Sphero - BB-8™ App-Enabled Droid™ by Sphero - White

The BB-8™ App-Enabled Droid™ by Sphero is the Droid your little Jedi has been looking for, with its adaptive personality that responds to your voice. Connect to a compatible Apple® iOS or Android device to guide BB-8 around your home.
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5
Really Fun! Posted by: from: Cumming on I'm sure that by now everyone already knows about this cute little droid, so I wont bore you with the specifications about it. It's a lot of fun to roll around the house, or to just watch it roam around by itself (and bang into quite a few walls along the way). Somehow this little droid comes across as a real Star Wars droid come to life with how he interacts with everything around him. The app that controls BB-8 is put together well, and it's very easy to use for almost any age. I do like how the developers have made it so BB-8 can receive future updates to his software. This means there will be new things added to BB-8 every once in a while to give him new actions, sounds, etc. The fact that I now have BB-8 from the new Star Wars movie in my home is really neat, but the part that makes it great is that it moves and looks almost exactly like how the movie trailers show BB-8. Overall this is a great little droid, and I think that anyone who is a fan of Star Wars, or is just attracted by BB-8's cute looks should buy him. Even though it is a little pricey, it's worth it in my opinion.

24 out of 26 found this review helpful.

4
Fun and Innovative Toy Posted by: from: on I picked up this App-Enabled BB-8 earlier this morning and I do like playing with it. If you can afford the $150 then it's worth considering, assuming they're not sold out by the time you are reading this review. The movement is smooth and well implemented. So far I've only tried it on carpet, it seems to work well there. Presumably it would be even quicker on a hard smooth surface like a hardwood floor. There is a "speed boost" mode that you can enable. Because it is not a flying toy, I seem to get much more runtime than a toy quadcopter. The app has some Star Wars music and is well done overall. There are some minor drawbacks which is why I only gave it 4 stars. Here are the drawbacks: * Price. $150 is a lot of money for a toy. The regular sphero does not have a head but comes with a few things that the BB-8 lacks. The regular sphero costs less. * The is not a printed manual. I really wish they would have included one. I had to look up on the website to find out some of the info. * If you run on carpet the top part (the head) can pick up lint particles. These can be cleaned off similar to how old computer mice wheels needed to be cleaned. * So far, the explore mode is not as "smart" as I would have liked. I need to experiment with this a bit more.

107 out of 112 found this review helpful.

5
We love BB-8!!! Posted by: from: on BB-8 is a great addition to the home, and we have had a lot of fun driving him around, and letting him explore. My animals are fascinated by him, and I have to watch them around the droid otherwise they think its another play toy for them. I haven't had any big issues, sometimes I just let bb-8 patrol around while I am doing my tasks and he's fun to watch. Took him with me a couple of times so people could also interact with him. You only get an hour of playtime before he needs charging, but that hour is tons of fun. Thicker carpet is an issue, and in the areas where we do have carpet he can only roll on the most walked areas at the highest speed setting so that is the only issue that we have come across. I have heard of people having issues with the app. but we have an iphone and haven't had trouble at all. I have had him about a month now, and he is getting better at not running into things, its just going to take some time. Just be warned he will grow on you if you don't love him already when he comes out of the box! Love hearing the opening music to star wars every time!! It is definitely worth every penny in my book!!!

12 out of 12 found this review helpful.

2
Not as cool as commercials imply Posted by: from: Kansas City on I was very excited for this little robot but the commercials, in my opinion, were very misleading. First, all of the fun little sounds don't actually come from BB-8, they come from the device you have the app installed on. So that means if your phone\tablet isn't right near the little guy, the sounds don't really feel like they come from BB. Second, the app, which is central to EVERYTHING this thing does, is slow and over produced. The features are not intuitive and things like the "holographic projections" are nothing more than low quality augmented reality. Now, I knew it didn't actually project holograms but I didn't realize that literally all of the functionality for BB-8 was inside the app. Oh and the automated patrol mode is a joke. The thing rolls around, slamming into walls and furniture until it's head falls off. In the end, you are basically paying for an app. The robot itself is just a gyro that rolls around and uses magnets to keep the head on, nothing more. Fun toy for $50 but definitely not worth $150.

25 out of 29 found this review helpful.

