Introducing the MG: A Portable, Dedicated Android Gaming Device for Kids {Giveaway}

Even if your child isn’t old enough to have his own smartphone, chances are he’s using yours for games, music, videos, and more. Would you like to have your smartphone back, while still giving your child a chance to engage in the dynamic world of digital education and entertainment? Enter the brand new, exciting MG.

MG Android Gaming Device

MG is a handheld Android gaming device with nearly all the features your child is already familiar with from your smartphone, minus any voice service or data plan.

The MG features:

  • built-in WiFi
  • 4-inch touchscreen
  • front facing camera for pictures and video
  • headphone jack
  • 4G internal memory, expandable with built-in Micro SD slot
  • slim pocket design

As an Android device it connects to Google Play, home to thousands upon thousands of apps, many of them free. The MG features a Family Collaboration System, in which you can set up a secure digital wallet to allow your child to purchase paid apps. The Family Collaboration System also includes a weekly email with information on your child’s app purchases, which apps they have been playing, and details on the MG’s average daily use. Makers of the MG call this “Remote Trust” and encourage families to discuss how the MG will be used, offering the Family Collaboration System as a way for parents to “trust but verify.”

family collaboration system MG

My 5 year old son knows the ins and outs of my smartphone probably better than I do. He plays on it all the time, and I can’t tell you how many calls and texts I’ve missed because he’s been cozy in a corner, in the middle of a game or video on my phone. He was the perfect candidate to test out the MG for our family. I have to say: he.loves.it.

We immediately downloaded all of his favorite apps from Google Play – Fruit Ninja, Angry Birds, NinJump, and more (all free!) – and the system is so intuitive that we were able to get him set up and playing in no time. The MG is shipped with several apps already pre-loaded on the device, including games from EA, and sites like YouTube, Gmail, and more. I found most of these too “old” for my son and not necessarily age appropriate, but I quickly discovered the setting to disable those apps, including YouTube, and they were immediately removed from the main menu. *Note: these can be added back later to the main screens, so it’s easy to have an older child use the MG, or just let the device grow with your child. I love that flexibility!

Though I appreciate the inclusion of a camera and headphone jack on the MG, the camera’s photo quality is very basic; gaming is definitely the main feature of this device. The display quality is fantastic and the 4-inch screen is a great size. I am most enthusiastic about the ability to expand the device’s memory with the Micro SD slot, and love that the MG ships with a complimentary 8G storage card. You will, however, need to purchase your own headphones and charging cable (standard micro USB charger – we had an extra from another Android device we own), as neither are provided in the shipment of the MG.

To learn more about the MG, please visit:

Special Pricing and a Facebook Contest:

Right now, you can order the MG from Amazon.com and PlayMG.com at a $20 Savings ($149, discounted from the regular price of $169), with $40 in games, credit and SD Card included — a total of $60 in “Holiday Wish List Pricing Value.”

_OR_

On the MG Facebook Page, upload a picture of your family playing together at the beach, on the slopes, in the backyard, or wherever you get together to have fun. Submit as many photos as you like by November 20, 2012. Get your friends and family to vote for your photos. MG will pick two winners on November 21, 2012. Each winner gets a brand-new MG, the first dedicated portable gaming system exclusively for Android games (retail value: $169).

Win One Now from 5 Minutes for Mom:

Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win your own MG Android gaming device. This giveaway is a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom Christmas Giveaway 2012. Please follow the link for more information, as well as for a complete list of all giveaways as they post throughout the month of November. Entries for all giveaways will close Sunday, December 2nd at 7pm CST. Winners will be drawn randomly and we will announce the winners Tuesday, December 4th. We will email winners at the address accompanying the winning comments.

*Disclosure: I received an MG Android gaming device in order to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions expressed are honest and my own.

Comments

  1. Karen Medlin says

    The kids would have a blast, I always worry about not having enough memory on my phone, no worries with the MG, I can make this the only device for games. I can put an allowance and not worry about them overspending,
    Thank You!

  2. april yedinak says

    This would be great for my son who wants a phone not to communicate, but to play! Great review! Thanks for the giveaway.

  3. Melissa P. says

    My son is 10 and I am having the hardest time figuring out what to get him for Christmas. This would be perfect.

  4. Amy B says

    My kids would love to play with this… They would love the free aps and the wifi with the cameras. Thanks for the chance!!

  5. Anne Lehnick says

    This is just the kind of thing my son needs. I don’t want to get a DS for him yet because the games are expensive and there aren’t very many good educational ones. But apps… there are lots of those out there for very little money.

  6. Amy S. says

    “mom, can I play on your phone? mom, can I play on your phone? mom, can I play on your phone? mom, can I play on your phone?” This would be VERY nice to have!

  7. Therese says

    I would love to win this for a gift for one of my kids this year things are very tight so it would be soo awsome if I won this! Thanks for the chance and may the person who needs it the most win! God bless everyone!

  8. says

    Oh My Gosh! This would totally take care of Christmas for my 10 year old who doesn’t understand why I won’t let him have a cell phone yet!! What a fantastic concept! He would be in heaven with Angry Birds, Cartoon Wars. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  9. ANGEL JACKLYN says

    I’D LOOOOVE TO GET ONE OF THESE FOR MY NEPHEW! I JUST KNOW HE’D LOVE ME FOREVER! IT LOOKS VERY PROMISING FOR KIDS IN KEEPING THEM BUSY & ENTERTAINED =)

  10. corina parsons says

    Thank you for the opportunity. This would make a great gift! If i won this, I would let my 10 yr old play it so i could have my phone back! lol

  11. says

    I am SO happy I came across your Twitter page. Love your posts! And, hoping to win this for my kids. After my third girl (yep, three of them!) we made the choice to have me stay home with our girls — with actually is cheaper than daycare too, as Oregon has the 3rd highest rates in the states. (Blech!) Being home is awesome as I get to experience so much more than I ever have with my girls before, but it has taken some huge sacrifices — and that means a slim Christmas. Being able to give this to our oldest would be amazing!! Thank you for having this giveaway — and the others. :) Bless you, Leslie

  12. Spencer says

    So many of these comments, no, too many of these comments say “I would love this/he/she would love this.” Well… I’d just like to say I would like to win this. Thanks.

