G-mee is the brainchild of Charlie and Rachael Brown – you may know him from the Channel 9 Cybershack TV show.
Long story short, Charlie and Rachael have young kids and decided to develop a kid’s safe Android ‘phone’. G-mee was born after a long gestation. So, what is a kid-safe phone?
Charlie summed it up, “Mate, it is a phone without a phone or a camera so kids can’t abuse it. It focuses on 6-13-year-olds and takes out the things they should not use.”
To be correct, only one of the three models has a phone.
G-mee is really a personal content player that integrates measures for safe exploration of smart technology. It has an innovative pre-installed ‘G-mee app lock’ to guide the user’s smart device experience, and curb temptations to over-share or exposure to online risks, such as cyber-bullying.
The app lock feature works on any downloaded app to block distractions caused by unwanted alerts, status updates and reminders.
You can block apps such as Facebook, YouTube or streaming services that can expose users to unsuitable content, or place them at risk of cyber-bullying. It is parental control on the device!
GG: Won’t the kids get a little miffed?
CB: What would you rather have – miffed or safe?
So, we decided to review the phone. And that is in two parts. Less important is the hardware. Most important is the app lock.
There are three models (we have the G-mee Plus). We will list all the common features and then any unique ones.
G-mee app lock feature to manage the user’s engagement with safe and suitable content.
G-mee Plus – $119.95 ($99.95 during pre-order period)
Add access to Google mobile services (Google Play) over Wi-Fi
G-mee Connect – $149.95
4G phone calls, SMS and data
We can tell you that Rebound Telecom in Shanghai China makes it. Rebound is a small ODM – you tell it what you need, and it produces a phone to those specifications. It has full QA certification and is a Qualcomm licensee – that is hard to get.
Charlie could have had the choice of dozens of ODMs – this one has a good reputation. But ODMs do not usually worry about Google Security Patches or OS updates so what version OS you buy is what you get.
We understand that all three models use the same base.