Review: Tiger Toys i-Fish Interactive Music Companion
Company: Tiger Toys/Hasbro
Compatible: All iPods
[Editors' Note: On November 1, 2006, iLounge published The 2007 iPod Buyers' Guide, with more than 30 brand new, capsule-sized product reviews - only for products we considered to be amongst the very best we've seen throughout the year. The short review below is excerpted from the Guide, which you can download here.]
Tiger’s i-Dog and i-Cat are amusing. And in all honesty, so is i-Fish, despite the fact that it’s a nonsensical implementation of the same general idea. Like the others, i-Fish has a built-in speaker to perform music from a connected iPod, and an audio cable to do the connecting. But it also has wheels on the bottom and an motor that lets it move all over the place when in use, rotating around and flapping its tail all the while. It still puts on a nice light show, and makes especially soothing, nice musical sound effects, but for iPod music, the speaker sounds awful by comparison with its canine and feline cousins. It’s more a toy than an iPod toy.
i-Fish is powered by three AA batteries you supply yourself, and notably features more lights on its face and body than i-Dog or i-Cat for its light shows. Regardless of how nichey it is, when you see one in person, you’ll be surprised at how interesting Tiger has managed to make something so silly.