Thursday, December 20, 2012

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Change How Your Kids Play Games in 2013 with the MG Portable Android Wi-Fi Game System


A little while ago we received the Play MG Android based pocket gaming system to try out. At the time I was very excited to have a device I could hand off to my kids instead of my smartphone. After spending some time with the Play MG I can say it performs as advertised and has not disappointed.

The Play MG comes in a clever yet simple drawer-style box with just a few items inside. The most notable item in the box is a debit card. The SpendSmart Mastercard creates a “digital wallet” that your kids can use to buy apps without pestering you when they want a new app that is not free. Once the SpendSmart card is loaded with money you can see your balance prominently displayed on the units main home page. Your kids will always know how much they have left to spend.


The next “surprise” in the box was the very noticeable lack of a charger. I spent a few moments looking about to make sure I didn't drop it someplace. After reading every word on the box I noticed it is in fact not supplied. The instructions state to use any standard mini USB adapter. Before I got outraged over the situation, I realized I had a half dozen such chargers about the house.  Anybody progressive enough to be considering a device like the Play MG probably does too and it stopped being an issue.

The Play MG looks great and feels good in your hands, just as a portable gaming device should. Although substantially smaller than traditional handheld gaming devices, the buttons and shape feel right. Although the screen is smaller than most dedicated gaming devices, it is in tune with screen sizes of similar sized Android phones (which is the point).


The screen is bright and the pixel density is superb making for a great looking experience. The performance of the unit is at least as good as any late model smartphone and keeps up with the screens quality. There is nothing worse than a great screen coupled with a slow processor, no such problem with the Play MG.

The device feels and looks like any Android smartphone using a late edition of the OS. If you have an Android phone you already know how to use the Play MG. I was up and running in minutes as a result. Downloading apps is as easy as it is on your phone, in fact its the exact same process, and I like that.


Setting up the Play MG for my kids could not have been any easier. My unit came with a plethora of pre-installed apps to get us started. In fact, my kids have yet to request anything new as they aren't through with the included apps yet! Combine the loaded apps with my existing familiarity with the Android OS and it was a total snap. I will warn you against linking any of the apps with any accounts you use on your smartphone however. My Play MG attempted to set itself up as my smartphone was, not something I want for a device primarily for my children's use, but I suppose a nice feature if I was the sole user of the Play MG.


The only issue we had was the initial version of the OS that shipped with the unit had some stability issues. I should say for full disclosure that our unit was a pre-retail demo unit and these things are to be expected. After the update was available (and easily applied) we have yet to have any issues.

Overall the Play MG is an excellent idea and a well executed product. My kids love to play it as much as my phone leaving us all much happier. This aspect alone is worth the price. In a way, the Play MG is as much of a gift for mom and dad as it is for the kids. You can currently buy the Play MG directly from PlayMG or from Amazon for $149.99. It is a bargain compared to a top tier smartphone.


Thank you to the PlayMG Corporation for providing a complimentary product sample for us to base this review upon and for providing an additional product for our contest prize.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck in the drawing!

129 comments:

  1. Rearranging and deleting my apps.

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  2. I worry that my child will drop my phone.

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  3. I worry about breaking my phone
    jjak2003 at gmail dot com

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  4. he has accidentally called someone from my facebook contacts.

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  5. My grandson tends to want to purchase games and has done so on his moms and also when he is finished, he calls people on her list. He is 5, loves the games but gets carried away with the phone

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  6. that my phone will ring and they will answer on a client

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  7. I'm afraid that they'll loose the phone or break it.
    Thanks so much.
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

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  8. dropping my phone

    kport207 at gmail dot com

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  9. Missing calls.
    Jennifer Rote
    wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com

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  10. Mainly I am worried about the phone getting damaged by being dropped.

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  11. i fear they'll acidentally delete an app or contact

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  12. I always get worried she can get on the internet when I'm not looking.

    teatly AT gmail DOTT com

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  13. ugg the download stuff all the time... drives me nutbars

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  14. My main concern is that apps may be accidentally purchased.

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  15. Breaking the phone, never having a charged battery

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  16. I'm afraid that she'll buy too many apps that she'll only play once

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  17. I worry about breaking my phone

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  18. Smart phones can be easily broken but this MG is great!

    liljrSanchez@hotmail.com

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  19. I worry about my phone being broken or them getting onto the internet.
    (d schmidt in widget)

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  20. The phones are so expensive and I don't want it broken, deleting stuff and privacy safety
    @CathyCanton

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  21. Making random calls to random phone numbers.

    Kimberly Dsouza

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  22. Biggest issue is that they are likely to lay it down or drop it.

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  23. I dont have a smartphone but I have an extremely smart son who is very into electronics and am very interested in this for him.

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  24. This looks soooo cool! Great giveaway!

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  25. I don't like that they can download anything that pops up.

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  26. I don't let my kids use my phone for fear they might wander to something else or call someone!
    onecheaplady@yahoo.com

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  27. I worry that she might drop the phone.

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  28. I hate that my child may download something and I will get charged for it!

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  29. I dont have a smart phone so they can't play on it

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  30. downloading apps and charging my account

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  31. Using up my limited data when they want to go on the web some of the games they have to be on a wifi to play and it uses it up pretty quickly. I don't want them to accidentally hit a porn site, or erase my emails or purchase a game without my permission. There are some games the older kids can play and not the younger ones.

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  32. the unwanted downloading and possibility of breakage.

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  33. possibly breaking it debbie jackson
    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

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  34. Data charges, and deleting contacts

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  35. I'm afraid they will drop or lose my phone

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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  36. they use up my whole battery life

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  37. I worry about him breaking the phone or purchasing something he shouldn't

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  38. I worry about them finding something they shouldn't see.
    bookloongmaicom

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  39. hat apps may be accidentally purchased.

