Looking for Quadcopter Advice - Holy Stone?
Hi guys! Total noob here, looking to purchase a new quadcopter, and looking for some advice. About 4 years ago (after several years of hinting I wanted one) I finally got one of the Syma 3 channel RC helicopters. I thought it was a fun toy, and after using it a while I decided to get an inexpensive quadcopter. I narrowed down my choices to the Hubsan x4 107c or the Syma X5C. I ended up going with the Hubsan. I flew it a few times in the middle of Upstate New York winter, and enjoyed it for sure, but I started to have some trouble with it, and I more or less forgot about it all this time. 

Fast-forward to more recently when I found a used but complete Syma X5C at a local thrift store for $10. I did some playing with it, and got it flying fairly well. That made me dust off the old Hubsan and get it tuned up, and oh man! I really don't know why I put this thing down! It had to be the cold weather at the time lol! I am far from a great flyer, but that little Hubsan literally screams, it's a blast to fly. So now I am looking for another quad to play with....

I am hoping to get one or two really inexpensive ones (sub $50) like my Hubsan x4 107c. Additionally, I could see my way to spending maybe as much as $200 if there was a significant increase in performance or features. More than that has to wait until I'm much less likely to launch it into the trees ;-)

What I really want to ask this community about is the Holy Stone quads I see for sale on that giant online bookstore. They seem to get phenomenal user reviews, yet when I search on forums or on Google, I don't see anyone really talking about these quads. And, I saw one guy that suggested most of those positive reviews are fake! So I want to ask an impartial community, is Holy Stone even a good brand to look at?

Is there anything that you might suggest for me considering I like the Hubsan X4 107c a lot so far? I do wish it was larger, but I love how quick it is.

Any help would be very much appreciated!
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Steven Hulk:
Hi guys! Total noob here, looking to purchase a new quadcopter, and looking for some advice. About 4 years ago (after several years of hinting I wanted one) I finally got one of the Syma 3 channel RC helicopters. I thought it was a fun toy, and after using it a while I decided to get an inexpensive quadcopter. I narrowed down my choices to the Hubsan x4 107c or the Syma X5C. I ended up going with the Hubsan. I flew it a few times in the middle of Upstate New York winter, and enjoyed it for sure, but I started to have some trouble with it, and I more or less forgot about it all this time. 

Fast-forward to more recently when I found a used but complete Syma X5C at a local thrift store for $10. I did some playing with it, and got it flying fairly well. That made me dust off the old Hubsan and get it tuned up, and oh man! I really don't know why I put this thing down! It had to be the cold weather at the time lol! I am far from a great flyer, but that little Hubsan literally screams, it's a blast to fly. So now I am looking for another quad to play with....

I am hoping to get one or two really inexpensive ones (sub $50) like my Hubsan x4 107c. Additionally, I could see my way to spending maybe as much as $200 if there was a significant increase in performance or features. More than that has to wait until I'm much less likely to launch it into the trees ;-)

What I really want to ask this community about is the Holy Stone quads I see for sale on that giant online bookstore. They seem to get phenomenal user reviews, yet when I search on forums or on Google, I don't see anyone really talking about these quads. And, I saw one guy that suggested most of those positive reviews are fake! So I want to ask an impartial community, is Holy Stone even a good brand to look at?

Is there anything that you might suggest for me considering I like the Hubsan X4 107c a lot so far? I do wish it was larger, but I love how quick it is.

Any help would be very much appreciated!
Thanks,
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Any updates??
Hello Steven,

I am yet a novice, but not a total noob. Been a member of AOPA since Oct of Last year. Have been watching RC and Drones for way longer. I am a total aviation geek but have kept it suppressed for a long time. Well enough about the personal stuff. I have owned my SKY VIPER Journey for several months, It is only $100 plus tax at that other Blue and White Giant Supercenter. It is great and works well. It is a gps streaming drone that has place for micro sd card it captures exceptional video and still shots too. It has fly away protection, and about a ten minute flight time. It can reach a maximum of 160 feet vertical, and has a range of 360 feet from the controller its app is awesome and fairly easy to link up too. They have a decent website with youtube videos of real people doing cool things with them.

I believe this is a great starter drone for most anybody, the learning curve is minimal and it is fun too. I recently went on a limb to buy a brand from china to resell on ebay, but I regret it. The Brand is Drone X, It is a nice folding quad with video capture but not streaming, also I have noticed that the controller doesnt communicate with the drone, the virtual controller on the app does but I can not manually control it. This is not good. So I am stuck with 4 drones that I cant even sell for cost. Be careful shopping online with these cheap drones, I was fooled into thinking that I was getting them at wholesale price, but then I was seeing the same ones online for $20 less than what I paid! Bright side they have a nice case!

Hope this helps, happy flying and be safe, I also recommend checking the FAA drone links, this will help you stay out of trouble if you are just operating for recreation.

Happy flying,
Jessie