I'd think about the Tiny 7x. It's small enough to fly in the house, but should be punchy enough with the 8mm motors to do ok outside with a bit of breeze. Banggood has the BNF version for $64.99 (basic kit) and "advanced" kit for $94.99. They carry the Flysky FS i6x for $49.99.
Yes, there are versons available in a variety of protocols. If you buy the BNF version, just be sure it's the FlySky compatible one. FlySky has an older protocol (AFHDS) and a newer one (AFHDS-2A), and the i6X is compatible with both.
Or, if you order what they call PNP (Plug and Play), then the quad comes with no receiver and you are expected to provide your own. Typically not worth it with these little critters from what I've seen.
I'm also a fan of that BabyHawk, from the reviews I've read. It's on a list with a few others for "next".
Yeah my expectations are as about as low as my toy quad's performance
I like the concept of the T86G, but then I'd have 3 controllers, taking me in the wrong direction. I don't plan on getting any (or many) more "toy" quads, but I can definitely see that being super useful for someone who has a bigger collection of toy grade quads.