Toy Review – TheO SmartBall
TheO SmartBall is a kid-friendly smartphone accessory in the shape of an orange sphere where a smartphone can be safely stuffed inside. Since it is made of padded foam, both kids and smartphones will remain protected as it gets tossed, thrown and bounced around.
Who is This For?
Parents can’t help but be afraid that leaving smartphones and other similar devices in the hands of their children can lead to these devices being damaged. With the TheO SmartBall, parents will no longer have to worry, since their kids can have fun and even learn from various games and apps on smartphones without fear of wrecking them. This innovative smart ball, combined with dedicated mobile apps that encourages kids and adults to get moving, will provide hours of active play time. This is definitely going to be a hit among parents who want to let their children have a fun and learning experiences using smartphones.
4 years and up.
Things We Like
With TheO SmartBall, it’s like you have a bowling ball – a padded one, at that – to play with. The main reason for purchasing this accessory is the level of protection that it can provide for smartphone and other devices, and we like how it delivers on that aspect. Rolling, shaking, bouncing, tossing, and even flat-out throwing it will ensure that the smartphone remains safe, snug and secure inside the ball.
We also like the iPhone apps and games that come with TheO SmartBall. Some examples are Hot Potato and Active 123, which offer excellent gameplay. The educational apps will also make sure that your kids will be learning while having fun! On top of that, there is also the fact that you can personalize the apps with your voice, as well as the name of the child.
With this orange ball, many would most likely decide that they have no need for a smartphone case anymore, since this does the job, and more! TheO SmartBall is compatible with iPhone – iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, 5S, 5C, iPod Touch 3rd Gen, Apple iOS 5.1 or higher. It can also be used with devices running Android 2.3.1 or later.
Things We Don’t Like
As mentioned earlier, TheO SmartBall is made of foam. This means that there is a possibility of it getting dirty easily, especially when it is rolled, bounced or thrown around a lot. Maintenance is likely to be an issue, and since the material comes in a vibrant orange color, dirt can be easily seen. We also didn’t like that it only works with devices up to 2.5″ x 5″ in size (including any case). Physical Apps says they will be releasing a version for larger devices in the near future.
TheO SmartBall is available at the price of $34.95, and includes the required apps.
Physical Apps has not yet made any announcement regarding warranties and guarantees for this product.
Is It Worth The Money?
Good Housekeeping, Parenting, and Popular Science Magazines all think so. They each awarded TheO Ball their coveted “Best Of” award. At $34.95, not only will you have the orange ball itself, you will also have the dedicated mobile apps that will make every second of using the TheO Ball worthwhile. We believe it is worth the money.
Where Can I Buy?
The TheO SmartBall is available directly from the Physical Apps store, or you can also check out other online merchants, such as Amazon.
The innovative TheO SmartBall puts another spin to fun and active learning, so be smart and make sure your kids have one, too!