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Review: Have Your Own Little Eye In The Sky With The iSpy Helicopter

Company: iHelicopters.net Product: iSpy Helicopter Price: $69.95 Compatibility: iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad Website: www.ihelicopters.net Date: October 11, 2013 From bugs and UFOs to racing buggies and attack helicopters, iHelicopters.net has a selection of iPhone-controlled toys that can entertain a wide audience. In fact, the company recently expanded its lineup again to include a surveillance-type chopper, the iSpy Helicopter. At first glance, everything appears in place for a somewhat stealth snooping experience, but does this eye in the sky really have what it takes to satisfy your shoulder lurking craving? [caption id="attachment_474028" align="aligncenter" width="300"]iSpy Helicopter - Front Plenty of flashing LEDs and even a bright spotlight create an eye-catching police chopper-style scene.[/caption]

The Product

Before I brandish the video recording ability, let's tour the rest of the design. Similar to the other models, iSpy features a twin main rotor and single tail rotor propulsion and maneuvering system, sleek and simple fuselage, standard landing gear, plus a lot of LEDs, including police-style red and blue flashers and spotlight. In addition, the software controller supports joystick or accelerometer-based steering, individual function toggling, and three channel choices. Despite having an onboard camera, iSpy indeed shouldn't be mistaken for a craft such as Parrot's AR.Drone. Unlike the advanced quadricopter, the fun-sized flyer doesn't stream any footage to your iDevice. Instead, the captured content is stored on a microSD card, watchable once the flight has been completed. The lack of real-time viewing may cause an initial disappointment, however, its enjoyment depends upon your perspective. Whether live or archived, the footage still exists, and delaying the judgement of a peak or poor piloting performance could create some lively laughs and awe-inspiring amazement. [caption id="attachment_474027" align="aligncenter" width="300"]iSpy Helicopter - Camera Relive the moments from right below the cockpit with the onboard VGA quality camera.[/caption]

What’s Hot

  • Being able to record and snapshot your flights
  • Full package: charging cable, transmitter, flash card reader, and 512MB microSD card
  • Fair level of durability, plus one set of replacement rotor blades
  • Able to be piloted by older children and adults

What’s Not

  • Use of infrared communication means environment restrictions
  • No sound during recordings
  • Non-replaceable battery
  • Added weight as well as LED and camera power drain can cause reduced runtimes

Our Advice

If the idea of zipping through rooms and perplexing the family pet seem entertaining, the iSpy will likely already satisfy. Now add to that the option of video recording conquests or crashes, and there arrives a gift worth considering.

Scores

Aesthetic Appeal: ★★★★☆ Wow Factor: ★★★★☆ Build Quality: ★★★★☆ Value: ★★★☆☆ Buy Now: $69.95 from iHelicopters.net with free shipping Download Now: Free from the App Store
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