I haven’t had the Hubsan 501S drone for very long, in fact I have owned it for two short weeks and it has just failed on me. Yep, my Hubsan 501S decided to give up the ghost today, and go wrong. Strictly speaking the 501S hasn’t given up the ghost and it still works…… kind of. I say kind of because the 501S works intermittently, which is not good. Consequently, I have boxed up the drone ready to return to Amazon for a refund. It’s a good job I was careful opening the box!
During my brief ownership of the 501S I managed to have a quick play with it in the garden (to practice taking off/ascending, landing/descending, hovering, rotating etc.) and also a bit of a proper flight to let it stretch its legs and see what it can do.
Whilst the Hubsan 501S was working I have to say that I was impressed with it, I mean it is a budget drone, but I am reluctant to buy another Hubsan drone. Maybe I got a dud one, maybe the Hubsan drones are cheap rubbish – I can’t confirm either way. For the features the Hubsan 501S drone is cheap but costing just over £220 I still had to dig quite deep to buy it.
I bought the 501S drone to see if drones are for me, and if they are, to learn to fly one. My brief experience with the Hubsan has whetted my appetite for drones, but it hasn’t taught me how to fly and control a drone. Because of this I am in a bit of a quandary and not sure what to do. Do I spend another £220 on a drone that I am not totally confident is any good or do I dig deeper (and quite a bit deeper) and buy a DJI drone?
I want a quadcopter style drone and I couldn’t justify the Mavic Pro so the drone I would buy is the Spark. The DJI Spark fly more kit (drone, controller, extra battery and a few other bits and pieces) is almost three times the cost of the Hubsan 501S so it is quite an investment. Whether I am comfortable watching £450 (the cost of just the Spark) soar in to the sky every time I take it for a flight is something I am going to have to think about and seriously consider before parting with my hard earned money.
I could have just had a dud Hubsan 501S drone and the next one (if I decided to buy one) could be perfect, but I don’t know if I want to go down the Hubsan road again. Having to keep product boxes to return products should they go wrong is a faff, contacting retailers to sort out returns is a faff, having to go to the post office to return faulty products is hassle and time consuming, and then there’s the return postage and having to wait for everything to be processed. Do I want to go through all this again? No. Will it happen if I buy another Hubsan 501S drone? It may do. Okay, the same could happen if I buy a DJI Spark but maybe it won’t. After doing a bit of reading and research there seems to be more happy DJI Spark owners than Hubsan 501S owners.
When I ordered the Hubsan 501S I really believed my hunt for the ideal first drone was over. It’s a shame this hasn’t ended up being the case.