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The Tello is the first offering from drone maker Ryze. The Ryze Tello is the result of a collaboration with DJI to provide their unmatched consumer drone technologies to make the Ryze Tello the best it can possibly be.

After spending a week hands-on with the Ryze Tello, we have got enough to write a review on it. Overall, the Ryze Tello is a great drone with a few issues here and there.

Coding academy

A big selling point of the Tello is the ability for users to be able to code commands and watch the drone completing the commands. The Tello even comes with a dedicated app to teach kids Scratch coding.

The Tello EDU app has three main features making it perfect to learn code as a kid or even as an adult.

The first section is a level based game that teaches you the basics of Scratch based coding by allowing the user to code a flight path for a virtual Tello. As the levels progress you are required to complete harder tasks all in order to make you feel comfortable enough to code with the real Ryze Tello.

The second feature allows you to do everything you were able to do in the previous feature but now with the real drone. This can be somewhat daunting at first, as you are now in control of a real drone. We recommend you use this mode in a large open space indoors.

The last and final feature is a normal controller similar to the one in the normal Tello app. You are met with more flight data than you would normally see in the normal app, but you do lack a few features including VR support and controller support. While using this we experienced unresponsiveness from the drone and buggy movements. If you are planning to fly the drone in this way we recommend you use the original Ryze Tello app.

DJI Ryze Tello drone

What took off with the Tello

Ease of use
The Ryze Tello comes with a free app available for iPhones and Androids that allow you to control the Ryze Tello from your phone. The Ryze Tello’s set up is also extremely easy; plug the battery into the drone, charge the drone via the Micro-USB cable and then turn on and connect to a phone to the Ryze Tello’s wifi connection.

Coding abilities and SDK
Along with the normal Ryze Tello app, there is also a Ryze Tello EDU app directed at teaching kids how to code using a vision based system called Scratch. The Ryze Tello also has an SDK, allowing unlimited possibilities.

Smart features
Similar to DJI’s drone lines, the Ryze Tello comes with some cool built-in features to keep you busy flying. The Ryze Tello is able to do multiple flips with a simple gesture on the screen of your phone, throw & go, bounce mode and video modes circle, 360 and up & away.

Crash resistance
The Ryze Tello is aimed at children looking to fly drones and learn to code, so it needs to come with various fail-safes to ensure that it is safe and durable enough to withstand kids. The Ryze Tello comes with auto-landing & auto-takeoff, low battery protection, signal loss, and a vision positioning system. It also comes with propeller guards and is made out of flexible plastic.

The size of the Tello is one of its best features. The Ryze Tello is the perfect size to place in your bag, carry around with you and fly just about everywhere. As the Tello is around 80g it’s allowed to be flown within 5.5km of airports in Australia. Learn more about Australian Drone Laws here.

DJI Ryze Tello drone

What didn’t take off with the Ryze Tello

Camera quality
The Tello has a camera that takes 5MP photos and 720p 30fps video. The camera is equipped with EIS which does a pretty good job in most situations. Often the camera will shake in windy situations as well as glitching when making sudden movements.

Responsiveness (GameSir T1d controller only)
The Tello’s responsiveness is a little slow when using the GameSir T1d controller. The latency between moving the joystick and the drone actually moving is noticeably slower than using the app directly.

App (Android app issues)
The Tello app for Android comes with a few issues of its own, which is common among DJI’s drone apps. Any photos and videos you take while flying the drone do not save into the library, making the camera only good for FPV. The live stream also constantly stutters. All of these issues aren’t currently present on the iPhone app.

DJI Ryze Tello drone controller

Spec list

AircraftWeight: Approximately 80 g (Propellers and Battery Included)
Dimensions: 98×92.5×41 mm
Propeller: 3 inches
Built-in Functions: Range Finder, Barometer, LED, Vision System, 2.4 GHz 802.11n Wi-Fi, 720p Live View
Port: Micro USB Charging Port
Flight PerformanceMax Flight Distance: 100m
Max Speed: 8m/s
Max Flight Time: 13min
Max Flight Height: 30m
BatteryDetachable Battery: 1.1Ah/3.8V
CameraPhoto: 5MP (2592x1936)
FOV: 82.6°
Video: HD720P30
Format: JPG (Photo); MP4 (Video)
EIS: Yes

The landing

The Tello is the perfect drone for anyone wanting to get into drones, as well as kids looking to learn Scratch coding in a fun and rewarding way. The collaboration with DJI has also made the Tello a much better drone with some cool built-in features.

Want to know more about the Tello or have any questions? Drop a comment below and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Alternatively, you can head over to the official Ryze Tello website here.

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