Review: Snap Pets Are an Interesting Twist on the Selfie Remote

Review: Snap Pets Are an Interesting Twist on the Selfie Remote

Selfies, even with the benefit of a selfie stick, often have the odd appearance of someone's arm holding the phone (or stick) at arm's length. WowWee, the folks behind some of the most sophisticated toy robots, has a kids toy that is designed to enhance the selfie process. I guess we've reached the point where it's commonplace to have kids with a smartphone, so maybe such an accessory makes sense.

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Here's how it works. The Snap Pet ($29.99) is a compact, plastic egg-shaped "character" with a camera in the middle of its body. That camera is controlled by the Snap Pets app, via Bluetooth, so you use your phone as a remote control, allowing you to trigger the shot (including burst and delay options) which the Snap Pets actually records and transmits to the phone. You can't get a live preview and the device is a bit too plastic for my liking, but it is a kids' toy after all. At $30, it's not a great price, but you can find them for about half that price at Target, Toys R Us, and other retailers, making it a good value. 

Pros

  • Good value, when on sale
  • Clever idea
  • Compact, pocketable
  • Easy to use app

Cons

  • Expensive (but on sale)
  • Lower quality camera
  • Toy-like build

Final Verdict

The Snap Pets is a compact, pocketable, clever concept and I wonder if the company might have been more successful with a more grown-up model, with better build quality, a higher-end camera, live preview, and more luxurious materials. 

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.