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The iDog is made by Hasbro and is a very cute gadget for playing music through. I had never seen an iDog until I was given one as a leaving gift by my best friend last year. She had known I was looking for some kind of speakers for my iPod and knowing that I love dogs she thought this was ideal.
In The Dog House
The iDog was given to me in his original box, the box was mainly white with a few coloured spots on it and some printed information on the back about what the iDog can do. The box had a large clear piece of plastic covering the front of it allowing a clear view of the product inside.
Inside the box was the iDog himself, along with a rather thick instruction manual, an adapter cable for attaching your device to the dog and a set of 2 AA 'Demo' batteries.
iDog becomes Boogie Dog
After a short battle with the packaging and a quite lengthy hunt for my ipod, I was ready to set up my iDog and see what he did. Once unpacked I realised that I needed a small screwdriver to unscrew iDogs' back leg and put the batteries in, this was pretty simple as I have a packet of screwdrivers from a Christmas cracker (possibly the most useful cracker gift ever!)
After replacing the back leg I read the instructions as my dog wasn't doing anything, the instructions told me that I needed to press the dogs nose to activate him. Admittedly I was like a big kid with my new gadget and when I pressed his nose and his face lit up with multi-coloured lights and he made a cute puppy dog barking noise I felt rather excited!
On the side of the iDog is a little rubber flap, if you unplug this flap you are able to plug the supplied adapter wire into the iDog's hip. This adapter wire has two options, one is for plugging in an AC adapter to save you using batteries and the other is used to connect to your iPod, MP3 player or pretty much anything that has a headphone jack. I often connect my iDog to my laptop as I prefer the music to come from the iDog rather than directly at me from the laptop.
Once your desired music player is plugged into the iDog you simply need to press play on the iPod or MP3 player and providing the iDog is turned on your music will begin to play through his built in speaker and iDogs 'face' will light up in a nice variety of different colours. These lights are quite bright for such a little gadget and we have found that if we turn off all of the lights they do look really effective and quite cool. As well as the lights show iDog also moves his head in time with the music, this is when iDog became Boogie Dog to me. The movements from the now re-named Boogie Dog are actually few and far between and it does depend on the kind of music you are playing as to how much he will dance. When Boogie Dog dances his head and ears move from side to side and up and down, while this is cute it can also be annoying as it makes quite a noise so because of this I am quite glad the movement is minimal and I am happy at just the lights show.
In between songs Boogie Dog will occasionally bark at you, which often makes me jump! He is also quite interactive and will bark to say hello when you press his nose to activate him and he will also bark to say goodbye when you press and hold his nose to send him to sleep.
If you decide to be a mean owner and flick iDog's tail this will mute the music until you flick it again. If you flick his tail when no music is playing then he will growl at you and wont make any dog noises for a short period of time. iDog's head is also interactive and has a sensor on the top, if you place your finger over the sensor he will move his head and make puppy noises as if you are stroking him.
The other feature of iDog is his 'moods'. When you first get iDog he will be a puppy and depending on what kind of music you feed him will depend on his personality as he 'grows up'. iDog's moods are reflected in the style light show he gives you to show you how much he likes or dislikes the music you are playing. A guide to these so called moods can be found in the instruction book, I haven't really studied them though as for me, this would be taking it a step too far!
Top Dog Sound Quality
With the iDog being more of a novelty speaker gadget I wasn't expecting the sound quality to be fantastic, but to my surprise I actually think it is great! I have found that with my iPod connected and turned to maximum volume iDog plays my music with a nice crisp edge to it, there is the occasional crackle at the high pitch singing or very deep bass, but nothing so major that it warrants complaining about!
When I connect iDog to my laptop I find that my music sounds much better than if I play it through my laptop and again I find that even at top volume this dog can handle it and give me clarity not crackles.
The only let down of iDog is his hunger for batteries. It seems that the more I feed him music the more he munches his way through the batteries. Thankfully I use rechargeable batteries as I tend to find that a fully charged set of batteries will only provide around 3 to 4 hours continuous playing time. At some point in the future I may invest in an AC adapter for Boogie Dog, but at the moment I simply haven't got round to it.
The iDog is available in many different varieties. The one I have is while with black spots, but I have seen them in blues, black and pinks as well as themed ones like Spiderman and Batman. There is also a plush version of the iDog available which is apparently aimed at younger children.
How Much is That Dog Who Likes to Boogie?
As I mentioned at the start of this review, my Boogie Dog was a gift so I don't know how much he cost, but I have seen the iDog available on eBay for around the £5 - £7 mark plus postage.
Top Dog or Obedience School Drop Out?
As much as I love my Boogie Dog, he is essentially a gadget and a battery eater! The initial fascination with his dancing and lights did wear off pretty quickly, but nonetheless I do still recommend iDog simply for his quality and the smile factor! So, for me, iDog is a Top Dog!
