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Parrot MiniDrone Jumping Sumo Khaki/Brown - Connected toy - Wide angle FPV camera - FreeFlight 3 App iOS, Android...
Report Date: 08/12/2015
Based on 268 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.0
Returned or considering to return: 15.3%

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Individual Feature Rating
Control4.0   average
Video4.0   average
Price3.9   below average
Camera3.8   average
Charging3.2   average
Battery3.1   below average
Quality2.5   mediocre
Plastic2.0   below average
Mechanism1.4   average


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Battery

Battery:
"While the stunts are spectacular and easy to execute with one-touch controls, beware they eat batteries."
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"The flips are cool just be sure to buy at least 3 extra batteries and an external charger because the battery life is my only complaint."
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"This is great but the battery life is horrible."
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"Likes-Fast-Fun-the concept-replacement parks are available on the manufactures website (like this a lot)Dislike- Small battery and short life- Wi-Fi range degrades quickly especially when not in line of sight- Video is 640 x 480 and requires a micro USB Stick to plug into the drone to record."
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"The range and battery life are terrible."
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"The battery over pretty soon, but it's fun! "
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"Also the battery life is terriblePros--Cool Idea- Well built and sturdy-Can be fun with lots of practice and a perfect environment."
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"This is great but the battery life is horrible."
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"It working fine... And very going smoothly... Also the battery is going up to 30 percent and more... Definitely buying it..."
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"It was great had perfect long lasting battery about 15 to 20 minutes, and was very easy to fly and learn to fly as well."
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Camera

Camera:
"the camera is not very good on it and it gets boring fast."
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"The machine is cool and the camera is great but the jumping mechanism broke on day 2."
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"Jumps are exciting and the camera is way better than expected... not so good in the dark but hey... it is awesome in normal light ."
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"The missing camera is a big disappointment not only for the adults, but for the dogs."
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"The picture quality is not fantastic - this isn't, of course, a top of the line camera."
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"very neat camera is works great awesome!"
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"Camera was surprisingly clear and very cool to be able to see around corners and in other rooms."
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"The camera is great."
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"The machine is cool and the camera is great but the jumping mechanism broke on day 2."
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"The device has jestures and tricks that keep them busy and the camera on the front helps me capture excellent photos of them looking at me sideways or of a big open mouth about to cause trouble."
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Charging

Charging:
"The flips are cool just be sure to buy at least 3 extra batteries and an external charger because the battery life is my only complaint."
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"I got a Jumping Sumo drone for Christmas, used it for less than 1 charge, and after about 5 jumps - it broke."
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"I know it was <20 minutes because that's how long one charge lasts and this toy broke before one charge was used up."
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"It seems the run time to charge time is about 1:3 or 1:4, which is somewhat disappointing."
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"Swap it out for another, and the first charge is great."
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"Second one also lasted less than one battery charge before breaking the jump mechanism as well."
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"It can be frustrating just when you're really getting the hang of it to have the battery die and then you've got to wait a good hour to an hour and a half for it to charge all the way back up again."
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"It would be nice if they sold an external charger accessory so you could buy spare batteries and play with the drone while the other battery charges."
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"Connects via its own WIFI, easy and stays connectedRan for 18 min on first charge, 19 on second, 12 on third (more running around at full speed)."
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Control

Control:
"While the stunts are spectacular and easy to execute with one-touch controls, beware they eat batteries."
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"The jumping is very hard to control, and really doesn't up high enough to jump onto anything."
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"Inadequate instruction to provide control system."
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"Requires download of an ap from internet and use of a laptop for control All this means problems.. as you can tell from the number of posts on this toy."
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"This is either a terrible design or there was a significant quality control problem at the factory that makes these parts."
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"Jumping Sumo is easy to control, but hard to put down!"
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"While the stunts are spectacular and easy to execute with one-touch controls, beware they eat batteries."
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"works perfectly and is easy to control."
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"This Drone is awesome and I recommend for people who love recording and remote control things."
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"Easy to set up and intuitive controls."
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"I ordered this because my hubby saw it on YouTube and thought it was awesome so I thought that I would surprise him and buy it for his birthday but when it showed up it looks great but it does not jump at all like it did on the YouTube video the other thing is if our neighbors have this app on their phone and the sumo is on they can control our sumo there should be a way to secure it but there is not I was very disappointed paying $160 for something that is literally worth about 100"
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Mechanism

