This article is from the Radio Control (R/C) Flying FAQ, by Shamim Mohamed email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
There are several good helicopters on the market. It's a bit like Ford
people versus Chevy people: different people develop preferences for
different helis. Good ones to learn on include the Hirobo Shuttle, Kyosho
Concept .30, and Kalt Enforcer. An excellent although somewhat more
advanced heli is the X-Cell .40. Also, Shluter makes first-rate R/C helis.
Check out the local hobby shops to see what the well-supported helis are in
your area, and if possible find where the locals fly. Hang out at the
flying field for an afternoon or two, and see what the locals are flying.