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Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Power Edition review - App, Performance, Value and Verdict

Luke Johnson

By Luke Johnson



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Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Power Edition - App

The Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Power Edition’s app is where things start to fall apart. Available for iOS and Android devices, we found it to be sluggish and glitch prone, often resulting in unwanted or stuck navigation commands. This caused the drone to take its own actions, crashing into anything in its way and leaving us a little red faced and irritated.

Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Power Edition

The app takes age to boot up, too, but is well laid out and easy to navigate once things have sprung to life. It features a range of settings and gallery options which surround the standard flight mode and a selection of in-app purchasable extras. The app connects to your Drone via Wi-Fi and signal and range between the two devices was strong and never faltered during our time with the device.

Having used both an iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S to fly the Drone, we found the app came unstuck and fell behind the flying gadget’s actual movements on all too frequent occurrence.

Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Power Edition - Performance

The Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Power Edition veers between precise, ultra-responsive flying awesomeness and having a mind-of-its-own.. As such, the Drone’s main failing is in its inconsistency. While the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 is skilled enough to comfortably manoeuvre down tight office hallways or through the door to your home, it also has a tendency to go a bit wild. Some of this can be put down to the laggy app, but not all.

Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Power Edition

The 1280 x 720p HD camera is a brilliant addition, with flight footage often proving interesting and entertaining to watch. That said, it could still be improved. Its positioning at the very front of the drone is a little restrictive. If fitted with a slightly wider field of view lens and at marginally lower angle, the resulting footage would be instantly improved.

The barrel-roll is the Drone 2.0’s party piece but you better act fast if you want to do it as it requires a more than 30 per cent battery charge to throw a flip. Double tap the screen and a flip should be the response. In practice, however, this can be very hit-and-miss, with the Drone taking an ‘I will if and when I want to’ approach to the commands.

Should I buy the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Power Edition?

Put concisely, no, probably not. There is no denying that the entertainment factor of the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Power Edition is huge at first, but this novelty quickly wears off, leaving you with little more than a £300 big kid’s toy turn paperweight.

Although leading the field in consumer available flying drone toys, the Parrot offering is always struggling to meet the requirements of its lofty price tag. When it works, it works beautifully. The trouble is that this it does not always function as expected.


The Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Power Edition is fun, it is fast and it is nimble, but it is also hugely expensive and the entertainment is short lived. Plough your £300 into the ground a couple of times and it soon looks a little worse for wear. Put up with the glitchy app and your patience is soon warn thin. In short this is a luxurious toy for those with more money than they know what to do with.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Build Quality 7
  • Design 8
  • Features 7
  • Usability 6
  • Value 5


July 27, 2013, 11:09 am

You will probably have as much fun flying the Blade mQX RTF, which only costs £110, than this. If you really want more then you need to up your spend to for something like a DJI Phantom with GPS and add a GoPro for your video needs.

Mirko Massarutto

May 17, 2014, 9:12 am

Hello, i want to use it to film soccer matches is it in your pinion a valid tool? can it move horizontally (right and left while filming ahead) ?

Clement Rodney

May 17, 2014, 11:03 pm

beside the extra batteries and the color props and a sleeker looks, whats the difference between the Parrot 2-power edition and the normal Parrot 2.0?, eg; mainboard etc

Craig Sayce

June 13, 2014, 8:26 am

I have an ar drone 2 and to date I've spent well over £150 upgrading it these upgrades are firstly ceramic bearings for the prop shafts, strengthened prop shafts, lighter stronger gears and pinions, lighter stronger props, bigger stronger c clips (these secure the props too the prop shaft), a swivel bracket for the front facing cam, a top mount for my gopro cam, extended landing legs, upgraded battery pack, outdoor/indoor all in one prop and gear protectors,original tool kit and for a bit of fun a remote control LED kit these things take some time to find as there are many ppl selling very cheap bits of kit passing it off as top end gear my bit of advice the first product you need to buy is a packet of gear protectors as you will find due to the bad design of the drone that after your first crash with the outdoor hull the first thing that will get damaged is the gears there is no protection and parrot know this and should have really built in the protection or at the very least provided a set of protectors. Before you invest your money in one of these drones read other ppls posts in the many forums btw you can convert the drone very easily too radio control and still use your ios or android device too watch what the drone is recording through it's cameras this also makes it much much much more stable also the drone does have the option of GPS. I hope this clears up some questions you might have please feel free to ask me any.


September 8, 2014, 10:45 pm

The dji phantom 2 quadcopter is one hell of a title but then this is one hell of a machine, note machine NOT toy. It is, however, a machine with built-in fun. My experience is somewhat limited but I belong to a small group and what I am learning from them is amazing. I have... Read More

Tad Poll

May 17, 2015, 4:32 am

Are you kidding me. Biggest POS on the market, not to mention OVERPRICED. THis company deserves nothing more than to go right out of business, and with the quickness. Please - STOP BUYING THESE THINGS. Take a stand against shoddy engineering, people. Please.

Thomas Kirven

July 14, 2015, 5:12 pm

very cool toy until you realize the actual flying experience, without fail,becomes frustrating quickly because of poor laggy connection. It really irks me honestly, that such a brilliant toy can be rendered useless and frustrating, because parrot decided to only make half of a flying experience and sell it as a whole.

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