The Pitch: "Where did I park my car?"
April 2009. My Lil' Reminder is a small digital voice recorder that retails for a fraction of the price of the digital voice recorders you typically find in office-supply stores and electronics retailers (*est. $40 and up), but it also offers only a fraction of the functionality, according to reviews of the My Lil' Reminder. Still, while most reviewers don't lavish much praise on My Lil' Reminder, it does what it's supposed to do -- more or less.
The biggest complaint we found is that the infomercial fails to mention some important product limitations. One is exceptionally short recording time -- just 20 seconds. Another is that My Lil' Reminder can only store one message at a time. Even if recording time is left, trying to record another message automatically erases the first one. That makes some of the uses shown in the commercials -- such as recording homework assignments in a classroom -- impractical to say the least. Voice-recording quality isn't great to be sure, but while we've seen lots of complaints about it, others judge it to be passable. If you want to judge the voice quality for yourself, the video review at ASOTV.info is a must.
Not everyone is unhappy with the My Lil' Reminder voice recorder, however. Several users report that they find My Lil' Reminder helpful for simple tasks -- like recording a quick note about where they've parked their car in a busy shopping mall lot -- despite its limitations. One plus is that it is easy to use. The small size of the My Lil' Reminder makes it easy to carry around. It includes a detachable key-chain ring and a built-in LED flashlight that some say is helpful at times. But, if you need more versatility -- more recording time and the ability to record multiple messages -- My Lil' Reminder is no substitute for a more capable digital voice recorder.
This site hosts brief reviews of "as seen on TV" (ASOTV) products, including My Lil' Reminder. Top products earn a Must Have award, while unexceptional products that work as advertised earn a Works designation, and those that don't work or whose advertising is misleading get a Doesn't Work label. This review notes some drawbacks -- short recording time, one-message capacity, and the fact that it's easy to delete recordings. It also calls the recording quality "pretty basic, but functional," and invites visitors to watch an accompanying video review that demonstrates the My Lil' Reminder's audio quality. In the end, My Lil' Reminder earns the middling Works grade.
Review: My Lil' Reminder, Editors of ASOTV.info
More than 20 users contribute opinions here, and My Lil' Reminder garners an unimpressive 1.5 out of five stars. Some users do rate it highly, however, saying it is perfectly adequate as long as you don't expect too much. Others, however, point out numerous flaws, including very poor audio quality and one-message capacity. One review -- which we hope is a spoof -- describes a tragedy caused by relying on the device.
Review: My Lil' Reminder Reviews and Ratings, Contributors to InfomercialRatings.com
InfomercialScams.com lets users post complaints about and defenses of products advertised on TV, including My Lil' Reminder. Nearly 70 users share their tales of woe, with nary a review defending the product. While many of the reports address the device's shortcomings, a good number also describe issues when purchasing from the manufacturer (My Lil' Reminder is also available in retail stores), including high shipping charges.
Review: My Lil' Reminder Complaints, Contributors to InfomercialScams.com
We found only one customer review of My Lil' Reminder, but it is fairly long and nicely detailed. The reviewer notes many of the same shortfalls as others, but she says that she finds it useful. The built-in LED flashlight is also a plus. She rates it four out of five stars, and adds she would consider My Lil' Reminder a five-star product if it recorded more than one message at a time.
Review: That Reminds Me... My Lil' Reminder Personal Digital Recorder, Contributors to Epinions.com, Feb. 23, 2009
Only a handful of owners have posted their opinions here, but most seem to be unhappy. All complain about the short recording time and the inability to record a second message -- even the one user that says she actually loves My Lil' Reminder.
Review: My Lil' Reminder, Contributors to Target.com