Many people opt to use their smartphones when flying their Phantom, Mavic or Spark.
However, they should rather be using a good tablet (we’ll check out the best ones in just a minute or two).
The reason couldn’t really be more obvious. When you’re using a smartphone instead of your tablet, you are composing a shot on a very small screen. Making sure that you always get the right exposure is difficult.
On the other hand, when using a tablet you are able to see the picture a lot better. Plus, you can use the Hoodman sun shield if you want to, to make sure that the light (darkness) is just right.
Since the Mavic is compact, you’ll need to get a MavMount to make sure that you can place your tablet right.
When choosing the best tablet, there are some aspects you need to consider.
The first one is the processor (CPU) because you don’t want it to lag. In case you’re looking at an Android tablet, you need to make sure that the processor is at least the Snapdragon 801. When you buy the tablet, you need to make sure that you also get a sun visor. In case you want to go outside and you don’t have one, you might end up not seeing a single thing on sunny days.
We also recommend using a sunshade because it protects the devices from the rays of the sun, as the screen of various devices is extremely reflexive especially when they are exposed to the sun. You will find a list of sunshades at the end of the article.
If you’re looking at the iPads, you need to know that both cellular and Wi-Fi only are compatible with Mavic, Phantom and Spark.
In terms of operating system, you need to make sure that you at least have an iOS 8.0 or an Android 4.1.2.
So, what is the best tablet you can get for your Spark, Mavic or Phantom?
All tablets that we’re going to mention here are already powerful enough to make sure that the DJI Go 4 app won’t freeze, lag, nor crash during flight time.
Top 5 Tablets For Your Phantom, Mavic and Spark
CrystalSky Monitor from DJI
Every picture and every icon on the display will be sharp and clear, due to very high resolution (2048×1536 which is 7.85’’ or 1920×1080 which is 5.5’’ display).
CrystalSky has a better way of video encoding than most mobile phones have, and it will give you lower latency. Battery-wise it can last for about 3-4 hours. Dual Micro SD Card slots will provide you with room for extra storage. It has many ports and it is compatible with almost all DJI imaging devices.
The Apple iPad mini 4 with Retina Display is considered, by many, as the best flight navigator. Considering that the iPad has a 2048 x 1536 resolution with 326 ppi, 7.9 inches Display, a 1.5 GHz dualcore processor, up to 128 GB of flash memory, and 2 GB RAM, this is a lot more than you need for a stable use. And we aren’t even mentioning the amazing battery that can last up to 10 hours. One of the main advantages of this iPad is its weight. It’s only 304g ! This Apple iPad is the perfect solution between a smartphone (that has a small screen) and a regular 10-inch tablet, not only regarding the size but the weight as well. If you ask for the best Tablet to use for the DJI App you will hear a lot of people saying Apple iPad mini 4. Because DJI does not include a cable for Apple products that´s why you need following cable: Anbee FPV 33cm Lightning
#2: Nvidia Shield
One of the main factors of Nvidia Shield is on this list is the built-in screen recorder and its graphics capability. Having the full HD display, and a microSD card slot, it will bring you the great experience of seeing true colors and making it easier for you to save captured moment. You’ll be amazed with the Nvidia Shield. Powered by the NVIDIA Tegra K1 2.2 GHz quad-core processor, and a 192-core NVIDIA Kepler GPU, it is definitively our Tablet suggestion to use for the Mavic or Phantom or Spark and even for your everyday use!
With 8.4” (212.8 mm) and an incredible resolution of the main display of 2560 X 1600 (WQXGA), the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is one of the best tablets you can use for your Mavic and Phantom. With an ultralight weight and a contrast of 100000:1, bigger than many LCD monitors, the Galaxy has all the power you need to make those amazing videos without a single lag since it features an Octa-Core 1.9GHz, 1.3GHz processor. It comes with the OS 4.4.2 (KitKat) and it can be upgraded to the v6.0 (Marshmallow).
The Google Nexus 9 Tablet runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop and comes with the powerful Tegra K 2.3 GHz. This processor is more than enough to allow you to record all the videos you want as well as the transmission without any lag.Another great advantage of using the Google Nexus 9 Tablet is the 8 MB rear camera. And if you want to take the most out of your Google Nexus 9 Tablet, make sure that you upgrade it to the latest version of the Lollipop. Since the Google Nexus 9 Tablet includes both a compass and GPS, it will work just fine flying the Phantom. Another thing to take into consideration is that when you are out there flying, make sure to turn the Wi-Fi off. This will make sure that there is no disruption with the 2.4 GHz transmission band of the controller.
#5: ASUS ZenPad S 8 Z580C-B1-BK 8″ Tablet
The ASUS ZenPad Tablet is another great solution that we can suggest. You can be sure you’ll get one of the best visual experiences because the tablet includes an 8 inches IPS display with the TruVivid technology. With 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of onboard storage, the ASUS ZenPad S 8 Z580C-B1-BK 8 Tablet is not particularly light (moneywise). However, considering the price and the awesome videos and images it allows you to take, it sure pays off and is for a good reason one of our favourite Tablets to use for the Mavic, Phantom and Spark.
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