Florence and Rykan live in Lake Forest, Illinois and have been using Tinitell for several months now. We asked them to review Tinitell and answer some questions about how Tinitell has changed their lives.
How does your son like Tinitell?
My son absolutely loves Tinitell and uses it during his after extra-curricular activities (e.g. play dates with friends, soccer, basketball, kumon, school field trips, etc.) when he is away from either my husband or myself for an extended period of time. Both my son (in Chicago) and his cousin (in San Francisco) own a Tinitell and they use Tinitell to occasionally call each other to stay connected since they live so far away from each other and only get to see each other once a year.
He uses his Tinitell almost every day in the week (because he has basketball and soccer practice after school Monday to Friday).
What is your favourite feature?
As a parent, my favorite feature is the GPS (so that I can keep track of where my son is at any time in the day). My son’s favorite feature is the mobile phone itself, which allows him to remain connected with any friends/family who are pre-programmed into his Tinitell.
What would you like to see in future Tinitell models?
As my son grows older, I’d love to see added features like the ability to text, hold face to face calls via a camera, and possibly the ability to track steps (like a Fitbit).
Does your kid play outside more?
My son is very active and plays outside a lot already, but with Tinitell, I feel confident that I can track his whereabouts (including when he decides to venture over to our next door neighbor’s house to play with the children there who are the same age as him). The added convenience is that I can call my son if I want him to come home for meals (so that I do not have to leave the stove unattended if I am in the middle of cooking).
What’s the funniest thing your son has called to tell you?
He once used his Tinitell to call me (during a play date) to retell a joke he had heard from a father who had a friend whose last name was “Book” and dated a woman named “Rita”. When they both eventually married, her newly married name was now “Rita Book”
What’s your favourite outdoors activity with your son?
Because my son loves playing basketball and soccer, our favorite outdoor activities involve attending his basketball/soccer games on weekends as a family and cheering on his team and him. On sunny late-afternoons in the spring or summer (just before or after dinner), my husband enjoys taking my son out for a leisurely bike ride around our neighborhood after he gets home from work as their way of bonding after a long day of work or school.
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