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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 2014
The reason you are probably reading this is to help you decide whether this ball is worth your £100. I had the same dilemma before thinking "yeah why not" about a month ago.
To begin with I want to emphasise the fact that it does do everything it claims to do. It is clever, it is bright and it is fast, almost too fast for my house! But that doesn't mean it is worth the money.
The best use for this toy is for if you have a use for this toy. I bought it thinking "when it arrives I will find many things to do with it" but the unfortunate reality is.. It is just a ball that rolls around. You can buy remote control cars that may not be quite so agile but will cost you a fifth of the price. What I believe you are paying for here is the technology that comes with Sphero and that is what will decide if it's the product for you or not. The 'remote control ball' is not worth £100 by itself.
So when you download the main app you have a choice of two options, free-roam mode (which appears to have all functionality unlocked) and level-up mode (which I recommend you use). By using level-up you have to almost train Sphero to become better, brighter and faster. At first this is quite enjoyable and allows you to get used to how Sphero works before you get up enough speed and crash into every possible obstacle in your house. The only downside to this mode is that the levels are fairly repetitive (there are only 5 different tasks) and only change in the amount of time you have or the amount of metres required to travel, other than that are exactly the same. There is also a task where you have to aggressively shake Sphero.. Not sure what that's all about.
But there are a lot of apps available on Google Play which do a good job at making Sphero seem more real and alive than it just being a ball. Along with the noises your device makes, Orbotix have done a good job of giving this device a personality and kids will definitely be able to get into the story-line.

Enough chat, here are my pro's and con's:
PRO'S:
- It is a clever toy which is totally different to other remotely controlled devices
- It is pretty fast (you will need space to use Sphero properly!)
- It is durable. There are even missions where you have to purposely crash!
- The battery life really is about an hour of full speed use
- It has its own unique colour code making it feel more personal
- The technology doesn't lag at all on my Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.0 (Bluetooth is always strong)
- The level-up mode is a great way to interact and use Sphero

CON'S:
- You are paying £100 for a remote control ball (albeit a clever one)
- It requires more space than you may realise and will crash into everything with an unnerving noise
- If you exit the app for even a second you will have to reconnect to your Sphero
- If you move around, or if Sphero goes behind you, the calibration becomes confusing and you need to recalibrate (this does only take a second though)
- If you want to take Sphero outside or in water you almost have to have the 'Nubby Cover' for it to work (more money!)

All in all this is a really clever little device and if you can think of different places to take it, different people to use it with or have kids that love this sort of toy then, although expensive, this unique toy may well be worth your money. But the mistake I made was thinking "that looks cool, I will be able to do all sorts with it". Reality is, once the excitement of the missions wear off and you don't have anyone interested in using it with you, you will get slightly tired of driving the same route around your house and left thinking 'hmm, was this really worth the same money as a second hand PS3 from CeX?'
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 20 January 2014
Sphero 2.0 is absolutely amazing! I don't know how it compares to its predecessor Sphero (1.0). However I believe this is an excellent product with bright colours and the fast speed. It runs for quite a long time but you have to charge for a while (3-4hours) However when you leave it on its charger it soon charges and doesn't have to be fully charged to last you a long time. Over 25 apps are available on you Idevices that makes you do all different things with Sphero. EG. tilting,bumping and rolling etc.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 21 February 2014
This ball was fun for the first few minutes, but it quickly ran out of functionality. I quickly discovered all the things it could do, and I have some recommendations for people who want to buy it.
1. Alone or Multiplayer?
I've (so far) been playing alone with it. I know when friends come around, it will probably get more interesting... But if you don't have any friends coming around to play, then it does get tedious.
2. Tricks?Well....
I've tried rolling the ball into other people's rooms, but they'd have to be quite engrossed in their work not to hear. It does make quite a noise.
3.Driving.
The controls are a bit hard to get used to, but the ball does travel quite fast.
4. Charging.
It does have a really good charge. I also liked how it came with adapter plugs for other countries, which is perfect if you want to take your Sphero into other countries. French, English, American, and one more plug was what was included in the box.
5. Ramps.
The included ramps are good, but a little small. I often miss them if I'm driving at full speed.
6.Apps.
While I'm talking about the Sphero, I might as well mention the apps.
Chromo- Urmm... The idea is quite good but the controls are a bit hard.
Drive- This is good, I'd reccomend this to any new Sphero user.
Draw n' Drive- This is quite fun for the arty people.
All in all, it's a good toy, but if you're the type that is more used to things that are more immersive, then don't buy it. If you're getting this for your kids to play with and if they're under 13, then this may work.
3 1/2 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 April 2014
Hi, first of all I would like to share that sphero is a great indoor toy that can go fairly fast on A FLAT SURFACE.
Sphero has been advertised also as a great outdoor toy too unfortunately despite it being waterproof and shockproof it really struggles on a non flat surface! Sphero generally can not drive on grass or any uneven surface and when put in something relatively cold lost connectivity from my phone. Sphero is really bright and great at night because of this. Sphero has been advertised to have 25 apps however I can't find 25 and most of them are either different layouts of the basic drive app or nothing really involving the sphero itself. Overall sphero is good inside but not very good outside making me unsure whether to give it two or three stars: I decided to be generous, but overall a little disappointed!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 13 July 2014
Not as easy to control as it looks but it is quite fun. Need lots of room though and you definitely need the cover for it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 26 November 2013
I bought this out of curiosity. How much tuna can a ball that lights up be?

