Sphero BB-8 App-Enabled Droid Review

Really cool! Movable and interactive, the Sphero BB-8 App-Enabled Droid can be controlled via an app from your smart phone or tablet.

You can make it move around, record holographic augmented reality video messages, respond to voice commands, make it say “No, no, no..” and nod it’s head with it’s endearing droid kind of charm.

At time of publishing, we understand that the developers are likely going to increase the preset behaviours of the Sphero BB8 on an ad-hoc basis, as long as you update the app. This allows you to grow with Sphero BB8 and have continuous fun!

PROS: Comes assembled.
CONS: High cost.


BB-8 App-Enabled Droid || Built by Sphero by Go Sphero

The sound it makes will come from your phone.

BB8 is a droid character from an upcoming Star Wars movie that’s yet to be released. So this means that besides the Sphero BB8, there are quite a number of similar products that resembles the Sphero BB8, so be sure before you make your purchase. They could be just stationary figurines with no remote control function or interactivity elements.

Stationary BB8 Figurines:

Star Wars Episode 7 Pop! BB-8
by FunKo
Star Wars – 9.5″ Talking BB-8 Exclusive Figure by Star Wars

However, a larger Sphero BB8 is available under the Hasbro brand that comes with a remote control joystick. The sound it makes comes out from BB8’s body itself:

Star Wars Remote Control BB-8 Droid by Hasbro

The Hasbro BB8 has some limitations: The remote needs to be within 10 feet or it will not be able to detect BB8. You also need to point the remote directly at BB8 in order for the frequency to be reached. This means you need to move around with it. It’s speed in moving it slower. But it looks bigger and seems more sturdy.


The Sphero BB8 in comparison is smaller and faster in speed. It also covers a wider range, and you do not need to point your phone directly at it to control it.


Watch Timmy’s Toy Box’s Comparison Review of Both Star Wars BB8 Toys Droids (BB-8, BB 8) Sphero BB8 and Hasbro Target BB8 below in the video section.

Tip: Make sure that your phone or tablet’s OS is compatible with the Sphero BB8 before purchasing or it can’t be activated.


Quick Summary

  • Authentic Movement: Guide your BB-8 with a smartphone or tablet
  • Listens & Responds: BB-8 recognizes and reacts to your voice
  • Holographic Messaging: Record and view virtual holographic videos with BB-8
  • Autonomous Behavior: BB-8 has a mind of its own – explore the Star Wars galaxy together
  • Adaptive Personality: Your BB-8’s unique attitude and actions evolve as you interact
Sphero BB-8 App-Enabled Droid


Related Videos

Peep This: Star Wars BB-8 Droid by Sphero by Vat19

Sphero’s Star Wars BB-8 Droid | Demo by TechCrunch

Sphero BB-8 Droid unboxing + Puppy review by iJustine

Comparison Review of Both Star Wars BB8 Toys Droids (BB-8, BB 8) Sphero BB8 and Hasbro Target BB8 by Timmy’s Toy Box


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