Just in time for the holidays comes the Chub City i-Playaz Volkswagen Beetle from Jada Toys, a product which initially appears to be a simple replica car toy but turns out to be much more. Plug an iPod into the tailpipe via the included stereo cable, and the Beetle will flash its lights, show off its hydraulics, and even play the iPod's music through its built-in speaker.
wouldn't be fair if the Beetle got to hear your iPod's music and you didn't, so
a small speaker inside the Beetle plays the music loudly enough to be heard from
several feet away. The audio quality can't hold a candle to the more expensive
iPod speaker systems regularly reviewed here on iProng, but nonetheless the audio
quality is more than good enough for these purposes and probably sounds better
than you'd expect from a $25 product. If you don't have an iPod handy, two presses
of the VW logo will cue a built-in hip hop-style music track which will set things
in motion. And for those times when you'd rather no one else heard your music
(or more likely, you'd rather not hear your kid's music), a second tailpipe plug
allows the iPod's earbuds to be connected for private listening.
users may be disappointed to find that for all the hydraulic action, the Beetle
doesn't actually move forward or backward from where it's sitting. But seeing
how it's designed to have an iPod hooked up to it, that's probably a good thing;
no one wants to see their iPod dragged around behind a car, no matter its size.
While we'd like to see the audio quality upped just a wee bit, there's really
very little here not to like, and plenty to be attracted to. Children in particular
are likely to be enthused by the idea of being able to listen to their iPod (without
having the wear earbuds) while being presented with a visual representation of
the music. And it's a must for Beetle enthusiasts as well.
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