...Actually, I haven't been able to get to it, the kids, as usual, have taken over, and managed to create mini programmes, challenges etc for the ball, using the App that is free to download.

it's great to stimulate the mind, and give children the chance to actually use the grey matter they were born with.

I've set up all sorts of courses on the living room floor and my kids love being able to manoeuvre the ball around whatever I create. Plus there are games to play...

My 9 year old, soon to be 10, has friends that are getting Furby's for Christmas!!!! so we are on another challenge, persuading them how cool this is. I believe there are games to play if you have more than one Sphero

4 stars... I would love to hear some sound come out of Sphero, and maybe even be voice activated ... I'm sure both aren't too far off the next version.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 May 2015
Great fun, easy to play with. 10 year old boy loves it. It's like a little friendly robot pet. Good as an intro to programming. Buy with the nubby cover to take it off road. Nb. Needs smart app to operate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 May 2015
A brilliant bit of fun technology. I've used this in my class and they have absolutely loved it. They were able to control it easily and it helped them with their learning.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 9 November 2013
Robotic toys will always cause a great excitement with all of us tech fans whether you are an adult or child. Robots are just plain cool and amazingly fun to have, and I'm sure we all think this not just our tech lovers.

Sphero ball 2.0 is today's new remote controlled car but being controlled by your smart phone and 10x better. It is an electronically enhanced ball the size of an apple which can whizz around your living room or even in the garden based upon the movement of your finger via a smart phone device.

The Sphero Ball 2.0 is the second generation of balls created by Orbotix as you could tell by its name. With the 2.0 Sphero balls they will come twice as fast as the previous models, being able to roll across your floor at the speed of seven feet per second also it will be much more visible and attractive to the eye as it is three times more brightly lit.

The Sphero ball 2.0 has had an interesting upgrade to its user interface which allows the user to level up as they get more control over the ball, this then gives you more opportunities to have more fun with the ball as it can allow you to gain more speed. The interesting part to it is that it is now made as a game so that you will continuously have fun with it giving you more to do with the ball, rather than just using it to mess around. Now there will be different levels and challenges for you to pass and unlock more features to the ball such as access to more LED colours. The main app for the ball is called Sphero which can be downloaded from the Apple app store or Play store and is completely FREE! With this app you will have a small D-Pad where you will control the movement of the ball and a few other buttons allowing you to activate other features. There are two options on the main app which are to "Just Drive" or "Level Up". One of the smart decisions that Orbotix has come up with is making a hand full of apps which allow you to be creative with your balls and play many different games. All of these apps created by Orbotix are again free, making the consumers even more eager to buy the Sphero Ball 2.0. A few examples of the apps are; "Sphero Draw N` Drive", Sphero Golf, Sphero Cam, Sphero Pet and Sphero Exile. There are a variety of different apps which will definitely meet your needs and fulfil your enjoyment.

An remarkable app which they have created is where children and teenagers can even learn about programming: Sphero Macrolab lets you bring together sequences of predefined macros for Sphero to perform, and orbBasic lets you program behaviours for Sphero using the BASIC language they used to teach kids. This market`s it really well to parents as it brings a whole new educational side to it.

When you open the box of the Sphero Ball 2.0 you won't just receive the basic charger and the Sphero ball but for your benefit they have added two small ramps to provide instant fun and challenges. You will also be given a quick start guide, power adapter and an inductive charging base which will make your life much easier.

Overall the Sphero Ball 2.0 has had a major revamp to its predecessor and Orbotix have made it much better and have been very creative when producing it. They really did have the customers in mind when producing as I can honestly say whether you are the age of 5 or 50 it will provide you with more than enough entertainment. It has been built very durable and strong making it resist anything stopping it from breaking easily. As the Co-Founder said that it had endured being shot by a gun. So you won't have to worry about having to replace it. I will definitely recommend you to buy one and if you really do love it; keep collecting them making the fun last longer!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 22 November 2013
When I presented this as a gift to the birthday boy everyone stared at it and made comments like "well, it's different" but once turned on Sphero was the toy of the day with everyone wanting a go, it is very responsive, easy to use and smooth to drive (we were using an android tablet) - even a gran had a turn and enjoyed it. Love how it lights up as well. Literally hours of fun for everyone.
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