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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Has potential but the app needs a lot of work

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    JimC
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    Sphero is best known for Star Wars toys (BB-8 and others). The Sphero Mini uses a lot of the same technology in a small (ping pong ball sized) package. It includes Blue Tooth, accelerometer, gyroscope, and LED lighting components along with an app to control and move the Sphero Mini. This little robotic ball has a lot of potential but requires a lot of patience and effort to master. One huge problem is a lack of instructions to use it. There is no "quick start" guide, just three somewhat cryptic diagrams on the box flaps which show the app, separating the ball and charging it. Sphero really likes packaging. To use the Sphero Mini for the first time you have to remove tape holding an outer band around the package, slide off that band, then untape the plastic storage cube from the lower portion of the box. The lower box contains a charging cable, a bag of tiny bowling pins & traffic cones and a document. You pull out the document, expecting (logically) it to be instructions but find to your dismay that it is just a long list of legal disclaimers and warnings in numerous languages! Someone at Sphero is really worried about being sued but apparently not concerned about helping their customers use their product. Open the plastic cube and you have the Sphero Mini in your hands. But you then have to carefully remove a clear tape which secures the two halves of the ball. Once you do that, carefully squeeze the ball to separate it and access the device inside to charge it up. Then attach a micro USB cable to the inner device, plug it into a power source and wait. The inner ball with light up and cycle through multiple colors while charging. Eventually (after two hours the first time) the light changes to a solid green when fully charged. Put the ball back together and it is ready. While charging up the Sphero, download the Sphero Mini app (available for both iPhone and Android). When you open the app for the first time you again encounter a ridiculously long legal document which you must scroll down and accept in order to use it. Then a colorful animation plays, along with some techno-music and a Connect screen appears. Tap “Connect” and an update with download and the device will connect via Blue Tooth. Next you have to “Aim” the ball. Again, there are no instructions but I found that you have to touch a white ball in a blue/green circle on the app to activate a blue light on the Sphero Mini, then carefully move the white ball in a circle it until causes the blue light on the Sphero Mini to point in your direction. This orients the ball for all games. After this process, the app shifts to “Joystick” which is a simple large blue circle used to move the Sphero Mini in the direction you choose. Again, there are no instructions in the app! At the corners of the app screen you can access drive settings (Joystick, Slingshot, Tilt and Face Drive), connect to a different robot, some settings (color of LED in ball can be varied, music volume, some nearly useless FAQs and “Support” which is just an email link to Sphero) and some games. The drive modes are fun but require some patience to master but all work. Face Drive is clever, using your phone’s face camera to read your expressions in order to move the ball, but results will vary based upon your phone’s camera. I haven’t played with the games much. Again, lack of instructions made it unclear what you have to do but it appears that you use the Sphero Mini as a trackball to manipulate actions on your phone screen. They didn’t hold my interest for long. One big complaint I have about the app is the very tiny, low contrast type used. It just adds to the frustration of no instructions. One use to which I put the Sphero Mini was as a toy for my little Yorkie. She was fascinated by the moving ball and the changing colors, chasing it and barking at it. I would not recommend that you try this with bigger dogs because they will just eat the Sphero Mini and that would not be a good dietary supplement. The Sphero Mini works fine on hard floors and low carpet but gets caught by thicker carpeting. It seems fairly durable but over the long-term I wonder how the outer shell will hold up to the need to unsnap it for charging every time you use it. Replacement shells in a variety of colors cost about $15. Running time before recharge is about 45 minutes but I doubt that you would play with it that long at any session. Then you are facing a long (1-2 hour) charging time. The box mentions coding but I saw no way to access any coding function. Maybe it is there but hidden like so much else. Overall, the Sphero Mini gives you a lot of potential for the price but the app really needs a lot of work. Someone at Sphero needs to pay less to the lawyers and more to someone who can help out its users with some decent instructions and guides! This is a good toy for gamers but definitely not for small children or for those who need step-by-step guidance.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Charming, wish I had it as a kid

