This is an amazing little drone, the smallest I’ve ever flown. Smaller typically means less stable, but it is remarkably stable and easy to fly. In fact, there are four options for flying:
1) remote control only,
2) remote control with FPV (first person view using phone app),
3) virtual controls on phone app,
4) gravity control (tilt to steer) via phone app.
Use of the phone app requires a Wi-Fi connection. In my house, the connection is solid and I don’t notice a lag. I prefer to use either methods 1 or 2 for flying, because it gives me tactile feedback. Thus, the remote is easier to use. Gravity control still requires my thumb on the screen to control altitude and rotation. It requires the most concentration because I must move my thumb while moving the phone.
The E10W has a camera, but the camera only works through the app and the images are stored on your phone. There’s a slot that looks like it might fit a micro SD card, but I couldn’t get one in and instructions don’t mention a card. I didn’t try very hard because I didn’t want to break it.
I charged the battery for 45 minutes when I got it. With such a small battery, I expected minimal flying time. The first three minutes or so gave me the strongest flying where it was most responsive. After that, it takes a little time to gain altitude after allowing it to drop but it’s still very flyable if you don’t push it. In making my video, I flew it for nine minutes before it stopped giving me lift. In the toy drone world, that’s pretty good.
This drone won’t do flips or other stunts, but I’m impressed with headless mode and return to home. Small drones don’t need return to home (returns at the touch of a button), but it is so cool to watch. It’s like watching a UFO coming in for a landing.
The drone comes with four blades, but I would like to see more. There are no blade guards and these blade break easily when it crashes, though extra blades can be purchased on Amazon. Curiously, there’s a piece that comes with it that reminds me of a tiny doorstop. I honestly have no idea what it is and the instructions make no mention of it, but I think it somehow might be related to the blades.
Overall, the phone is a sweet package. I love it!
This product was provided for review by EachinedirectUS.