A little while ago I mentioned that I had dipped my toe into the remote control quadcopter waters. That was an awkward metaphor, but let's move on regardless. The quadcopter I originally purchased was a Cheerson CX-10, and my only real issue with it was that it comes with a very small controller.
I have since upgraded to the slightly larger Hubsan X4, which comes with a more man-sized remote controller - which makes a BIG difference. Just the little bit of extra mass in the Hubsan also allows it to fly better outside, and the controller is SO much more comfortable for me to use.
|The little X4 in my meaty paw|
If anyone out there is looking to investigate the quadcopter hobby, I would definitely recommend the Hubsan X4 (H107L) as a starter machine, at around $35 it's hard to beat, and is "ready to fly" as they say.
It has most of what you would want or need for learning; inexpensive replaceable parts, a decent controller that allows both mode 1 and mode 2 usage, and two flying modes, a normal/beginner mode and an expert mode, where the quad is MUCH more "twitchy" and responsive.