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    TheTechNugget
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    Consumer electronics is a space near and dear to my heart, and I spend most of my time thinking/fantasizing about the goodies I can add to my life that are practical in at least one facet. Phones, network gear, laptop accessories—they’re all things that are supposed to make our every day just a little better because they are either something we need, or something that makes items we already have a bit better. And then there’s the other side of consumer electronics—the stuff that no one really needs, even wants (specifically)—they’re the things that fill the gaps still left over from our childhood, tapping into something juvenile and wonderful. Radio controlled cars are one of the more popular examples (and for those of us obsessed from childhood with those love the drone market)…but really any souvenir that doesn’t do much to enhance our current electronics experience, perhaps something we walk away with not having expected to buy—there’s a special place in all our hearts for those. Enter the Sphero Mini, a ping-pong-sized ball that interacts with your phone in a way that most bluetooth devices don’t. The $50 bluetooth bot can provide a traditional RC experience (controlled by your phone or tablet), can be used as a wireless controller for games on that device, and at some point in the future will be able to be programmed with Javascript via some app experience. The unpackaging was similar to most novelty consumer electronics—plasticky, moderately annoying, and longer in duration than necessary. Once free from it’s molded prison, consider consulting the quick start instructions printed on the box—that will save you a few minutes that I spent trying to figure out how to turn it on. After splitting open the little guy, I located the micro-USB port and charged it for 10-20 minutes, just enough to get a short test drive. After downloading the Sphero Mini app, it automatically searches for nearby robots and connects to them via bluetooth, making the pairing process a non-event entirely. Once connected, you are free to put the robot brain back in it’s tiny hamster ball and use your phone to control it—that is, once you synchronize the tiny bot’s relative position to you via a small internal blue light. From there, it operates just like any remote controlled device, with a very straight forward directional joystick on your screen. As with most remote-controlled devices, it performs much better on hardwood or tile floors, but holds its own well on carpet. And battery power was great—a full charge (one hour) gets you more than a half hour of play time (the website says 45, but the last 15 minutes of that start to get a little slower). My kids got a kick out of it, I’m sure animals would either love it or hate it, and I’ll admit that the relatively simple product has a certain bit of charm and cuteness to it. The app also has a game mode, which allows you to use the Mini as a game controller—either by spinning for a circular “breakout” style game (man, I miss that game on the iPod Nano with the scroll wheel) or racing game, or with forward/back and sideways rolls with an “asteroids” style game. I wasn’t really blown away by these games, but it definitely makes for an interesting concept—using the device in a way that is reverse what most people would expect. And at some point in the future, you’ll be able to program this thing to, presumably, run through a maze. Of course, the goal here is NOT to get it to run through a maze, rather, to turn kids on to coding, which is pretty cool. Sphero has other products that have greater coding potential, including interaction with IOS’s Swift Playgrounds. Nonetheless, the Mini definitely will get you started down the coding path, once the feature is released by Sphero. So, minor complaints: - There’s no physical on/off switch. To turn it on, you have to plug it in, which requires opening the ball. Not impossible to deal with, but certainly not convenient. The “off” switch is provided via the app. - You have to charge it with a cable. I understand that inductive charging comes with a price tag, but Sphero’s other products use inductive charging which would both make the charging a bit easier, and also give you a way to turn the device on and off without opening it. Other than that, it’s a fun little gadget. Side note—it comes with a small set of rubber bowling pins and construction cones which are frickin’ adorable. Sphero is the same company that released the irresistibly cute BB-8 bot last year, so it makes some sense. There’s not much to this little ping pong ball of childhood happiness, but it’s also not an incredibly important thing to go buy right now. This would make a great stocking stuffer if you spend a lot of money on stocking stuffers, or if you have a bunch of Best Buy reward points that are about to expire. At $50, it’s a bit on the steep side for something that will probably burn out after a year of charging, and for something that you’re not going to get out except for maybe once every couple weeks. Regardless, if you’re looking to spend some money and have nothing worth saving for, the kid in you won’t be disappointed…your wife, however, might be.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great fun introduction to robotics