  13. Charese Williamson says

    Now this would be the greatest for my 9 year old son he has been hounding me for an pnone not to talk but to play games he loves the features on my phone but he keeps my battery dead lo. I would love to have this this would be a great gift for him. My Jordan would very much so apperciate this i will keep my fingers crossed for the both :-)

  14. Karissa V says

    Know this is something that would give this mom 5 minutes alright! I don’t let my daughter play with my phone because she always manages to change the screen, but she always wants to play the games with me and this is a great idea….this just might have to make my wish list this year if I don’t win haha.

  15. Geri says

    I would love to win this! My daughter always has my phone playing games or watching netflix. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  16. Desiree Dyer says

    So cool to win expecially with my soon to be kindergardener who insists on playing things like this on peoples phones lol but of course mommy doesnt have a cool phone like that! And with her birthday in jan. it would help present wise being so close to christmas.!

  17. Rosalind says

    Yes my children would love this. I have always tried to be a great mom and I am thankful that it shows through my children, but now is me time. It’s 5 minutes for mom, so this would be a great gift for myself.

  18. says

    I love that this little guy is designed with families in mind. I love that right out of the box you’re set up to have informed parental control with monitoring reports and such– thank you to the designers for such smart thinking. And these little boys of mine would be in heaven with this, my big boy too. wink. wink. =)

  19. Ally says

    My daughters love to play games on my phone, but we have had two calls to 911 and an unwanted app download, so I’ve had to withhold the phone as an entertainment device. This machine would solve the problem perfectly!

  20. says

    This would be great for my son. He has a simple cell phone, because we feel it would be too easy to get distracted at school, but he is always playing with my phone when I pick him up. I would love to win this for him. :) Thank you.

  21. says

    Huh. I didn’t hear about this device, I like it a lot! Thanks for the chance to win, I have two boys in this house who would pretty much flip out for this!

  22. Renee Gregson says

    I would love to win this all the kids would love this and so would I, thank you for the chance to win this, Happy Holidays to all

  23. Kel H says

    This would be great for my boys — they are always taking my husbands ph and playing the games, at 10 and 9 I still don’t see the need for them to have a ph and this is perfect.

  24. Nicholas Roulston says

    This seems just about perfect for my youngest daughter. She hounds me for my phone every time she sees it lol. Fingers crossed :)

  25. Renee R. says

    Wow! This is a great device. I would love to win this, it would make a GREAT gift for my daughter. Thank you for the giveaway and introducing us to this product.

  26. Maddie says

    I was condisering buying this as a gift for my cousin’s 5 year old son and you just convinced me that it will be his best Christmas gift. Thanks for your opinion. Wouldn’t mind winning one too for another friend’s child. Happy Holidays.

  27. Jennifer Ilojiole says

    My Brothers would love this because the have no game system at all and this would be really helpful to them and I know they would love it. God Bless.

  28. says

    This would be great for my daughter (and me!) she is always trying to play games on my phone but she somehow gets to weird settings screens and changing things that I can not seem to get fixed.

  29. Jill L says

    This would be so awesome!! I have a kid who is just itchy for a phone. This would help delay that for a while. Would be great for all of them.

  30. Jen F says

    I would love to win this. It would be perfect for my daughter who loves the ability to game on the go. Thanks for the chance!

  31. darlene says

    KIDS? I think this is something I would like to have for myself, although I do have 3 grandkids living local. So, I am sure they would enjoy!!! Thanks for offering-

  32. Christie W. says

    My TWO year old knows my phone better than I do! My kids would love this- and so would I! I could have my phone back! :)

  33. Leona says

    My kids definetly have most of the apps on my device so I just know they would be super excited to have the MG! O please oh please o

  34. Therese says

    oh wow my son would love this he has wanted a gaming system like all of his friends but mommy can not afford one yet so this would be an awsome gift to give him for Christmas!

  35. genesis says

    Boy…. any one of my children would love this, but I am thinking about the three year old who is always playing games on my phone!!!!

  36. Melissa VandenBerg says

    I am amazed at how much my 4 year old knows about technology!! We live in a different world then I grew up in. I love these type of things…thanks for another fabulous giveaway!

  37. Carolyn Daley says

    This Android gaming device would make the perfect gift this holiday season. Thank you very much for the opportunity!

  38. says

    What a wonderful inventive device for people of all ages! Not only do I believe my daughter would love it, but I would too. Great for when just sitting around or car trips of long or short distances. A device that could be shared by all! Thank you for the oppertunity!!!

  39. Kerrie Mayans says

    I think this would occupy my son when we are waiting on my daughters speech appointments each week. It would be better than him using and reconfiguring my phone every week. Ugh!

  40. Barbara Stenby says

    Oh!My! How I would LOVE to have this for under my tree for my son He would just love it Thanks for the chance

  41. Jennifer Peaslee says

    Wow this is so cool! You say it’s for kids, but I’d beg to differ! LOL! jenniferpeaslee at gmail dot com

  42. Danielle Lima says

    This is perfect for my 10 year old daughter. She is jealous of my smartphone, but not old enough for her own

  43. says

    I would love to watch my sons face light up when he opened this present! he has always wanted one, but I have never been able to afford one! This would be a great way to put a special memory on christmas for him this year!

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