Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Review
For the lovers of toys that fly, the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 is a device that will give excitement and lots of fun thanks to the design and usability.
The only problem that you will have to deal with is battery life, but this is made easier in the Power Edition which comes with two batteries with an extended capacity that enables users to achieve about three times the battery life. However, you will still be forced to pay for this so the edition does not get you one of the best deals. Let’s take a closer look at what you will get from this quadricopter. Just like the name suggests, the quadricopter consists of the main body that is carried by four rotors. The rotors are made from plastic and they are placed on all the four corners of the outer body. The power edition comes with extra rotor blades in a variety of colors hence you will be in a position to give the device a makeover once in a while.
One thing that lacks in the design of the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 is a power switch. To power it on, you only plug the battery and cover it with the body. Another thing that most users will be quick to notice is the absence of a controller. The device has to be used with a Wi-Fi enabled Android or iOS device. It creates a Wi-Fi hotspot that the controlling device will need to connect to before it can receive any signal. This can be taken as an advantage since the Android or iOS smartphone or tablet will also be used as a screen for the video from the drone’s cameras. This makes it a perfect surveillance device for capturing videos easily and effortlessly.
From the app that’s used for controlling the drone, you will get a two-stick control interface that can be used to move the drone in any direction at any time. This drone can also be controlled from a number of portable gaming devices like the NVidia Shield to get a more responsive feel. As mentioned earlier, the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 comes with two cameras that can be used either for surveillance or even for recording video. One of these cameras has been placed facing down while the other one has been placed facing forward. The cameras record 720p videos and they can be conveniently stored in the tablet or smartphone’s memory. Thanks to the noise caused by the rotors, the drone doesn’t have a microphone since its function would be useless, recording only the noise from the rotors.
To use the Parrot AR Drone 2.0, you’ll need to download and install the AR. FreeFlight app. It gives you access to loads of photos and videos taken by other users from similar drones on the Drone Academy service. You can also upload some of your videos if you so wish. One of the amazing features of the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 is the ability to do barrel rolls or flips. It’s an amazing trick but it takes up more battery power when compared to normal hovering. As a result, you won’t be able to perform the tricks once the battery gets below 30%. All in all, the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 is a fun gadget to have and use. Apart from the short battery life, you will not find any other annoying thing as you use the drone.