Friend.link from Playmates Electronix
by Allison & Diana Richer, age 9, from US
Friend.link is a beeper-sized toy you can use send messages to your friends
who also have friend.links. It works as long as you are within 25 feet of
each other. You can send a message to a lot of people or just one friend.
It comes with a keychain link on it, so you can attach it to your backpack.
It shows the time and date and a list of hobbies, so you can put a check
next to your favorite hobbies. You can enter passwords for up to 6 friends
so that you can send them messages. It also comes with a fortune-telling
game, but the answers it gives are kind of lame.
We liked the overall design and the fact that the friend.link is small
enough to fit in your pocket. It comes in four color combinations: black &
green, yellow & blue, silver & blue, and pink & yellow. We liked some
combinations better than others. We liked the message-sending feature, but
we didn't like the fact that the space for your message is really limited.
We also liked the fact that if you don't have a watch, you can use
friend.link to see what time it is. Unlike virtual pets, the friend.link
allows you to turn the sound off, which is important if you want to bring
it school with you.
We didn't like the fortune-telling game. Also setting the friend.link for
the first time was too complicated. Unless you have a bunch of friends who
use one, there isn't much point to it, because the only game on it is the
fortune-telling game. There is also a "friend-finding" feature that is
supposed to help you find other people with the same hobbies as you. We
didn't get a chance to try this out, so we can't say how well it works.
Overall, we would only recommend this if you have a group of friends who
each get one. If you friends have it, it can be fun. On a grading scale
from A to F, we give it a B.