Re: Good grief ...
My wife bought me one for my birthday in June.
The lid is already warped so that loads of steam comes out of the top, exactly as you describe. I generally hold it down with a wooden spoon to get it to switch off.
I think I got it to work remotely once - I don't think the Android app at the time could configure the kettle so I had to borrow an iPhone to to set it up. Since then I've rebooted the router and it has not been used remotely since.