myFirst Fone R1s Review: A Comprehensive Look at the Budget Smartwatch Phone 

By Linus T.
Updated Oct 2023

myFirst Fone R1s

We recently got out hands on the myFirst Fone R1s, which is an upgraded version of the myFirst Fone R1. This all-in-one device combines a phone, music player, camera, clock, GPS tracker, and fitness tracker, making it an ideal choice for keeping kids both connected and entertained.

The myFirst Fone R1s is a smartwatch designed specifically for kids, representing the third iteration of the myFirst Fone line. With a sleek, round design and two new colour options (Space Blue and Cotton Candy), the R1s takes the smartwatch experience to a whole new level.

Let us take a look at what this smartwatch phone is capable of.

On our list

#1 Key Features of the myFirst Fone R1s

#2 Additional Features

#3 The myFirstFone App

#4 Pricing

MyFirst Fone R1s

MyFirst Fone R1s

✓ Voice and video calling
✓ GPS Location tracking
✓ Heart rate monitoring

#1 Key Features of the myFirst Fone R1s

myFirst Fone R1s

myFirst Fone R1s

Screen and User Interface
The myFirst Fone R1s comes with a 1.3-inch touchscreen display that is easy to navigate, even for children. The user interface is simple and intuitive, making it easy for kids to use. There are two buttons on the left side of the watch to help with navigating and an SOS button on the right side of the watch.

GPS and Location Services
The myFirst Fone R1S goes above and beyond when it comes to GPS tracking. With its 4G LTE and Wi-Fi capabilities, the device provides real-time location tracking that allows parents to keep tabs on their child's whereabouts with pinpoint accuracy. Whether your child is at school, the park, or a friend's house, you can always know where they are.

But that's not all—the myFirst Fone R1S also includes geo-fencing technology, which lets parents define safe zones and receive alerts when their child leaves or enters those areas. This is especially useful for parents who want to ensure their child stays within a certain perimeter or avoid potentially dangerous areas.

Camera and Video Call
The myFirst Fone R1S is not just a phone and GPS tracker—it's also a fun and versatile camera. With its 5-megapixel camera, kids can take high-quality photos and videos of their adventures, whether they're exploring the great outdoors or just hanging out with friends.

But that's not all—the myFirst Fone R1S also includes voice and video call capabilities, which means kids can stay connected with their parents and friends even when they're not in the same place. Whether it's a quick check-in or a longer conversation, video calls are a great way for kids to maintain strong relationships with the people who matter most to them.

Chat and Messages
The myFirst Fone R1S also comes with text and voice messaging capabilities, kids can send and receive messages with ease, whether they're chatting with friends or checking in with their parents.

But that's not all—the myFirst Fone R1S also allows parents to send messages directly to the watch, making it easy to communicate with their children without having to call them on the phone. This is especially useful for quick check-ins or sending reminders about tasks or appointments.

Heart Rate & Fitness Monitoring
The myFirst Fone R1S is also a powerful health monitoring device. With its built-in heart rate monitor, parents can keep tabs on their child's heart rate and ensure they're staying healthy and active.

This feature can be especially useful for parents with children who have heart conditions or other health concerns. By tracking their child's heart rate over time, parents can identify any abnormalities or changes that may require medical attention.

In addition to its heart rate monitor, the myFirst Fone R1S also includes a range of other health-tracking features. For example, it has a pedometer that lets kids track their steps and stay active throughout the day. It also includes sleep tracking capabilities, which can help parents ensure their child is getting the rest they need to stay healthy and focused.

MyFirst Fone R1s

MyFirst Fone R1s

✓ Voice and video calling
✓ GPS Location tracking
✓ Heart rate monitoring

#2 Additional Features

myFirst Fone R1s

myFirst Fone R1s

The myFirst Fone R1S is designed specifically for kids, so parents can rest easy knowing that their child's interactions are safe and secure. The device includes parental controls that allow you to restrict access to certain apps and features, so you can ensure your child is only using the device in appropriate ways.

It comes with a range of additional features that make it a versatile and useful device for kids and adults alike. Here are some of the key features we found during our review:

Class Mode
One of the standout features of the myFirst Fone R1s is the "Class Mode" option, which allows parents to set specific times during which the device will be restricted to certain functions. For example, during school hours, parents can set the device to only allow phone calls and emergency messages, ensuring that kids aren't distracted by other features during class.

