Summary: I have several WowWee robots which work great. Sadly, this is not one of thewm. The first one I received could not be programmed as it would not establish a USB link to three different computers and also had an inoperative LED. The replacement worked fine, after a fashion, except it could not link up to the internet and the battery lasted only 12-18 minutes on a charge and that was just sitting idle. If you actually operated it, the battery life was less than 5 minutes.
Summary: Let me give you the short version: If you're a techy/geek and love getting your hands dirty, and are determined to solve various hardware / software problems no matter how frustrating they might be, feel free to pick one of these up. If you're a soccer-mom/dad who often avoids computer and prefers to hire people to do computer-related things for you, I'm gonna tell you now you're going to hate the Rovio.
Summary: Got this yesterday, 12/30/09, assembling was a snap. Went through the setup procedure and charged the batteries for about four hours. Mid day sunshine through the windows still didn't give much of a picture. Awfully dim. The headlight was similar to lighting a candle in sunlight. Drove it around for about ten minutes and got a warning that the battery was very weak and that Rovio should return to the charging station.
Summary: I bought this little robot because I want my family and friends abroad to be able to communicate with me in a cool way (Skype and the likes are too "static" ;-). The browser user interface is very well designed and easy to learn and use. The idea es very good but unfortunately it lacks key features. Also I had problems with my unit. I'm sure it'll get better but for now I returned and wait for next release.
Summary: It is true that it is a mobile webcam. Web interface is really good. I checked with IPhone but the browser crashed 2 out of three time on IPhone. I have not checked the two way Audio yet so I can not comment on it. For this high price the webcam pic quality is really bad and way too dark.
Summary: This is a super fun gadget. It does require some computer skills to make the robot available through any computer anywhere in the world. It does require that you do not just follow the instructions blindly and insert the disc. I had to have my Mac knowledgeable brother set up my Rovio on my new Mac Desktop computer. I am now able to move the Rovio around using the Safari interface, or the Firefox interface, but with these there is no audio to or from the robot.