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Good day. Well, I pulled the trigger on a Mavic Pro. I'm from Northern Alberta and I need something to do during the summer...better known as poor sledding season.

As usual, I jumped right in without checking the water for sharks or broken bottles. It was raining for the past couple of days so I passed the time buying a bunch more stuff for my drone, before I even figured out how to fly it.

After farting around with the wee beastie for a couple of days, reading countless posts and watching innumerable youtube vids, the weather finally broke enough to take the thing for a flight.

I am a private pilot with a bunch of RC experience, (some days the experience was transforming perfectly good model aircraft into bags of balsa), and this is my first drone. The controller configuration is pretty much the same as with an RC helicopter so it wasn't completely terrifying. The greatest thing so far about the Mavic Pro is that if you let go of the controls, the bloody thing just sits there in mid air.

Cool. That's save on the parts bill. Speaking of that...is the Care Refresh program for real? If it works half as good in practice as it claims, it will easily be worth the money.

I am a bit annoyed with DJI's assertion that this will pair just fine with Android devices but my research, (mostly done after buying the thing...of course), seems that it's not nearly as reliable as Apple hardware. I currently have a couple of Blackberry Priv's, which run on Android. They are a couple of years old but they have decent hardware, with a medium 6 core Snapdragon processor and 3GB of ram. It's operating a version of Android 6, which is reported to play nice with the Go4 app...as well as an Android device can.

I'm basically dedicating my spare priv to the Mavic for the time being. Now, it worked well enough, no app crashing so far, but there was significant video lag. I did slow down the gimble settings quite a bit so that might have something to do with it and I've barely touched the surface of its inner secret sorcery, so I'm not going to panic quite yet, but if it is the phone and I have to get something newer, I have no desire at all to buy an Apple product.

I have nothing in particular against Apple, but other than a short stint with an ipad2, Everything has been either Android or Windows. I have no urge at all, to acquaint myself with a new operating system.

As often happens with leaping before looking, some details get missed. My point in this is, if DJI is going to focus on Apple, they should let folks know right on the box, before they plunk down their cash. I can see why they might be reluctant to be totally up front, considering the number of Android device owners out there, but they would be better served in the long run to be straighter with customers.

Okey dokey...rant over.

Overall, this is one seriously slick little unit. I believe I'm going to have tons of fun with this little thing.
 
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Welcome to Mavic Pilots! :)

is the Care Refresh program for real?
DJI has more details about DJI Care Refresh and what it covers on their website here. And check out these search results to see what members of this site are saying about DJI Care Refresh.

it worked well enough, no app crashing so far, but there was significant video lag
You can find tips for improving the performance of your Android device in this article:

Install DJI GO on an Android Tablet or Phone (Step-by-Step Guide)

My point in this is, if DJI is going to focus on Apple, they should let folks know right on the box, before they plunk down their cash.
I wouldn't say they are solely Apple focused. They do have their own mobile device (the DJI CrystalSky) running on Android.
 
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That was quick. Like I said, it's too early to panic. I can see amazing potential with this unit, and tons of fun to be had. I'm sure there are fixes for most things. I already checked out the android tips and implemented some of them.

I have no doubt that despite my best efforts, I will leave bits of plastic hither and yon which is why I jumped on the care refresh offer.

Even before I signed up, this forum has been a valuable resource. So far, I have found a lot of answers to questions I didn't even think of asking, and I'm sure I will have plenty of questions that thousands before me have already asked.
 

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Cool, Joe, welcome to the hobby. I think you'll get a lot of good use out of the Mavic Pro.

I did read about the Go app preferring iOS (maybe in the DJI literature someplace, but that was awhile ago so I've forgotten where- and for sure in some forums) so I scored a referb unit off Amazon; one of those iPad 9.7" jobs.

I'm a PC/Android person too, and was loth to have to buy/learn/use an i-anything, but suffered through the learning curve to get to the point I could run it, and performance has been 100%. The display is excellent, so is battery life.

For everything else, I use Windows and Android, but for the MP the iPad has been (and it irks me to say it) a perfect fit.

