Tello's firmware makes it sluggish when below roughly 2m altitude, it just reduces the maximum attitude angle. My guess is to make this a safe indoor fun toy.volate!lo: That's amazing video. Do you think the issue I had with flyaway is because I didn't have the courage to let her get that high. My experience has been that, on take off, the wind grabs a hold of her (even with guards off). I am wondering if I'd have better results if I "grew a pair" and let her loose? I'll try to find a wide open field to try this out. I was trying to use my Tello for selfies which, almost by definition, is a lower altitude. This is going to be interesting. Thanks for the cool video.
But this is not limited to user input but also affects the firmware's own activities during hover (not really a smart move by Ryze as this leads to fly aways at hip height!).
The lower you fly the worse it gets, even in sport mode. Shortly before touching ground you don't have any control at all and Tello starts to drift even indoors in it's own prop wash!
So yes, you have to let her go up to ~2m to make her fight the wind. Do not make a throw-takeoff or Tello will think your hand is 0 and you have to climb even higher.