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MOTA JetJat Ultra FPV Drone

Amazon customers’ biggest gripe about this tiny video drone seems to be with the fly time, which runs about 4-5 minutes. That’s not bad for a drone this size (and this cheap), but it’s not great.

On the other hand, it is a tiny magic flying machine with a built-in camera that transmits video wirelessly to your phone’s screen in real time. Which some might call “pretty cool,” others “amazing,” and time-travelers from 2007 “impossible.” But tiny video drones are real, and the industry is already mature enough that we’re selling one on Meh.

Which goes to show that technological advances don’t necessarily make people happier, they just present more opportunities for disappointment.

Consider airplane Wi-Fi. Louis CK has pointed out how quick people are to complain about problems with airplane Wi-Fi despite that fact that it’s the internet in the sky. We should be supplicating before the almighty power of technology, not sending complaints to the Gogo Internet customer service team when we can’t text our dog sitter.

Imagine what we’ll have 10 years in the future. Teams of tiny drones that make your bed. Huge drones that will take you to work. Medium drones that deliver Dippin’ Dots. Will we be satisfied with these technological marvels? Of course not. Our bed-making drones will make too much noise. Our personal transportation drones won’t have enough cup holders. Our Dippin’ Dots drones won’t have banana split flavor.

Of course, this disappointment in trifles is the engine of advancement. If everybody had been satisfied with propeller planes we would never have invented jets. As soon as we decide our machines are “good enough,” our great technological achievements will grind to a halt.

So we applaud those nitpicking Amazon customers who start their reviews with “I would have given this five stars, but …” or “I wanted to love this, but …” We have them to thank for the constant march of progress. Were it not for their seemingly trivial concerns, we would never have received smart phones, tiny video drones, or those silicon ice trays that don’t crack and are way easier to get the ice out of than the old plastic ones.

Features

  • A small (3.5") video drone with a hand-held controller that connects to your phone via Wi-Fi
  • A pretty good way to dip your toe in the video-droning waters on the cheap
  • You can view what your drone is seeing in real time on your phone’s screen, or just look at while it hovers a few feet away
  • There’s also a VR mode where it splits the screen so you can use those stick-your-phone-in-it VR headgear things (not included)
  • The automatic take-off and hover features should work so long as nobody in the room breathes
  • Amazon picked it for its “Holiday Toy List” so there’s that
  • “Great for indoors and out, record Everlasting memories easier than ever” says its borderline incoherent marketing copy
  • Model: JJ-ULTRA-W (Sounds like a spaceship requesting clearance to dock. “Echo Station this is JJ-ULTRA-W requesting permission to dock.” “JJ-ULTRA-W this is Echo station. You are cleared. Glad you brought her back in one piece this time.” [knowing chuckles])

Specifications

Specs

  • Model: JJ-ULTRA-W
  • Conditon: New
  • 640 x 480 video camera
  • 4 channel controller
  • 3 speed modes
  • App-ready to take pictures and video and save it right to any smartphone
  • Connect to your smartphone via Wi-Fi for livestream mode to fly in first person view
  • Number of Rotors: 4
  • Flight Time: Approx. 5 min.
  • Charge Time: Approx. 25-30 min.
  • Range: 30 m.
  • Auto-Hover
  • One-Touch Take-Off / Landing
  • Gyroscope Stabilization
  • Accelerometer
  • Controller power: AAA batteries (not included)

Pictures

White or black
Black controller and drone
Just the black drone
The box and everything you get
And in white
And the white drone
Feeling very thorough tonight
And that box for the white one
Yep, you can carry it
Oh, and it can play Jenga
But it does not work well in high winds

What’s in the Box?

1x Jetjat Ultra drone
1x Controller
1x USB Charging Cable
1x Set of additional propellers
1x Propeller guard

Price Comparison

$129.99 List, $84.10 at Amazon

Warranty

1 Year MOTA

Estimated Delivery Date

FedEx SmartPost: Tuesday, November 28th - Monday, December 4th

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