The Sphero 2.0 for iOS and Android is a remote-controlled ball that provides minigames galore. Read on for our full review of the fun iPhone-compatible toy.
Sphero 2.0 Review
Value for money
If you're looking for a fun Bluetooth accessory and don't mind paying slightly more than you should, the Sphero is a brilliant buy.
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The Sphero 2.0 for iOS and Android is a remote-controlled ball that provides minigames galore.
With over 30 iOS and Android challenges on offer (not to mention ‘boost’ and ‘dance’ functions), it wasn’t long before we were driving our Sphero around the office.
Look and feel
The Sphero is a ball. You won’t be kicking this ball anytime soon, though. Instead, you’ll be driving it around, steering it past obstacles and boosting and jumping along the way.
Sphero 2.0 is a Bluetooth-compatible, remote-controlled ball that comes with adjustable colours, learnable skills (such as particular motions and speed adjustments) and a host of downloadable minigames to try out.
The Sphero itself is weighted so that the heaviest side of it is always facing the ground, which makes for easy-ish steering on a variety of different surfaces.
We’re currently putting together this review, but we’d rather be outside firing the Sphero over ramps.
When you’re driving the Sphero around and it’s flashing, spinning and rolling, it really does look glorious. The gadget has a top speed of 7 feet per second, which is pretty impressive.
Even calibrating the Sphero is a treat, as you slowly spin the ball around from a distance whilst bright blue lights shoot off the side of the gadget.
We have no complaints when it comes to the Sphero’s appearance. This is a toy that looks great, particularly in low light where the colours of the ball can shine the brightest.
Using the Sphero app
You can’t use the Sphero without the app, so if you’re looking to grab one you’ll need a smartphone.
The app itself provides a back story to Sphero, a naughty robot that managed to escape from an odd space factory. You also get the chance to name your Sphero, which is a nice touch.
The more you use the Sphero app, the more points you unlock. These points can be used to ‘upgrade’ the Sphero. Using Sphero points, you can teach the little robot to dance around, jump and boost, for example, with each action being assigned a unique sound and colour.
Inside the Sphero app you can adjust the speed of the Sphero and unlock new skills and tricks.
Obviously, the official Sphero app houses all of the main functions of the toy, but head to the App Store or the Google Play Store and you’ll see there’s a whole bunch of other Sphero-compatible apps (‘over 30’, actually) by a variety of different developers.
One of our favourites was the Rolling Dead game, which saw us rolling the Sphero around the room and killing zombies thanks to augmented reality technology functioning through our smartphone camera.
Pairing the Sphero with your smartphone is a simple procedure and we didn’t have any syncing issues during our time with the gadget.
One thing we did notice, though, is that you’ll have a better experience in terms of connectivity when you’re indoors.
Outside, you’re more likely to roll the Sphero out of range and therefore lose connection to the ball, meaning you won’t be able to steer it using the smartphone app.
We had a great time messing around with the Sphero. Rolling this gadget through the local park had us feeling like little kids again, and we really enjoyed levelling up the Sphero and teaching it some new moves.
There’s certainly alot to explore, considering we didn’t even have time to try out all of the Sphero-compatible applications on Apple’s App Store.
If you’re looking for a fun Bluetooth accessory and don’t mind paying slightly more than you should, the Sphero is a brilliant buy.