The Swann Xtreem Atom II builds on the mild success of its predecessor, the first Xtreem Atom, in ways typically seen when one first discovers the difficulties in designing a good micro drone. Often, these short-ranged, quick-flying little critters accelerate beyond control quite quickly, careening off walls and sometimes causing minor damage with their pointed propellers. The second edition of the Xtreem Atom corrects at least the latter issue, protecting said propellers with four guards mounted on the periphery of the aircraft. The four minute flight time is nothing special, but the price tag is fair for what the Xtreem Atom is: a feature-free indoor flyer meant to fill four minutes with fun before falling to the floor. No camera, no easy-landing, no altitude hold, just the simple joy of flying a remote-controlled little thing around for a modest one-time fee.
Swann has made an interesting overture into the drone field, interesting mainly because their primary trade is security systems. Whatever would the self-billed "world leader in DIY video surveillance" want to position themselves as aptly suited for by driving a few R&D dollars into toy drones, I wonder? Speculation aside, the Swann line of drones is now growing beyond the micro variety, as signaled by the release of the Swann SkyRanger Video Drone. For at least this Aussie security firm, the sky is the limit.
The phrase "nano drone", one that could be used colloquially to describe this very product, suffers from a certain bastardization of language, as it is neither one-billionth the size of "normal" drones nor capable of an autonomy in its flight. Nevertheless, if a tiny flyer is what you seek, there are still more to view: see the Furibee F36, the WTT Envision, or the Cheerson CX-10 for starters.
Fabulous product, beats all the other mini quadcopters hands down for quality, and durability.
The other thing I really like is that the controller is about the size of a standard game pad, not made for midget hands.
The little thing is quick and easy to fly. It does flips with the easy stunt button, and fly's at 2 different speeds with the other button so you have a slow and a fast rate.