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    PhilipM
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    These cute little Sphero bots are a surprisingly versatile introduction to robotics and programming. The Sphero comes in a small package with USB charging cable (but no charger - just plug it into any standard full size USB port) and legal info. In order to use this particular bot you will need either an iOS or Android device. I used the unit with an Android tablet (Samsung Galaxy Tab S) and all the apps worked perfectly. The robotic ball can roll and spin in any direction and light multiple colors of built-in LEDs. It also comes with a sensor package including a gyroscope and accelerometer, which together allow it to detect collisions, free falls, landings, etc. There are two apps that will drive the Sphero. First is the regular Sphero Mini app. Note that you must use the specific "mini" version of the app as the robot will not connect with the standard Sphero app, at least not in my tests. The mini app connected seamlessly and quickly to the bot, turning the light on inside the ball. The app then presented a range of fun, although somewhat limited options. You can drive the unit using the touch screen like a joystick, you can send it running off by using a sling shot type control mode, or you can control by tilting the tablet or using facial gestures through your devices camera. The controls were generally precise and responsive, although the face control was a bit hit and miss.The app also provides an option to hold the Sphero and use it like a controller in some simple but fun games. The second app is where the product really comes into its own. The same Sphero EDU app that powers their larger units can also be used with the mini, and it's an absolutely fantastic introduction to coding for these kinds of devices. Although you can code directly in Javascript, there's also an intuitive drag and drop interface that allows learning programmers to code main loops, conditionality, variables, mathematical operations, and "on event" modules. It's easy enough to make short programs that drive around in a specific pattern and flexible enough to make simple games. All the sensors can be polled or used to trigger events, you can set direction, speed, LED colors, and even play sounds of synthesized speech (the playback occurs on the controlling device). My 11 year old daughter was immediately able to pick it up and is loving the added depth of exploration and play that this option provides. Overall, it's hard to beat the Sphero mini at this price when it comes to a fun, accessible introduction to robots and coding. Young programmers can even share their code with each other via an integrated online sharing system. In our experience, this device is fun, robust, offers great battery life, and superb educational value. Highly recommended.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fun and Cool

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    neio11
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    Sphero Mini Intro My first time playing with this robot was not pretty but at least I know that this little guy can take some torture. I mean, I was crashing it on walls and furniture or anything in the way. Mind you, I fly drones and drive RC cars but this robot gave me a hard time. I’m going to blame it on the smartphone that I am using to control it. When Sphero crashes into a wall or obstacle, it spins as if it was dizzy. After awhile, I got used to it. I practiced by easing down on the controls and that’s when I got addicted. I found myself fending off my 5yr old daughter and 8yr old son just so I can play. My daughter actually got the hang of it quickly. One thing on the wishlist would be an autonomous feature where you can set certain routes and make them repeatable. There’s four ways to control Sphero. Joystick, facial, slingshot and tilt. In Joystick, you get a dot on the screen and you drag it across the screen where you want it to move. In Facial, you use your smile and frown to control it. Smile and nod up and down and Sphero will go forward and backward. Frown and move your head left and right and Sphero will move accordingly. In slingshot, you pull down on the dot and let go and off goes Sphero. In Tilt, you control Sphero by tilting your smartphone in the direction you want it to go. The app has three games. Round Trip, Lightspeed Drifter, Exile II. In these games, you use Sphero as the controller. It connects through Bluetooth so it gets about a 10m (32 feet) range. It takes about an hour to charge and you can play for about 40 to 50mins depending on how you play with it. Pros - Fun and addicting - Can withstand a bit of punishment. I wouldn’t drop it though. - Sphero’s LED color is adjustable to various colors through the app Cons - no autonomous control - Fun and addicting Outro Like I said, frustrating at first because I was not used to the controls but once you get the hang of it, you tell the kids to go to sleep early just so you can play with it. Sphero is part of the STEM educational toys so go ahead and let the kids play too. It comes with a USB charging cable (charger not included), 6 small multi colored bowling pins (pink, blue & yellow) and 3 orange traffic cones. You can buy more shells from Sphero.com for $13.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Full-size Sphero Fun

