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54 of 59 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2012
This isn't a complete review, but since no one else has posted anything, I wanted to get something out there for others...

I got this for my 7 year old for Christmas & took a chance on seeing nothing other than the YouTube videos about it. Shipped very fast from TPA Store, so no worries there. I took it for a test drive before wrapping it.

First - the iPad version required IOS 6, so if you're thinking of using your original ipad (v1), you'll need to download the iphone app not the HD app. Once I got over that panic, things were better.

Setup was very fast. Find and install app..install batteries...turn on...look for wifi signal on your ipad...connect...run. It took longer to get out of the box than to get it up and running.

Pretty cool. I ran it around the house a little bit. Controls were responsive and the tilt to steer feature worked better than I had expected. It doesn't have an integrated picture or video gallery, so if you take photos, you can't just replay them immediately from the app. It ran on carpet OK, but a little slower of course.

It has a telescoping camera that is controlled from the app. again, very cool.

The video quality was good. Make sure you take off the little plastic protective lens cover that it ships with.

Wifi range - I didn't push the limits, but worked fine at 30' We have wireless gadgets all over the house, so I was worried about some interference, but didn't notice any.

Battery life - Don't know yet. Took 6 AA batteries and I've bought rechargables. Like most toys, I suspect we'll burn through them for the first few weeks and then it will taper off, so I'm not too concerned.

That's the dad review...if there's anything significantly better or worse after my son plays with it for a while I'll repost.

Post-Christmas update...7 year old son likes it. Is working with no problems - good wireless signal/range. He plays with it for about 20-30 minutes as a time. An update on the playback - there is a menu option to playback photos and video...it is not an issue.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2013
We bought this and couldn't make it work with the App. After searching on-line we found that there are multiple apps on the iStore that all look alike. The one you need is "i-spy toy" from Happy Cow. The instructions tell you to get the I-spy Tank app but this one did not work. Once we got the right app, it works as advertised. The video is a little blurry but it's good enough. Also make sure you first connect your iphone to the wifi signal from the Tank. The light on the right side will get brighter (same brightness as the left light) when you connect properly.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2013
For the price, it's a great deal...
Pros...
1) The camera is better than I expected, and the update rate is good as long as you're line of sight.
2) The controls are straight forward
3) some users complained about ground clearance, but I haven't had any problems climbing over obstacles as long as I hit them with the tread. If you've ever done any 4 wheeling, you know you can't drive over anything you want, sometimes you have to put a tire on the obstacle to get the clearance you need. Same deal here

Cons...
1) The turret can be raised and lowered to allow you to look up at any angle up to about 45deg. For some reason (might just be my tank) the servo seems to have trouble making it look up. It struggles like it might not make it. I thought it might need to break in a bit, but it's still doing it after a few hours of run time. I might get more aggressive, and try to apply some graphite to the hinge points.
2) it loses connection with the IPhone every once in a while, but usually picks back up again after 10 or 15 seconds. I did have to power it off and back on one time to restore the connection. Not sure what that was all about.
3) The range is about 20 - 30 ft if inside the house, and in another room.
4) the lights are useless in the dark... I purchased a small 90 lumen AAA light, and taped it to the side of the tank for dark running. I wanted to tape it to the turret, but the servo is so weak, the light prevents the turret from rising.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2014
The tank works as advertised. However, it was sold as new, and it arrived loose in the box, with the zip ties cut - obviously a return. I bought it from Bo Toys and Gifts. The tank worked fine until I upgraded my phone to IOS7. Now I have a nice looking paper weight... The app no longer works, and there seems to be no IOS7 version. There is no info on the manufacturer, other than supposedly it is made by "Happy Cow".
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2013
These is a great product for spying, but pet owners take notice...my dog hates this. The only drawback is that the max speed is quite slow. Other than that video and sound are fairly decent on my iPad mini
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2013
We got this for our daughter as a birthday gift. The first unit we received was not secured in the box - it had the plastic ties cut. We didn't want to take the chance of it not working, so we contacted Amazon and a new one was shipped immediately, which was great. (I do wonder if the other poster that got a non-working unit with the ties cut received that unit though.)

My daughter loved the tank and it worked wonderfully for a week. Then all of the sudden it just keeps losing the wifi connection. We have tried shutting off all other devices to ensure interference isn't an issue but that hasn't resolved it either. We have looked but can't locate any information on customer service we could call to help.

This one will be going back and we will try a different make/model from a different company.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 22, 2014
My son is very happy with the tank. Says he wished it had a better camera. The setup instructions were not that great, but we figured it out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2013
Good range overall and the Bluetooth controls on ipad are solid... And good range. Not sure if I'm going to use it much... But cool novelty item.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2013
Great toy!! Easy to use and get running. Had to use directions off internet as the ones with it did not explain wifi setting set up well. Picture is good and is great for indoor use!
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on January 5, 2015
My father bought this for my 7-year-old son for Christmas and it totally failed. Couldn't maintain a connection with the app for more than about 30 seconds. Super frustrating because it was so cool when it worked, but just as we would get going it would drop the connection. Tried it with a 3rd gen iPad, iPhone 5 & iPhone 4. The app works on all devices, and the initial connection works, but only for a very short time, and then the only way to re-establish connection was to turn the tank off & on and start over. Based on other reviews I guess we got a lemon. Returned.
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