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By: Joshua Lutz

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Source: Amazon

Very cool idea and lots of potential. Customer service acted like I was their first customer and wanted very badly to make sure I was satisfied and able to use properly. Def can use some tweaks but for a new toy with a unique idea, 5 stars all day. I highly recomend for your child, keeps my 6 year old son from needing cell when sleeping over at grandmas house. Love it. Thanks guys!

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

By: Barbara A Dignan

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Source: Amazon

My only grandson (age 4) lives in New York; I'm in Denver. I miss him so much! His new Toymail Talkie allows him to message me (he is in a singing stage now--I get melodies) whenever he wants. And I can respond anytime I want. It's a fun and easy way to keep in touch.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

By: Bonnie Moore

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Source: Amazon

So much fun for my very young grandchildren to be able to stay in touch with their grandparents, aunts and uncles who are spread out all over the country! Great idea, and excellent support team to help with set up or questions!

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

By: Amazon Customer

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Source: Amazon

My husband & I recently divorced so I had been looking for a solution for my 8 year old daughter to be able to "call me" when she's at her Dad's house. My older daughter has a cell phone, but I didn't feel my 8 year old was old enough for one yet. However, I still wanted her to have the freedom... so after looking at a lot of smart watches for kids (Tinitel, Kurio, Filip, etc) I stumbled upon this somehow & spontaneously bought it for her for Christmas.

She loves it! It is adorable. It is easy for her to use. She especially loves the whee's and giggles and snores.

We've had to pair it a few times when it's lost her contacts. And the pairing process was noooot as easy as I had thought. You put the talkiebox on the screen after typing in your wi-fi password, then it should connect & pair. However -- I had to do it three times before it stopped giving me an error, and each time I change wifi networks or I change/add contacts int he app I've had to had to re-pair just to get it to work. She's also had some trouble having to press hard enough to get the messages to play or holding too long on the button or pressing it too quickly too close together causing her to skip new message sometimes. And, she's missed messages and forgets to check them after awhile (I end up having to remind her) -- so I wish that there was a (reasonable) way to make it keep dinging or something (a light maybe?) that shows she has a message waiting.

The biggest amount of feedback I have is that this toy probably isn't made for what I wanted (something she could take her to Dad's house and message me with) because it relies on having her father set up the toy at his house on his wifi. I can't figure out how I would make the toy work without having to rely on him and I've asked him now repeated to create an account and pair it to his wifi but he hasn't-- thus she is unable to use it to send me messages until she's back on my wifi network. AND I have to change that every-time we go to a new location (like her grandparents house, friend's houses, etc-- it doesn't intuitively just sync to multiple networks that are pre-configured)

Despite all that-- we bought another one for my older daughter (Bitsy, the Bat)! Because she was so in love with her little sister's (Gory, the Shark). AND Toymail is incredibly open to making updates and progressing this product-- for instance, they're putting out a release soon that will save wifi networks (which will eliminate my problem above) and they were very interested in my notification feedback. I think they're definitely on the right track to an amazing toy so I'm over all very happy that I bought this instead of a watch for her despite the minor inconveniences. It's definitely not as robust as a smart watch would have been (which I knew! so I wasn't REALLY expecting that) but I think it's the perfect balance of communication and fun for my kid.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

By: Juliegh Hill

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Source: Amazon

My daughter is 6 and this is by far her favorite gift from Santa this year. Surprisingly it has been extra fun for her mother and I as well. We have been sending songs, jokes and random silliness through her Piper (she named it after herself). Great toy.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

By: Deborah Sullivan

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Source: Amazon

My daughter received the Toymail Talkie for Christmas this year and she loves it! Even though it was gifted to my daughter, it is the best present my mom has never received. They love sending messages back and forth. My mom lives far away, so this helps to bring her a little closer to her granddaughters.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

By: Ancu

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Source: Amazon

We love our talkies !
I bought 3 of them for my boys, initially , while your campaign was on. Then, when I realize what a cool way to keep in touch this is for children, I ended up buying 4 more for my nephew and my nieces who live in Romania, Italy and Great Britain .
Now my children send messages all over Europe to their cousins and aunts and uncles whenever they want to and it's safe and it gives them a certain kind of freedom and it actually makes them communicate more which I love , given the fact that our family is so far away from us ( we live in U.S.)
The one thing that my children mentioned is that they were sad when some of their favorite messages got erased because they received other messages . Maybe a favorite message option that would save the ones they love ?
Overall, both children and parents are so happy with these talkies! It brings all of our worlds closer .
Set up took a little bit with the first ones and it was a brezze the second time around.
My siblings and sister in law all downloaded the app, even the ones without kids and talkies , because they can still send messages back and forth with my children. I honestly didn't expect my children to be so excited about them, I thought I would have to encourage them to use it.
We would definitely recommend these talkies !
Also, customer service is awesome. They are prompt and extremely helpful and respectful and friendly . A great company who will go far .

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

By: Alexandra

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Source: Amazon

The talkie is the perfect gift for a child who you don't want to have a phone but you want to give them their own independence. My little one is organising a sleep over it's fantastic and very safe.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

By: R. Bray

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Source: Amazon

It took me a while to get it all setup, but it was well worth it. Gave it to my 2 1/2 year old niece as a Christmas gift. I live in CA. She's in TX. It's fun to know (via the internal accelerometer) when she's playing with the toy. I can send her a quick voice text. With her mom's help, she can use it to send voice messages to me or her distant grandparents, or other pre-approved family members (up to 10).

