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    The Parrot Rolling Spider is an easy to fly mini quadcopter controlled by Parrot's FreeFlight 3 Smartphone app, which is free to download for Android or iOS.  The app controls the drone via Bluetooth.

    This is a robust and reliable drone which will stand up to some quite severe crashes, particularly if you use the clip on giant wheels which will protect the rotor blades, although it is easier to control without them. You may need to buy some Parrot Rolling Spider Spare Propellers as the drone does not come with any spares.

    The Parrot Rolling Spider has an 8 minute flight time before the battery needs recharging, and this takes approx 90 mins.  Its flight is very stable, once in the air you can take your hands off the controls and it will hover on its own.  There are also some preset flips and tricks pre programmed into the app which are pretty impressive and make you look like an expert pilot!

    As its name suggests, with the wheels attached you can drive the Parrot Rolling Spider along the floor, as well as up the wall and along the ceiling if you want a challenge. 

    There is a 0.3 megapixel camera mounted on the bottom for taking still images but the quality is not great and it does not take video.

    The drone has a range of 20m and a max speed of 11mph, however you can configure the settings in the FreeFlight app, for example to impose a maximum altitude if you are flying indoors and want to avoid your light fittings.

    Our Verdict

    The Parrot Rolling Spider is a fun drone aimed at children and beginners.  It is easy to fly and will take low resolution pictures, and perform some impressive tricks. It is robust and reliable and spares are readily available - we think it is a great starter drone for the price but the poor camera and lack of video lets it down.

    3-stars

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  2. syma x6 droneThe Syma X6 quadcopter is large, tough, durable and very easy and fun to fly.  It has responsive controls and is very manoeuverable, and it will bank, turn and hover equally as well as the more expensive drones.  It has 2 modes, Low Speed and Expert, as well as built in functions in the controller to perform a 360 degree flip or a continuous roll.

    The Syma X6 comes with a spare set of blades but no camera, although it has quite a high payload and will take a Go Pro attached to it.  The footage taken is very smooth due to the stable flight of this drone.  The Syma X6 's impressive size (22" x 22") along with the protective foam ring around the rotor blades means it is a pretty robust drone, and although it comes with  spare rotors, it may be a while before you need them.  Due to its size, the drone is not suitable for flying indoors, but it is great for flying outdoors and stands up well to light winds.  The 30m flight range however, is quite limiting and we would expect it to be greater for a drone of this size.  The battery life is 8-10 mins which is about average, but the 120 minute charge time is another factor which lets it down.  You will definitely need a few Syma X6 Spare Batteries , and these are cheap and readily available. 

    Our Verdict

    The Syma X6 is a great drone to fly, easy and fun with some neat features.  Bigger than its counterparts in the same price range so more quadcopter for your money, but this is offset by the lack of a camera.  Low flight range and long charge time also let it down.

    3-stars

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