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    If you've seen other Sphero products, the Minis are very similar but much smaller, about the size of a golf ball. The package includes a charging cable and tiny cones and other obstacles. The acrylic box it comes with is re-usable. They connect to a phone or tablet that supports the Sphero Mini app or using the Sphero Edu apps, via Bluetooth Smart (No pairing required). They go quite fast for the size, and the shells are strong enough to take some hits. Unlike the Sphero (full-size balls), it's not water-proof and in order to charge them, the shell opens in two, and with the internals exposed, there's a micro-usb port. The shells can be bought separately. We got the white and the pink. The color ones have a stripe around the shell. The Balls light up (There's a full spectrum of colors configurable on the app), so I think the white looks better. The Edu app is interesting particularly in technology classes or similar settings, or with curious older kids that want to create movement programs, while the Mini app is pure gaming fun. There are various controller settings (Joystick, Slingshot, tilting, etc.), and a 'face' mode that's supposed to work by changing facial expressions, although my kids couldn't make it work. The Mini app also has a game controller mode where there are a few skill games to choose from, and the games are controlled by holding the Mini similarly to a trackball. My 10-year old likes these games a lot.   Two issues I found that can be a concern to some: • When trying to control more than one Mini, the app distinguishes by their factory-set code, but they cannot yet be renamed. • Doesn't work with Amazon Fire tablets: There is no Mini app on the Amazon app store and the Edu app doesn't work with Kindle Fire tablets. It would've been great for me because my kinds use the Amazon FreeTime service.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fun in small packages

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    I had no idea how much fun a little robotic ball can be! This is a much smaller version than other Sphero products but doesn’t lack any features. Its small enough to be slipped in a pocket or in your backpack. All you need is to download their app and you will be shortly racing around with your Sphero Mini with your finger on the app. It comes with a mini USB charging cable, miniature bowling pins, and miniature cones for you to interact with your Sphero. I’m surprised how responsive it is with controlling it with the app. No lag and it pairs via Bluetooth without any additional input by the user. Charges in less than an hour and provides up to 45 mins of fun. I haven’t drained the batteries yet in multiple sessions of playing with the cat and showing my coworkers how cool this little robotic gadget is. At this time in writing, there is only one supported app in the app store that will work with the Mini. They have announced that the Sphero Edu will support the Mini soon too. This is fantastic as it can be a learning tool for kids to learn basic programing. The geniuses behind the Sphero also integrated a few games into their apps that you can play by using the sphero as a controller. Spin, rotate, or move the sphero on your desk with your hand will manipulate the games accordingly. This increases the “re-playability” of the Sphero Mini and reduces the chances of you shelving this toy to collect dust. I highly recommend this to anyone from young to old as this will surely put a smile on any ones face. This would make a perfect birthday present or holiday stocking stuffer.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Interesting toy to play with especially with pets

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    TechNerd
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    I was given the chance to mess around with the Sphero Mini. I had a lot of trouble connecting at first and worked with Sphero's awesome tech to find out I had a defective unit. After getting a replacement, I actually had fun messing around with friends and family. The Sphero Mini is a "robot" inside of a plastic ball casing. You can remotely control the Sphero via Smart device. You'll get a load of laughs messing with friends having a ball roll out of nowhere. The app it self is pretty easy to use. The app does all the updating when it needs to. There are a few ways of controlling the Sphero: remote control app, Facial expression, tilt, and slingshot. The remote control app is exactly as it sounds, you use your thumb to maneuver the ball where you want it. The facial expression control, you use silly and fun facial expression to control it. This was pretty entertaining seeing my friends try this and making silly faces. The tilt is a fun and easy way to control it. If you were willing, you could make a little make out of foam and use your phone to control the Sphero just like the tilt style video games on the app store. The last control style is the slingshot controls, just imagine angry birds style slingshot. The further you pull back the faster it goes. I didn't own a pet so I borrowed my neighbor's cat. The cat had a blast messing with the Sphero, I would say it was a PAWSitive experience. Ba Dum Tss. Thank you folks I'll be here all day. hahah. If you're looking for a good stocking stuffer or a fun gift, the Sphero would be a good idea.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Simply (Sphero) Fun

