I initially bought Monkey last year for our daughter's birthday. It worked ok, but for some reason we couldn't get it to link up to our WIFI. We knew our router was old, so after troubleshooting, a new router, and a service call to our provider (our DSL wiring was really old), we tried linking him again. Still no luck.After exchanging a few emails with customer service, we agreed that he was defective. They couldn't get me another monkey (they only had a panda), so instead they gave me credit to the web store and free shipping to cover the cost of a new one, and a shipping label to send the old one back. When the new monkey arrived, it linked up immediately, and my daughter couldn't have been more excited when he finally said her name for the first time. He still has issues understanding her responses sometimes, but she's a 4 year old, and enunciation isn't her strong point.
Got one and broke within a month without mishandling it and hardly playing with it. Got a new one and after a few months and many issues son stopped playing with it. Got t out again so it's been 18 month since purchase of original and it won't charge. So your kid will be heartbroken. Don't buy.
We have been using/playing with the Smart toy monkey and my girls have loved it. It was great to be able to take it out of the box and immediately start to play with it. There was no set up needed and the kids were able to quickly figure out the directions and play on their own. As a parent, I like it that it has no screen and gets the kids moving and using their imagination. The interactive part really has kept their attention. One thing we did notice was it is a little challenging to fit the charging cord into the small slot in the back. The cards are nicely stored in the backpack and my 6 yr old liked having them all together but she did have a few times where the moneky didn't recogonize the card. She had to move it around a few times and then the monkey "saw" the card. Overall we have had a lot of fun with this toy and would reccomend it.
We ought this but the Panda Bear version for Christmas two years ago. Came in with a bad charger and weren't even able to use it after the first time battery died.
He likes the little guy but wife and college age daughter are both creeped out by a teddy bear (monkey) with a camera in the bedroom. Doesn't matter what you say, it is an AI controlled camera in the bedroom.
Whomever originally set the monkey up got the name right but the monk thinks it is 4 days ago, or three from now and it would be nice if he knew what day of the week it is since he is going to mention it20 times an hour.
For me I just want it to stop SCREAMING EVERYTHING IT SAYS. It is set for the exact volume necessary to be heard inside an airplane, if the monkey is out on the wing at lift off.
My sister bought this for my son for Christmas and as soon as it was taking out the box no response. I tried working it for a day and it still does not do anything. Very disappointed.
The Toy Monkey is very cute with his big head and eyes. He is cuddly and soft. Love that the toy creates games for children to play and tasks for them to follow. It is not just a sit around toy that your child will quickly lose interest in. It does have some problems understanding a small childs speech but I think that is to be expected and it does not get stuck on one thing it will move on. I am looking forward to adding more of the cards to the collection and from what I can see so far the toy should grow with your child for sometime. My granddaughter is 4 and she is loving her Monkey. It is also easy for her to understand what to do with it by showing it the various cards, the camera is in its nose and the toy is easy to understand when it speaks. Like that the Monkey has its own little "backpack" to hold the cards in so they are not easily lost. My granddaughter likes to chat and makes up stories and the Monkey at times seems to follow along.You will want to download the app as that adds to the fun, parent can suggest idea for the Monkey to use with the child. This is so much better than some of the other electronic toys she has, the Monkey is portable and when it suggestions movement such as brush your teeth she can take it with her. It creates action and movement. With the parent app you can create a bedtime routine using the Monkey, which as a parent you know that children have a tendency to ignore mom and dad but listen to others. With Monkey it becomes a game. Just a great toy, I hope that they continue to add cards to this product as it could be a valuable learning tool. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]