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Parrot AR.Drone Quadricopter Controlled by iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, and Android Devices (Orange/Blue) (Discontinued...
Report Date: 08/12/2015
Based on 131 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.3
Returned or considering to return: 9.9%

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Individual Feature Rating
Video4.6   above average
Price4.3   average
iPhone4.3   above average
Wind4.1   average
Control3.8   average
Flying3.7   below average
Battery3.4   average
Crash3.2   average


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Battery

Battery:
"If you are going to spend this much money on an RC unit, buy one with a dedicated control unit and for outdoors, just get a gas-powered unit that won't fall out of the sky because of a dead battery, just as you get it flying well."
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"The problem is the stock battery is limited to 1 Amp charging which is why it take 1.5-2.0 hours to charge!"
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"Not real happy that I have to pay to ship the spare battery back - separate order - since I don't need a spare battery for something that is being returned for refund."
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"I got this plus 1 extra battery, (as a present) and have yet to actually run a battery dead."
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"All the other reviewers complaining about battery life clearly have no experience with flying R C toys."
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"My only real complaint is the battery life."
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"I am sure that if I had a few hours a day for weeks, I could get this to operate well 50% of the time, when there is not a problem with wifi connection, horrible battery life (literally drops 2-3% immediately on plugging in fully charged battery, then same when you take off), slow response from unit to commands (I now know what it feels like to command a space craft from earth - plan for delay reaction times), etc."
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"If you are going to spend this much money on an RC unit, buy one with a dedicated control unit and for outdoors, just get a gas-powered unit that won't fall out of the sky because of a dead battery, just as you get it flying well."
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"I wish they had a more modern efficient battery that could be kept in a charger at full charge and popped into it anytime you wanted to have a quick flight."
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"It really limits being able to show this around not having a charged battery on hand."
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"With a good modern battery charger and technology this would be a solid 5 stars."
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Control

Control:
"Now, using the iPhone e to control this absolute POS is perhaps the worst innovation, ever."
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"They are clearly overwhelmed with technical support requests which is an indication they have some serious quality control problems and growing pains."
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"This could have been the source of both my shutdown and control delay problems, but as I said the drone is sufficiently large and heavy, it can do a lot of damage if it comes down without warning."
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"It is constantly adjusting for height which makes it hard to control when flying of uneven terrain."
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"2- Wind really will affect your flying, avoid it, or have fun3- If you get confused just release your finders from the controls, the auto will kick in and it will hover, then orient yourself4- Flying only with the camera is very hard5- If the drone is getting away, follow it, so you are in range6- Get a couple of extra batteries and parts"
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"The controls are a bit confusing at first, but after a few flights, the controls pretty much synced up with my fingers and I don't even need to see the screen to fly it."
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"Had anybody has under complete control please help to get a better understanding"
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"Once you download the app blah blah blah, then click training, press take off well the plane really takes off without your control."
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"Fun to fly at first, then would take off without control up, up and away, suddenly whether indoors or outdoors, then when it drops, it busts the x-bar that holds the motors."
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"to control it is brilliant as it gives you a video control system at low cost because many people already own an appropriate device."
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Crash

Crash:
"I got another one today 7 2 2012 and on one crash the outdoor hull broke."
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"It is fun to fly but for the price its a bit annoying that one flew away and that the other had a crashed hull."
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"So I sent it back to them after a crash had broken a part, again paying for shipping."
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"Finally it's not fair to Parrot for so many reviewers to have skipped the learning process, crashed and damaged their Drones, and then come on here to blame Parrot or trash the device."
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"I crashed indoor a few times, the hull broke, but it was easy to glue together."
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"I finally got my first order of parts in, and did the repair, only to learn that the camera was damaged in the crash, and now I need another 50$ part as you cant buy the camera by itself."
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"After taking a couple of videos it did lose control a bit (still a novice) and crashed but no damage."
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"BewareMy wife gave me this for Christmas, and it was fun to fly UNTIL I finally had a crash that required me to buy replacement parts."
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"Worked Great For A While.. Once It Crashes It Never Flew The Same."
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"it's easy to crash it but because of the foam material which the plane is made of, it's very durable."
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"Although the done is very fragile, it's packaging doubles as a carrying case for storage, and after many, many crashes, some above 9 feet, I haven't broken anything."
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Flying

