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Parrot MiniDrone Rolling Spider Red - Connected toy - Fly and roll anywhere - FreeFlight 3 App iOS Android by Review Summary ,  Jul 29, 2015

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Parrot MiniDrone Rolling Spider Red - Connected toy - Fly and roll anywhere - FreeFlight 3 App iOS, Android &...
Report Date: 08/12/2015
Based on 340 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.0
Returned or considering to return: 11.5%

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Individual Feature Rating
Size4.6   above average
Price4.2   average
Flying3.8   below average
Video3.8   below average
Control3.3   below average
Charging3.0   below average
Crash3.0   average
Software2.9   below average
Propeller2.7   below average
Battery2.6   below average
Bluetooth2.6   average
Camera2.3   mediocre


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Battery

Battery:
"It was missing one of the blue peices, and the battery lasts for seconds! "
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"When the propellers are damaged but still able to fly, the batteries will drain faster."
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"The battery's only last 5 min it's as well this is the worst thing I have ever gotten ever."
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"All the people complaining about the battery......"
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"Slightly bending these inward toward one another will allow them to make better contact with the battery and should resolve the problem."
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"Learned about the battery problem."
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"Just as i expected not long lasting battery but it is reasonable Since it only a 550mAh battery"
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"I replaced several batteries as well as propellers several times."
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"When the propellers are damaged but still able to fly, the batteries will drain faster."
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"The battery's only last 5 min it's as well this is the worst thing I have ever gotten ever."
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Bluetooth

Bluetooth:
"Bluetooth connection has a latency that can be annoying sometimes."
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"The bluetooth connection broke at 5 feet above the ground, and the drone auto set itself to its maximum power, so it went vertically up to nowhere."
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"I wanted to show it to my family the day after christmas and I realize the bluetooth was horrible because I press the take off button and it flies.... UP and AWAY AT FULL SPEED like CRAZY."
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"Nope- I was able to download the App to my iPad but when I went to activate the Bluetooth, I got an error message that it was impossible to connect to the drone."
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"Even though this product used Bluetooth 4.0 you will NOT be able to see or connect to it using your Bluetooth."
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"Pro:Easy to fly when Bluetooth connects correctlyCon:Bluetooth does not provide precision control."
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"It has an app that syncs the drone via bluetooth to your phone or tablet for the remote, which is pretty cool."
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"The app that you have to use to control it can only be used with devices that are low voltage bluetooth compatible."
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"I strongly recommend to anyone considering purchasing this or any other Parrot mini drone that you check the compatibility of the exact model of your smart phone or tablet and make sure that the device has Bluetooth because you will need that as well."
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Camera

Camera:
"Also, the camera is in a weird place, underneath the body."
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"The camera on board isn't that great, but that is to be expected for the size of quadcopter it is."
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"The only things that bothered him was that he was unable to utilize the camera and that battery life was very brief, less than 10 minutes."
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"I tried to operate the camera, and could not easily get to any of the photos."
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"The major drawback is that the camera permanently points downward."
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"The camera quality is mediocre and the initial excitement over the Drone died down a bit after a few days because it stays charged such a short time."
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"It has a built in camera that takes pictures straight down - pretty cool."
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"I suppose the fact that this $100 toy even has a camera, is impressive by itself."
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"I bought this just to get the basics before I buy one with a decent video photo camera."
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"I would love to have a DJI Inspire 1 for 4K video and a 12MP camera, but the price for that drone alone is nearly $3,000.So, knowing the Rolling Spider was $100, it was a given that there was going to be limitations, smaller, can't do video."
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"It also has a camera, which is fun to use, even if the photos are low-res (see cons).CONS:1."
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Charging

Charging:
"This is a no good buy u play with it for 6 minutes and charge for 1 hour and the update takes days"
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"Same problem again it only holds a charge for at most 30 seconds before it dies."
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"Again, it failed to hold the charge."
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"For both units I have only charged the battery using a iPhone (1amp) wall charger so I dont think it is an issue with the battery being damaged by using a higher power charging device."
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"The replacement lasted 9 charge cycles before displaying the same problem with the battery life."
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"Now it holds the charge again and I get my dose of 7-8 mins of fun."
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"Little pads on the bottom came off easily & the battery doesn't hold a charge anymore"
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"works as expected other than the original battery does not last long, ordered the three pack with charger and works great."
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"The Drone technology seems good if it works but the battery charging time and capacity need to be improved."
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"Verified we were charging well within the specs so I thought I just got a defective battery and picked up a second one at best buy."
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Control

Control:
"The battery finish in a minute.. And very hard to control.. Wast of money"
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"Also, the Bluetooth remote function w smart phone does NOT work as well as a separate remote control, which it does not come with."
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"For starters, the flight control app is very clunky and the controls are extremely unresponsive."
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"Problems you may have: something's that I have found that messed up flight are one not charging the battery all the way because it seemed to just take off when I did that with no control and that's probably because the battery was dead."
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"Returned the device and will never buy another item from parrot if this garbage was allowed through their terrible quality control."
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"I really love this thingy thing, so stable and easy to control."
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"Connects no problem but the app associated with the control is buggy."
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"Fun and easy to control but short flight time and every time it runs into a wall or something and the engines shut down, one of the propellors usually falls off when it hits the ground."
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"And if you are having any trouble learning how to control your drone there are some great videos on YouTube."
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"It is very easy to control with the free app."
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Crash

