Oct 03

V Tech Mobigo Review

I was very cautious about introducing my son to technology. It makes me so sad when I see a kid who never plays outside and is engrossed in video games all day. In fact, I never let my son watch any TV until he turned 2. But, shortly after that milestone, I realized that completely sheltering him from technology was also doing him a disservice. Like it or not, technology is part of our world, our future, and a huge part of our daily lives. He needs to be technologically savvy to succeed. I just need to balance the use of technology with other activities and make sure that his screen time is really providing him some education, not just keeping him quiet while I cook dinner.

With all that in mind, I began searching for the best toys to help him learn to use technology, while remaining educational. The toy I finally settled on was the V tech Mobigo. It’s a handheld device, built to withstand preschoolers, with downloadable games as well as game cartridges. The console itself has both a touch screen and a slide-out Qwerty keyboard. Some of the other game systems I looked at didn’t even have a keyboard or had a keyboard in ABC format, which is great for learning the alphabet, but my goal was to introduce him to real technology, which means a Qwerty keyboard, in my opinion. The other thing I liked about the keyboard is that it was a slide-out, so he could play games not requiring the keyboard with it tucked safely away. The touch screen was another selling point for me because that’s such a prominent part of technology now, too. The new Mobigo 2 even has motion sensors and voice-commands, so it operates even more like a smartphone than the original version. The only problem I’ve had has been with the touch screen being non-responsive sometimes, but it seems that a battery change has fixed that.

The games available for the Mobigo are aimed at 3-8 year-olds, divided into 3-5, 4-7, and 5-8. The game cartridges are mostly based on popular characters, like Toy Story and Cars, which I wasn’t thrilled about, but my son didn’t seem to mind. The games available for download are more generic, but excellent. We got him a game that turns the touchscreen into a piano keyboard and another that teaches him to count animals on a farm. The games are each focused on certain skill sets, like language, math, problem-solving, memory, etc., so I feel better about giving him the Mobigo to play with than some less educational games out there. I don’t like to spend a fortune on game cartridges, but the downloadable ones are much more reasonable and they even give you a few freebies. And did I mention it’s been a life-saver on car trips?

All-in-all I’m really happy with my choice. I’d recommend the Mobigo to anyone else who’s looking for an educational way to introduce technology to your little ones.


  1. Mud Hut Mama

    Thanks for sharing this. My mom has been wanting to buy something like this for my girls but I have been resisting for the same reasons you mention. Nice to read your review – it might make me bend. The piano download sounds really sweet. I know my oldest would love that.

    1. Lorraine Bradley

      Yeah, I figured it’s a losing battle. I mean, here you are, blogging from a wildlife reserve in Africa; there really is no place on earth exempt from technology. And it can be a wonderful thing as long as we use it in the right way.
      I love the piano game. We can’t afford expensive musical instruments, but I don’t think we really need them right now, as long as we can provide other ways for him to make some music. He really loves his harmonica, too.

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