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iPad Air size tablet - does it feel heavy/awkward on the Tx?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by RSV_Ecosse, Sep 22, 2016.

  1. RSV_Ecosse

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    As above - looking at picking up an iPad Air cellular but I'm wondering how it feels mounted to the Tx, is it a little too large or unwieldy on the Tx? I have already carried out the Inspire tablet mount on my Tx and its the genuine DJI alloy one not the plastic one so stability shouldn't be a problem. Just wondering overall what Air users think of it?

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  2. GMack

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    I use the Air 2 cellular and it fits better than the Samsung tablet I have which needed the extender clamp piece as it is wider than the RC clamp, plus the Samsung USB cable exits where the lower clamp is so I have to offset it for the cable to clear and that is unwieldy. The Samsung tablet performed poorly anyway (lags) so I also used the S6 Edge (The S6 Edge is not on their approved list, just the S6 model.) and it broke up slightly too, and the buttons were/are too small for my large hands.

    The iPad Air 2 works a lot better overall. Being a 9.7" screen it barley fits the RC stock clamp. Screen might be less bright than the iPad Pro but I haven't seen them side-by-side either. I can put on a neck harness on if needed so weight isn't an issue.
     
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    I just picked up the Air2 with cellular 2 weeks ago. Upgrade to my air wifi only. I love it!


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    It is a little top heavy, I use a neck strap which helps.
     
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  5. alokbhargava

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    I had used iPad mini 2 and iPad Air 2 but these days I go with iPhone 6 Plus. It's so comfortable.


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  6. ckwilson73

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    IPad Air 2 works well for me.


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    This++, I ended up getting the DJI one but there are other models.It really helps if you're moving around since you don't have to worry about dropping the controller. Also, a stiffer bracket wouldn't be a bad idea; either the one from the Inspire controller (which is how I went) or one of the many custom ones available.

    One downside is that if your iPad is in a case, you'll almost certainly have to remove it to get it to fit; a 9.7" tablet is riiiiight at the limit of the stock device holder.
     
  8. Ptr

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    Agree
     
  9. FlashBuddy

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    Oh, that sounds awful. I'd lose any motivation to fly at all.

    NoCo Drones
     
  10. David_Cambridge

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    It is top heavy. I build a brace which restrains the movement of the DJI mount from tipping too far forward. The screw adjustment isn't reliable enough with the amount I am comfortable with tightening the screw.


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  11. kennedye

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    It's not a huge hassle depending on your case style. Mine is a little tricky to get out but if I remove it before stuffing it in the bag and heading out it becomes a non-issue (for me).

    For the OP have you thought about a mini? You can get a refurb 3 or 4 starting around $330 and as I recall both work very well with the Phantom. also, I completely missed that you already had the DJI bracket, so ignore that second part in the post (derp).
     
  12. matti

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    I prefer 9.7" iPad Pro over my older iPad mini. Yes, it is heavier and needs a lanyard but IMHO a big screen helps to avoid stupid & expensive mistakes while flying.

    Taking off the magnetic smart cover takes essentially no time.
     
  13. Rothgarr

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    I can't imagine using anything smaller than an iPad Air (which I use).

    As already mentioned above, it's top heavy so its weight always pushes the tablet holder all the way flat, but this doesn't bug me. And I also use a quick release lanyard.
     
  14. David_Cambridge

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    As a warning, my iPad fell out when the holder tilted backward and crashed on some concrete, breaking the screen. A $250 repair later, I build a stop for the holder so that could never happen again.
     
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    Size does matter but not in all situations, I'd be more interested in its processing ability also
     
  16. matti

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    What kind of stop did you build?
     
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    If you are all having trouble with it tilting on you, as I did, I modded the hookup on the controller of my P3S with a jellyfish holder and this attachment. I have had no issues. Just take an Allen wrench with you in case one of the screws becomes loose, which has happened to me a couple of times.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00N...erfire+fpv&dpPl=1&dpID=41ANKMdqeDL&ref=plSrch

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B010...ipad+mount&dpPl=1&dpID=4178YLbA2DL&ref=plSrch


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