Welcome to PhantomPilots.com

Sign up for a weekly email of the latest drone news & information

Cellular or not?

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by Phantom Juice, Sep 18, 2015.

  1. Phantom Juice

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2015
    Messages:
    50
    Likes Received:
    4
    Can't seem to get a strait answer. I'm going to pick up a mint p3a tomorrow from a guy who's only flown it for about 2 hrs total for a $1000!! Wooo!! Do I need a tablet or iPad with cellulsr?
     
  2. mirrorimage

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2015
    Messages:
    384
    Likes Received:
    113
    Location:
    Palo Alto, California
    You want a device that has GPS mostly. On iPads only the cellular model includes GPS. Still any model iPad will work but some of the follow me or other features might not work.

    FYI there's a guy on Reddit.com/r/djiphantom selling his p3p for $1000
     
  3. AlphaZeroOne

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2015
    Messages:
    39
    Likes Received:
    5
    I have recently purchased a SkyPro GPS reciver which will connect to up to 5 devices at a time via Bluetooth and it performs faultlessly. It means that I don't need a cellular device to fly my phantom and the SkyPro GPS is far more accurate than an internal GPS.
     
  4. Phantom Juice

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2015
    Messages:
    50
    Likes Received:
    4
    How much is the skypro? What about tethering my phone with the tablet?
     
  5. Chuck Young

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2015
    Messages:
    621
    Likes Received:
    192
    Any of those would work fine. I typically use a Note 4 phone to interface my P3.
     
  6. msinger

    Approved Vendor

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2014
    Messages:
    19,096
    Likes Received:
    5,623
    Location:
    US
    The SkyPro GPS receiver is $149. You can get an external GPS receiver for about $90. There is a list of commonly used GPS receivers here.

    The cellular iPad models are usually about $100 more than the Wi-Fi only models. If you don't already have an iPad, then it'll best to get the cellular model if you need to use the features that requires GPS. Those features currently include resetting the home point to your current location and Follow Me. It'll also be more convenient since you won't have to haul around an external GPS receiver.
     
    #6 msinger, Sep 18, 2015
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2015
  7. Phantom19

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2015
    Messages:
    49
    Likes Received:
    6
    I have just upgraded to a cellular Ipad MIni 2 and the way points work perfectly. I have no sim card in it and am not connected to any cellular network. The GPS part in it obviously functions as before with a NON CELLULAR Ipad mini 2 way points never worked. I am experiencing a problem with "follow me" but that is probably only a matter of rebooting or re downloading the app.
     
  8. msinger

    Approved Vendor

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2014
    Messages:
    19,096
    Likes Received:
    5,623
    Location:
    US
    It's true that you do not need to activate the cell service in order to use GPS on an iPad. GPS on the device is not required in order to use the waypoint feature.
     
  9. Viral

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2015
    Messages:
    104
    Likes Received:
    58
    Slightly off topic, but why are you buying a used P3A for $1000 when a brand new one with a full warranty costs $999?
     
    JBG and Bigdz like this.
  10. Phantom Juice

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2015
    Messages:
    50
    Likes Received:
    4
    Sorry about the late reply. That would be a $1000 Canadian. They are about $1300 brand new here but that deal fell through anyway.
     
  11. Mr.Spock

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2015
    Messages:
    369
    Likes Received:
    67
    Location:
    UK
    Do not buy a 2nd had bird. Friendly advice.
     
  12. ironhead1530

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2015
    Messages:
    33
    Likes Received:
    3
    My understanding is that you can turn on a hot spot on your iPhone and pair that with a Wi-Fi only iPad mini.... And that will use GPS on the phone. Is that correct?
     
  13. FredSheldon

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2014
    Messages:
    288
    Likes Received:
    104
    Location:
    The Woodlands, Texas
    I'm not sure this is a true statement. I think I saw somewhere that using a hotspot will not provide the GPS functions required for follow me or poi. Using the Bluetooth connected GPS unit as suggested above will give you much better GPS reception as I under stand it. You can mount it on your wrist or the back of your goggles to get a good clear line of sight to the sats.
     
  14. bbfpv

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2015
    Messages:
    3,751
    Likes Received:
    1,093
    Location:
    Long Island, NY
    Correct. A tethered iDevice will not share GPS, just data.
     
  15. Airgoz

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2015
    Messages:
    26
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Tewksbury, MA.
    I have over a 100 flights and I have always left my phone data on. Gives me the GSP earth views of where I am flying I have never had any issues.
     
  16. brianb87

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2015
    Messages:
    788
    Likes Received:
    148
    What do you want to do? A lot of the features on Autopilot require cellular data so I got a cellular iPad Air 2.
     
  17. Oso

    Oso

    Joined:
    May 19, 2015
    Messages:
    2,539
    Likes Received:
    1,486
    Location:
    Sacramento CA
    #17 Oso, Oct 2, 2015
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2016
    JoBe likes this.
  18. denodan

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2013
    Messages:
    359
    Likes Received:
    23
    NO. It won't give you gps