The Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Review
If you’re in search for a drone, you’re gaining more and more options by the day at a range of prices. However, unless you want to waste that money or end up disappointed, it’s important you consider all your options. One very popular model is in its second generation, the Parrot AR Drone 2.0. Let’s see if this one makes the grade.
This drone is bigger than a lot of the other popular options on the market, but that comes with a lot of benefits as well. It weighs in at just four pounds though, so you won’t have much issue moving the drone around manually. It’s 23 inches by 23 inches and only about half an inch tall. So it’s not a huge machine by any means, just about a two-foot square. For people who want an impressive drone, they’ll be able to easily see from the ground; this is a good bet. Like we said, it’s a bit bigger than some prior offerings we’ve seen. A lithium ion battery powers the Parrot AR Drone 2.0, which is fairly typical for this market.
One unique aspect of this drone is the way it’s controlled. Most drones we’ve seen so far have come with some kind of controller that was reminiscent of the traditional RC models. However, with this drone, you actually use your iPhone to fly it. Obviously, syncing with your smartphone is nothing new. However, so far, smartphones have generally been used to get the drone’s view of flight. However, with the Parrot AR Drone 2.0, you’ll use an app to fly.
Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Review
While this is a fairly cool feature, there’s definitely going to be a learning curve. The instruction manual doesn’t do much for covering how to use the app and the instructions the app comes with aren’t great either. So be ready for trial and error.
That being said, once you figure out what you’re doing, the iOS integration was very well done. This makes sense when you figure that the company behind the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 has been using iOS since the beginning. If you lack for bandwidth, you might notice a little lag regarding the video feed, but that’s to be expected. Other than that, the iOS app syncs up with the drone like a charm, and there were no real issues. You can schedule a prerecorded flight with a map, and the app will take care of the rest for you.
This drone prices at $230. So if you’re just discovering drones, you may want to go with a cheaper model to make sure it’s something you’re actually going to use. However, if you know you’ll love using it and you have an iPhone, then the price is actually a bit of a steal.
Although the instructions leave something to be desired, that’s a fairly simple issue to overcome. Once you have that behind you, the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 flies like a dream. I would most certainly recommend this drone to any level quadcopter enthusiast.