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  40. I worry that they will drop it and break it.

    april yedinak

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  41. I don't like in-app purchases, they add up too quickly!

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  42. A kid will surely drop a phone and break it.

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  43. Dropping/breaking phone, deleting something, calling someone, purchasing something.... I can go on...

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  44. I am worried about them clearing my contacts, losing my text messages, or just breaking it!

    sherri419 at gmail dot com

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  45. I'm afraid of her breaking it.

    Entered under Jill L

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  46. Definitely breaking it or replying to texts or emails hah.

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  47. That the battery will get all used up. Or they may get "addicted" to it, like adults do.

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  48. Spending too much time in front of a screen.
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill12@gmail.com

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  49. I would be concerned that they would spend too much time on it.
    Amanda Sakovitz

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  50. that he;ll drop it
    nannypanpan@gmail.com

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  51. I would be concerned that they would break it.

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  52. I always worry about missed calls that may be important!

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  53. I worry about missed calls.

    ktgonyea at gmail.com

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  54. Actually paying for an app and it charging to my phone

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  55. I want to make sure I do not miss any work calls on my smart phone

    jennifer marie

    lilnursejen at yahoo dot com

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  56. My main concern is that they will drop it and break it or get yuckies on it .. juice, whatever, and ruin it!

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  57. I am not really worried too much about my daughter breaking the phone, but I do worry about her unknowingly purchasing something that she didn't mean to do.

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  58. My biggest concern is that they run my battery down all the time.

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  59. I worry my kids will run up additional charges on my phone bill

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  60. Ringing up charges downloading apps

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  61. This is probably going to sound horrible in these days but I dont have one so I guess no worries but is why I would love to win this for them
    amy williams
    sethandtjay@yahoo.com

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  62. My main concern is that she will download a bunch of apps with ads.

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  63. that he will drop it and break it

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  64. Buy/Download apps ! Or delete my stuff ! Or heck ... break my phone !! LOL

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  65. I think a big worry with kids using a smartphone is just the fact that they could easily drop it and break it. Its bad when they break their own toy by accident its horrid when you lose your own phone.

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  66. We don't own one, so I'm not sure yet.

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  67. My daughter leaves my phone laying around in strange places, so I'm always worried I'll step on it and break it.

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  68. I worry that my grandson will drop my phone.

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  69. Will download the wrong stuff off the internet

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  70. I'm afraid that he will break it or make a phone call to someone in China :) (He's 5)

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  71. My worry is my son will get on something streaming, I don't have much data

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  72. I'm worried they will get into my contacts and/or messages.
    ericacarnes(at)gmail(dot)com

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  73. my concern is that my son would get so addicted he would be doing it when he should be doing other activities/home work

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  74. My concern is they would drop it and smash the screen.
    Susan Chester

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  75. scared I am going to miss a call for my daughter lung transplant and them breaking it

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  76. accidentally charging for games.

    dani marie ferriza2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  77. I'm afraid my son will lose it.

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  78. Violent tendencies

    ky2here at msn dot com

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  79. too expensive to get beat up playing games - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  80. I am always afraid of them dropping my phone and breaking the screen. thuy vu

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  81. The biggest concern besides breaking it is getting into places they shouldnt or erasing things
    ellen beck on rafflecopter
    tannawings at gmail dot com

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  82. Damaging the phone, of course. It's not really a toy.

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  83. Def don't want it broken.

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  84. I am always afraid that my phone will get dropped or broken. as I have had them drop one into a glass of water before.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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  85. My concern is that he could hit a link that takes him to inappropriate content

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  86. My main concern is my kids getting into my work emails and text messages.
    pauline15_01(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  87. I worry about her Deleting games I forgot to protect

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  88. i worry about them purchasing games..



    cpsnsamples@aol.com

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  89. I have a few, I'm worried she will drop my phone and break it, I'm also worried they will delete something important, and I'm worried I will miss a call when they are using my phone.

    hd6719@gmail.com

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  90. My boys like to punch buttons randomly and have deleted several of my apps
    thank you

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  91. Accidentally purchasing something, dropping and breaking it, calling someone...the list goes on!

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  92. the data usage worries me.

    eddingsfamily@prodigy.net

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  93. Accidently buying something they shouldnt and hogging my phone

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  94. I worry about what they can see or what they maybe exposed to.

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  95. I worry most about them breaking it or losing it.

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  96. I don't like letting her play because I use my phone for work.

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  97. i am concerned with our children getting to things that i do not want them to see. they do not need to be exposed to a lot of things that are on the net.

    susansmoaks at gmail dot com
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  98. That he'll buy a bunch of crap on accident

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  99. I do not have a smart phone yet but hopefully am getting one next month.I would be afraid the kids would delete my contacts or buy apps without my knowledge.

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  100. I am always worrying about them buying apps using my account.

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  101. I don't have any children, and don't have a smart phone. My fear is the charges that would rack up with new downloads.
    Michelle Tucker

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  102. Dropping and breaking it!
    ptavernie at yahoo dot com

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  103. It's just a hassle when I need my phone!

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  104. Worried he'll pay for games or break the phone

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  105. Dropping it worries me the most
    mightynaynay(at)cs.com

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  106. The young ones dialing random numbers.

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  107. I dont mind if one of my kids play games on my phones..it's just that the other one will want to as well, then a fight ensues. tylerpants(at)gmail.com

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  108. Deleting important information from my phone.

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  109. I'm concern about my kids breaking it. (Corey Olomon)

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  110. Breaking the phone or buying things unknowingly through iTunes by mistake.

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  111. I'm afraid my daughter will drop my phone

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  112. Them making phone calls on accident, ugh! Has happened many many times.

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