Ages: 6 +
As fitness trackers become more popular with adults, kids are finding themselves intrigued by the concept as well. I can’t count how many of my nine year old’s classmates have one, and my son has been asking for his own for some time. While I’m all for encouraging kids to be more active, fitness trackers designed for adults just don’t work well for kids. They’re also expensive and no one wants to desperately hope that a $200 fitness tracker was turned into the lost and found. Needless to say I was excited to learn about the Nabi Compete, priced perfectly at $30 it’s a fitness tracker with a simple, clean look and an app specifically designed for kids to navigate.
The Nabi Compete is a competitive fitness tracker that can work alone, or can connect with friends and family for friendly competitions. There are three designs to choose from: The Classic Nabi Compete, The Hot Wheels Edition or the Barbie Edition. Both Hot Wheels and Barbel have customizable stickers for the front of the device, but all three function the same way. We reviewed the Hot Wheels Nabi Compete. Having three boys close in age made it really easy to see how well the Nabi Compete works!
First is the process of getting them set up. You’ll download the app for iOS or Android, then turn on your device’s bluetooth and follow the simple prompts to pair the Nabi Compete to your device. Once the device is paired you create a parent account and set up your child’s profile. This only took me a couple of minutes to do for all three devices and I love that Nabi allows you to create multiple child profiles under one main account. It makes it very easy to keep track of the kids activities!
From there kids can navigate through the app, which is colorful and child friendly. The dashboard allows you to see steps taken and miles walked. From the menu you can choose to add friends with your Nabi friend code (friend codes are only accessible on the device and can’t be shared online. You must physically enter friend codes on both devices on order to allow children to be added to a friends list, which means your child is safe and can only add others that they know personally), check your progress on the leaderboard, challenge friends to competitions, see lifetime achievements and even play with in game pets that you purchase with points won by unlocking achievements.
The fun comes in as kids challenge their friends to different competitions, which can be set up as a race to the finish line or as a goal to reach together. I love the options because it caters to children who like to compete for awards and children who would rather not have a winner, but to work as a team towards the finish line.
Another thing I love: The Nabi Compete does not stay connected via bluetooth all the time, so you don’t have to worry about battery drain on your device. When you’re ready just open the app and press a button on the back of the Nabi Compete to sync your latest information!
My boys have been crazy about the Nabi Compete. Being a little on the competitive side my older boys love to choose longer and harder challenges and race to finish them first. This often means they spend a good amount of time running around outside to meet the distance goal. They also do challenges together with their youngest brother, helping him to meet distance goals and earn achievements as well.
As a mom I love the price of the Nabi Compete, as well as the simple design. I also really like that it doesn’t stay connected to your device all the time, because this means my youngest son can view his app on my phone, and it doesn’t interfere with my regular use of bluetooth headsets and speakers. Want to learn more? Check out Nabitablet.com or follow Nabi on Facebook and Twitter!