Best for Backyard Flying

Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite

This WiFi-connected drone is operated via a free Android/iOS app that transforms your smartphone into a tilt-to-pilot controller. Simple to fly and self-stabilizing, the drone slices through the sky, banking sharply, rising swiftly, and even flipping end-over-end during its 12-minute runtime. The controls are a bit clunky, and the footage snagged by its onboard HD camera is jittery, but if you're looking for an entry-level model to zip around the backyard or park, you won't be disappointed. [$300; parrot.com]