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    Not sure I can add much that hasn’t already been said about this nifty toy. The Sphero Mini is a take on the original Sphero just shrunk down quite a bit. The result? A Sphero with most of the same capacities that is about half off and that I have no problem taking to work and letting my coworkers play with. Actually, as an aside – I did bring it to work and my coworkers did enjoy it. One who has three kids actually said he was going to run out and buy it as soon as he could. After five minutes of playing with it. I don’t doubt his sentiment, and I think it speaks volumes for how friendly Sphero has made this experience for all age groups. Of this ball, I have very few complaints. The first of which is that it requires a special Sphero Mini app – which somewhat makes it feel like you are a second-class citizen. That said, the app is amazing for a 1.0 release. It comes with four different modes for users to operate the ball: - Joystick – your traditional joystick mode - Face Drive - your phone camera uses your face to tell the device how to move - Tilt mode - think the puzzle boxes with the marble, the gyroscope of your phone moves the device - Slingshot mode - pull back, the Sphero will launch in the opposite direction like a rubber band Also bundled in the app are some games which are pretty neat. They use the ball as a controller to navigate the challenges presented by the game. And don’t mistake my words, they can be challenging to whole new levels. Bundled in the box are some miniature traffic cones and bowling pins – I’m not sure I’m going to ever get a use out of them. I’d much rather have my mini go against a much larger obstacle and win.Their advertising material suggests that users use the head tracking mode to knock down the pins. Slingshot mode is so much more fun though. The one thing that I am most excited for that I cannot review here is the ability to program these balls with JavaScript. It should be released soon, but enabling that functionality will allow these devices to take on the same capacities as the original Sphero. Overall, I really like the Sphero mini. It lets many more people get involved in the Sphero community that otherwise wouldn’t be able to due to price-point alone and still has that Sphero charm.

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  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not ready for prime time.

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    TechnicallyCorrect
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    I received two Mini Sphero’s about a week ago. They are mini but built relatively solid. The problem is they do not work. They light up nicely but that is about it. I first charged the Spheros fully, installed the software on my Google Pixel XL , ran the software , unplugged the Sphero and gave it two taps. It appeared to go into pairing mode and apparantly paired with my phone. I was running the app at the time and it could not connect to the Sphero. The app just kept searching for it even though the Sphero Mini was connected to my phone. I made multiple attempts. After doing some research on troubleshooting on the Sphero website, I uninstalled the software forgot the device in bluetooth settings, restarted my phone and reset the Sphero by putting it back in the charger. I repeated the whole process and still could not get Sphero Mini to connect. I thought there was something wrong with the Sphero Mini itself so I tried the second Sphero Mini that was sent to me, same result. Then I thought there was something up with phone so I uninstalled the app again, forgot the devices in bluetooth settings and decided to try on my 2017 Ipad Pro. The devices would not go into pairing mode and my Ipad did not even see them in the bluetooth setting. I repeated the process mutltiple times on both devices and still had no luck. This should not be difficult, I followed the instructions to the letter and both devices are fully compatible with Spheros. The only thing the Spheros do when unplugged is is glow red and eventually time out and shut down. When they shut down, they do not wake back up. Sorry Sphero, this was not a good experience and I should not have to open a service ticket on a toy.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun toy ball

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    So I gave it 4 stars for a couple reasons that I'll explain later. It's a ball about the size of a ping pong. Fun to play around with it for all ages and I like that the app allows to customize it a little. It also has a couple different ways of controlling it. Either tilting your device, slingshot, facial expressions or a joystick. It comes with some bowling pins and a few items that you can set up. The slingshot can be fun to use and set up courses or games with. You can customize the light color some as well. Why I gave it 4 stars. You have to have a smart phone or tablet that supports the app to use. Would have been nice to have that as an option and still provide a controller to use for those that don't have a smart phone or tablet compatible with the app. The charging cord is very short and a USB on one side. So will need to get a wall adapter or have a Pc to charge. And for those, it also just seems a bit pricey for what you get. It has a 2 piece shell that just snaps together. Was afraid I was going to break getting apart to get to the charging port. Though it was a twist type or screw type. But instead it's like the plastic eggs you get around Easter time. The range is expected. Not to far but enough to have a little fun if sitting in a living room. It does well on carpet (not sure about a super thick carpet) and also great and wooden floors or flat surfaces. Again it's a fun remote control ball but just seems a bit high on the price. Especially when you can get a fully functioning remote car even a mini remote car for 20-25$ and they come with a controller. But I still recommend if you want a fun ball to control. If you have a phone that is compatible and don't mind the price for what you get. Also has games that you play thru the app.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    FUn! While the battery lasts.....

