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Your phone does not have four spinning rotor blades that allow it to fly around and shoot 720p video, but the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 does those things as an extension of your phone. This gizmo costs a pretty penny, but the price has dropped considerably on Amazon. It's just $$236.87 with Prime shipping for the standard version, and $249.99 for the elite edition.

2014-05-29 13_11_55-Amazon.com _ Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Quadricopter Controlled by iPod touch, iPhone,

The list price for the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 (both versions) is $299.99, so this is a solid deal if you're in the market for a quadrocopter, and really, who isn't? Just install the app and it connects to the drone for easy control and video recording.

2014-05-29 13_20_27-Amazon.com_ Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition Quadricopter - Wifi - Free App iOS

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Note, this deal is for the drone package with only the one battery. The more pricey one bundled with a spare battery is still close to the original $340 price. You'll only get less than half an hour of flying time with the single battery before a recharge is needed.

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  • Sorian

    I haven't kept up with the AR.Drones, what is the difference between the standard and elite?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Bigger battery, limited edition body shells. The bigger battery is completely worth it.

      • Joel

        I can't seem to find any comparison data between the two, any sources? The official Parrot page just shows GPS, Elite, and Power editions. I don't care for the camo, but $14 bucks for a bigger battery may be worth it if it's a difference of the standard battery vs. the HD battery.

      • DrM

        According to the specs on Amazon both have the same 1000mah battery.

    • Steve

      Standard & Elite are the same. Just the outer skin graphics are different. The power edition comes with 2 1500mah batteries & 4 sets of props. black, red, blue, orange. If you have nothing the power edition is not bad. Parrot charges $60 per battery & $11 or so for a propeller set.

  • Clint P

    I don't know why you would want a drone that's controlled by a mobile device. For just a bit more, you could pick up a DJI Phantom FC40. Sure, it's not controlled by a mobile device, but it does support FPV up to 300M right out of the box.

  • MJ

    They are about to come out with version 3.0 yes?

    • Simon_K

      No. They call it Parrot Bebop Drone.

  • Chris Seward

    These go on sale refurbished for ~$160 on woot.com from time to time. I got one there and it's been glorious. The parts are modular and easily replaceable, so I wouldn't worry too much buying refurbished. According to the app diagnostics it seems like one of the four rotor motors was replaced on mine. Extra high capacity batteries are pretty cheap on amazon as well. It really is a lot of fun, and is quite capable. The range is a lot higher than what's advertised when I use it with a nexus 7, especially in parks away from WiFi interference.

    The 3.0 comes out in a few months, but I think it'll be pretty expensive. And if I was willing to pay the full retail price, it might be worth it go all the way and get a phantom instead, but at $160 its hard to beat.

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  • Simon_K

    I bought one in 2012 and thanks to a bug in the software reporting battery level incorrectly. I've never been able to fly it longer than 1 min. Their support is awful. Buy something better like DJI Phantom instead instead of t his toy drone.