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Jul
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If you've been waiting for a good deal on the ridiculously fun (but admittedly expensive) Parrot AR Drone, now's the time to get one. Amazon has the 2.0 version of the smartphone-controlled, camera-equipped quadcopter, plus a spare first-party battery, for just $271.99. That's 20% off, a savings of $68 on the combined retail prices. As with all Amazon Gold Box discounts, it's good for one day only, July 26th.

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The Parrot AR Drone has made a big splash in the world of tech and computer toys, thanks to its impressively stable flight and solid smartphone app, which allows Android and iOS devices to remotely control the drone, plus view and record 720p video through its onboard 720p camera. It works via WiFi at a range of up to 300 feet, with simplified controls for those who aren't used to RC flying machines. (Note that there is no included controller - you HAVE to use an Android or iOS device.) The app has recently been updated to work with NVIDIA's SHIELD controller, a nice touch if you're planning on picking one of those up as well. The standard package includes two styrofoam shells: one with the four rotors exposed for outdoor flying, and one with foam coverings around them for indoors. Three trim colors for the indoor shell are offered, blue, green, and yellow.

The spare battery is a thoughtful inclusion with this deal, as a limited flight time of 10-20 minutes is definitely the AR Drone's biggest flaw. The second battery is the official first party model from Parrot, so no worries on reliability, and can be charged while you're flying with the first. Oddly, the drone alone is not included in the promotion - it's still at Amazon's regular $300 retail price. (Owner's tip: you might want to pick up some replacement propeller blades and gears with your savings - the AR Drone is a pretty tough little gadget compared to cheap toy helicopters, but eventually you WILL crash.)

Once again, Amazon Gold Box deals are good for one day only, and stock tends to go quickly. If you're ready to buy, do it sooner rather than later. Two-day shipping is free for Amazon Prime subscribers.

Source: Amazon Parrot AR Drone 2.0 via Amazon Gold Box

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • ginobili

    Chromecast, Nexus 7, bonus rounds and now this?

    Cmon AndroidPolice leave our wallet alone!

  • Mothreja Jay

    This is ridiculously cool!

    ** My wallet shivers **

  • David

    Won't ship to Canada :(

    • Mothreja Jay

      I know the feeling bro :(

  • Mr E

    Shoot, what are you doing to me guys. I really don't *need* this, right?

    • Mr E

      I supposed I could use this to check my roof periodically

      • Mr E

        Oh man, it does barrel rolls too???

  • Ali Mohamedali

    I have purchased 3 of these this past year. First from Barnes & Nobles at retail price, learned quick that there is a learning curve and parts need to be replaced so be ready for that. Sold first one to a friend.

    Found out Verizon Wireless sells it and with 25% Employer Discount, comes to $225 from them. Bought that, ended up crashing after many flights, took it apart and sold it in parts on ARDrone-Flyers.com and bought another one. Currently my nephew uses it since i upgraded to the DJI Phantom. He comes flying with me sometimes.

    If you do decide on picking one up, and have a verizon account with employer discount, thats the place to get it. online they do free 2 day shipping. Also, look into setting up a ps3 controller with it, easy to do on android, or on iOS with jailbreak and some apps. I got my cousins family to get him one for his birthday, lol, then helped him set up his iPad with his ps3 controller and his drone.

    Good luck to all who get one, they are tons of fun.

    TL;DR - cheap on verizonwireless.com if you have a employer discount

    • John T

      They stopped doing the 25% off big ticket items, like the drone, about a month ago. That's where I bought my drones as well.

      • Ali Mohamedali

        ah, that sucks, that employer discount came in handy for that, was considering bose soundlink from them too (verizonwirless). guess the amazon deal they got going is best around then for the drone, and extra battery, and you'll need the extra battery, i bought 4 extra.

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