joni3s wrote: ↑
Mon Mar 30, 2020 11:53 am
...i like the aesthetics of the newer idrive ocntroller ( the round thing, right), the touch function is really tough to use.
I maybe am guilty of not knowing all of the functions of the touch controller, but for the ones I do use on infrequent occasion, it's very handy.
The handwriting recognition is great. Like, waaay better than the iDrive frustrating voice recognition, and I can input a destination or initiate a web search with an absolute minimum of distraction, while driving.
The other more-than-handy feature of the touch controller is geographic map searches. Say I don't want to go through the trouble of entering a specific address, but I just want to select a point on a map where I want to navigate to. I can use the clunky "four way controller" option of using the scroll wheel to locate my point, but it's far more natural to use the touchpad to get there.
First and foremost, I can use pinch-to-zoom out to view a larger geographic area, then pinch in to focus on a particular area. I can then use one finger scrolling to fine tune the area I want to navigate to, whether it's a regional park, my cousin's general neighborhood, or just a city in general. This isn't a Google maps type scroll wheel & mouse type of precision -- it's still limited to basically 8 degrees of movement -- but it's much more progressive than the binary functionality of the side-to-side controller.
Neither of these would be a big deal to me in any ICE car. In the i3, however, I constantly use the onboard Nav for accurate range predictions, even though I'm running Waze or GMaps on my phone concurrently. So that's the caveat -- if these are features you use, the iDrive touch controller is hella cool. If not, it's not that big a deal.
I believe it may also has uses in multimedia playback, but I'm not sure what those are.