Summary: I must admit it took all day to find and install the latest firmware and drivers, but it was worth the effort. This thing is freaking amazing. Mine works fine. No docking problems. I have only used the web page controller. This is not a good idea for a kids toy. I do not work for wowee and this review is legit.
Summary: I'll admit, after reading all these bad ratings I was a little skeptical. The thing is SO COOL! We (wife and me) used it for over 30 minutes and the batteries were still good to go. The thing is awesome to use and to be on the other side of. The headlights that come with Rovio suck, but you can buy better ones later that wowwee sells which are MUCH brighter.
Summary: I had stayed away from WoWWee products just on the basis of the company's name, but when I saw the Rovio, I bought it in spite of the weak reviews. At first, I thought it took a little long to charge, and the battery life isn't tops. But, after installing the updated firmware on the unit, and the software on my laptop, it has exceeded my expectations. There isn't a square corner, or level floor in my house, yet my rovio has no problem docking and charging whatsoever.
Summary: I just purchased one of these units and got it in today. It's a blast to play with. After I finished setting up my port forwarding on my router my GF played with it remotely from work during her break and chased down a cat. She even hit the "go home" button and it auto docked great. I have to say, it works great. All of the early adopters probably suffered with a lot of problems. I didn't have any to speak of really. I do have some undocumented tips though...
Summary: This is a tech toy, not the Mars rover - so take the negative reviews with a block of salt. This is a great product and a lot of fun. A breeze to set up if you have the slightest idea of what you're doing and if you read the instructions. Yes, battery life isn't stellar but that's what happens when you're sending/receiving live video and audio over wireless on an electric motor-driven rover.