on November 6, 2012
Let me begin by saying that I have NEVER written a product review for ANYTHING in the past. I felt so strongly about my negative experience that I felt compelled to share it with any parents out there that are trying to decide which Tablet to buy their child. I tried to leave the "STARS" section of this review blank, but it won't let me. That's the only reason I gave this product ANY stars at all.
I was SO excited to get this tablet for my son for Christmas! The only thing he is asking Santa for is a Tablet. He does not have a preference of which one, so when I found this product I thought it would be perfect for his age level and it was the perfect price! UNFORTUNATELY, it was nothing but a piece of trash in a pretty box. First of all, if you are spending $150 on a kids toy, I fully expect that it should be up and running the second I take it out of the box. Not with the Meep! I had to spend HOURS trying to figure out how to install the system upgrades that are SUPPOSED to fix all of the original glitches. After 3 failed attempts and 2 resets back to factory settings I was finally able to install the upgrades successfully. I thought the rest of the road would be smooth sailing....NOPE! Even after the system upgrades, I was never able to figure out the Meep Store! I set up the accounts, but it would not let me purchase anything! It took FOREVER and a day to load anything...just kept THINKING, and THINKING, and THINKING. I could just envision my excited 5 year old opening this on Christmas morning and quickly becoming disappointed because everything took so long or froze up or didn't work...etc. Also, it only comes with 3 books preloaded and only 1 of those are "read to you" format. The games that it comes with are pretty silly. The only cool one being Angry Birds. I was under the impression that it came with more preloaded stuff. My advice? Save yourself HOURS of frustration and LOTS of sleep. (Since I had to work on this at night while the kids were sleeping...stayed up till well past 1 am 2 nights in a row trying to MAKE IT WORK!) Buy something that you KNOW will work. Personally, I decided to go with the Nook Color with a really cool Angry Birds case that I just KNOW my son will love! B & N just dropped the price of the Nook color to $139...with the case it will only cost about $20 more to go this route. Plus, since I already have a Nook of my own with lots of kids apps/books I will not have to rebuy anything. I almost went with the Naby 2, but decided to avoid ANY kids tablets only because this was such a disastrous experience. I want to have peace of mind that the product I choose will work well.
on November 17, 2012
I had read all the bad reviews and some the few good ones. It seemed like to me - it was a little tricky to setup and I was thinking that maybe they weren't as computer literate as me??? I decided to go ahead and order 2 of them for my boys - I got a GREAT deal on them from Kohls with 30% off, Kohls Cash and received $40 Kohls Cash for buying them. So I thought it was worth the gamble to see if I liked them... Kohls takes anything back (Just checked... Kohls no longer has it available.) IN THE END... I DID FEEL IT WAS WORTH IT - but may have wanted to throw it out the window during the set up.
The setup process was HORRIBLE! I signed up for an account - which I had to wait for a reply email to verify my email address. This took 5 HOURS for the reply email to come. You are unable to access internet and all the settings are extremely High security, until you log into the Meep site and pay $1 to verify your over 18??!??
While I was waiting - I went ahead and changed the time, time zone, etc... DO NOT DO THIS!! You have to leave the settings as is - until you to the OTA Download (Over the Air)
So finally 5 hours after I first tried to log in - I got the email, The only web browsers you can use are Google Chrome and one other one. It will not allow you to pull the the Meep site with Explorer or Firefox. This was a pain. You will also have to enter in the Serial Number, which is on a sticker on the back of it. This is crazy too - I think it had to be in all caps and it was hard to find out if it was a 0 or O, I or l, etc... Then once you get it entered correctly... it will tell you that there is an ERROR - HOWEVER this is apparently what you want! lol - Then when you receive the error message - you will then be able to go on and log in... FINALLY.
Do not ignore the OTA setup video when you login. This is very important. Once you figure out how to do the Upgrade - you will then be able to change the settings so the Meep is able to get online, watch You Tube Videos, etc... There are several pre-loaded games, angry birds, etc...
I AM SO HAPPY THAT THE SETUP IS FINALLY COMPLETE. I CAN'T BELIEVE HOW HORRIBLE IT WAS AT FIRST... I HOPE THAT MY REVIEW WILL HELP YOU SET YOURS UP. I'm a little jealous that my boys have one and I don't, lol. I think this is an excellent tablet for the price I paid and overall I am very happy I ordered it. So post setup - I love the MEEP!!
I'm also very glad I didn't toss them out the window during the setup process.
on November 26, 2012
Ok, I purchased the MEEP! tablet for my daughter for xmas thinking that she would love it and that I would be able to use my phone (as she is always playing games on it). Unfortunately I did not read the reviews as I saw all the accolades from magazines so I figured it was a solid product. It is not. I only decided to read the reviews AFTER i had purchased and recieved it. It was then noted by many that the initial setup time takes a while so I decided to do this early so it will be ready christmas morning. Take away: It is not out of the box ready.
