Daytona is a global manufacturer based in Japan and is well known for gauges and digital speedometers. The Daytona Smartphone Controller is a new addition to the range and it's waterproof, wireless smartphone controller that fits onto your handlebars and allows easy control of your device while riding your motorcycle.
Now you can receive calls, text, control music, use mapping software etc. all without having to take your hands off the handlebars. You may think that smartphone operation is easy, but put a pair of gloves on and the screen functions will no longer work, even when the device is in its 'glove mode'. The smartphone controller can easily be used with gloves.
The unit can be directly mounted onto 22.2mm and 26.4mm handlebars – or directly onto a 38mm handlebar grip. The standalone unit has a battery life of approximately 40 hours and can be easily recharged via a micro USB when needed. The Daytona Smartphone Controller is very simple to use, there are only four buttons (on/off, enter, exit and hoe) and a small joystick for navigation. IT connects to many different smartphones using iOS (Apple iPhone) or Android operating systems.
The controller is easy to mount, although I suggest you place it as close as possible to your left hand to save excessive movement, it's even more accessible if you mount in on your grips. The instructions supplied are very clear and you can be up and running in a matter of minutes. Once Bluetooth connection has been made each time you return to your motorcycle connection automatically occurs.
The password functionality on your phone has to be disabled as the controller has no functionality to unlock passwords, or whatever other security mechanism you may have setup.
I used the controller on a recent trip and it performed very well, and was still working after hundreds of kilometers into the trip, several bike drops (as I tried a sand/dirt road shortcut), rain and excessive heat. The only downside I found was that the 'Enter' button is a bit tricky to hit, it would be far better positioned next to the joystick controller.