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The Best Cheap Drones You Can Purchase

The Best Cheap Drones You Can Purchase

The introduction of drones has paved the way for new technology that enables these electronic gadgets to be used by the public. While previously drones were associated with warfare, today they can be used primarily for photography, delivery of products to remote areas, and racing competitions. They have also been used to collect footage for certain artistic visual projects.

The introduction of inexpensive drones

The demand and innovation of drones have caused numerous new companies to spring up within this business realm. As a result, the drones present in the market today are not only rich in features but are also budget friendly.

The current price tags make it easier for you to find a cheap drone. There is whole variety for you to chose from. You can find, without any hassle, a drone that comes with an HD camera as well as an FPV system. In fact, if you are lucky, you might just find one with an integrated GPS system!

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Here are a few of the cheap drones that you should consider if you are on a tight budget.

1. SYMA X5C

Available for just around $50, this is perhaps the most famous one in this range. The company that makes it, Syma, is justly famous for its toy-grade drones. Perfect for beginners, it has all of the features that you might need for your very first drone.

Moreover, the fact that it is made out of flexible plastic makes it a great purchase, especially for beginners. This way, you won’t have to think too much about breaking the drone if you crash it somewhere.

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The flight time for the X5C is, on average, six minutes, while the control range varies from 50 meters to 100 meters. The drone also comes with a camera, and purchasing extra batteries with this drone is highly recommended.

2. JXD 509W

Manufacturer JXD is a relatively new company within the drone industry. However, it is popular among drone hobbyists. This is because the drones manufactured by this company, while cheap, are good in quality. Available for under $100, this drone comes with Wi-Fi.

This drone is a newer version of the JXD 509G. The only difference between the two, apart from the Wi-Fi feature, is that for the 509W, your smartphone becomes the screen while the other model comes with a screen of its own. This drone is also manufactured using elastic-plastic, including the propellers.

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Although it’s cheap, it possesses a number of features, including altitude holder, automatic landing, and a headless mode. Moreover, it has a 0.3MP camera, while the flight time is six minutes within 50 to 70 meters.

3. MJX X400

The MJX 400 falls into the category of the cheapest drones, available for only $88. The flight time that it provides is 9 minutes while the distance it covers is up to a hundred meters.

Despite being cheap, this drone is still quite feature-rich, particularly for this price range. Among the numerous features that the drone possesses, a few of them are FPV transmission, Wi-Fi, camera, one key 3D roll and flip, headless mode, and one key return. Moreover, the flight control system of the drone is the latest 6-axis Gyro system.

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The drone has quite a stable flight and can take comparatively better pictures. It is very easy to use for beginners because of the four channels function.

4. Parrot Drone 2.0

This drone is a bit on the pricier side at above $200, however it is still cheap compared to the various others versions that are available on the market taking into consideration the numerous features it possesses.

It is aesthetically appealing and comes in 3 distinct styles: sand, snow, and jungle. With this drone, your smartphone becomes the controller. The drone has a built-in HD camera and efficient sensors which help the drone to stay stable during flight. The flight time of the drone is ten minutes while the range is 100 meters.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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