Sphero BB-8 App-Enabled Droid Review – With Star Wars: The Force Awakens reigniting the Star Wars Universe and bring a whole new generation of fans with it, there is no surprise to see a new droid become one of the most marketable and popular characters to emerge from the new film. BB-8 is that character – a clever spherical droid with a mind of its own. The Sphero BB-8 App Enabled Droid allows you to have your very own BB-8 droid running around your home! Using Bluetooth technology and a smartphone or tablet app, you can have hours of fun with your very own BB-8 droid!
- Guide BB-8 with a tablet or smartphone
- Reacts to your voice
- Android and iOS compatible
- 60 min battery life
- Top speed 4.5 mph
Is the Sphero BB-8 App-Enabled Droid Worth Buying?
The first thing you will notice about BB-8 is the packaging – it is sleek, professional and encourages you that you have invested in a high-quality piece of tech. That impression is strengthened when you open the box. BB-8 is incredibly well designed and appears to be an almost perfect scaled replica of the film version. The charging station is neat and BB-8 is easy to set up – his head literally clicks into place. Then all you need to do is download the app and you are ready to go.
Initially, BB-8 is just tremendous fun. Driving around is fantastic and while there is a learning curve in controlling his movements, that quickly becomes second nature. You can also set BB-8 to explore the room on his own and watch as he travels around bumping into things and generally having a look everywhere he can roll to. As a piece of tech, BB-8 is immediately impressive straight out of the box.
However, it is fair to say that there are some drawbacks. The advertisements for BB-8 imply that he learns about his environment and adapts to it. That is just not true – leave him in a room and will keep bumping into the same things. If he has built up enough speed, his head can also fall off if he collides with something at full speed. It is also worth keeping BB-8 away from carpeted floors that have pet hair on them, as he will collect that hair like a small spherical vacuum.
All in all, BB-8 is nifty and impressive looking toy that fans of Star Wars will absolutely adore.