Thanks for reading :)
Hasbro i-Dog! - white
I recieved an idog about three christmases ago and to be honest I should have sold it on ebay the next day! I was given the white idog and it does look quite cute... until you turn it on!
To switch it on you just press its nose. All you have to do is connect you ipod or mp3 player to your idog and it will play your music, from its speaker on its back. While it plays your music it will move to the music and it will have a flashing led fit on its face! Which is quite annoying.
The sound quality is quite good although it can sound a bit 'tinny' which is not what you want from a speaker. Also when my music is playing and the idog is dancing, the movements make a noise that can sometimes overpower the music, it sounds like a hydralic pump, which doesn't sound very healthy! You can also move its ears and if you move its tail you can change the song... I think. Also to stop the music you have to press its nose and hold it down for about five seconds and when I get go after five seconds it keeps playing or moving by its self and you can just hear the moving noises it makes. Which is quite frustrating when you want it to switch off. You can get them in white, black and pink!
The idog is priced between £12 and £18 from amazon, you can not buy it from argos any more. You could also buy it from ebay. But I would not recommend this product to anyone, unless you want to give it to someone to annoy them!
Thank you for reading my review, I hope it was helpful! :D
I received an i-dog dance last christmas as a present, and I can not say I would recommend it. The idea is that you plug in your I-Pod or MP3 player, or just let it dance to the music or sounds that are going on in the room at the time.
The head of the dog is made up of 7 multicoloured lights and a sensor screen that it supposed to react to touch and then do comands according to where you touch the screen. Also the lights will dance to the music or sounds. The dog has ears that will move, a nose button and a foot that taps to the music. It will go on it's hind legs when dancing (sometimes) and there are two microphone outlets for the sound to come out of when barking or playing music.
Sadly, we have never been able to get our I-Dog to work as it is supposed to, despite changing the batteries and studying the manual. It hardly ever responds to the touch screen and NEVER turns itself off, which it claims to do by itself if it isn't played with for an hour. The intermittent yapping is therefore a total pain! The sound is very tinny (although with speakers that size this does not surprise me) and when it does decide to respond to sound in the room, it started barking when my baby was crying!!! Like I didn't have enough on my plate!!!
My partner paid £10 in ASDA for this toy, although I think they retail normally at about £20. Don't waste your money is my advice.
I love my iPod and when it comes to Christmas (because I am a tech geek) the family always struggles to buy me gifts. This is mainly beacause my tech gadgets cost in excess of their budget. It came as a big surprise that last Christmas I opened an iDog.
This little chappy connects to your iPod (or any MP3 player) via the supplied 3.5mm cable. You then switch him on and he wiggles his head and ears whilst making barking and funny noises. Then comes the fun part. Turn on your tunes and the music is played through the iDog's built-in speaker. It doesn't go too loud, but certainly loud enough to enjoy. The iDog then moves in time to the music, well sort of. It is not that accurate, but quite entertaining to watch.
The combination of lights on the face are meant to display the mood, but I could never work that out. All-in-all this is a nice but of fun. Some battery toys get annoying (like that Crazy Frog that is now in the bin), but the iDog is a little different. Maybe it cuteness has kept it on my desk. Don't expect great audio quality though. What you do get is a fun product with an actual use... the mini-speaker.
An i.dog's for it's each entire battery life, not just for Xmas! Having said that I doubt the local dogs home would accomodate your i.dog if it wasn't of any need to you anymore. Anyway, my pet loving girlfriend who noted the distinct absence of pets in my life got me a non-pooing, non eating and very obedient dog. i.dog's seem to be rather cult and popular toys these days! It sleeps most of them time, doesn't need a flea collar (has no fur), and barks and walks, and wags when I want it by the touch of it's little wired controller! Okay, so Iggy (yeah, it's been named...) is a bit frighteningly robotic; a cross breed between a green imac and a very small dog, but it's still a lot of fun to look at and use, and it's addiction relies on it's childish simplicity, I love it! My own pet, aww! The only annoyance is that the battery case is very hard to open (requires a serious jab of screwdriver work; where are you Bob The Builder?), and there's no batteries including. It needs a standard 2 AA though, so it's not hard to get. The grey dog squeak barks and wags it's tail on the first button push, while the second button makes it walk and wag it's tail. And it's good novel fun, that's going to be quite a cult success I assume due to it's simplicity of fun and good design. Please, give an i.dog a home. Maybe your kids would appreciate over a real one which requires more attention, maybe. Woof! Indeed.
i-Dog (e-Dog) is the brand new groovy pooch thats ready to rock-out to whatever tune youre playing! Plug your music player into him and he will act as a portable speaker so whether you are at home or out and about you can listen to your favourite tunes wherever you go.i-Dog (e-Dog) loves to groove and can respond to any sound source simply place him next to a speaker and let him get down or plug in your personal MP3 or CD player and watch him go.