Cloud Pets Review (Jay at Play)

Cloud Pets
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EDITOR'S REVIEW
OVERALL EDITOR'S RATING:
What It Is

For family members who live far apart but want to stay close, Cloud Pets offers a cuddly way to keep in touch. Each Cloud Pets stuffed animal works with a free app that lets parents, grandparents, kids, and other long-distance family members send and receive 10-second voice messages. When you purchase a Cloud Pets stuffed animal, download the free app and register the animal. Then, invite family and friends to download the app on their end. To record and send a message, the child presses the toy's right paw. Through the app, determine who to send the message to and then send it. The recipient can then use his or her app to listen to the message and send back a response. When your Cloud Pet has received a message, its red heart will light up, and you can squeeze the toy's left paw to hear the message. The Cloud Pet will only play one message at a time, but all the messages can be stored in the app.

The app does have two levels of security. Only people who you have invited can send messages to your child's Cloud Pet. Also, a parent can choose to approve each message before it gets sent to the child's Cloud Pet.

Also through the app, kids can play games with their Cloud Pet or hear the Cloud Pet read them stories and sing lullabies. Additional app updates will deliver more interactive content.

The Cloud Pets are available in puppy, kitty, bear, bunny, unicorn, and elephant. Each is sold separately.

Is It Fun?
Despite the fact that our Cloud Pet app didn't work with the first device we tested it on and that we had trouble connecting it to a compatible device (see What to Be Aware of), this is a cute product that would be great for long-distance grandkids and grandparents or kids and family members deployed in the military. It's just a cute and cuddly way to keep in touch.
Who It’s For
Cloud Pets is for ages 3 and up, and is ideal for kids and family members who live far apart but want to stay close.
What To Be Aware Of

The Cloud Pet requires three AA batteries, which are not included.

The Cloud Pets app is a free download from the App Store and Google Play. However, it is not compatible with all iOS and Android smartphones because it uses Bluetooth Low Energy technology. Visit MyCloudPets.com for the list of verified compatible iOS and Android devices.

We had some trouble connecting our Cloud Pet to an iPhone 6 and a newer iPad. We're not sure what the problem was, but eventually, it did connect and work. If you're having problems, give it a few tries. You might even want to try closing and re-opening the app or restarting your smartphone.

The app connects with the Cloud Pet from a range of within 30 feet.

While this toy is very soft, it requires batteries and there is a hard battery pack on the bottom of the Cloud Pet that could make it not so comfy for bedtime snuggles.

There is no way to adjust the volume on the Cloud Pet itself.

AT A GLANCE:
  • Cute

  • Cuddly

  • Assembly/Instructions


    3 AA batteries required