5
Big fun in a small package Posted by: from: Henderson, NV on I am an old school geek. Star Wars is like air to me. I had all the cool figures and toys when I was a boy, and remember seeing the films in theaters. I thought, foolishly, that toys would never get better than the AT-AT play set from Kenner that I got for Christmas. I was wrong. BB-8 is my new favorite Star Wars toy of all time. First of all, it has heft. It isn't some little plastic racquetball. It has the size and weight of a cueball. Second, it has personality. It isn't a little robot that waddles around going "beep boop." Like its predecessor, R2-D2, has movements and sounds that give it a more amiable quality of character. Third, the UI is really cool. And, since it's an app, the firmware and controls are easily updatable, unlike many hardware controllers on the shelves. While I do realize that the $150 price tag is somewhat offputting, you are getting quality that is both portable and updatable. Tips: Give it a full three hour charge before your first activation. You'll know when it's done charging because the blue light on the base stops flashing. Also, make sure to update the firmware. Finally, talk to it. The more you interact with it, the more quickly it will respond to your commands.

41 out of 45 found this review helpful.

5
A Rough Start Posted by: from: on I am a 47 year old woman and my husband got him for me. First let me start with: If you have too deep of pile of rug he will not work. Con: The BB-8 does not come with great instructions. You must have Wi-Fi and it must be a strong signal where you plan to use it. I can only sit in my PC room and I send him on his way from there. He does not project a hologram from his body, it is more of a recording you see on the phone or tablet screen. On his charger you may have to spin him around a bit until you see the light blink Pros: He is very durable. Good thing since my dogs like to chase him. Once you get him up and running it all seems to be smooth after that. Fairly easy to control. It is pretty cool. Worth the money.

62 out of 73 found this review helpful.

5
Worth the price of admission Posted by: from: on I got very lucky finding this guy today. I went into my local store right when they opened and there were 3 on the shelf. I grabbed one and as I went to check out the other two were being purchased by the people behind me in line. -The package for BB-8 is very nice and it makes storing the droid easy if you want to keep it in the box or transport it. -The functionality is very cool. The second you place BB-8 on the induction charger he starts to look around and move his head which is funny to watch. -The app connection works well for mine and I have no issues connecting to the toy and controlling it. The toy moves great on hard surfaces and decent on short carpet. Once in a while BB-8 will need a little push to get him moving if your home is entirely carpet. -The tricks he can do are fun and the AR feature with the holograms works well, it also confuses my dog haha. My only gripe with this toy is the lack of an instruction manual. I am still uncertain on how to tell when BB-8 is fully charged or not. I checked the site but wasn't able to find anything, so I will have to further investigate. Overall this is a great toy with fun functionality. I grew up with My Pal 2 and now this generation of kids is growing up with BB-8. Worth every penny!

51 out of 57 found this review helpful.

2
Fun little toy, nothing more, not worth $150 Posted by: from: on First the product description is incorrect, there is no power adapter included, just a USB to MicroUSB plug. Second, From all the reviews I had seen prior to the release, It was touted as programmable, similar to the Sphero 2 ball. Well it is not. While it shares all of the innards of a Sphero 2 ball, they have omitted the chip that allows the Sphero 2 to be programmable, so all you end up with is a glorified remote controlled ball. Third, every aspect of BB8 , from voice recognition to sounds, is controlled thru a buggy app that keeps crashing. If you have an Android device, half of the features advertised, such as voice recognition and holographic recordings are not available, they are listed as "future enhancements" in the app store. While this is a fun little toy, it is definitely not worth the $150 that Sphero is asking for it. Save yourself $70 and get the R/C BB8, at least with a physical remote there is no risk of it crashing and taking your phone with it.

18 out of 23 found this review helpful.

4
My best buddy ever Posted by: from: on I have so much fun with my buddy bb8 that the person I bought it for gave him to me. I take him everywhere. Very low battery drain on my Android and bb8 charge is long lasting. I will agree with a review am glad I read because it alerted me prior to it becoming an issue, is that hair, dirt, and debris gets wound around wheels. So just as any pet I clean his feet when we get home every night

16 out of 16 found this review helpful.

5
Pretty cute novelty toy for Star Wars Posted by: from: on My BB-8 was purchased as a impulse-buy replacement for a cat. Turns out, he is just like a cat. I can set BB-8 to amble about the house, on his own, and it just kind of works for what I wanted it to do. It was smaller than I imagined when I first saw it advertised, but the size is good because it gives BB-8 more room to move and play.

31 out of 34 found this review helpful.

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