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Do I really need the Controller for the Tello - Is the Smartphone enough?

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Hi there,
i was trying to find a post about the need for the controller or if the smartphone is just enough to fly it.
My Tello arrives tomorrow and in a local electronic store they have the GameSir T1d (DJI Tello GameSir T1d).

Is it really worth the price to buy this controller? Or do u recommend any other controller?
Since I am going a lot with my bike, less weight is ok, but if the controller makes flying a lot, a lot and a lot easier, I don't mind to carry it around with me. This also depends, which case I might buy.

Thanks.

p.s.: I know this question is a real individual choice, but I would like to hear some opinions.
 

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The smart phone is fine (IMO) to fly the drone. However, I prefer the tactile feedback of a physical controller.

Have not tried all (Bluetooth) controllers but I've repurposed a PS3 controller and was able to use it via Bluetooth or with an OTG cable (using the TelloFPV app).

Hope that helps.
 
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I initially purchased a T1d but it causes interference plus I was having connection issues and "drifting" of the sticks. I now use the T1s via OTG (Tello FPV app) and it works perfectly. I would say it is much easier than using smartphone for control.
 
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Unfortunately I do not own an Android device. iOS user for a long time. Maybe I will just get an old S6 or for this, if I find one. Beside that, so you really recommend a dedicated controller.

The T1s costs almost double the price compared to the T1d. I think, I will just stick around with the Smartphone for now.
Don,t know, but does a PS3 Controller works? I just re-read your post and saw, that you have used a PS3 controller. Unfortunately, I do not own an android device to test the FPV app. It looks amazing though.
 
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I initially purchased a T1d but it causes interference plus I was having connection issues and "drifting" of the sticks. I now use the T1s via OTG (Tello FPV app) and it works perfectly. I would say it is much easier than using smartphone for control.
When have u tested it the last time? I mean, I do have a no name usb wifi repeater, will test it, but if it is long time ago, then hopefully, this has been solved.
 

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I have been using Tello with Gamesir T1d and have enjoyed it a lot. The experience of flying with the control is much better than with just the smartphone. And as I like to fly FPV does not have the possibility to fly without control.
 

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Hi there,
i was trying to find a post about the need for the controller or if the smartphone is just enough to fly it.
My Tello arrives tomorrow and in a local electronic store they have the GameSir T1d (DJI Tello GameSir T1d).

Is it really worth the price to buy this controller? Or do u recommend any other controller?
Since I am going a lot with my bike, less weight is ok, but if the controller makes flying a lot, a lot and a lot easier, I don't mind to carry it around with me. This also depends, which case I might buy.

Thanks.

p.s.: I know this question is a real individual choice, but I would like to hear some opinions.
I wouldn't get the T1d. I would get the T1s and connect it with otg. Much better, in my opinion, and less interference. If you're serious about Tello and flying, also consider a wifi range extender. If you're going to stay with the phone connection, then do consider the wifi extender for outdoors. Good luck and have fun!
 
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Ok I think I have to mention, that I am iOS iPhone user. So no OTG here. unfortunately.
 

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Best bet is to buy a cheap Android (5.0+) and use TelloFPV and spend the money ~$30 on a T1s. Extender is a MUST! IMO well worth the small investment if you really want to have a blast with your Tello. T1d with IOS is better than nothing though.
 

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Ios does not suffer that much from the bt interference problem. So t1d ISS not a real issue, but keep in mind it's useless for anything else. There are other controllers that work with any phone and can be used with games as well
 

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If it's still relevant i received my T1D earlier this week after many months of consideration.
I do still use and think the Tello app is also great, but personally i now think flying with the controller is so much better.
I use an Iphone 6s+ running ios 12.4 and have not had any connectivity issues, or any drastic video issues so far.It maybe my imagination but i also seem to get a slightly better range and wi fi singnal when not using my repeater, but in fairness i don't really push it that far when flying at home.
 
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