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Can P3 Standard be flown using just controller alone?

Discussion in 'Standard/4k Discussion' started by Shapula, Jan 4, 2016.

  1. Shapula

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    Hi, I'm thinking of buying a Phantom3 standard. All i really want to do (for the time being) is to fly the drone!

    The thing is I have a windows phone and I keep reading about the DJI go app requiring certain android or ios smartphones to use it.

    Obviously, I could go out and buy one but my question is this: I know I'd be missing out on live-video feed and all the other goodies etc, but..... can I just fly the P3 standard using the included controller?

    Thanks very much in advance for any info.
     
  2. msinger

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    You could fly with just the remote controller after registering your Phantom in DJI GO, but it's not a good idea to do this since DJI GO provides a lot of valuable information as you fly. If you're set on doing this, it would be better to consider a different quadcopter brand.
     
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  3. Dirty Bird

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    As mentioned once registered you CAN fly it with just the remote. Kind of sucks without the FPV & telemetry though. Perhaps pickup an inexpensive or used Android or Apple tablet?
     
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  4. msinger

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    An Android tablet will be your best bet if you want something inexpensive. You can find a list of commonly used Android devices here.
     
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  5. Shapula

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    Thanks Dirty Bird and msinger for the replies!

    I have android phones that sadly dont fit recommended specs, and only bought a lumia phone for Christmas (great phones btw)
    I was mainly just curious about the whole interaction between tablet & controls setup. Completely new to the world of drones and just trying to get my head around it all haha. Beginning to to understand it a little more.


    I've just been reading through the android device list a few moments ago. Will try and hunt down some bargains :)
     
  6. Mark The Droner

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    When I first bought my Vision, I flew it without the monitor for the first week or so. I wanted to concentrate on learning how to fly. After I became confident with the controls, I started using the FPV. To this day, I still have all my original props intact.
     
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  7. mikep2323

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    I bought a used nexus 7 2nd edition for 100 dollars on Craigslist, works great.
     
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  8. DJFriar

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    This is what I own as well. Not only should it work for the P3S (from my reading on here, I haven't gotten my P3S yet to test myself), it makes a fantastic GPS for the car due to its nice size. I use CoPilot ($15, not service required other than WiFi when you first install it to download the maps). I use mine all the time on longer trips so the kids can keep an eye on where we are going.

    Maybe it can help you justify it. I also got mine from Craigslist for $100. Its a great tablet at that price (this is coming from an Apple user for everything, too).
     
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  9. Shapula

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    Thanks DJFriar and mikep2323 and Marknmd for replies and great suggestions. Am totally new to the drone world.

    Even though I really want to start shooting some great aerial footage I'd rather take the time and learn to fly safely & correctly first - especially with all the new regulations and changes brought in over here in Ireland which make it sound like drones are not exactly welcome!

    I just received a little syma quadcopter this morning and I'm going to practice with it for a bit til I get comfortable flying before splashing out on the Phantom 3 + new tablet in a few months or so.

    Once again, thanks for the help.

    PS: great site btw!