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

Thursday, December 20, 2012
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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.

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129 comments
  1. Marianna Said,

    Rearranging and deleting my apps.

    Posted on December 21, 2012 at 12:09 AM

     
  2. wildcat32 Said,

    I worry that my child will drop my phone.

    Posted on December 21, 2012 at 1:21 AM

     
  3. Jessica Said,

    I worry about breaking my phone
    jjak2003 at gmail dot com

    Posted on December 21, 2012 at 1:43 AM

     
  4. Soccer Mom Said,

    he has accidentally called someone from my facebook contacts.

    Posted on December 21, 2012 at 3:17 AM

     
  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

    Posted on December 21, 2012 at 4:59 AM

     
  6. Mysharona Said,

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

    Posted on December 21, 2012 at 6:41 AM

     
  7. peg42 Said,

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

    Posted on December 21, 2012 at 7:18 AM

     
  8. KPort207 Said,

    dropping my phone

    kport207 at gmail dot com

    Posted on December 21, 2012 at 8:33 AM

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

    Posted on December 21, 2012 at 8:34 AM

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

    Posted on December 21, 2012 at 8:39 AM

     
  11. wigget Said,

    i fear they'll acidentally delete an app or contact

    Posted on December 21, 2012 at 9:28 AM

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

    teatly AT gmail DOTT com

    Posted on December 21, 2012 at 11:17 AM

     
  13. lisa neutel Said,

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

    Posted on December 21, 2012 at 11:19 AM

     
  14. eugaet Said,

    My main concern is that apps may be accidentally purchased.

    Posted on December 21, 2012 at 11:22 AM

     
  15. Kim Hardy Said,

    Breaking the phone, never having a charged battery

    Posted on December 21, 2012 at 11:27 AM

     
  16. Ann Fantom Said,

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

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

    Posted on December 21, 2012 at 11:33 AM

     
  17. Sylvia Said,

    I worry about breaking my phone

    Posted on December 21, 2012 at 11:45 AM

     
  18. Juan Sanchez Said,

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

    liljrSanchez@hotmail.com

    Posted on December 21, 2012 at 11:46 AM

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

    Posted on December 21, 2012 at 11:49 AM

     
  20. Cathy Said,

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

    Posted on December 21, 2012 at 11:59 AM

     
  21. Anonymous Said,

    Making random calls to random phone numbers.

    Kimberly Dsouza

    Posted on December 21, 2012 at 1:34 PM

     
  22. Jessica Z Said,

    breaking it !

    Posted on December 21, 2012 at 2:01 PM

     
  23. Tracy Lynn Said,

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

    Posted on December 21, 2012 at 2:02 PM

     
  24. Aimee Correa Said,

    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.

    Posted on December 21, 2012 at 2:11 PM

     
  25. Terrybee Said,

    This looks soooo cool! Great giveaway!

    Posted on December 21, 2012 at 2:15 PM

     
  26. Scott Said,

    Screwing something up

    Posted on December 21, 2012 at 2:52 PM

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

    Posted on December 21, 2012 at 2:52 PM

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

    Posted on December 21, 2012 at 3:00 PM

     
  29. Anonymous Said,

    I worry that she might drop the phone.

    Posted on December 21, 2012 at 3:44 PM

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

    Posted on December 21, 2012 at 3:54 PM

     
  31. mkjmc Said,

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

    Posted on December 21, 2012 at 4:04 PM

     
  32. agatewood1 Said,

    downloading apps and charging my account

    Posted on December 21, 2012 at 4:46 PM

     
  33. karenmed409 Said,

    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.

    Posted on December 21, 2012 at 6:00 PM

     
  34. DEBIJOT Said,

    the unwanted downloading and possibility of breakage.

    Posted on December 21, 2012 at 6:15 PM

     
  35. debijackson Said,

    possibly breaking it debbie jackson
    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

    Posted on December 21, 2012 at 8:32 PM

     
  36. I worry that they'll lose it!

    Posted on December 21, 2012 at 11:08 PM

     
  37. Jim Lipscomb Said,

    Data charges, and deleting contacts

    Posted on December 22, 2012 at 7:31 AM

     
  38. bison61 Said,

    I'm afraid they will drop or lose my phone

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

    Posted on December 22, 2012 at 9:42 AM

     
  39. Gigi Said,

    they use up my whole battery life

    Posted on December 22, 2012 at 10:26 AM

     
  40. ladydi115 Said,

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

    Posted on December 22, 2012 at 1:12 PM

     
  41. Laura Said,

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

    Posted on December 22, 2012 at 1:40 PM

     
  42. kyl neusch Said,

    hat apps may be accidentally purchased.

