There aren't too many buttons on the Ribbit to confuse a user, whether they are 30 (me), 6 (my nephew)or 50+ (my parents)! One Ribbit eyeball controls the volume. The other eyeball lets you move through the uploaded music. There is an M on its side for the Menu. The top is where you plug in your earphones. The bottom is where you put the USB cord to transfer music onto the MP3 player or charge it. It takes 3 hours to fully charge. There is also a play/pause button right over his mouth. The Ribbit's mouth also acts as an LCD screen.
To upload music onto Ribbit, I began by downloading some techno music onto my computer from a CD. Then I plugged in the Ribbit. It opened a Removable Disk folder. I then copied the music to this folder. That simple!
Now, I am ready to listen to music. I simply press the play/pause button to turn it on. That same button turns it off again. Once it is on, I can press the M button, turn the right eye and select the music option. Music starts playing. Remember, the right eye lets me move through the different tracks. Using the menu, I can also choose to play all tracks, play one track, repeat the tracks over and over or play all tracks in a certain folder. I can even view the track information of a song as it is playing -like the playing time and track number.
Honestly, one of the coolest features is the Voice Recording. I don't think my IPod ever did that? Here I just turn the Ribbit's right eye again and push the M to enter record mode. I press the play/pause button to start recording. I play the M button to stop recording. And to listen to my recordings, I just select the voice recording from the folder.
Cool Features of the Ribbit include:
- Folder Navigation
- Voice Recorder - Way cool, so you can leave notes to yourself on the run!
- SRS WOW Surround Sound
- Built-in Rechargeable battery
- Customized Settings - like increasing the contrast on the LCD
- Removable Storage Device
- 1 GB, approximately 500 sounds
- high-speed USB 2.0 interface for fast file transfer
Honestly, this Ribbit is so easy to use, I was able to figure it out without directions. Do I suggest that before use? No... but my husband unpackaged it and I have no clue where he put them. Neither does he. It does help that I can download the Ribbit manual from Nextar.
There is no age recommendation from what I can tell. They prefer that you don't give this to children under 3, since it may pose a hazard with small parts and the headphone/USB wires. Here my son is listening under supervision. I think it's perfect for tweens, teens and moms.
I only wish it had a clip, so I could attach it to my shirt or pants. Otherwise, it's completely cool and cute!
It comes in a rainbow of colors! Mine is a classic green, but you can also find Ribbit in pink, black, or blue. He is pretty compact, measuring 1.5 x 1.27 x .93 inches. You can find it at Target, Toy 'R Us and Amazon. It has a MSRP of $24.99. It would be a great stocking stuffer for the holidays.
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