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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Fun and Innovative Toy
Posted by: NateNittany 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.
116 out of 125 found this review helpful.
Great toy with a hefty price tag.
Posted by: Chistraub from: on
So lets get this out of the way first: this is a toy with a $150 price tag. The price may be too much to get past for some but this might be the most fun I've had with a Star Wars item since I was young.
There are three modes that BB-8 can operate with. The mode I have used the least is the hologram projection. You record a message and using augmented reality (point your phone at BB-8 and it appears to project your message on the screen like R2 in past movies) which is a cool feature but I don't see myself using it often. You may show it off to people but the feature won't hold your attention. The last two modes are where the fun comes in. You can either have BB-8 roam on its own or control its adventure.
In the patrol mode BB-8 will explore its surroundings and roam. If it encounters an obstacle it will redirect its course and continue on its way. Even though it doesn't have any sensors and the head piece doesn't give any data to the main body you will forget this isn't a real Droid. The head swivels around and gives of the impression that it is actually scanning the area and trying to figure out where to go. A friend of mine was convinced that it was looking around when it ran into our coffee table and stopped to change course. This is where the personality of the toy comes out and you start to believe it is a thinking toy. The app will give off noises and sounds to add to this. While I would have preferred the sounds came directly from BB-8 I don't mind that it comes from my phone.
The last mode is you controlling BB-8 directly. While the controls are confusing at first I found myself easily getting it where I wanted to go and getting pretty good at controlling it within an hour. There are also controls to make BB-8 do preprogramed moves and others features you may see when using patrol mode. There are also voice commands, that aren't available on android at the time of this review, which add more moves to BB-8. I know some may see that lack of a feature out of the box as a negative but it gives me hope that BB-8 can be updated and we will see more cool features down the road.
I have been using BB-8 on hardwood as well as short carpeting. You have more control on carpeting but more speed on a hard surface. I haven't had an issue with either but I imagine longer carpeting will not work great with this toy. In our home we also have two dogs and two cats who have been very curious with it and have enjoyed either chasing it or being chased by it.
I know many people will complain about the size, especially with the price, but I have been happy with it. It is about the size of an orange and is perfect if you don't have a large home with lots of space to roam. Plus the smaller size makes it easier to take with you to show off to others. The head is held on magnetically and has only been knocked off by a kick from my dog and has yet to fall off by running into anything. The underside of the head will pick up dirt or other objects that collect on the main body which means it will have to be cleaned from time to time.
I can't give this item five stars because it is a $150 item that is nothing more than an RC type toy. However, it is probably the most fun you will have with any Star Wars item you can buy. If you are thinking of picking this item up and have the money to spare I wouldn't hesitate. Seeing as how I am an adult and a working professional who loves it I can't imagine any kid that wouldn't as well.
78 out of 85 found this review helpful.
Worth the price of admission
Posted by: DudeJedi 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.
Big fun in a small package
Posted by: BrianLowRider 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.
42 out of 46 found this review helpful.
A Rough Start
Posted by: Tonya 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
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.
64 out of 78 found this review helpful.
Pretty cute novelty toy for Star Wars
Posted by: VagabondWagner 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.
32 out of 36 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Peanut1015 from: Algonquin il on
So this toy was supposed to be so awesome! After a couple of hours it was pretty average. Don't buy into the hype. Sure it's cute, but that can only go so far. It's hard to control, the auto mode is iffy, and like another reviewer pointed out, re-connecting it everytime it shuts down or sleeps is terrible. I had no problem connecting it, but ymmv. Also, there are a lot of cute sounds that come from using it, but they only cone out the phone! Bb does not have a built in speaker. So when you see it across the room looking frustrated and drunk, the fun gets lowered a bit when your phone is still on the counter away from you. Again, it's cute but no where near the asking price.
42 out of 52 found this review helpful.
Not as cool as commercials imply
Posted by: Derricomonico 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.
28 out of 34 found this review helpful.
My best buddy ever
Posted by: Heatherbfree 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
18 out of 20 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Avery97 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.