Medical Guardian Freedom Guardian
Medical Guardian Freedom Guardian

The Medical Guardian Freedom Guardian smartwatch has a dedicated Help button and works with mobile and web apps that allow family and caregivers to monitor your location and send text messages and calendar reminders.

  • PROS

    • Fast response times in testing.
    • GPS and Wi-Fi tracking.
    • Messaging and calendar alerts.
    • Mobile and web companion apps.
  • CONS

    • No fall detection.
    • Pricey subscription fees.

Mobile medical alert systems give those who require access to an emergency response center the freedom to get out and lead an active lifestyle, but many must be worn around the neck and are anything but inconspicuous. Enter Medical Guardian’s Freedom Guardian, a smartwatch that offers one-touch access to a live emergency response agent.

Design, Features, and Pricing

Available in black or white, the Freedom Guardian weighs just 2.1 ounces and feels light on the wrist. It uses a non-latex band and has an IPX7 rating which means that it’s water resistant, but Medical Guardian doesn’t recommend wearing it in the shower or while swimming. Included in the box is the watch, a USB charging cable, and a USB power adapter.

The watch uses AT&T’s cellular network to connect you to the emergency response center and uses Wi-Fi and GPS technology to pinpoint your exact location. Hands-free communication with emergency personnel comes by way of a built-in speaker and microphone. The right side of the watch has an on/off button and a red Help button. When you press and hold the red button for three seconds, it initiates a call to the emergency response center.

The Freedom Guardian is powered by a dual-core 1GHz CPU and 512MB of RAM. Its 1.22-inch capacitive color touch screen has 240-by-240-pixel resolution and offers three views. There’s a classic numbered watch dial screen with a moving second hand, a small battery meter, and a cellular signal meter; a weather screen that displays a three-day forecast; and a Help screen. When you tap the watch dial, a voice will tell you the exact time, and when you press and hold the on-screen Help button it will initiate an emergency call.

The watch doesn’t offer fall detection, nor does it offer the fitness apps that you get with the MobileHelp Smart. However, it does offer the traditional medical alert features that the MobileHelp Smart lacks, including a web portal and a mobile app (for Android and iOS) that allows caregivers and family members to track your location and interact with the watch from anywhere.

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