What It Is
iNitro Speeders are miniature radio-controlled cars with a carrying case that serves triple duty as the carrying case, charger, and controller. These tiny cars have lots of zip, going in scale speeds up to 600 miles per hour. What puts the "I" in the iNitro Speeders name is the fact that it is compatible with the iPod Touch, iPad 2, and iPhone. The free iNitro app turns the smart device into a controller for the car. (The app is not yet available on the Android platform but it is coming, most likely in the fall of 2012.) Once you've downloaded the app, attach the R/C adapter into the headphone jack, calibrate it to the controller, and choose one of five ways to drive your car: dual-stick control, motion control, slide, pre-programmed routes, or draw and drive. In addition to controlling the car, the app also has cool games and the opportunity to customize your driving profile and keep track of your progress and points. The iNitro Speeders are available in three styles: Chevy Camaro, Ford Mustang GT, and Ken Block FIesta.
Is It Fun?
This is really cool and very much on-trend. There's a bit of a learning curve to get the best results, but once kids get the hang of using the controller, they'll get a kick out of the speed and versatility of the driving experience. What you'll find are two very different play experiences that can engage kids in a variety of ways. The touchscreen app and adapter really do seem like an added value without the added expense. This new system costs only a little bit more than the plain Nitro Speeders Mattel previously introduced.
Who It’s For
iNitro Speeders are for ages 8 and up.
What To Be Aware Of
The vehicle is powered by a permanently installed Li-Po battery. The controller requires four AA batteries, which are not included. The iControl adapter includes three button cell batteries.
We found that this works really well, but we found that the best controllers were the dual-stick that mimics a traditional R/C controller and the set routes and draw and drive because they allow for the most interaction with the car. You're not looking at the iPad (or other device) so much.
For best results, you'll want to use these indoors on a flat surface.