I am writing this review from the public library because in order to use the MEEP! you need to register it as a parent and set up an account. I tried this from home, but good ole Oregon Scientific requires that you use Google Chrome or Safari to use their website. Since Google Chrome refuses to work on my home computer, I ventured to the library. I Have been here for 3 hours!!!!!!!!!!! trying to get this thing working to no avail. I am computer literate and the videos they show you are great, however, if something goes wrong (which it most likely will), there is no <- Back button and it just goes on its merry way thinking that everything is OK, well, its not.
I have the MEEP! in front of me, wi-fi established (I'm at the library after all) as directed by the site. I am at step 3 in the set up...establishing Google Play. I followed the instructions and WHAM! ERROR! they couldn't find my device. I tried this again and again, restarting the MEEP! to make sure the connections were solid and kept getting the same error. I have the most recent upgrade on the MEEP! thanks to the required over the air (OTA) firmware update.
I finally breakdown, call customer support. Customer support starts off by asking for my email address and asks if I want updates from them...NO! I want my kids present fixed and working for her before she opens it christmas morning. They continue with the "troubleshooting" and it goes everwhere the problem isn't. Finally we get to my issue. No resolution. "we will send this to our IT department and get back with you later today". Well let me tell you, later today, this product I purchased for $149 will be in the garbage as I dont have any of my shipping info (my mistake, I'll take the blame for that), and I will be purchasing a Kindle Fire (hey they're on sale today!) instead as another user suggested.
Big disappointment. I lost my job back in June, and this was my big expenditure for my daughter this Christmas and now its gonna be a big let down. After buying this and a Kindle Fire...I should have just bought an iPad for her. At least they have "geniuses" at their store to help.
Oh I almost forgot. I charged it fully last night and this morning at the library the battery was dead. It lost its charge overnight while it was OFF!!!!!!! This product was clearly rushed to the market.
on October 5, 2012
Terrible, just terrible. This is the first time in 20 years of web use that I have been moved to write a web review - that is how bad this product is. I bought this for my son's 7th birthday and now have to take it back because it keeps crashing, and they have the worst customer service and website ever. Do what I plan to do when i have returned this for a refund - buy a Kindle instead! Thanks for ruining my son's birthday, Oregon Scientific!
on September 5, 2012
This is something I got for my nieces and nephews to use while at my house, that hasn't happened yet, but I can say how this tablet is based on my perspective.
I waited to review this item until it was released so I could review the online aspect as well. The online aspects, so far, in terms of the Meep online account, is really just a way to monitor your child... Which is fine. That and to put money in to the account so you can buy more apps/games. As of today, I cannot even view my account info my Meep page, so its obviously not totally up and running, which is a little frustrating, being that the product is launched... I also found it irritating that you have to either use Google Chrome or Safari (for apple users which is fine), but I don't use Goggle Chrome, I use Firefox, which I find a lot less cluttered as a browser. I am surprised it doesn't even have an option to use internet explorer... So I did not like that, but I am hoping as they will add the ability to use IE or FF in the future, as right now, the online account is the equivalent of a beta program, and its not even in beta, I find that pretty pathetic.
As for the tablet, it works okay. I have had several issues with it freezing when playing games, and I have had no choice but to shut it off because it completely froze. Which is frustrating, I have several "adult" tablets and they never have this issues. While this is a much less sophisticated tablet, I just get the idea that this product wasn't really ready to launch. The games that the tablet contains work just fine, other than the tablet freezing. It includes games kids will like, like Angry Birds, Uno, and also misc learning games you can play together which are fun to play together with someone else.
It feels durable, even without the cover, it has a very sturdy feel to it, like I could throw it and it would probably survive, so that gives it a plus for me. The tablet is easy enough to navigate, it's not complicated, there are two tabs on the side you can use and you just wheel through the options. I did have some trouble with navigating through the games at times, with the scroll function, it would freeze or just go back to the first game every time I tried to move through the list. You can change the way you navigate through the games so it is just a list, but still, it shouldn't even be having these problems with such basic functions!
While I would say that this kind of tablet is perfect for the child in your life who isn't ready for a "real" tablet yet in terms of its sturdiness and general ease of navigation, but I probably would not buy this product until a second generation product is out, it feels like they didn't finish this product and it is more than a little buggy for a brand new product. It gets a 5 stars for sturdiness and ease of navigation and games, but a 2 for it's bugs and problems, so 3 all together.
EDIT: Saturday September 29, 2012
I wanted to add a note: While I found the tablet to have many issues, this has NOT stopped my nieces and nephew from enjoying it (aged 7, 10, and 13), they LOVE it. In terms of enjoyment (for children) I would rate it a 5, but for all the glitches it has, it gets a two, which gives it a solid 3 stars. Since you're unlikely to be the one using, as an adult, I suppose it is still a good choice for children, but there are definitely less buggy tablets out there.
God Bless ~Amy