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    Overall, this is a nice time-killer, but not very much time though. Very simple to set-up, as everything is based in the Sphero Mini app (do not search the app on the app store; go to the web site given in the instructions, to get the correct app). Everything can be controlled, from directing the Sphero to changing the color illumination of it. There is a way to get it to gradually learn as you go along, but I did not venture past the basic types of movements. You can also learn to do different types of tricks through a program within the app. All of that said, the battery life is about 45 min. on a full charge, so you pretty much have to pace yourself and remember to charge it immediately every time you use it. I've never owned a device of this type, so not sure how standard of a charge 45 min. is, but from the perspective of enjoying the device, 45 min. did not feel like much (it didn't seem to last a full 45 min.) Bottom line, the Sphero was very entertaining to use, and easy to control through the app, but battery life impedes on the fun, especially trying to learn the tricks within the app. I would still recommend it to others, as it seems to be a good intro device of this type.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Cute Toy

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    When I opened the box, the instructions were listed on the flaps of the box.First you need to charge the ball, and to do that you have to take apart the outer shell to get to the mechanics, if you will. The shell feels fragile, similar to a toy Easter Egg. Then you need to charge the unit for at least an hour, using the enclosed small USB charger. The color changes to green when it is ready. My challenge was setting it up with my Android phone. You need to pair it with your phone's Bluetooth first, then with the app. I downloaded the Sphero app and tried to get the unit to sync. It couldn't read it. I kept trying and trying with no luck. I found troubleshooting online and tried again. Come to find out, after much frustration, that you need to down load the Sphero MINI app, as opposed to the Sphero app, which is what I tried first. The illustrated instructions on the box showed "Sphero" on the image of the phone, and it was the first app that came up in the Play Store, so I thought that was it. Once I downloaded the correct app, set up was easy. Then, you get to play. You can set up the Aim by tracking the blue light on the ball toward you, then you get to the joystick function. There are different games you can play. You can change the colors of the ball's light, or zoom it around the room. It reminded me of an electronic Slinky. To me, this would be a good fidget toy to have on your desk to break up the day. The Sphero Mini is a cute little gadget.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Too Much Fun!

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    First off, make sure you read the little instructions they give you. Second, forget those instructions and download the manual online. make sure you download the correct app from your phone store and you are 90% done. Setting up was easy after initial charging time (1 hour charge for 45 mins of play). Connected this little hellion and the fun ensued. Love it can change colors and it is easy to control. Not so good on high carpet, but that is to be expected. I was able to align the steering fast and then took off around the house. this sucker is fast so be warned. Played the included games (flight, maze, and block) all use the gyro inside the sphero. All I can say is 45 mins went fast as I was having so much fun teasing the dog and bugging the wife. Contents: Sphero charging cable (no wall adaptor) bag of cones and "bowling pins" instructions (in too many languages) display case. When you get it all charged and ready to sync, The instructions tell you to find unit. It come up as SM (sphero mini) and the unique unit number (like sm1234) so be on the look out for that. Unit can be turned off through app (but you will have to plug in to turn on) or you can let it "sleep" and to wake it up you tap the outer shell. In order to charge it you must open the casing. To do this, place slight pressure on seam and crack like a plastic egg. Highly recommend to all and everyone. Getting some for gifts right away.

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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Cute little toy but way overpriced

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    I love this idea! And it is fun for a bit but definitely overpriced! We are a tech family and sometimes we buy things that we really shouldn’t and this was one of those purchases I bought against my better judgment! This can be something really fun and has a lot of potential for sure, however the fact that it is priced so high for what it does seems very unreasonable. Basically this is 1/2 the price of a Nintendo switch and provides no where near close to the entertainment value. So for the money I have to say no, there are other tech toys on the market that provide the same entertainment value at a much lower price. The things I do enjoy about this toy is that it is sourt of a bridge to early programming for children, it is interactive play through a phone to the real world so instead of just being connected solely to technology they are also playing with something hands on and seeing the physical effects in the real world so for that it’s a fun interactive toy to play with, however at anything over $75 I couldn’t recommend this purchase.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fun little robotic toy