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

By: Amazon Customer

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Source: Amazon

It has been amazing!! I love being able to talk to my best friend's son. It has been hard since they moved across the country. I am so happy to be able to feel connected to them in such a fun way.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

By: Kelli D

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Source: Amazon

I bought two of these...one for my daughter (6) and another for my niece (5). They live states away and love talking on the phone so figured this would be great. Well they talk just a couple times a day BUT my daughter and I talk often throughout the day.

Yesterday, I had to leave early in the morning and my daughter enjoyed a great day with her grandpa (my dad). It was wonderful...I sent her message around her wake up time to brush her teeth. Throughout the day I received cute little messages letting me know everything was going great, what she had eaten, and lots of "I love you" recordings.

This toy took 3 attempts to set up but overall it wasn't hard. The simplicity of use is virtually fool proof. The joy it brings is priceless.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

By: Rachael

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Source: Amazon

The Talkie is an excellent way to keep young children in contact with loved ones... I purchased Bitsy the Bat for my 16month old niece and nephew they love it! It was purchased because their father works away from home and has been gone for months at a time... they hear the tone and know it's him on the other side!! I love that their parents can control who speaks to them so it's safe!! Super easy to set up and the app and messages are free of charge!! It stores I think up to ten 30second recordings... that they love to replay! I give 4 stars because there are time when it seems the messages are VERY delayed! Other than that I and they love it... so do their parents!!

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

By: Alisha Huber

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Source: Amazon

I love the Talkie! I should note that we are *not* a tech-toy family. My kids have zero toys that light up and make noise (not counting the talkie). I used to work in the education technology industry, and I know that most of those products are triumphs of marketing and little else.

However, I often travel for business for up to a month at a time, and I typically take my kids (ages 4 and 6) with me. The last time, the hardest thing for them was that they could only communicate with my husband when he and I were both available to facilitate a video chat. I remember saying to my friend, "I wish there was just voicemail for kids!" Lo and behold, TALKIE appeared just weeks later.

It's simple enough for my younger child to use, and they love getting messages from their aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents, as well as us when we're away.

I like that it's safe and intuitive; it gives the kids independence in communication while also allowing me to ensure that I know who they can talk to.

The app needs a little work--it's not super intuitive and many family members have found it confusing. But the customer service people at Toymail are incredibly responsive and helpful, and I've been impressed with the changes they've made in response to user feedback.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

By: jmhcobb

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Source: Amazon

My son received Hank the Dino for a Christmas gift. After having a bit of trouble getting my wifi to cooperate with the toy(wifi issue not toy issue) so I could pair it with my phone my son(4) took of with it. My niece and nephew also received the other 2 in the series. After a little bit of setup on everyone's phones, the family can now send the kids messages and the kids can send them right back. Right now my son likes to toss it around because it giggles. He also likes to send silly messages with my assistance to get the correct person ready for the message. E especially likes the voice changer feature. I like hanks cute little voice and giggle. It is a very cute toy and easy enough to work with. There are a couple things that I would like to see in the future software releases and I've already been in touch with customer support about it. (They are app features and not toy features. I think the toy is pretty awesome as it is.)

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

By: bearaschroeder

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My kids received a talkie for Xmas and love it! It was easy to set it up and two family members have added the app and are now connected with the toy as well. My kids love getting messages from family members and are really enjoying the toy!

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

By: Amazon Customer

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Source: Amazon

I got these for my grandkids! I love that they send me silly messages throughout the day...and that the parents can control the time they can send them so no middle of the night messages! I highly recommend these for keeping in touch.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

By: amx512

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Source: Amazon

I travel for work on a semi-regular basis, and I've been looking for a way to engage my kids while I'm gone, while also avoiding the hassle and risks of socially connected products. (Hangouts, Skype, cell phones, etc). My wife got two of these for Christmas, and we couldn't be happier. They are cute, fun, and engaging. They work really well, and even the 4 year old has figured it out almost on her own. During setup I had some problems mostly attributed to an Android version of my phone. (I use an unlocked overseas model phone). I was stunned that when I wrote an email on Christmas, they not only responded in an hour - but ran an update of the Android app in about 4 hours to support my phone... and to boot, the support was not off-shore, but US based. What an awesome company, and product.

My only recommendation, and nothing I can dig a star about as I'm not sure how to address it, and it may go against another review I saw that complained about the toy soliciting attention (something they turned off), but the kids don't know when a new message has come in unless they are around the toy when the message comes in. It makes a noise, once, when a new message comes in, but if they are away from the toy, then - say at school... Well, they really have no idea they have a new message from dad waiting unless they go and push the button. Though thinking about this, I'm not sure if I would want it making a noise or something continuously beaconing "I've got mail??",... My plan is just to have them press the button when I'm away from time to time.

Super cool, innovative, and it also looks as though they will be building in more features as time goes on. (Connecting to different WiFi networks automatically would be nice... So if they toy goes from home to grandma's it still works, without Grandma having to understand what a WEP key is :) )

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

By: Amazon Customer

Date:

Source: Amazon

I bought this as a Christmas gift for my 3year old son to stay in touch with his dad who works out of state. Set up was easy and we got other family members who were visiting for Christmas to get the app as well. The app is even available on the Amazon app store so my girls have the app on their Kindle fires. They are all having a blast sending messages to the talkies.