Flying:
"I'm really worried now about flying it again so not the fun experience I hoped for sadly."
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"The reason I'm writing this review is because I've searched for this problem and it's happening all the time where drones just fly off, never to be seen again!"
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"If you are going to spend this much money on an RC unit, buy one with a dedicated control unit and for outdoors, just get a gas-powered unit that won't fall out of the sky because of a dead battery, just as you get it flying well."
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"Should of found out if it was a new one a 2.0 ardrone and not a 1.0 but still fun to fly"
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"It is fun to fly but for the price its a bit annoying that one flew away and that the other had a crashed hull."
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"As I do not have adequate space in my house, the five or so times I have flown so far have been in my backyard and at the local high school field."
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"If you are going to spend this much money on an RC unit, buy one with a dedicated control unit and for outdoors, just get a gas-powered unit that won't fall out of the sky because of a dead battery, just as you get it flying well."
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"Its becoming useful and I anticipate a 1.0 flying time run-in to really appreciate the unit."
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"easy for anyone to get use to flying."
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"It is fun to fly but for the price its a bit annoying that one flew away and that the other had a crashed hull."
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"The drone is fun outside but can be carried away by wind if you fly above 20 or so feet."
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Price

Price:
"It is fun to fly but for the price its a bit annoying that one flew away and that the other had a crashed hull."
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"What is so frustrating about all of these erratic behaviors, is that they eventually end up in broken parts and you have to shell out more money buying new props, gear shafts, gears, or having to send the AR Drone in for a repair."
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"It is fun to fly but for the price its a bit annoying that one flew away and that the other had a crashed hull."
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"This is probably the best product I've ever spent my money on!"
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"It is well worth buying and is a good prices."
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"Don't get me wrong; it is fun to fly and an impressive feat of engineering for the price."
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"This is an unbelievable level of technology available for this price."
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Video

Video:
"First off as noted elsewhere the training videos are seriously inadequate."
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"to control it is brilliant as it gives you a video control system at low cost because many people already own an appropriate device."
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"This quadricopter is the best real video game two in one becose you should play indoor or out door whit this."
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"The tablet is a bit cumbersome as a controller, but not so bad and the video is spectacular on the 10.1 in."
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"When dog fighting missiles and bullets are overlay on the live video providing a fun game experience with a mix of CGI and live video."
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"- There is no way this thing can be flown with any accuracy from just watching the video feed coming to the iPhone."
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Wind

Wind:
"I have also found it a bit unresponsive in winds over 5mph, not 7 mph as advertised."
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"I think it's easier to fly without the foam bumper in wind, but much more challenging to avoid damage to the props."
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"Any wind is a problem."
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"Generally it recovers if safely used in open fields, it is subject to wind and recommend you send it into the wind away so its cutouts bring it back."
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"The drone is fun outside but can be carried away by wind if you fly above 20 or so feet."
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"I live in an area that is windy at times and this drone works well in the wind and after it gets to a certain height, it might get carried away."
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"The larger hull catches the wind more easily and makes it a bit harder to control."
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iPad

iPad:
"Seems to respond better to the iPhone rather than the iPad, but it's not a big problem."
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"As others say the iPad worked well for them, I will not dispute that, it simply was not my experience."
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"One note is that the ipad ipod screen gets pretty washed out in sunlight making flying heads down a little tough if you're in direct sunlight."
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"By the way, I'm using the iPad 2 to fly it and find the controls easy to use and the camera feature is incredible!"
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"If you're a frequent flyer, or player of iPad games using a four-way control, this amazing little suction cup joystick makes everything easier."
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iPhone

iPhone:
"Now, using the iPhone e to control this absolute POS is perhaps the worst innovation, ever."
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"This would be understandable, if Parrot didn't photoshop in very good looking pictures onto the iPhone controllers in all their advertisements."
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"Never did get anything other than red lights on the motors, and the app on the iPhone showed an error message."
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"After getting to the area I had an idea to check the screen on my iPhone and miraculously the picture was still on there of the drone."
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"Seems to respond better to the iPhone rather than the iPad, but it's not a big problem."
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"HOW TO: I recommend an iPhone or iPod Touch."
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"- Controlled by iPhone and easy to get started flying."
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"It would be nice if you could switch the tilting action of the iphone to steer it instead of just tipping it left and right."
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