In terms of control, it doesn't compare to a Rev. [...] but it can't do all the stuff you mention with the same precision as a Rev
thats the question. For a pro it is probably more important that the kite is very precise as for a absolut beginner. So therefore the question is, do I need a sooo precise kite? btw. what does precise mean for you? does that mean that a 90 degree turn has to be exact 90°? In the moment it doesnt matter for me if these are 70-80 or 100 to 120 degrees, because in the beginning im probably not able to fly exact 90°
With kites, the easiest kite to learn on is one that is well balanced, full sized and well tuned. Such kites are those that the 'pros' fly with.
Cheaper "beginner" kites tend to be:
Smaller.. which means they will be twitchier to fly and not fly in light winds. Frustrating for beginners.
Faster.. good for crashing before you know it
Overturn / underturn.. therefore does steer how it should. Like learning to drive a car with one of the wheels fallen off!
So buying a cheaper kite will turn out to be a false economy for you.
When talking of 4-line kites, the revolution is the only kite you should be considering. No other kite has come close.
I would recommend the Rev 1.5.
But please note.. flying 4-line kites is not easy and completely different to that of flying a 2-line kite. Try to find someone local who can help teach you the basics.. maybe even let you fly theirs so you can see the difference.