Before the iPad got here, I used my Samsung Galaxy 7 and it worked without any problems--- but the screen was just too tiny.

Happy flying!
 
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So how did you mount it to the controller?

I got interested after a friend bought a Mavic Air. He told me he bought a drone and I basically yawned. Not interested. Then he brought it to lunch...dammit...it was shiny and foldy and awesome. I was ok until I saw the Mavic Pro for sale at Costco. Crap. After an evening of random youtube vids and a good night's sleep, I bought the unit.

Most of the real research was done post purchase. My Priv seemed to work pretty good. I did some post flight tests and there didn't seem to be much video lag at home, so we'll see what happens. I will definitely keep my eyes open for something with a brighter screen.

I am curious to try out the VR thing at some point, so I may have to get Litchi. On my first flight, I did most of my flying RC style, by looking at the drone, not the screen.
 

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Good day. Well, I pulled the trigger on a Mavic Pro. I'm from Northern Alberta and I need something to do during the summer...better known as poor sledding season.

As usual, I jumped right in without checking the water for sharks or broken bottles. It was raining for the past couple of days so I passed the time buying a bunch more stuff for my drone, before I even figured out how to fly it.

After farting around with the wee beastie for a couple of days, reading countless posts and watching innumerable youtube vids, the weather finally broke enough to take the thing for a flight.

I am a private pilot with a bunch of RC experience, (some days the experience was transforming perfectly good model aircraft into bags of balsa), and this is my first drone. The controller configuration is pretty much the same as with an RC helicopter so it wasn't completely terrifying. The greatest thing so far about the Mavic Pro is that if you let go of the controls, the bloody thing just sits there in mid air.

Cool. That's save on the parts bill. Speaking of that...is the Care Refresh program for real? If it works half as good in practice as it claims, it will easily be worth the money.

I am a bit annoyed with DJI's assertion that this will pair just fine with Android devices but my research, (mostly done after buying the thing...of course), seems that it's not nearly as reliable as Apple hardware. I currently have a couple of Blackberry Priv's, which run on Android. They are a couple of years old but they have decent hardware, with a medium 6 core Snapdragon processor and 3GB of ram. It's operating a version of Android 6, which is reported to play nice with the Go4 app...as well as an Android device can.

I'm basically dedicating my spare priv to the Mavic for the time being. Now, it worked well enough, no app crashing so far, but there was significant video lag. I did slow down the gimble settings quite a bit so that might have something to do with it and I've barely touched the surface of its inner secret sorcery, so I'm not going to panic quite yet, but if it is the phone and I have to get something newer, I have no desire at all to buy an Apple product.

I have nothing in particular against Apple, but other than a short stint with an ipad2, Everything has been either Android or Windows. I have no urge at all, to acquaint myself with a new operating system.

As often happens with leaping before looking, some details get missed. My point in this is, if DJI is going to focus on Apple, they should let folks know right on the box, before they plunk down their cash. I can see why they might be reluctant to be totally up front, considering the number of Android device owners out there, but they would be better served in the long run to be straighter with customers.

Okey dokey...rant over.

Overall, this is one seriously slick little unit. I believe I'm going to have tons of fun with this little thing.
Howdy from Wyoming @JoeWalkerReads , welcome to the community, plenty of fine folk and excellent information here.
 

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Welcome to Mavic Pilots .
I hope you will find our site helpful and look forward to any input , photo's/video's you might post .
Don't be shy and ask anything if you can't find it by searching :)
 
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Before my friend showed me his Air, I was completely clueless about how huge the drone community is. I thought I'd be mostly on my own, so imagine my surprise when I googled Mavic Pro. Wow. Not only are the members of the drone community, ready to help...to a person, they seem eager to help.

It's all so friendly and civilized. I keep having to check if this is the same internet where presidents insult war veterans, trolls call babies ugly and lousy homemade porn can turn a nobodies into celebrities.
 

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Welcome to MavicPilots from Dayton Ohio USA. Enjoy your new Mavic Pro, fly safe and have fun!