Apologies if this turns out to be a long post. (to think I haven’t even flown with it yet!) but they are my very initial pre-flight ‘hands-on’ thoughts:
Why did I purchase the smart controller?
Quite simple really:
- For the all-in-one convenience
- The brighter screen
Having had a play with the smart controller, What do I like about it?
- Feels great to hold. Its quite a substantial thing.
- That screen is fab. Even on a relatively low setting its bright compared to what Im used to. The real test is to come of course when I get it outside.
- The screen feels solid to touch too and appears to respond just fine. No lag noted.
- The slightly more rectangular shape to the screen, seems to offer more useable screen than my 6.2" Galaxy S9+. Despite its 5.5" .
- Boots up pretty quickly.
- Like the vibration feedback.
- Where the thumbsticks are stored under the antennas.
- Theres more travel in the thumbsticks. I’m hoping this will allow for more delicate, precise movement.
- The simple OS. Its pretty easy to navigate around. Accessing the photos / vids is a doddle.
- The ease with which to transfer files to mobile.
- Connected to my M2P instantly. Very easy to connect. (Thankfuly!)
Ok, so what dont I like :
DJI are yet to release the Go4 update for the controller (and other Android devices) with the new Waypoints feature. Disappointingly, they have for iOS and quite understandably its p1$$ed off many people who have forked out piles of cash for their new smart controller. Not good. IMO its not the end of the world but its still a stupid oversight from DJI. You release a dedicated device like this touting it about with much fanfare you ought to support the damn thing properly. Im hoping this is only a matter of days rather than weeks.
Other things I’ve noted :
- Theres no real app environment. The Smart controller OS is a very basic, stripped down Android platform. To download apps you have to browse to an apk website which allows for app downloads. Sites such as apkpure.com are good. I managed to download and install Amazons Appstore, which is a great way to get apps (although it is quite limited in its app library. I did attempt to install Google Play store. Despite it installing and me logging in, it just crashes on opening, so deleted it. I did manage to download and run the Polar Pro, UAV Forecast apps. Some apps will not run because they require Google play services. Other apps such as Drone Assist (NATS) open but dont function fully as they need google play services installed. The app thing is a wee bit hit n miss here.
However, having said all that, I hadnt planned on filling this device with apps and Id rather keep the smart controller focus’d on its main job of flying. The sheer convenience of getting my M2P in the air efficiently and working with photos and vids is the main aim and I’ve got my phone (back) for apps and weather checking etc.
No Litchi Support (Yet). Can see this happening at some point.
@firefox8 had an initial issue with connecting to wifi but managed to get an update via Assistant 2 / phone hotspot. Im having the opposite. Wifi connected fine first time but having tried 3 Windows 10 PC’s I cannot get it to connect to Assistant 2. The device connects but all I get is ‘Driver unavailable’ so isnt seen in Assistant 2. I am investigating this one.
That about wraps up my initial thoughts and experiences thus far after a few hours playing about. Still much to learn and faff about with
Im praying for a decent weekend. So I can actually put the smart controller to work.