Every now and then I get contacted by accessory makers and it genuinely my heart skip a beat in excitement. This was one of those times. As soon as the original iHelicopters makers asked me to check out their new range of iPhone controlled RC Cars, I responded immediately. Now, I’ve finally received a review unit.
The new range has choice of four cars: BMW X6, Audi R8, BMW 5 series and Audi Q7. I received the X6, and so far, my anticipation was totally worth it. The cars are incredibly light, and well made. On first looks, the design seems pretty accurate too, except for being much smaller than the original BMW X6. In the pack – with the car – you get the usual instructions manual, and a FM transmitter (with USB cable to charge).
To use the car you download the YJ-Helicopter app (available for free in the App Store), and open it. Then insert the transmitter in to your iPhone’s 3.5mm headset jack, and switch it on using the virtual power button within the app. Once you’re ready to go, you use the onscreen controls to get your car racing. Simple.
I’ll have a full video review up soon (once the rain has dried up) and shall be taking it outside for a spin. I gave it a quick run around in my office and it seems very fast. The true test will be whether or not it has a 20 meter range as the site suggests, and if it handles the stresses of concrete and Tarmac. If you want to get your hands on this model, or any of the others, hit the iHelicopters online store. The cars cost $59.95.