When set up properly, kids seem to generally like the product.
Audio messages are more personal than text messages.
Setup has proven confusing or difficult to some consumers.
Could be seen as an expensive way to send voice messages.
Batteries not included.
CloudPets is a line of stuffed animals which can receive personalized message that can be sent via iTunes.
How it Works
CloudPets can be described as an internet-connected toy which receives messages sent from a smartphone. A message is recorded and uploaded via smartphone, which is received and played by the CloudPet. The advertising for the product shows a dad who is leaving on a business trip, and keeps in touch with his daughter via a CloudPet, sending her reassuring messages.
The official website is cloudpets.com.
CloudPets cost $29.99 plus $6.99 shipping for a total cost of $36.98. Can be purchased with credit card or PayPal. As of late 2015, the price is $10 less than when we first reviewed the product earlier in the year.
Claims & Features
- Messages can be sent from anywhere via free app
- Blinking heart indicator when message arrives.
- Messages can be recorded and replied to via the CloudPet
- Parental controls
- Compatible with many Apple and Android devices
- 6 designs: puppy, kitty, teddy, bunny, unicorn, and elephant
- Unlimited messaging
- Messages can be up to 10 seconds
- Lullabies and games
Users of CloudPets appear to be in different corners regarding the value and usefulness of the product. Those who have gotten it to work quickly typically think it is a cute novelty which may have worked as advertised. There are, however, a number of users who have expressed frustration in the process of making the entire system work properly. No solid consensus exists. It has been suggested that you may want to download the app first to see if you find it user friendly enough before plunking down nearly $50 for this product.
The product continues to see advertising in late 2015, and two new features have been added: lullabies and games. This, combined with a $10 price drop, have made CloudPets a more competitive offering than its original incarnation.
This review has been updated since its original publication in May 2015.