CNET First Look
Parrot's MiniDrone Rolling Spider perfect mini-quadcopter for novice flyersThanks to very stable flight and easy-to-learn controls, this mobile-device-controlled quad is a blast, but the fun might not last long enough for some.
Drones as smart phone accessory. That's basically what Parrot's been doing since it launched its AR Drone in 2010 and continues with its line of mini-drones. I'm Josh Goldman with Cnet and this is one of those mini drones: the Rolling Spider. There are a lot of mini quad copters out there, but the Spider is a little different in that it's loaded with sensors to make it really easy to pick up and fly, regardless of skill level. It's completely controlled with a smart phone or tablet, and it has these attachable wheels that let you drive the Spider on the ground and roll it up walls and across ceilings. The wheels also give its propellers some protection while you do flips with a couple of taps on the screen. And its a good thing the propellers do some protection because it only comes with one set. You also only get one battery pack and that typically lasts for just five to eight minutes of life and has to be charged in the spider and that takes 90 minutes for a full charge. And while similarly sized copters, have cameras capable of HD photos and video, the Rolling Spider can only take low resolution stills from the bottom. If you read the full review on CNet.com, but if you can live with those shortcomings, it's stable, slight, and easy operation make it an excellent mini quad copter for novice pilots. And those just looking for a few minutes of fun. I'm Josh Goldman and that's a look at the Parrot Mini Drone Rolling Spider. [MUSIC]