Let's get this out of the way first, the Samsung POWERbot R7070 is not cheap. Not by a long stretch.
And to that end, when you open up the box, the POWERbot looks like it was just placed in the box, the accessories strewn about into areas that fit and then some bubble wrap thrown on top. Nothing was damaged when it was opened, but I expected something more substantial to protect such an investment when I first opened it up.
I plugged the wall charger in, and when I placed the POWERbot on the power pad, nothing happened. I have a new house, so I know the power outlets are fine. I just expected the POWERbot to start charging right away when I placed it on the power pad, but that is not the case. Upon reading the instructions, you have to press the play button for 3 seconds to wake it up and start charging it.
Blue bars scroll on the screen indicating it is charging and then 'FULL' is shown when the battery is fully charged.
So, reading other reviews, I saw that others had issues in connecting the POWERbot to their phone, and others had problems connecting with an Amazon Echo or Dot. I did NOT have any issues at all. I would say I am pretty tech savvy, I have a very automated home, from cameras to a door bell, lighting to door locks, many, many things in my home are voice controlled, so setting up the WiFi on the POWERbot was just the same as all of those other devices.
Turn on the POWERbot and wait for the WiFi icon to light up. On your phone, in settings, under WiFi, look for the POWERbot. When connected, you are instructed to go back to your WiFi settings, choose your home WiFi and put in the password. This then connects the POWERbot to your WiFi network.
Similarly with the Amazon Echo and Alexa voice control, I enabled the 'Smart Home' skill on the Echo, logged in with my Samsung account (which I created when registering this product with Samsung) and everything worked as it should do, right out of the box. No errors, no messing around, it all connected, it all worked just as it should.
'Alexa, turn on the Robot Vacuum'... and beep, the Samsung POWERbot R7070 fired into life. Started to leave the dock and get ready for action. It was later at night, so I chose to select 'Quiet' mode with the included remote control. And it is just that... this vacuum is very, very quiet in that mode. There are three suction modes total, Quiet, Normal and Max. Max sounds about the same as any other vacuum out there, and I would assume, with that, is where the 40X more suction claim comes from. Sounds like it was about to suck the carpet up off the floor!
I've previously owned a Roomba 530 which this Robot Vacuum replaces. The Roomba traverses the room in a hap-hazard way, covering some carpet at the beginning of the clean, and not getting to the area next to it, till late in the cleaning cycle.
The POWERbot R7070 does no such thing. It vacuums like you would vacuum. In lines, next to each other, as you move across the room. The video camera on top scans the ceiling of the room to determine it's route. And to that point it is very accurate. The vacuum lines it creates overlap each other nicely giving a total clean to the room. The edge to edge cleaning is very nice as well, and it senses and delivers a great clean there too.
The storage bin for the vacuum is centrally mounted and translucent, so you can see how full the container is getting and how effective the vacuum is being. The container and the 2 included filters are completely washable, making it a breeze to keep the machine up and running.
The front roller has a self cleaning 'blade' on the front of it, intended to remove any hair that might get wrapped around the roller. So far so good, I have a long haired German Shepard and I haven't noticed the roller getting clogged up with her hair, which in itself is some kind of voodoo magic!
I am very impressed with the cleaning that the POWERbot R7070 provides, and it's accuracy in covering a whole room. However, when it came to rolling over my rugs, it climbed up on them fine with it's robust big travel wheels but freaked out with the pattern of the rug, and dark areas confused it and sent it round in circles until it stopped, took stock of the situation and left the rug the same way it came in!
Another issue is that I'm not sure that the POWERbot has true cliff sensors on it, like the Roomba machines have. The reason I say this, is because included in the box, and mentioned in the instruction manual is a strip of metal, with a sticky back to it, that is recommended to add to the top of stairs or around door entry ways. And there isn't enough provided to cover all the areas in the house you may potentially need this. It is also unsightly, so didn't use it. That solution for making the Robot Vacuum skip areas seemed a little archaic to me, when the Roomba provided 'Virtual Walls' with it when I bought it, self contained battery powered sensors to stop the vacuum entering areas you didn't want vacuumed, but it also had fully functioning cliff sensors on it.
And then there is the app. These are the reasons for 4 stars and not 5, the vacuum is actually very, very good. But the app and the metal strips let down the overall experience of the product. The app was flaky, and crashed. A lot. Trying to set up the account, it crashed. When I registered the vacuum, it crashed. When I went to control the vacuum, it crashed. Finally I was able to get it somewhat stable, and was able to adjust the suction power of the vacuum using my phone. You can also do this with the included remote control. You also have the power to manually control the vacuum using your phone or the remote control, but in my experience, it was somewhat gimmicky but also not particularly responsive as a way to control the vacuum.
However, overall, I would recommend the vacuum for it's functionality and cleaning ability, it actually does a very good job of cleaning the carpets, the thing it's designed to do. The machine is well made and well put together. The app lets it down, but shouldn't sway you from the convenience of the product.