***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
My teen son, Kyle, is very hard to shop for. He is at the awkward age of almost 14 where trends and tastes change like Kim Kardashian changes men. (Love ya, KK, but it's true!)
So clothing is out, since styles change too often to invest in an entire wardrobe of emo clothes when next week it will be preppy. Toys are also out, at least 99% of the time, because he's too old and cool to play with the vast majority of them
The one way I can guarantee gift-giving success when shopping for my teen is by choosing technology. You can never go wrong with gifts that offer game play, reading e-books, listening to music, surfing the web, or watching TV or movies.
But what if there was a product that could do all of that and more, without carrying hefty monthly data fees or subscriptions? Meet the PlayMG, one of the hottest electronic gifts this Holiday season!
About the Playmg :
The PlayMG is specifically designed for young people who do not have a smartphone. (Like my 13 year old. I am NOT handing him a phone yet!) With no monthly charges or expensive cartridge games to buy, PlayMG enables you to enter the world of portable “freemium” apps via the Google Play platform.
WiFi access to Google Play with an endless amount of apps, games, music, movies, TV Shows, books and much much more! Total access to the Internet. The best part? The PlayMG does not require an expensive monthly data plan!
Included with every PlayMG is an optional dedicated SpendSmart™ Prepaid MasterCard that helps manage app spending. Get $10 free when you sign up and add at least $10. Manage your app spending through a real-time balance on your home screen! Learn More
With PlayMG, young people get their own smart-device and parents get their smartphones back. (It's about darn time, right?!)
Sounds too good to be true, doesn't it? I absolutely love the whole PlayMG concept. I have 3 kids who are always begging to play with my iPhone, so this is the perfect solution! Plus, the fact that I can check to see what apps are being used and how much time is spent on them is a huge bonus for me as a parent. Not to mention being able to control app purchases without having to shell out my credit card info or passwords! This product is not only a kid's dream come true, but a parent's, too!
Check out this brief video that shows the PlayMG in action:
I am sure you're familiar with this scenario...It happens in my home about 193,582 times every single day.
Our Review of the playmg :
Our PlayMG unit arrived SUPER fast. So fast, in fact, that when I got my FedEx delivery notification online, I thought I had won some major prize like an iPad from one of the many sweeps I enter. Seriously, it was here within 2 days of agreeing to review it. Of course while I was bummed that I didn't win something amazing, I was also thrilled to receive this awesome device! Very impressive shipping, and I have also gotten amazing customer service from the rep I am working with!
The PlayMG comes with everything you need to start gaming. Or surfing. Or reading. Or rocking out to some Bruno Mars. Or reading a classic novel. Or checking out the latest movies and TV shows. Well, you get the idea. This truly is an all-in-one entertainment device!
Our PlayMG has 24GB of storage. It includes 8 GB of memory, as well as a 16GB Micro SC card. So really, as long as you are willing to purchase another card, you could technically expand it to be much larger. We made ours 40GB using a card we already had sitting around!
Also included is a charger and a Spend Smart Debit Mastercard for app purchases. If you sign up for this option and load at least $10, you will get $10 FREE! This is a great way to teach kids to manage money. I plan to have Kyle earn money by doing chores, etc, and then loading the funds to the card so he can purchase movies, games, or music.
If you haven't checked out everything that's available on Google Play, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. There are tons of great movies and TV shows, including one of my favorite new movies, Monsters University!
If you're feeling scholarly, there are also tons of wonderful e-books to read. Even classics like Treasure Island and The Three Musketeers! This should come in handy for Kyle's required reading both now and next year when he enters high school!
And yes, all of your must have apps are available as well. I couldn't live without Facebook and Instagram! PlayMG offers these, as well as many other favorites including Bitstrips, Pandora, and Candy Crack...Oops, I mean Candy Crush. I say crack because it seems that everyone who plays becomes an addict!
But the best thing about the PlayMG? The games, of course! There are loads of games that come pre-loaded on the unit, but of course you can always add more. The first thing I added was my son's favorite game, Kick the Buddy!
The graphics are fantastic, and the touchscreen is the perfect sensitivity and does not have any noticeable lag time. Check out how crisp and clear the graphics for this EA Sports NBA game are! Makes you feel like you're right there at the big game!
There are also puzzle games and games suitable for younger players. This is a huge plus since we also have 2 preschoolers! They obviously aren't going to want to play the same games that my teen plays. Plus, I can always download more when they grow tired of the pre-installed games.
Overall, we couldn't be happier with the PlayMG. This baby does it all, and does it well. I love the fact that it can be used in so many different ways. I know once Christmas comes and Kyle knows he has this, he will use it for everything...Guess his iPod, tablet, and netbook may start collecting dust!
I would definitely recommend the PlayMG to anyone, young or old, who loves having the convenience of the internet and the best games around at their fingertips at all times. And with absolutely no expensive monthly data charges! If you have wifi, you're good to go. This is definitely a must-have gift this Holiday season!
How to Connect :
You can check out the awesomeness that is PlayMG on their website.
You can also connect with them on Facebook and on twitter to stay on top of their latest products and promotions!
Enter to WIN :
The generous folks at PlayMG would like to offer one lucky reader a PlayMG unit of their own, just in time for the Holidays!
How cool is that?!
Please use this easy Rafflecopter form to enter.
This giveaway is open to US residents 18+ until 11:59PM on November 25, 2013. No PO Boxes. Winner will be drawn using Rafflecopter's Random Number Generator. All entries will be verified, so play fair! I will notify winner via e-mail and they will have 48 hours to reply before I am forced to redraw winners. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. This contest is not affiliated with Facebook in any way. Thanks for entering, and Good Luck!
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I'm Brandy, a happily married, proud mama of two munchkins and a teen. You can read more about me HERE. If you're interested in building a working relationship, please feel free to e-mail me at: NewlyCrunchyMamaOf3@gmail.com
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