    Posted on December 22, 2012 at 3:11 PM

     
  43. breaking my phone

    Posted on December 22, 2012 at 5:48 PM

     
  44. ape2016 Said,

    I worry that they will drop it and break it.

    april yedinak

    Posted on December 23, 2012 at 9:47 AM

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

    Posted on December 23, 2012 at 10:27 AM

     
  46. clc408 Said,

    A kid will surely drop a phone and break it.

    Posted on December 23, 2012 at 8:11 PM

     
  47. Them Breaking it!

    Posted on December 24, 2012 at 9:33 AM

     
  48. JohnZ Said,

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

    Posted on December 24, 2012 at 3:35 PM

     
  49. Unknown Said,

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

    sherri419 at gmail dot com

    Posted on December 25, 2012 at 4:14 AM

     
  50. Chip Said,

    I'm afraid of her breaking it.

    Entered under Jill L

    Posted on December 26, 2012 at 7:49 AM

     
  51. Anne W Said,

    Definitely breaking it or replying to texts or emails hah.

    Posted on December 27, 2012 at 11:06 AM

     
  52. sd4david Said,

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

    Posted on December 27, 2012 at 7:23 PM

     
  53. mogrill Said,

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

    Posted on December 28, 2012 at 2:51 PM

     
  54. MANDY83 Said,

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

    Posted on December 28, 2012 at 3:03 PM

     
  55. jakiesmom Said,

    that he;ll drop it
    nannypanpan@gmail.com

    Posted on December 28, 2012 at 3:33 PM

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

    Posted on December 28, 2012 at 8:14 PM

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

    Posted on December 28, 2012 at 11:43 PM

     
  58. Karen Said,

    I worry about missed calls.

    ktgonyea at gmail.com

    Posted on December 29, 2012 at 12:24 PM

     
  59. Tabathia Said,

    Actually paying for an app and it charging to my phone

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

    Posted on December 29, 2012 at 1:22 PM

     
  60. jenmalonee Said,

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

    jennifer marie

    lilnursejen at yahoo dot com

    Posted on December 29, 2012 at 2:57 PM

     
  61. jewel33 Said,

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

    Posted on December 29, 2012 at 7:17 PM

     
  62. Ellen B Said,

    breaking the phone

    Posted on December 29, 2012 at 8:38 PM

     
  63. Tamar Said,

    calling my coworkers.

    Posted on December 29, 2012 at 11:24 PM

     
  64. linda landes Said,

    Breaking it.

    Posted on December 29, 2012 at 11:41 PM

     
  65. Buying games without permisssion.

    Posted on December 30, 2012 at 1:59 PM

     
  66. tweetyscute Said,

    I don't want them buying games

    Posted on December 30, 2012 at 5:13 PM

     
  67. Michele P. Said,

    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.

    Posted on December 30, 2012 at 5:14 PM

     
  68. ellie Said,

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

    Posted on December 30, 2012 at 5:23 PM

     
  69. degood Said,

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

    Posted on December 30, 2012 at 10:01 PM

     
  70. buckeye614 Said,

    Ringing up charges downloading apps

    Posted on December 31, 2012 at 12:12 AM

     
  71. josh808 Said,

    Accidentally calling 911

    Posted on December 31, 2012 at 9:33 PM

     
  72. aaltw_515 Said,

    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

    Posted on January 1, 2013 at 8:20 PM

     
  73. Jammie Morey Said,

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

    Posted on January 1, 2013 at 8:33 PM

     
  74. buzzd Said,

    that he will drop it and break it

    Posted on January 1, 2013 at 10:47 PM

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

    Posted on January 2, 2013 at 10:08 AM

     
  76. KP Said,

    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.

    Posted on January 2, 2013 at 11:41 AM

     
  77. Denise S. Said,

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

    Posted on January 2, 2013 at 4:19 PM

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

    Posted on January 2, 2013 at 9:00 PM

     
  79. wpogrant Said,

    I worry that my grandson will drop my phone.

    Posted on January 3, 2013 at 2:54 PM

     
  80. Will download the wrong stuff off the internet

    Posted on January 4, 2013 at 10:18 PM

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

    Posted on January 5, 2013 at 11:12 PM

     
  82. Sara Said,

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

    Posted on January 6, 2013 at 8:22 PM

     
  83. tlcfromtn Said,

    I worry about them dropping it

    Posted on January 7, 2013 at 10:49 AM

     
  84. Erica C. Said,

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

    Posted on January 7, 2013 at 8:49 PM

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

    Posted on January 8, 2013 at 1:58 PM

     
  86. sweetsue Said,

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

    Posted on January 8, 2013 at 7:54 PM

     
  87. Sonya Said,

    I don't want it broken!

