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Discussion in 'Phantom 3 Help' started by KevinfromUK, Jun 1, 2015.

  1. KevinfromUK

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    I don't have a smartphone or tablet, and I was thinking of buying a P3 and using it without one until I save up a bit more money.

    But is this possible? I'm asking because I recently saw a video that seemed to suggest that you need the Pilot app even to calibrate the compass and set RTH.

    I wouldn't risk launching a P3 without being certain that it could pick up enough satellites for reliable GPS, that the compass was calibrated, the RTH feature was working - in short, that I had all the possible safeguards against a flyaway.

    But is this possible without a smartphone or tablet? Thanks.
     
  2. Meta4

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    Kevin .. you need the app to be able to fly the P3.
    It's going to be a paperweight without it.
    You can get a good suitable tablet without spending a mint.
    The Nexus 7 (2013 version) is a good one that is reasonably priced secondhand.
     
  3. Motorotor

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    Hey Kevin,

    ...even a capable used smart phone would be cheaper I would think.

    Cheers.
     
  4. Mako79

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    Don't consider just getting a display for a P3. Look into getting a new/upgraded phone that will double as your display. This way, you don't have to factor in the cost.