Music Player
The myFirst Fone R1s also includes a built-in music player, which allows users to store and play music files directly from the device. The device includes a powerful loudspeaker that provides up to 10 hours of playback time, making it perfect for listening to music or audiobooks while on the go. With the ability to store up to 1500 songs, kids can enjoy a wide variety of music and never run out of options. This is a great feature for kids who want to listen to music on the go, without having to carry around a separate music player or smartphone.

SOS Button
The SOS button is a key safety feature of the myFirst Fone R1s, allowing users to quickly and easily call for help in an emergency. When pressed, the button automatically sends an SOS message to pre-set contacts, along with the user's location information.

Sim Card and Connectivity
The myFirst Fone R1s is compatible with 4G LTE SIM cards, allowing users to make phone calls, send messages, and access the internet from anywhere with a cellular connection. The device also includes Bluetooth connectivity, which allows it to be paired with other devices, such as headphones or speakers.

Battery Life
The myFirst Fone R1s has a long battery life, with a standby time of up to 72 hours and a talk time of up to 3 hours. This means that users can go for extended periods without needing to recharge the device, making it ideal for use on long trips or outings.

Build Quality
The myFirst Fone R1s is of durable materials that are resistant to scratches and drops. It features an elevated edge around the screen to give provide an extra layer of protection. It is also water-resistant—making it perfect for active kids who want to wear it while swimming or playing in the rain.

Settings
The myFirst Fone R1s includes a range of settings options, allowing users to customize the device to their liking. This includes options for changing the device's wallpaper, selecting different watch faces, setting vibration notifications, and more. Parents can also set up parental controls to restrict certain features or functions of the device.

MyFirst Fone R1s

MyFirst Fone R1s

✓ Voice and video calling
✓ GPS Location tracking
✓ Heart rate monitoring

#3 The myFirstFone App

myFirst Fone R1s

myFirst Fone R1s

The myFirst Fone R1s is paired with the myFirstfone App, which is available for both Android and iOS devices. This app is designed to provide parents with the means to authorise and limit the people that can converse with their children, while also giving them real-time updates on the child's whereabouts via an improved GPS function.

The app allows parents to set up and manage the myFirst Fone R1s, including adding contacts, setting up notifications, and monitoring usage. Parents can also set up a geofence around a specific area, and receive notifications when their child enters or leaves that area.

One of the most useful features of the myFirstfone App is the ability to set up notifications for specific events. For example, parents can receive a notification when their child calls or messages a specific contact, or when the Fone R1s battery is running low. This helps parents keep track of their child's activity on the device and ensures that they are always aware of important events.

While the app has many useful features, it's important to note that it can sometimes be prone to bugs and glitches. This can be frustrating for parents, especially since they rely on the app to stay connected with their children.

MyFirst Fone R1s

MyFirst Fone R1s

✓ Voice and video calling
✓ GPS Location tracking
✓ Heart rate monitoring

#4 Pricing

myFirst Fone R1s

myFirst Fone R1s

If you are interested in purchasing the myFirst Fone R1s, it is currently available for S\$269 in Singapore. This price includes a 6-month free data access SIM from PCCW Global.

Overall, we believe that the price of $269 is reasonable for the features and capabilities of the myFirst Fone R1s. It is important to note that there is also a subscription model available for the data SIM, which may be a more cost-effective option for some users.

MyFirst Fone R1s

MyFirst Fone R1s

✓ Voice and video calling
✓ GPS Location tracking
✓ Heart rate monitoring

Verdict

myFirst Fone R1s

myFirst Fone R1s

After reviewing the myFirst Fone R1s, we can confidently say that it is a decent upgrade from its predecessor, the Fone R1. The Fone R1s is designed for children and adults who may not be suited to carry a smartphone. It offers a limited set of communication features, including calls, messaging, and GPS tracking, making it an ideal device for parents who want to keep an eye on their children's whereabouts.

Overall, the myFirst Fone R1s is a solid choice for parents who want to give their children a device that can keep them connected and safe. While it may not have all the features of a full-fledged smartphone, it offers enough functionality to make it a worthwhile investment.

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