Crash:
"It's very light, and can hardly damage anything should you crash it."
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"The only thing I worry about is my Iphone, she has crashed it really hard, and all that has been broken is the propellers."
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"Sadly, it wasn't very durable and met an untimely end after crashing into the desert floor."
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"The thing can accelerate pretty quickly if you don't, resulting in exceeding bluetooth range or causing a damaging crash."
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"If you have a few crashes while learning, your quad copter will be ruined until they offer replacements."
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"Crashes are pilot error."
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"It is rugged - I have crashed it many times and I have never broken anything."
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"I took it outside to a clear grassy area - just in case it should crash."
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"Pros:Very easy to flyVery stableVery strong when crash occursCons:Battery life is very shortTakes very long to chargeYou have to charge the battery inside the drone"
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"So far it seems fairly durable, we've had several crashes with no problems at all."
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"This would be the first quadcopter I have ever own and with some practice I was able to fly it around without crashing it and one nice thing is that the motors shutoff when I did crash it."
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Design

Design:
"The drone is very appealing, the wheels are a neat design feature but I was not able to enjoy it because of the battery life."
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"BUT, if you expected to fly this thing around the beach, snapping pictures, and improving your skills at maneuvering a multi-axis copter... you will be disappointed by two major drawbacks that aren't really design issues, they are simply facts of technology limitation: It has a 40 foot range (with Bluetooth being your only control choice)... and that will never change."
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"While this kinda worked, it didn't work well -- the AR Drone just isn't designed for the indoors."
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"The interface is really well designed."
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"Sleek design."
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"Pretty shoddy software design and apparently not a lot of user testing done."
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"Don't order the toy if you don't have a smartphone, as it's designed to operate best using the smartphone as your remote control."
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"I think it's a good design feature for safety (don't want this thing whirring away in someone's hair or scarf), but it also means the drone will come plummeting down to the ground."
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Flying

Flying:
"When the propellers are damaged but still able to fly, the batteries will drain faster."
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"It takes off, sputters and flies erratic sitting back down after a few seconds or worse it flies directly to a wall, tree or something right after tapping the take off button."
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"It's not real easy to fly in any kind of breeze."
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"Terrible software that actually makes you watch a loud, irritating advertisement just to fly the drone, every time you fly the drone."
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"Only attempt to fly outside almost ended with it flying away."
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"DO NOT buy...Horrible quality and very very hard to fly it."
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"I've had a few crashes at the beginning, but fairly quickly learnt how to fly with confidence and do some pretty cool tricks with this little drone."
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"Very easy to fly, and get started with."
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"Pro:Easy to fly when Bluetooth connects correctlyCon:Bluetooth does not provide precision control."
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"When the propellers are damaged but still able to fly, the batteries will drain faster."
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Learning

Learning:
"If you have a few crashes while learning, your quad copter will be ruined until they offer replacements."
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"Fully charged the battery, installed Freeflight 3, watched all vids, read help files, had 8 mins of fun, then recharge for 90 mins, other 8 mins of fun, then recharged for 90 mins and had a 3rd flight, learning and practicing, a couple of small bumps but nothing serious, only indoors."
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"And if you are having any trouble learning how to control your drone there are some great videos on YouTube."
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"There's a learning curve trying to maneuver it, but performs well."
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"Controls are easy with a simple learning curve."
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"While the large wheels keep it moving well and it flies up the the ceiling (about 10 feet in our house) learning how to operate the Drone takes a bit of time."
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Price

Price:
"The battery finish in a minute.. And very hard to control.. Wast of money"
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"If you buy a cheap tablet you will have issues and you will think the problem will be with the drone when it;s the tablet."
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"It'd be really cool if you could see what the camera sees while your flying it to decide to take a picture better but you can't :( over all fun and very durable cheap replacement parts comparatively, to more expensive drones and I must add the range isn't bad either could be a little better but fairly nice and good enough kids won't get into too much trouble :)"
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"After 4 days of trying to download the Freeflight 3 app to operate the drone, we found that Freeflight was compatible with only the iPhone; the tablets (a Samsung, a Dragon Touch, and an inexpensive generic tablet) were all incompatible."
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"For the size and the price, you can't really go wrong check out my video on why not!"
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"very good price kindly"
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"Overall, great little drone, worth the price! "
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"Look at others in and under the price of this and you can pick up one that's reliable and you will enjoy."
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"Please do not waste your money."
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Propeller

