun options that come already loaded on the system.  Our MobiGo 2 came with an alphabet shooting game, a hamster “driving” game, coloring pages (one of Emma’s favorites), and there’s even a place to keep and view photos.

The alphabet game requires the keyboard.  Your child is asked to spell a word, then the letters pop up on the screen on targets.  When you push the correct letter key, your bow shoots an arrow at the target.  This is a great one for learning how to spell simple words and recognize letters!  The hamster game utilizes the motion sensor – you tilt the system left or right to navigate the course, avoiding pitfalls.  To color the blank coloring pages, you use the touch screen and stylus.  So you see that there are many ways to play with the MobiGo 2!

I’m quite happy with the selection of downloadable apps, but it’s nice to know that you can also purchase MobiGo cartridge games – from Hello Kitty to Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, your child’s favorite characters star in exciting MobiGo interactive adventures.

Ease of Use:

The MobiGo 2 is the perfect system for small fingers with its chunky buttons and keyboard, and the basic navigation is easy to learn quickly.  Honestly, I just handed it to my 4-year-old and she had it figured out in about 3 seconds.  Love that!

As far as the controls go, they’re pretty simple.  There is a key with a little door on it that will take you to the previous screen, an on/off button, and volume control on the bottom of the system.  Most of the time you’re using the touch screen to get where you want to go.

The size is a good one for children 3-8 – not too big to take with you in the car and not so small that the screen size is sacrificed.

Price & Value:

At $59.99, I think the MobiGo 2 is a great price for the sturdy system you’re receiving!  The downloadable apps are normally $4.99 but right now are $2.99 each (I’m glad to see that they have sales!).  The cartridge games retail for $19.99.

What We Really Like:

The number of educational games we have to pick from is a huge draw for me, and I like that they’re about the same price as a downloadable app for my smartphone and Kindle Fire.  I was super happy that they gave us four free apps to start our library off with!   The quality and replayability  of the games is high, too.

Another thing I appreciate is the portable size of the MobiGo 2.  We’ve taken it in the car with us on long drives and haven’t heard a peep from Emma – she loves it!

What We Don’t Like:

There is nothing I don’t like about the MobiGo 2 except maybe the fact that the stylus isn’t attached to the system in any way, making it way too easy for Emma to lose it.  It does fit securely in a special slot in the system, but I still worry that it’s going to disappear one of these days.

I also wish it came with some type of wall charger.  It takes 4 AA batteries and I know they won’t last very long for us.  You can buy the AC Adapter separately (and you will want to, so keep that in mind if you’re giving it as a gift), but I really think it’s something that should come with the system.

Final Thoughts:

I am so pleased with the MobiGo 2!  I don’t think anyone who is purchasing it for their 3- to 6-year-olds will be disappointed.  I give it my hearty recommendation – honestly, I believe it’s the best portable gaming system for preschoolers out there right now.  If you’re looking for something that will entertain and educate your child at the same time, has a great layout, is affordable, and is easy to take with you on long trips look no further!

Want It?

You can find MobiGo 2 at VTechKids.com or Amazon.com.  It retails for $59.99.

Do you have a MobiGo or MobiGo 2?  What do you think?

 

Disclosure:  I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for VTech. I received a MobiGo 2 to facilitate my review.

 

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