Last month, my son wore out his MobiGo while we were vacationing in New Mexico. The demise of his favorite toy struck a chord of fear in my heart. I actually felt a flutter of panic in my chest as I thought about the remainder of our trip, including the long flight home, without the MobiGo. As luck would have it, VTech’s MobiGo 2 is on sale for the holidays. MobiGo2 first rolled out this summer for $60 but now you can pick one up for $46! That’s cheaper than the cost of my first MobiGo!
WHAT IS IT?
The VTech MobiGo 2 Touch Learning System is a handheld device that entertains and educates kids in a multitude of ways. The system runs on four AA batteries and features four diverse modes of play; motion activated, touch screen, microphone, and slide-out keyboard. Aside from playing games, MobiGo 2 functions as an e-reader, a photo album, an art studio, and a coloring book.
MOBIGO 1 V’S MOBIGO 2
MobiGo 2 is a refresh of the original model. It’s what would happen if a radioactive spider bit a MobiGo and gave it superpowers.
New features include:
- Children can blow into the microphone to move objects, blow
off dust, or speak into it to give an order or prompt an action
• A touch screen
- A motion sensor that allows kids to control their game by
moving their bodies
My son also owns a Fisher-Price iXL 6-in-1 Learning System. He never plays with it and I’ve considered giving it away many times. If you’ve been debating between the two, go with the MobiGo 2. I prefer MobiGo’s games because they’re catered to specific age groups, i.e., children ages 2-3 or children ages 4-5. (Unlike Fisher-Price iXL games which are packaged for children ages 3-7. I’m not loving that. What’s appropriate for a 7-year-old is not appropriate for my 3-year-old.)
MobiGo games may be purchased or downloaded online. They teach basic learning skills such as math, spelling, reading, logic, and coloring. Most game cartridges sell for $19.99 in the store but I’ve purchased all of mine for $14.99 or less either online or through using coupons. VTech is great about offering consumers a wide variety of coupons.
TIP: Before you buy anything in the store, check the store’s online price. You’d be surprised by what you find. Last year I purchased several crayola toys online from Walmart for $5.00 each with in-store pick up to save money on shipping. The same toy was selling for $15.00 a piece on the shelf.
Your MobiGo 2 purchase comes with 3 free game downloads. When my son and I sat down to redeem our fun freebies, he picked out a mustache matching game. I love it because it’s hilarious and it exercises his memory. Over 80 fun apps are available for download at the VTech Learning Lodge Navigator at www.VTechKids.com/Download.
MobiGo 2 also comes with preloaded games such as a race car game which allows you to control your driver by tilting your MobiGo 2 from side to side. TIP: MobiGo games work with both the MobiGo and the MobiGo 2. The MobiGo 2 also works with my older MobiGo Carry Case.
WHICH MOBIGO SHOULD YOU BUY?
The MobiGo 2 is far superior to its predecessor. My preschooler especially enjoys its touch screen. Since touch screen iPad’s are all the rage nowadays, MobiGo 2’s touchscreen allows young children to build upon a textile relationship they’re most likely already familiar with from playing on an iPad.
I received a complimentary MobiGo 2 in order to complete my review. VTech did not ask that I state a particular opinion. All opinions are my own.
Tina Buell is Trekaroo’s Northern California Destination Specialist, single mom, and mother to a constant ray of SONshine.
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updated: April 29 2014 by imsnow