The Truth on Product Review Bloggers

I have often wondering if all those reviews you see on blogs are real.  If this story on product review blogs is to be believed, there are a number of problems with product review blogs.  It turns out there are bloggers who are writing full product reviews, without ever even trying the product they are reviewing

Do You Need a Product To Do a Product Review?

I know that question sounds insane – over course you need a product, if you want to do a product review…right???  Not so fast.  It turns out that numerous bloggers are writing product reviews based on the information they find on a press release.  These bloggers will write up a “full review” of toys, products and other gear – just by reading a press release.

How To Find The Real Product Reviews?

According to the story in Dad Does, the best way to find real product reviews is to look for photos and videos.  If a blogger has a video of their family playing with a toy or gadget, you at least know the blogger spent some time with the product.

You can also look for photos as proof that the blogger actually has the product they are reviewing.  The one catch with photos is that you want to see real world shots, not just photos that a blogger could pull off the website or press release.

Well, I have learned a lot and will be much more selective in which blogs I trust these days.  I found a Zlferyti’s List which has some good information on well.  Actually, what I might do is compile a list of honest product review blogs in the comments below!


Finally a Blog With Honest Product Reviews

For the better part of 2 weeks  I have been trying to find a blog or site that offers honest product reviews.  Finally, I think I have found the site – DadDoes.Com .  The site is filled with real world product reviews, and  I have to say it looks pretty good.

What Are Honest Product Reviews?

Most of the product review sites don’t do full product reviews.  Many of the sites just read a press release and never actually play with the product that they are reviewing.  What I loved about DadDoes.Com is that they actually try out every single product that they review.  In addition, they have video reviews for just about every product I could think of.  My advice is to favorite Dad Does and check it out the next time you are in the market for a new product.

I should add, the blog also has parenting related articles, in fact that is the spin of the whole site – everything from a parent’s point of view.


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TOSY Toop Motorized Spinning Tops Battle Beyblades

Tosy Toop

It turns out that Beyblades are not the only top in town when it comes to spinning top toys.  New from Toy Fair 2012 is the TOSY Toop – Motorized Spinning Top.  What makes the TOOP so special is that fact that it can spin for hours!  In fact the Toop set a world record for longest spinning top.

The Toop Tops Are All About Power and Lights

To appreciate the TOSY Toops, you really need to see them in action.  Here is a great video review of TOSY Toops from DadDoes.Com .  Check out how the tops keep spinning, even when they get bumped.  This is a very different type of game than with Beyblades.

In the review, there was one big negative to the TOSY Toops – they use 4 triple A batteries.  In addition, the top will only run for 2 hours on one set of batteries.  It would seem like a very wise idea to use rechargeable batteries with the TOSY Toop Motorized Spinning tops.

I think I will try a battle TOSY Toop vs. Beyblades – I wonder who will win :)


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Recon Rover Toy Robot Review. How Well Does the SmartLab Toys Rover Work?

Recon Rover by SmartLab Toys

Recently the Recon Rover Toy Robot was reviewed by DadDoes.Com . For those who are not familiar with the Recon Rover, it is a programmable toy robot rover that is made by SmartLab toys.  No computer is required, you simply enter commands, one line at a time, directly on the Rover.  You use things like – move forward 2 feet, turn 90 degrees, play a sound, return to home.

The Recon Rover was shown at Toy Fair 2012 and it is now starting to appear in YouTube videos and hands-on reviews.  Here is a video review of the Recon Rover Toy Robot that is popular on YouTube.

The Big Question, Is the Recon Rover Worth $70?

At $70, the Recon Rover is a fairly expensive toy.  After reading the full review of the Recon Rover over at DadDoes.Com, it does look like it is money well spent.  The Rover is very fun to play with and it is also teaching kids math, problem solving, programming and mapping skills.

Stay tuned for additional toy reviews and information from Toy Fair 2012.



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