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PolarPro Flight Deck Review | The Best Crystal Sky & Tablet Mount for DJI Drones

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A few weeks back Polar Pro launched one of its newest products called the Flight Deck and I have been waiting for a mount like this for a very long time. Flight Deck is a system for mounting your Crystal Sky monitor in you DJI Mavic Pro/Mavic 2 and Mavic Air controller. However, with the included free tablet mount it is also a great solution for mounting tablets in the controller as well. The best part is, with its quick mount feature you can swap monitors on the fly quickly and easily with no hassle. Up until now if you wanted to fly with a Crystal Sky and a tablet or phone it meant you had to bring several types of mounts out in the field with you, not anymore!

One nice feature that PolarPro included is the removable mounting plate that is attached to the tablet mount, this allows you to remove it and attach it to any smartphone or tablet mount that you wish. This makes the Flight Deck even more versatile. The PolarPro Flight Deck is compatible with Both the 5.5 inch and 7.85 inch Crystal Sky monitors and can be mounted in the DJI Mavic 2 series, Mavic Air and the Mavic Pro/Platinum. One feature that really makes the Flight Deck stand out from other mounts is the fact that you can adjust both the height and angle of the Crystal Sky, most mounts only allow you to adjust the angle. It has a small loop at the bottom for those who like to attach a lanyard to their remote. When attaching the Crystal Sky to the Flight Deck, no screwdrivers are needed. The flight deck used thumb screws that can even be attached to itself so they won’t get lost when not in use. The PolarPro Flight Deck also feature tapered edges that give the unit a much more natural feel when mounted in the controller. PolarPro states that other mounts will be introduced over time for devices such as smartphones and possibly extra large tablets, making the system even more adaptable.

PolarPro’s engineers did a fantastic job in the development of the Flight Deck, a quality build, and a truly useful product. I highly recommend the Flight Deck to anyone looking for a mount for their Crystal Sky or tablet.

PolarPro Flight Deck: https://amzn.to/2W5sx9J
DJI Crystal Sky: http://bit.ly/2RYu9CX
Crystal Sky Sun Hood: http://bit.ly/2FDlArk

 

 

The PolarPro Flight Deck with 5.5 inch crystal sky attached.

 

The PolarPro Flight Deck with 5.5 inch crystal sky attached – Back View.

 

The PolarPro Flight Deck mounted in the Mavic 2 controller.

 

The quick connect/disconnect feature allows you to set up and tear down quickly with no hassles.

 

The PolarPro Flight Deck includes thumb screws to easy attachment to your Crystal Sky.

 

The PolarPro Flight Deck can be adjusted to many angles and heights to accommodate any users preferences.

 

The PolarPro Flight Deck folds up nice and small for easy storage and transport.

 

All parts included in the box of the PolarPro Flight Deck.

 

The PolarPro Flight Deck comes with a bonus tablet mount.

 

The bottom of the included tablet mount features a removable quick connector that can be attached to any tablet or phone mount with a 1/4-20 tripod connector.

 

PolarPro 10″ USB-C and lightning cable. Works well with Flight Deck.

 

PolarPro Flight Deck packaging.


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DJI Smart Remote Overview And Thoughts

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Around the time last summer when the Dji Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic Zoom were released, there were leaked photos floating around showing a remote that had a built-in screen and was reported to be a new integrated remote for the Mavic 2 series. Fast forward to January 2019, DJI official launched this new Smart Remote at CES. It was listed on their website as out of stock for a while and first became available for purchase in European countries, then in Canada and a few days later in the U.S. However it was sold out in a few days and at the time of writing this article it has been listed as out of stock again.

The DJI Smart Controller is an all in one unit with a build in 5.5-inch screen. It runs on a modified version of Android and has all the apps needed to fly youR Mavic 2 built-in to the unit. The screen is similar to the existing Crystal Sky monitors and has a super bright 1000 nit screen, this makes for easier viewing on bright days. The DJI Smart controller has many useful built-in tools and features such as an HDMI out port allowing you to connect the remote to an external monitor. It has a Micro SD card slot allowing you to transfer and view your drone videos and photos. There is a new feature called GoShare and is a way to connect and transfer your drone media to your smartphone or tablet.

One of the biggest complaints of DJI’s new Smart Controller is the price, it comes in at $649 U.S which does sting the wallet quite a bit. There is now an option when purchasing a brand new Mavic 2 drone that allows you to bundle in the Smart Remote instead of the stock remote, this does save a little money. However, it is a bit of a slap in the face for those who purchased the Mavic 2 early on as no discounts are offered.

Price aside, I am really enjoying this remote, the new DJI Smart Controller makes setting up and deploying your drone so much faster with less hassle. You don’t have to worry about making sure your phone is charged or putting it into airplane mode so you don’t get distracting calls and messages. It feels comfortable to hold and just performs like a premium device. You can install 3rd party apps as well if you so choose. All in all, it is well worth the money for me, of course, I wish it was cheaper and feel a price tag of $500 would have been better suited.

One drawback to using this remote is getting updates later than iOS or Android phones. This has been a common problem even when using the Crystal Sky. Compatibility and feature updates seem to always trickle in sometimes months down the road. This is true for DJI’s latest Go4 App update that included a new intelligent flight mode “Waypoints 2.0”. Unfortunately, it is not yet available on the new DJI Smart Controller or Crystal Sky and may not be for some time which is very unfortunate. This is very backward in my opinion, customers who have paid for premium devices should not be punished by lack of updates or features. Premium devices if anything should have updates made to them first. I think this would be a good selling point for DJI if they offered the first crack at new features and updates to those who have purchased premium devices.

Watch our unboxing and review video below.

DJI Smart Controller: http://bit.ly/2FViHlU
DJI Mavic 2: http://bit.ly/2PVuaDU

 

 


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