Review: Octopus Smartwatch for Kids

If your kids are like mine, they are always asking for an Apple Watch of their own. However, an Apple Watch is expensive and fragile and requires charging daily. Consider the Octopus Watch ($69.99) from Joy instead. This kid-sized watch  isn't just more affordable, it actually has features specifically for kids.

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The Octopus works with a companion app to help teach good habits, like feeding the fish and brushing your teeth. Like the Apple Watch, the Octopus has a magnetic USB charging cable. If you spring for the version with the Companion, you get a cute nightlight-type device that also charges the watch. The watch itself is water resistant and provides two to five days of usage. 



  • Looks like an Apple Watch
  • Assorted colors
  • Water resistant
  • Companion app teaches good habits
  • Magnetic USB charging with two to five days of usage


  • Companion charger sold separately

Final Verdict

The Octopus from Joy is the ideal smartwatch for kids and for parents on a budget.

iPhone Life Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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