We happen to love our gadgets, particularly the Mr and especially if they are android based. What could be better than a remote controlled helicopter that is controlled by your android device over Bluetooth?
The Storm Bee is a light weight RC helicopter that can be controlled by an iOS or android device, we opted for the android version so that we could use it amongst our android os devices. The BeeWi is available in a stylish black for Android users and also a stand out red for those with an iOS device.
The BeeWi does not require any adapter to connect to your handset or dongles, it uses Bluetooth connectivity to pair to your smartphone or tablet instead.
Using the QR code on the front of the packaging, I was able to download the app direct from the Play Store, you can also find the app for free by searching BeeWi. The app took seconds to download and was easy to set up and pair my device with the helicopter.
- Bluetooth 3.0
- Infrared interactive target
- USB charging cable
- BeeWi HeliPad app available from Google Play
- Dimensions – 20 x 4 x 11cm
- Rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery
- Weight – 45g
Within less than a minute of installing the app the BeeWi was ready to go. We installed the app and tested the device from the HTC One X and also the Samsung Galaxy S3 without problems.
The app itself is simple to use and makes the most out of the touchscreen interface. Simply tilting or turning a paired smartphone or tablet will motion control the helicopter effortlessly or you can use you can use the touchscreen like me if you prefer, I found this gave me more control.
The BeeWi features dual rotostructure blades and an intuitive gyroscope motion control sensor to allow for extra stability when flying. The helicopter has a 20 metre range which makes the BeeWi most suitable for indoor use.
The Mr was soon keen to test the new gadget and put it through its paces, it worked flawlessly with his Samsung Galaxy S3 with no lag manoeuvring up & down, backward/ forward and rotating left & right.
You can fight against other or use the smart target included which features: random fire, shield function and 5 difficulty levels.
The build quality is also really good, the metal chassis and hard plastic body make the device light for controlling but also robust if there are any crashes and bumps. After many crashes with us there are no dents and we have had no problems with the blades which is rather impressive since our last RC helicopter struggled and the Styrofoam body became battered after use. The weight is distributed well across the helicopter so the control and balance is perfect.
The device charges over USB so will connect to PC/Mac USB port or a USB charger if you have one of those. The actual charge time is pretty short which is great since you get around 8 minutes flight time between charges.
Positives: Great stability and excellent build quality, rather quick charging time
Negatives: It would benefit from a longer fly time between charges and also I would like to see the multi platform compatibility to use both mobile platforms with the same helicopter.
Overall it is easy to fly and maneuverer as well as being small and compact. It has created hours of fun and the Mr has even taken the helicopter to the office, creating obstacle courses to navigate through.
iOS and Android compatible Storm Bees are now available at £49.99 from Amazon