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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Anastasia Ruda:
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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Anastasia, I expect another, dedicated drone forum would be a better source for you. All the people I know from the AOPA world are flying full size airplanes and helos. I'm sure it'll change over the years, but there's just not a lot of that kinda activity here, now. I would help if I could, but I don't fly them either. Just an airplane guy. But the answers are out there. I do a lot of experimental airplane stuff and I don't get that info here either. AOPA is good for pilot training info, airplane buying, aero-medical, legal questions etc.
Good morning all,

I am not too familiar with the smaller toy drones, sorry. I have flown the Tello and Tello EDU and they are fun for teaching someone the basics or playing around indoors. Most of our drone members are Part 107 remote pilots, so they are flying larger scale UAS, so that is probably why there is radio silence on this question. I have experience with RC, models, DJI sized drones, AirRobot, PrecisionHawk, Ebee, and DIY built drones. James, I agree, the forum is mostly used by manned aviation, but we do have a good sized 107 forum. Sorry for my delay, but I was on travel.

Regards, Kat
Tony Brown
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Hello Anastaia,
I am a 107 pilot and also instruct noobs😁. The Holy Stone, Syma, etc. are all good to learn the basics with. It sounds like you understand basic function and operation so it may be a good time to step it up a notch. As mentioned below, the Ryze Tello is a great unit (get the Td1 controller). I use these to teach the kiddos with. If you don’t mind spending a little more money the DJI spark is a great next step . These can be found used with extra batteries for good prices. The next jump up Would be The DJI Mavic Air. If you have anymore questions I would be more than willing to guide you. Feel free to reach out! tony@brownowlimaging.com 
Have fun and fly safe!