Product Review

Sphero Star Wars BB-8 Droid Review

Sphero Star Wars BB-8 Droid Wow! It’s been a whopping 30 years since the original Star Wars Movie made its theatrical release on the big screen. Clearly you can make the argument that it’s one of the best movies all-time… including having some of the most eclectic and infamous characters ever introduced to cinema. However no one captured our our hearts none more than R2-D2.

Ironically, since the release of “Star Wars The Force Awakens” the seventh installment in the main Star Wars film series, Sphero Star Wars BB-8 Droid app controlled robot is recognized as one of the most sought out characters in today’s marketplace.

 

The Sphero Star Wars BB-8 Droid Review

Product: Sphero Star Wars BB-8 Droid

Price: $130 Retail

Cheapest Place To Buy: Amazon

My Rating: 3 Out 5 Stars

Sphero is a collaboration between Disney and robotics startup company. The BB-8 is fully functional and controlled via an app from an iPhone or Android. This unique device and well designed gadget is more than just a robotic head floating above a rotating ball… it’s an adaptive personality that charges as you play – capable of displaying a range of expressions when given voice commands.

Let’s Have A Look At BB-8 In Action

 

Sphero Star Wars BB-8 Droid Features

  • Authentic Movement: Guide your BB-8 with a smartphone or tablet
  • Listens & Responds: BB-8 recognizes and reacts to your voice
  • Holographic Messaging: Record and view virtual holographic videos with BB-8
  • Autonomous Behavior: BB-8 has a mind of its own – explore the Star Wars galaxy together
  • Adaptive Personality: Your BB-8’s unique attitude and actions evolve as you interact
  • Authentic Movement: Guide your BB-8 with a smartphone or tablet
  • Listens & Responds: BB-8 recognizes and reacts to your voice
  • Holographic Messaging: Record and view virtual holographic videos with BB-8
  • Autonomous Behavior: BB-8 has a mind of its own – explore the Star Wars galaxy together
  • Adaptive Personality: Your BB-8’s unique attitude and actions evolve as you interact
  • iOS & Android compatible
  • Top speed of 4.5 mph (7ft/s)
  • Bluetooth Smart BLE connection (100 foot range)

Does Star Wars BB-8 Deliver?

Sphero Star Wars BB-8 Droid

Pros

  • Easy to start playing right out of the box
  • The magnetic BB-8 head has wheels to help rotate 360 degrees
  • The downloadable app allows you to control BB-8 directly, listen to the cool sounds of BB-8, has a camera to record augmented reality messages and listens to voice commands
  • Upgrades and added features
  • Can listen and react to the actual movie!
  • Makes a great display piece when not in use
  • Compatible with third party apps

 

Cons

  • Runs well on low carpets but it picks up pet hair and lint fairly easily
  • The head comes off upon impact
  • The device is relatively small in size
  • Sounds come from your smart phone, not from the unit itself

Conclusion

Well, for starters…  this BB-8 isn’t as big as the one depicted on-screen, and unfortunately it’s not quite as smart or independent either. However, there has been several improvements to this device since its inception earlier in the year making it more desirable to Star Wars fans all over.

What’s your take on the Star Wars BB-8 Droid? Tell us in the comments below…

Summary
Review Date
Reviewed Item
Sphero Star Wars BB-8 Droid
Author Rating
31star1star1stargraygray

6 Comments

  1. What a cool little gadget!
    Another Stars Wars collectible in the making?…we shall see in 30 years…lol…either way, this is neat.
    Even with the higher price tag, I can still see myself having alot of fun showing this off to a few friends.
    A potential idea for a Father’s Day gift too.
    Thanks.

  2. Hey Mark,
    Yes! Beautiful site! Well laid out! And I adore BB-8! Cool review, it makes me want to get one. Very clear well thought outage page review of this item, believable. 10/10!

    The demo, pros, cons, and conclusion are real pluses. I wouldn’t change a thing. Great job, Mark!

  3. Thanks for the great review of the BB-8 Droid. I have a 9 year old son who I know would love this thing. I have thought about buying it for him but just wasn’t sure if it was worth the price tag.

    I guess one of my main concerns besides the cons you have listed is battery life? I had a drone type thing before and it seemed to kill the battery pretty quickly. I am afraid this thing might also have a short battery life. Do you happen to know what the useful battery life is on a full charge?

    Thanks,
    Mike

    1. Hi Mike-

      It takes approximately 3 hours to get the BB-8 fully charged, which yields only about an hour of play-time.

      Thanks

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*