Kanega Watch vs the MGMove Watch

At some point in life, having a medical alert device enhanced with auto fall detection functionality just makes sense, but which one to choose? Two options you may have considered are the Kanega Watch from Unaliwear or the MGMove Watch from Medical Guardian.

At first glance, the two devices appear similar. But dig a little deeper, and see they offer quite different levels of protection.

Want to learn more? Roll up your sleeves, and let’s delve into the most critical side-by-side feature differences between both models to determine which option is best for you.

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Kanega Vs MGmove
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Compare Features and Pricing - Kanega vs MGMove

Compare Kanega Watch MGMove
Wrist-based fall detection
No pendant required?
Simple to use?
Learns what is not a fall?
Voice and button activated alerts?
Ultra-long battery life?
Can be worn 24/7?
GPS Tracking?
Can handle non emergencies?
Can be worn in the shower?
Works out of the box?
Good Screen Readability?
Powerful Speaker?
Connectivity Options
Kanega Watch is Cellular and WiFi
MGM is Cellular Only

What does the Kanega watch do well?

The Kanega Watch is incredibly useful in many situations, providing round-the-clock protection and efficient fall detection. It’s AI-enabled, and learns when a fall is not a fall, preventing unnecessary false calls to emergency services. 

The Kanega Watch boasts a long-lasting battery life of up to 36 hours and comes with a “switch in / switch out” battery system so it never needs to be removed. It requires no other device, provides medication reminders, works in the shower and never needs to be removed.

If fall detection and real 24/7 emergency monitoring and response are your key priorities, the Kanega Watch is the better choice.

When might the MGMove be the best option?

While some people may choose the MGMove watch for fall detection – that is not its true focus. It is a button pushing only medical alert watch, which also works as an ultra basic “Fit Bit” style device, measuring steps, providing medication reminders, etc.. It CAN be paired with a pendant to provide basic fall detection protection but it has no built in fall detection ability.

If you are prioritizing a step counter and other similar ancillary features over 24/7 emergency response the MGMove Watch could be a good fit.

Comparison Details - Kanega Watch vs the MGMove

Wrist based fall detection

The Kanega Watch — Wrist-Based Fall Detection
The Kanega Watch’s fall detection ability is built into the watch.  No add-on pendant is required.

The MGMove Watch — Wrist-Based Fall Detection
The MGMove Watch does not come with fall detection, This is only available with a 2nd pendant  device that must be worn around the neck and requires a separate monthly subscription

Simple to Use?

The Kanega Watch — Simple to Use?
The Kanega Watch embodies simplicity.  It works out of the box, requires no in-home setup, has an intuitive interface, and will automatically detect a fall without any action taken by the wearer.

The MGMove Watch — Simple to Use?
It’s not as simple.  It requires some setup to work, must be combined with a second pendant device for fall detection and, if not, requires the wearer to detect their own fall, and then manually press a button on the watch to activate a call to emergency services.

Learns what is not a fall?

Kanega Watch — Learns what is not a fall?
The Kanega Watch is AI-powered. If it detects what it thinks is a fall, it will commence activation of an emergency response which the user can override, training the watch, “No, that was not a fall.” The watch gets increasingly smarter about each wearer’s personal movements, including what is and is not a fall.

The MGMove Watch — Learns what is not a fall?
The MGMove watch, when paired with a pendant, uses an off-the-shelf fall detection system with no feedback loop. It doesn’t learn, and a false fall detection today will be a false fall detection tomorrow. False fall detection leads to a lack of trust in a device, removal, and a lack of 24/7 protection.

Voice- and button-activated alerts?

Kanega Watch — Voice and button-activated alerts?
The Kanega watch will natively detect a fall, but the user may also activate an emergency response by either pressing its discreet alert button or by a voice command.

MGMove Watch — Voice and button-activated alerts?
The MGMove watch will only detect a fall if paired with a second device (a pendant). If the user wishes to manually activate an emergency response, they must push the correct button on the watch (there are two); there is no voice activation.

