I don’t know why a device described as “nano” should surprise me with its diminutive size when I unboxed it, but this certainly did!
Anyway this toy is easy to set up, simply pop 2 AAA batteries in the remote control and charge the ‘copter itself via USB – then switch them both on and when the lights change colour it means ’copter and the remote are synced up and ready to go. It’s at this point you realise how ham-fisted you are as you fly the poor thing straight up into the ceiling and then into every wall in the room!
After each ‘hit’ you’ll probably need to reassemble the thing, but only by reattaching the blades which click back on. After a while you get the knack of it, subtle pressing of the controls is the secret. I must admit I’m still pretty rubbish at it and young children would definitely struggle. But after a while you’ll have this floating in the air and gently moving around, it is amazingly responsive and everyone who has seen this in action has been in awe of how well it seems to just hover.
The toy only remains charged for about 5 to ten minutes, but a full charge only takes 45 minutes. It can be frustrating however though when you feel you’re starting to master the controls only to have the thing die and require charging. I was going to have a little challenge between me and a few family members to see who could fly the thing across the room and land it, but the battery doesn’t last long enough to do turns with it on one charge. The short battery life is due to the tiny internal battery, a larger battery would have meant a bigger quadcopter and it wouldn’t have been quite to suitable for indoors flying then. Actually, because of how light-weight this is, I wouldn’t recommend flying outdoors as even the merest of breezes renders it impossible to control.
In a nutshell: Only 1 set of batteries to replace, and the other battery is charged from any powered USB port – I like that. This is a fun little toy which demands an investment of time in order to be able to use it properly, but the short battery life means you don’t really get the time needed – it’s not likely to be something you use frequently. It’s a novelty and little more – but it’s a *cool* novelty! I’d give this 4 stars if it were cheaper, but at the current price (over £30) I can only give three stars because it’s just something to pass a few minutes of grown-up time, children would find it too frustrating.