The MG is an Oval-shaped device which features a single-core 1GHz cortex A5 processor, 1GB of system RAM, a 4-inch Corning Gorilla Glass display screen, a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera used for facial recognition, 4GB of internal storage (expandable to 32GB via microSD), a wifi radio and some amount of standard sensors like the gyroscope, compass, accelerometer and more.
The device is powered by Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. A 1,880mAh battery which yields 3.75 hours of playtime and more than five days of standby. PlayMG says the device is lighter than a standard Android handset due to the fact that it lacks mobile phone internals.
The MG device will come preloaded with a suite of games like Need for Speed Hot Pursuit and NBA jam (allows your kids to play with the device as soon as they unbox it), if they want other Games, they’ll have to visit the Google Play Store and spend some of their parent’s cash. This is where the MG‘s exclusive apps come in. PlayMG has created a family collaboration app that ties in closely with a service called BillMyParents, which provides families with a refillable debit allowance system for kids. The service itself isn’t exclusive to MG, but the in-app management system is. A widget on the device’s home screen keeps kids updated on how much money they have available, and an automated notification system keeps parents informed on how their kids are spending. For example, if Ade (kid) buys something inappropriate, his account can be locked down instantly via text message. The collaboration app also updates parents on how often the device is being used, what games are being played and more. The idea, is to trust, but verify that your child is making good decisions.
The MG is built and design for the purpose of satisfying kids. It’s also an alternative gaming device to other portable games like the PlayStation Vita or Nintendo’s 3DS. Many thanks to Sean Buckley and Shawn knight for making this article a success.