Ultra-long battery life?

Kanega Watch — Ultra-long battery life?
The Kanega Watch’s custom rechargeable batteries will power the watch for up to 36 hours. It does not need to be removed for charging, as it comes with a swap-in/swap-out rechargeable battery system.

MGMove Watch — Ultra-long battery life?
The MGMove battery reportedly lasts for up to 24 hours, then it must be removed for charging, which takes 1 – 2 hours. While the watch is off the wearer’s wrist, they have no protection. In addition, when the watch is removed to charge, there is no guarantee the wearer will want to or remember to put it back on.

Can be worn 24/7?

Kanega Watch — can be worn 24/7?
Yes. It can be worn from bed to shower (the company recommends wearing it while showering (for critical protection where an event is likely to take place), out shopping, and across the country. The only limitation is that you cannot swim or bathe with the Kanega Watch, as it cannot be submerged.

Works out of the box?

Kanega Watch — Works out of the box?
The Kanega Watch arrives pre-configured. The wearer literally takes it out of the box, charges the batteries, puts it on, and is immediately protected.

MGMove Watch — Works out of the box?
It requires some setup; nothing as complex as devices such as the Apple Watch, but setup still required.

Connectivity Options

Kanega Watch—Connectivity Options?
The Kanega Watch arrives pre-configured to connect to each wearer’s home WiFi and, when the wearer leaves WiFi range, the watch automatically switches connectivity over to Verizon Cellular—for coverage and protection anywhere outside the home and across the country. If the wearer has multiple WiFi locations where they go regularly (a friend or relative’s home), those credentials can be added to the watch, as well.

MGMove Watch—Connectivity Options?
The MGMove Watch only connects through cellular inside and outside the home.

The winner? The Kanega Watch


The Kanega Watch is a far better medical alert watch option than the MGMove Watch for those most concerned about falls who wish to be protected 24/7. In addition, for those with weak or inconsistent cellular service in their homes, the Kanega Watch ability to connect through the wearer’s home WiFi could be a lifesaver in and of itself.

If you are not satisfied with the Kanega Watch, simply call our Customer Success Team at 888-343-1513 to process your return and provide you a free return shipping label. If equipment is returned fully functioning within the 30-day trial period (from date of shipment to date of return), UnaliWear will provide a refund of your entire purchase less a $75 restocking/return shipping fee.

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Pre-Shipment Form & Configuration

Once your purchase and payment are complete, we will ask you to provide important information about the person who will be wearing this Kanega watch and protected by our monitoring and emergency response services, including:
  • Wearer name and contact information
  • Wearer band/wrist size
  • Service address and access instructions
  • WiFi settings
  • Emergency contacts
  • Medication reminder times (optional)
Our Care & Safety Experts will use this information to pre-program and personalize your watch so that it arrives ready-to-use straight out of the box – for no additional fee.

Your Kanega watch and equipment arrives fully—configured and ready-to-use straight out of the box — no programming required.

Our dedicated Care & Safety Experts ensure your Kanega watch arrives pre-programmed and personalized with you or your loved ones:
  • Emergency contacts
  • Notification settings
  • WiFi settings
  • Optional medication reminders
  • And more
After your purchase, we will ask you to provide important information about the wearer through a simple pre-shipment online form. Then our Care & Safety Experts will take care of the rest. They will also call once your Kanega watch is delivered to answer any questions you have about your watch, accessories, subscription or services — and will remain available to ensure your watch is working properly as long as you stay subscribed.

UnaliWear’s patented RealFall™ technology is based on actual fall data from Kanega Watch wearers and gets smarter about each wearer’s personal movements over time— continuously improving fall detection accuracy and limiting/eliminating false alerts. No other medical alert system offers this real fall/related movement learning and continuous improvement technology. Click here to learn more.