    Posted on January 9, 2013 at 12:57 PM

     
  88. Jeni Said,

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

    Posted on January 10, 2013 at 12:53 PM

     
  89. ferriz Said,

    accidentally charging for games.

    dani marie ferriza2(at)yahoo(dot)com

    Posted on January 12, 2013 at 3:32 AM

     
  90. Deb Said,

    I'm afraid my son will lose it.

    Posted on January 12, 2013 at 3:34 PM

     
  91. ky2here Said,

    Violent tendencies

    ky2here at msn dot com

    Posted on January 12, 2013 at 6:04 PM

     
  92. Daniel M Said,

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

    Posted on January 12, 2013 at 7:10 PM

     
  93. Kit Kat Said,

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

    Posted on January 12, 2013 at 7:16 PM

     
  94. Angela Cisco Said,

    Using up all of my data

    Posted on January 12, 2013 at 7:41 PM

     
  95. tannawings Said,

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

    Posted on January 12, 2013 at 7:46 PM

     
  96. Deb Christie Said,

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

    Posted on January 12, 2013 at 7:49 PM

     
  97. Def don't want it broken.

    Posted on January 12, 2013 at 10:46 PM

     
  98. 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

    Posted on January 12, 2013 at 11:30 PM

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

    Posted on January 13, 2013 at 12:42 AM

     
  100. pauline15 Said,

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

    Posted on January 13, 2013 at 3:10 AM

     
  101. Tom Said,

    I worry about her Deleting games I forgot to protect

    Posted on January 13, 2013 at 10:37 AM

     
  102. shirley H Said,

    i worry about them purchasing games..



    cpsnsamples@aol.com

    Posted on January 13, 2013 at 12:19 PM

     
  103. harolde Said,

    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

    Posted on January 13, 2013 at 2:19 PM

     
  104. Candice Said,

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

    Posted on January 13, 2013 at 6:47 PM

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

    Posted on January 13, 2013 at 8:58 PM

     
  106. kimbo1970 Said,

    the data usage worries me.

    eddingsfamily@prodigy.net

    Posted on January 13, 2013 at 10:07 PM

     
  107. sa cullum Said,

    Accidently buying something they shouldnt and hogging my phone

    Posted on January 13, 2013 at 11:00 PM

     
  108. chazvgo Said,

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

    Posted on January 14, 2013 at 1:00 AM

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

    Posted on January 14, 2013 at 1:49 AM

     
  110. Alison Said,

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

    Posted on January 14, 2013 at 5:20 AM

     
  111. deniseyweesy Said,

    wrecking my phone

    Posted on January 14, 2013 at 6:16 AM

     
  112. Losing important data.

    Posted on January 14, 2013 at 9:06 AM

     
  113. Susan Smoaks Said,

    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
    tony l smoaks on rafflecopter

    Posted on January 14, 2013 at 11:27 AM

     
  114. That he'll buy a bunch of crap on accident

    Posted on January 14, 2013 at 12:59 PM

     
  115. afraid they'll delete all my pics lol

    Posted on January 14, 2013 at 1:08 PM

     
  116. Leslie S. Said,

    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.

    Posted on January 14, 2013 at 1:13 PM

     
  117. Tanya White Said,

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

    Posted on January 14, 2013 at 1:30 PM

     
  118. michedt Said,

    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

    Posted on January 14, 2013 at 2:12 PM

     
  119. tavernie Said,

    Dropping and breaking it!
    ptavernie at yahoo dot com

    Posted on January 14, 2013 at 3:05 PM

     
  120. Leslie B. Said,

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

    Posted on January 14, 2013 at 3:09 PM

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

    Posted on January 14, 2013 at 3:42 PM

     
  122. Dawn Reid Said,

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

    Posted on January 14, 2013 at 4:05 PM

     
  123. Gianna Said,

    The young ones dialing random numbers.

    Posted on January 14, 2013 at 6:09 PM

     
  124. Tylerpants Said,

    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

    Posted on January 14, 2013 at 9:37 PM

     
  125. SparedMommy Said,

    Deleting important information from my phone.

    Posted on January 14, 2013 at 9:55 PM

     
  126. corey1971 Said,

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

    Posted on January 14, 2013 at 10:15 PM

     
  127. Atreau Said,

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

    Posted on January 14, 2013 at 10:25 PM

     
  128. trixx Said,

    I'm afraid my daughter will drop my phone

    Posted on January 14, 2013 at 10:44 PM

     
  129. Andrew L. Said,

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

    Posted on January 14, 2013 at 10:45 PM

     

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