For some people the first drone will be the one you purchase at a department store but there are some things to consider if you are looking to get started and we will outline them for you.
Your first drone will be the one you learn on and you will crash it and you are very likely to damage it in some way as part of learning so don't buy an expensive drone to begin with because it can be an expensive way to learn. A reasonable price range you can expect for a beginners drone is between $45 USD and 250 USD depending on the brand and what store you buy it from.
There are a lot of GPS enabled and flight assisted drones available but if you want to learn to fly properly you will need to resist the temptation to use these features and learn to control and fly your drone manually. These features add to the cost of the unit so a budget minded beginners drone won't have these features anyway.
Drones are sold in different stages of readiness but the best option for a beginner is a kit that comes packaged Ready to Fly which is commonly abbreviated to RTF. Make sure all the components of the drone are included and there is a transmitter (hand held controller) included. Some minor assembly may be required but this is usually very simple because ready to fly kits are usually designed to be easy for people to set up and start flying with minimum effort. Batteries for the transmitter may not be included in an RTF kit but a rechargeable battery is usually included for the drone.
If you are not sure what to get then we can recommend some for you to try and you can take the research into your own hands from there.
The Hubsan X4 H107C is a good RTF drone for beginners because is comes at an affordable price and the parts are replaceable. The Hubsan X4 H107C can be charged using USB on the computer so you don't need a battery charger. The Hubsan X4 H107C is a popular choice amongst starters, gets good reviews and you can buy the Hubsan X4 H107C at Amazon and also get more info from the Hubsan website.
The Blade Nano QX RTF also comes highly recommended if you want a few extra features that are well worth the higher price and you can also get the Blade Nano QX RTF at Amazon and find details about it on the official Blade website.
Remember to look for a drone that will help you learn to fly and get practice maneuvering a drone. You don't need a full HD video camera on board or a GPS system to learn the skill of flying a drone so leave those cool things to later when you are ready to upgrade to a more sophisticated system. If you want a good starter drone with a camera you can go for the Syma X5C which is also available at HobbyTron and Hobbywow.com but the video quality is only good enough for having some fun and it is not serious quality for film making.
Do you have your own suggestion for the best quadcopter for beginners? That is good news because we invite you to have your say in the quadcopter forums.