Product Type: Hasbro toys
Newest Review: ... 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 adapte... more
Member Name: loulou22
Advantages: Fun little gadget.
Disadvantages: The novelty wears off.
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 :)
Summary: Have a boogie with boogie dog!
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