Mechanism:
"The Jumping mechanism broke within a day on all 8 drones we purchased."
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"However, with in the first 24 hours of owning one, the jumping mechanism broke."
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"The problem was that the jumping mechanism stopped working, just like the cricket I stepped on earlier today."
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"About 45 minutes after opening it and using it, the jumping mechanism broke."
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"The jumping mechanism broke within minutes."
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"The replacement drone's jumping mechanism also broke after little use."
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"The jumping mechanism works surprisingly well!"
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"The machine is cool and the camera is great but the jumping mechanism broke on day 2."
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"Worked great the first week and then the jumping mechanism wouldn't engage."
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"Anyone posting a review that suggests the jumping mechanism hasn't broken or will not break is just using this as remote control car with a camera and not jumping, which is cool, but not for $160."
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"It's easy enough to replace the jumping mechanism, but the kit is $26 delivered to your door."
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Plastic

Plastic:
"The bad: The jumping mechanism in the toy is highly dependent on a rather fragile plastic wheel which broke within 1 week of use."
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"Why would I shell out another $30 for a full kit, only to expect the plastic wheel to fail soon after?"
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"Follow the instructions on their site for taking it apart to see what's up, and the cheap plastic disk that retracts the spring for jumping is broken right off."
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"Took it apart and found the plastic can was broken."
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"This time I was able to carefully inspect it and there is a small curved plastic piece (about 1cm long) that is broken off that fell out of the drone's insides."
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"The problem is that the metal tail of the sumo slams against a plastic wall in the interior of the toy with the full force of the two springs."
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"It turns out that the jumping piece is plastic, and snaps very easily."
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"The wheel design is good, however the metal trigger against the plastic with the force applied to it will brake as many plastic wheels replaced."
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"Apparently there is a piece of PLASTIC internally that is integral to the jump mechanism but easily broken."
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"The jumping mechanism breaks so easy the mechanism is made of plastic and can't handle more then a few jumps."
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"This time I was able to carefully inspect it and there is a small curved plastic piece (about 1cm long) that is broken off that fell out of the drone's insides."
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Price

Price:
"not a good idea to spend that much money on it."
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"Lot of money for a product that is not reliable."
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"Once getting a defective one I understand but two and two different problems for the price this cost not good."
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"- Jump mechanism is very loudI might buy this again if some of my dislikes are addressed in a future version or the price drops significantly."
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"kinda pricey so shop Amazon for the best lowest price"
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"Came with nothing else and had a crocked wheel, still worth the price and had no other problems."
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"I promptly get and email stating a new one will be sent out in 7-10 days.... 30 days later... nothing... ahhhh money well spent."
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"DONT BUY UNLESS YOU ENJOY WASTING MONEY!"
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"For the price its a fun toy to play with."
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Quality

Quality:
"They have a long list of complaints about the quality of their products."
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"What a huge disappointment - poor product quality and poor support!"
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"If I broke this in 5 mins I would criticise the build quality."
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"Terrible quality."
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"This is either a terrible design or there was a significant quality control problem at the factory that makes these parts."
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"Video quality is ok... only used indoors so quality won't be too good in low light."
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"So...the jury is still out on the quality and the customer service is pretty questionable."
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"ie=UTF8&qid=1417602310&sr=8-8&keywords=transcend+micro+usbThe video quality isnt as good as the Bebop, but the Jumping Sumo remains a toy."
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"Picture quality is pretty good, though I would use them for very large prints, then again the sumo wasn't designed to be a professional camera."
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"Image quality is really nice and an interesting view of the world from a few inches off the ground."
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"We love this Jumping Sumo, it is really strong, have a nice battery life and manufactured with great quality."
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Video

Video:
"Tried very hard to read lots of reviews and watch videos on YouTube to figure it all out etc."
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"The Windows Phone app worked just fine and was responsive Both the Windows Phone and Windows tablet apps have an annoying video of the drone when you start up and you can't stop it from coming up each time."
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"I have not been able to test the video recording feature yet, but I'll soon will."
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"The real-time video makes is an especially fun R C experience."
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"I ordered this because my hubby saw it on YouTube and thought it was awesome so I thought that I would surprise him and buy it for his birthday but when it showed up it looks great but it does not jump at all like it did on the YouTube video the other thing is if our neighbors have this app on their phone and the sumo is on they can control our sumo there should be a way to secure it but there is not I was very disappointed paying $160 for something that is literally worth about 100"
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"ie=UTF8&qid=1417602310&sr=8-8&keywords=transcend+micro+usbThe video quality isnt as good as the Bebop, but the Jumping Sumo remains a toy."
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"Hardware seems decent but app is full of video advertising and the functionality just isn't."
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"The video on the screen is great and you get a whole new perspective of your house or street."
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