I wanted to add that Furby Connects also have the softest fur out of any Furby model by far!
I've owned a lot of Furbies, and I can say that behavior-wise, I prefer the 1998 model to the Connect, but the Connect is very cute and super soft. I personally leave my two Connects off a lot of the time since the repetitive pop culture references and frequent farting put me off a bit, but there is a lot of newer tech in the Connect vs the Boom/2012. The Connect also only has one personality and doesn't cycle through different ones like the previous two models.
I haven't really used the app with my Connects for more than a couple minutes, so I'm not certain how that changes things. I might try redownloading it now that I have a better phone, but I don't tend to use Furbies with their apps very often and prefer them as standalone robots.