Propeller:
"When the propellers are damaged but still able to fly, the batteries will drain faster."
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"The only thing I worry about is my Iphone, she has crashed it really hard, and all that has been broken is the propellers."
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"Cracked damaged propeller after maybe 10 minutes of flying -- if it is still true that replacements are not available then this will quickly become a dust-gatherer on the shelf."
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"That is nifty engineering and will probably protect the propellers from causing much damage or from being terribly damaged if you fly it into a wall or the ground."
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"After charging it and then letting my daughter fly it a couple of times, it hit the wall, and those big plastic wheels that were meant to protect the drone, broke off.. it just snapped.. so the drone fell and then bent a propeller."
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"They protect the propellers from getting damaged or coming oof."
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"I replaced several batteries as well as propellers several times."
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"When the propellers are damaged but still able to fly, the batteries will drain faster."
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"I still haven't broken a prop and I've banged it around a bit, with and without wheels."
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"Propellers keep coming offCharge was great at first."
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"there is no other problems, but i do wish i came with a extra batter and propellers."
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Size

Size:
"The camera on board isn't that great, but that is to be expected for the size of quadcopter it is."
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"For the size and the price, you can't really go wrong check out my video on why not!"
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"This adjustment is best done with a small pair of needle nose pliers."
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"Given how small it is and what all it's trying to do, I'm amazed at how well it works."
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"It is very small that it sits comfortably in your Palm."
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"I have always wanted to find a reliable, small, remote control flier of some sort."
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Software

Software:
"I called Customer support again today and spoke with an actual technician that provided me with several hints of things to try to help correct software problems, unfortunately none worked."
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"Terrible software that actually makes you watch a loud, irritating advertisement just to fly the drone, every time you fly the drone."
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"It is either a hardware glitch or a software glitch."
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"The software is a bit flaky."
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"I can't imagine how they release a product like this without sending out a couple hundred first to actual testers in the field...it would have only taken a couple of days for these defects to show up (likely fixable in software).Bottom line - any problem with a drone like this should cause it to either hover or else slowly or quickly land...NOT shoot up into the sky."
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"You are dependent on how well the software was tested for each update."
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"The engineering in the hardware and software is very good"
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"I figured that any device that ran the free flight 3 software would be able to connect to the rolling spider."
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"Pretty shoddy software design and apparently not a lot of user testing done."
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"I have read a lot of reviews complaining about the battery life, I might be lucky, but I dont have such problem with mine (latest software update)."
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Spare

Spare:
"I have seen many complaints about its range and it taking off but keep the battery up and have spares and it won't take off."
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"BEWARE, THERE ARE NO SPARE PARTS INCLUDED (e. g., props) as of 8 2014."
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"I just went through the hassle of looking for spare parts and they are now being offered $7 + $4 shipping in the U. S. would you believe."
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"Now I just take it out in the front or back yard with a couple of spare batteries in my pocket and I can easily get 20-30 minutes of real flight time overall."
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"Additionally, it would be nice if the manufacturer included a spare blade or two in the package."
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"I appreciate that spare parts can be purchased from the manufacturer, and it is nice that they are easily replaced."
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"They do seem fairly durable, and yet not indestructible, hence the idea that a spare or two would be nice to have."
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"Eventually spare batteries will be offered, as well as a dedicated recharger."
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Video

Video:
"The only negative comment was the video was a little grainy for them."
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"Check out this video, saved a very unhappy kidhttp: youtu."
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"It was hard to control, even after watching the instructional videos that kept insisting it as easy."
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"It is not quite as easy as the videos show, at least not at first."
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"This done comes with the wheel detached but it took 5 seconds to assemble it however it may be a little tricky to clip it onto the drone and the manual is not very clear on this process but the videos online was very helpful, my recommendation is to watch the videos online to get familiar with the drone and to learn some tricks."
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"For the size and the price, you can't really go wrong check out my video on why not!"
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"And if you are having any trouble learning how to control your drone there are some great videos on YouTube."
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"Fun gadget, takes pictures only no video."
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"The company's web site and help screens, are poorly designed and appear to rely heavily on videos that still lack clear direction."
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"Saw all the video in youtube and felt great."
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iPhone

iPhone:
"The only thing I worry about is my Iphone, she has crashed it really hard, and all that has been broken is the propellers."
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"It was very hard to control with my iphone and the battery only lasts 8 minutes after a 2 hour charge."
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"The iPhone app is not that great, that I can say with certainty."
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"It is meant for the indoors, and for messing with your coworkers (if you work in an office where that kind of thing is encouraged).Flying the larger AR Drone, I really disliked using the accelerometer-based control scheme on my iPhone and vastly preferred the video game-style controller of the nVidia Shield due to the fact that using the accelerometer just didn't feel responsive."
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"The controller app through my iphone and ipad work great."
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"After 4 days of trying to download the Freeflight 3 app to operate the drone, we found that Freeflight was compatible with only the iPhone; the tablets (a Samsung, a Dragon Touch, and an inexpensive generic tablet) were all incompatible."
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"It paired with the iPhone smoothly via bluetooth."
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"The controls via an iPhone 6 are perfect."
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"But with the Rolling Spider, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the accelerometer control on my iPhone using their FreeFlight 3 app."
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