Review: Parrot AR. Drone 2.0 Elite Edition

Review: Parrot AR. Drone 2.0 Elite Edition
April 26 18:33 2014 Print This Article

AR Drone Elite Edition

Drones, everyone is talking about them lately as enthusiasts think it’s funny to fly them around airports. They’ve also gained headlines when Amazon announced a drone delivery system. There are also the kind used by the military. There is really nothing more fun (and user friendly) than Parrot’s AR. Drone 2.0. This is the best toy currently available on the market.

The packaging is huge, so don’t think you are getting a small drone. The Parrot AR. Drone measures at nearly 2 feet wide. The elite edition is the same thing as the standard edition, just with cool camouflage hulls.

The Parrot AR. Drone 2.0 contains two cameras, a 1GHz 32-bit ARM Cortex A8 processor, a gig of RAM, GPS, Wi-Fi connectivity, a gyroscope and accelerometer, pressure sensors, ultrasound sensors. There is a 1,000 mAh battery which will give you about 15 minutes of play time (or less depending on conditions). Battery life is what needs to be significantly approved. Users should be able to play with the AR. Drone for at least an hour, 15 minutes is just way too low. Parrot does sell another larger battery, which will give you about 30 minutes of play, but even that is way too little. Charging the battery takes about half an hour.

The AR. Drone is controlled via a mobile application, compatible with Android and iOS. There are a bunch of apps on the app world, which makes it EXTREMELY confusing. The app you want to download is called “AR Freeflight.”

The cameras are really high quality and there’s one on the front and one on the bottom of the drone. The one on the front records in 720p and live streams to your device. You can record video as well as take snapshots. Unfortunately, the AR. Drone does not record audio. I guess that might be a new feature of the AR. Drone 3.0.

The AR. Drone is so easy to fly, you just push the take off button after connecting to it and volla, it takes off. Personally, until you get used to flying AR. Drone, I would use the indoor hull for both indoor and outdoor situations, just so you don’t end up breaking the blades. Replacement parts can be purchased, but they can be pricey, so be careful about that.

One thing to note, don’t stick your fingers in between the rotors, I mean, that should be common sense but, you know, I have to tell people.

You can apparently do such tricks as flips with the AR. Drone, but I have yet to figure out how to do this. You can also adjust such settings as altitude and rotation speed. The customization that AR. Drone provides is incredible.

The application also has the ability to upload your video directly to YouTube. Personally, I turned this feature off, as I want to review the video before it uploads on it’s own.

On the application screen, a joystick appears allowing you to move your drone left, right, forward or back. It’s extremely easy to navigate. You can also play virtual reality games with AR. Drone, which I didn’t look into as I didn’t think it would be very interesting.

Now let’s talk a bit about the issues with the AR. Drone 2.0. I mentioned the battery life, that’s a significant issue that has to be improved, no doubt about it. The other issue is altitude. The problem is that when AR. Drone loses it’s wifi connection, it will remain stuck in the air. This can be up to 50 meters causing it to be quite hard to get down, unless the batteries run out, which would make it come down crashing. The other issue is the number of outdated applications on the app stores, those have to go.

Overall, I do suggest getting the Parrot AR. Drone 2.0 Elite Edition, it’s a really fun product! It just has some bugs that need to be worked out. You can pick one up here today!

Also, would you guys like a video review of the Parrot AR. Drone 2.0 Elite Edition? Let me know in the comments!

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Jonathan Yaniv
Jonathan Yaniv

Jonathan is the founder and editor-in-chief of TrustedNerd.com. Covering major tech shows such as CES, Jonathan is always there for the latest tech news. Want your gadget to be reviewed or have a release you'd like to be considered for publishing? Send Jonathan an email, jonathan [at] trustednerd.com

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7 comments
Carissa
Carissa

Sounds awesome! I would love to see a video review.

CyberDenton
CyberDenton

Heck yeah!.. I'm saying that the other people are straight-up right!.. You here about these Drones all the time but its near impossible to get an honest video review of these items out on the internet. To really get this right you need a couple Drones to do some side by side comparisons.. I'd REALLY love to see a review come in about these so I can get an idea of if this is really worth the investment.

Jonathan Yaniv
Jonathan Yaniv

I agree with this completely. Thanks CyberDenton!

Lyn
Lyn

Would love to see a video review!! :)

samantha
samantha

I'm with them...can't get the full experience without a vid

Chris
Chris

Really would like to see it in action! Video?

Kayla
Kayla

I would like to see a video review!