Review: Forget Drones, Try a Remote-Controlled Paper Airplane

 Forget Drones, Try a Remote-Controlled Paper Airplane

Drones are so last year. How about a Smartphone Controlled Paper Airplane Conversion Kit ($49.99) from PowerUp? That's right, you can build on your childhood memories of folding paper airplanes, but now they can fly a lot longer and further thanks to a motorized propeller! You can control (tilt, ascend, descend) your airplane using the free mobile app for iOS and Android. This is not your father's paper airplane!

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The PowerUp offering is safer than drones and it can be fun to customize with your own paper airplane. The kit includes several templates for folding your own planes. I also liked that the device uses Bluetooth control with support for as much as 180 feet. Unlike a lot of battery-hungry drones, the PowerUP offers 10 minutes of battery life. It's not indestructible, but it's nice that the kit includes some spare parts. Some assembly is required (by definition), but that's part of the appeal! 

Pros

  • Safer than drones
  • Customize with your own paper airplane
  • Bluetooth control with 180 feet support
  • 10 minute battery life
  • Spare parts included

Cons

  • Some assembly required

Final Verdict

If you want to show off to your drone-toting friends, try the PowerUp Smartphone Controlled Paper Airplane Conversion Kit! 

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.