Griffin’s HELO TC iPhone Remote controlled helicopter was almost the complete package, until we discovered that the flying toy communicated via infrared.  That means you need line of sight to the device if you want to maintain control.  Not really a practical solution for something that can hover above the Earth’s surface. That’s why we’re gonna differ you to Dexim’s AppSpeed Monster Truck. If you love helicopters, you should also read our review of the SmartPlane: an RC plane that’s controlled by your iPhone 5S.

Instead of utilizing infrared communication this RC vehicle depends on a small custom built RF transmitter that plugs into the iPhone’s 30-pin dock.  An accompanying (free) app allows you to administer controls using the touchscreen, or if you’re of the daring type you can try your hand at the gravity sensor mode.  To accelerate and break you just tilt the handset back and forth and to change direction to the left or the right.  It even includes 3 preset stations which allow you to “ZigZag, Spin or Dance your vehicle to music.”  And for those of you looking to race your friends, it would seem that you can set the frequency to which you transmit so you can race friends, but how many we don’t know. You can also read about the best rc helicopters for some fun in the sky.

The Dexim AppSpeed Monster Truck sells for $69.  There is also a car version.


Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."

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