Kids these days seem to have all the fanciest technology available. From iPads to smartphones to e-readers and more, kids want their fingers all over touchscreens and anything else costing their parents hundreds of dollars. In fact, the younger generation might be bigger digital trendsetters than older ones.
Let’s cut to the chase: the older we get, the better we are at taking care of our precious devices. Kids don’t always know how easy it is to scratch a touchscreen and they aren’t always careful. But they also don’t want to slap a bulky, unattractive skin around their devices just for the sake of protection. DigiPals from Falcon Safety Products are mobile device protectors that are both functional and an age-appropriate way to extend the life of a heavily used device like a smartphone.
The first thing to notice about DigiPals are their animal designs. The four designs currently available are a monkey, penguin, owl, and turtle. One of the easiest ways to market to kids anymore is through a cute and friendly design. Pillows, seat belt covers and even storage containers are just a few of the things made to look like animals so they can be better appreciated by children. And while they are certainly targeted at younger children and teens, DigiPals don’t come off as juvenile. None of the animal designs are dramatically colorful because they are made to look like the animals they represent. A few splashes of brightness on each – such as the monkey’s banana or the owl’s chest – give the designs enough pop on their own.
Though it might be odd not include a dog or a cat in the product lineup, the four available animals are a nice alternative to more obvious choices. If anything, the current lineup leaves more room for potential newcomers like fish and other birds, reptiles or mammals. The art style used on each DigiPal doesn’t overly exaggerate the animal’s features either. It’s an animal with a smile and that template could be applied across the animal kingdom.
A DigiPal fits the bill when it comes to being an aesthetically pleasing companion for a kid’s personal device, but what about practicality? Does the screen get scratched up bouncing around inside of it when on the go? Absolutely not. Inside and outside the pouch, the fiber used is very soft. The main zippered compartment uses microfiber which means that should the user want to, they can clean their device’s screen while it is inside by rubbing the animal’s stomach, yeah it’s clever. Because the DigiPal itself is soft, it can fit easily inside a pocket or something like a backpack. Those who constantly stuff their pockets or purses with things would have a solid investment because a DigiPal can protect devices from keys or other things that will scratch surfaces.
Scratch protection is definitely nice but one thing to keep in mind is that DigiPals won’t necessarily protect a device from a hard fall. Several peripherals are made with that kind of damage in mind. The soft nature of DigiPals might keep a phone’s casing or screen from being scratched after a fall, but not a dent or a crack. That being said, it’s better protection than nothing or even better if the device also has a protective shell on it.
One the best features of the DigiPal is the second zipper pouch that is on the back of it. Taking up about 75 percent of the pouch’s backside means that there is a lot of room to put things. Users who don’t want to put their money, cards, ID or earbuds in different containers will be able to use a DigiPal to house a reasonable amount of stuff. The second pouch is definitely a hidden gem and a very smart design choice.
As mentioned, DigiPals are obviously designed with a certain user in mind. Kids are just better at marring up their devices sometimes and they love animals and accessories for their devices. A DigiPal creates a nice harmony between those needs. Though only four animals are currently available, the design practically begs for a larger lineup of cute creatures. Yes, it might be a kids device but just about anyone could find a practical use for a DigiPal and the animal theme is merely aesthetic (and not too childish to be intolerable).
DigiPals are available through the DigiPalsUSA website for $14.99 each.