UDI’s recommendation for the age this drone should be designed for is 14 years and older, and although we pretty much agree, we further feel we should mention that even though this is classed as a toy adults will love it too. It would make a great gift for any newbie who is interested in learning how to fly drones.
What Consumers Are Saying
Average review on Amazon.com currently at 3.8 out of 5 stars with 81 reviews published.
Great for beginner training. Very light weight so any wind at all will make control harder.
If you have trouble flying a small little helicopter, you’re going to have trouble controlling this.
Extras- I was very surprised with the little extras this came with. The bonus battery and power bank were a very nice touch. The power bank came in very handy with maintaining a Phone charge while using the FPV mode. It also came complete with a 4GB SD memory card to capture photos and videos with.
Thumbs Up Points
A lot of unexpected extras come packed in the box to start flying this drone once you have charged it. While you are charging, use the time to download the app on your phone and you are ready to go. You will definitely need to read the instructions though unless you want your first experience with quadcopter flying to be a disaster.
The UDI U818A is a lightweight drone and for this reason it is classified as a toy which means you don’t have to register it with the FAA.
The drone will fly both indoors and outdoors but we suggest trying it indoors at first while you are getting used flying it and coming to grips with the controls.
Reviews from users of this UDI quadcopter are saying it truly is durable and survived multiple crashes.
It comes complete with batteries so when one is running low you can charge it while using the other which gives you much more flying time.
The box also includes four replacement propellers and a screwdriver.
Additional pleasant features were that it lights up at night, has a 360° Flip Function and also a push button return home feature.
We found the low voltage alarm to be handy as the controller beeps when the battery is getting low so you can get your drone back before it crashes.
Thumbs Down Points
Our biggest complaint with the UDI U818A quadcopter is that it is very lightweight which makes it harder to handle if the weather is windy. If the weather is still or you want to use it inside it will be fine.
A further issue with some users was that the return home feature didn’t work and they lost their drones. This is more likely to be a pilot issue rather than a problem with the quadcopter. If you don’t have the drone in Headless mode the return home feature won’t work. Make sure you read the instructions!
Required is an iPhone or smartphone to utilize the camera function.
Watch the UDI U818A Quadcopter Video:
Value in a Nutshell
The UDI drone is durable and includes a lot of features, if you have a compatible phone this is certainly worth the money. If you don’t have a phone you might want to look at other drones with cameras that don’t require a phone for photo/movie taking.