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    These little Sphero Mini's are the size of a golf ball. They set up easily to work with both Android and IOS. My daughter and I each had one and played tab with them, it was a fun and somewhat challenging time. There are multiple ways to control these, but we bother prefer the Joystick control by far. You can control the LED colors, play games and even program these to make it do and go where you like. I think this programming aspect is a great way to introduce kids to programming and feel schools or clubs could use these is a fun way. For the older kid who does not want to do programming, they may get bored with it after awhile. With that said, I feel this would make a fun Christmas gift for kids this year. The material of the outer shell and the way it opens reminds me of the Easter egg shell that you would hide candy in for the kids. Not sure how durable it is for the long term, but probably very easy and cheap to replace anyway. Bottom line, fun little robot/toy that most kids (and adults) will get a kick out of.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun experience out of the box

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    pinkoos
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    I had my 10-y/o son open and set this up (my 12-y/o son was not interested). The quick start picture guide was pretty self-explanatory as was the app download needed to be able to control the Sphero. There were a couple of initial hiccups getting the Sphero calibrated correctly but, once that was done, it worked well. I'm sure there is a learning curve in terms of being able to control it well, but my son had no major problems. It comes with a few mini rubber bowling pins and mini traffic cones that you can set up and either bowl or create an obstacle course. The app allows you to customize the colors and sounds, which my son thought was pretty cool. The app also has some built in games to try with the Sphero. All in all, it was a fun initial experience. My only concern is how long it will hold one's interest. It seems like it could be a toy that my son will play with a few days (weeks), but then put it away and forget it. $50 is a bit steep if that turns out to be true. I think a $30 price point is better for something that could potentially be played for a weekend and then forgotten.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    So much for a cool cat toy

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    EAR1965
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    First- Box was difficult to get into, but it was packed well. Second- instruction SUCKED. mostly had to figure things out for ourselves. Third- Save the tall plastic container- holds the sphere nicely when charging. Fourth- I downloaded the incorrect app and was lost. Fifth- finally got correct app and they want access to EVERYTHING...immediate distrust. T &C are a mile long- good luck trying to read them. Sixth- FINALLY got app and shero set...bluetooth (a MUST) and WIFI on...ready to go...but...with the shero next to the phone, it would not recognize it. Tried three times and got it to work and tried to engage cats...they preferred the cardboard box it came in. Seventh- tried to get second one hooked up...would NOT connect and my house-mate could not get either one to connect- the app would not connect to the robots(it did not see them) but the phones bluetooth did see them. Entire experience...FAIL, I guess I'll wait for better technology Oh, and the outside ball looks and feels very cheep.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fun little robot - easy coding for kids!

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    ShawnInKB
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    This is a fun little robot. Great for kids (and a nice workout for cats.) Fun to steer around the house. App is intuitive and easy to use. What makes it more than just a little remote controlled toy is the ability to code it with instructions with the Sphero Edu app. Great way for kids to learn how to code by giving it a set of instructions and see it run the program and then make changes. Only con is not sure how well it will hold up if it takes a big dive off a table or down a set of stairs. Definitely going to get a few of these for nieces and nephews for the holidays.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Engaging and Fun with Interesting Potential

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    JBCTECH
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    The Sphero Mini is a great toy that was more engaging than I expected. In addition, after just a day of experimenting with it, I found myself thinking of creative ways to put it to use. Actually, I have 2 - a white and a pink one - so I'm planning on building an obstacle course for an event my church hosts. Can't wait to watch the kids (and adults) put the Spheros through their paces. The app gives you multiple ways of controlling the unit and includes some games (and bowling balls). I wasn't, personally, that drawn to the games, but I noticed that the Sphere Mini will be included in the units accessible by the Sphere Edu app which allows for programming actions. According to the literature, that feature should be available by the end of this month (Oct. 2017). All-in-all, the Sphere Mini is a fun toy with multiple applications and uses.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My leetle friend

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    AnnD
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    I love this new and smaller version of the original Sphero. But something wasn’t right. Obviously, it was his (personalized, I know) size. The two are not hugely different, but having this little guy come out of nowhere surprises animals and people alike. Family and guests cannot stop staring at him. They become children themselves and want to play. I do share, but I have yet to learn his full capabilities. Instructions from the app are easy to find. Get one. Take him to work and be a child for a bit to reduce any stress. And don’t forget to share...or not.

    I would recommend this to a friend