Welcome to PhantomPilots.com

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

tablet and size

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by jtm, Nov 12, 2015.

  1. jtm

    jtm

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2015
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    guys.. any recommendations on tablet and size? I'm currently using my Samsung s6 but alas it is a little small.. looking at the samsung s2 either 8" or 9.7"...... is 9.7" a little big though? I'm liking the 8" but would like to hear what everyone else's setup is... do share.
     
  2. RoyVa

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2015
    Messages:
    2,246
    Likes Received:
    449
    Location:
    Virginia
    I'm using a 7 inch and it works well. Not to heavy either. Just ordered a 8 for my personal use may give it a try. But I don't like the top heavy weight on the RC too much as I don't care for the neck straps. So far with the litchi app which give more viewing area and 7 inch , it does good.
     
  3. msinger

    Approved Vendor

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2014
    Messages:
    18,990
    Likes Received:
    5,591
    Location:
    US
    I'm using an iPad Mini 2 (7.9" and 0.75 lb). I think it's the perfect combination of size and weight.
     
  4. stumpytaz

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2015
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Samsung S2 8" ..... excellent!!
     
  5. Oso

    Oso

    Joined:
    May 19, 2015
    Messages:
    2,534
    Likes Received:
    1,480
    Location:
    Sacramento CA
    I use a dedicated Air 2. 0.96 lb (437 g), 9.7" screen. It's more secure with the Inspire mount and not at all too big. I also love the anti reflective screen so never use a sunshade.
     
    JoBe likes this.
  6. Corvette595

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2015
    Messages:
    59
    Likes Received:
    16
    Location:
    Lake Bistineau, LA
    I have the Samsung Galaxy Tab S with the 10.5" display. Nice and big with a bright screen. No lag or hang up problems.
     
  7. Corvette595

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2015
    Messages:
    59
    Likes Received:
    16
    Location:
    Lake Bistineau, LA
    I agree about the Inspire mount and that 9.7" would not be at all too big.
     
  8. Mark&Julie

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2015
    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    6
    iPad air 2 here. Not too big or heavy and no connection problems.

    Mark.
     
  9. Bigdrone1

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2015
    Messages:
    30
    Likes Received:
    27
    Nvidia shield works great and it has an hdmi output so no need to buy the hdmi module for the rc!
     
    mick74 likes this.
  10. shockwave199

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2014
    Messages:
    1,066
    Likes Received:
    405
    I use an air 2 and love the size. I also use the Inspire mount. Although the mount is great, you do have to keep up with the tilting screw and tighten it as needed. But it's a stable mount for the size of the air 2. I think that's the biggest size the mount will take though. The thing I have noticed is that to view the iPad you need to angle it up. The lower you have the rc either holding it or on a neck strap, the more you have to angle it. This can possibly have a negative effect getting too close to the top of the antennas. I have once angled it during flight and the back of the iPad touched the top of the antennas and the video feed definitely got jumpy until I moved the tablet away again. I think with a slightly smaller tablet and certainly a phone, this isn't an issue. But the air 2 definitely puts a roof over the antennas depending on the angle and you have to be a little mindful of that. I have my rc pretty high on my neck strap. I adjusted it shorter so it's higher. I prefer that for my bad neck. It also helps keep the antennas in a good position and less of an angle on the iPad.
     
    lotusteve likes this.
  11. RedHotPoker

    Joined:
    May 3, 2015
    Messages:
    3,972
    Likes Received:
    1,365
    Location:
    Edmonton Alberta
    @shockwave199,
    Have a look at this @dji informative video, for great info on your radio controller antenna best practice.

    Hope this was helpful to you. ;-)

    RedHotPoker
     
  12. shockwave199

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2014
    Messages:
    1,066
    Likes Received:
    405
    Thanks, yes I have watched that. I don't think the tablet is blocking signal but depending on the angle you put the tablet at, it can get too close to them and I think that can possibly play a role in interference. I also fly in airplane mode.
     
  13. RedHotPoker

    Joined:
    May 3, 2015
    Messages:
    3,972
    Likes Received:
    1,365
    Location:
    Edmonton Alberta
    Just be conscious of where you are in the air, in relation to your radio controller. I also use the iPad Air 2 Cellular. It's been an incredible experience since day one. Even while still using the original wobbly device holder. Having installed the Inspire 1 holder, just made it all the more complete. Couldn't be more satisfied, than this. ;-)

    RedHotPoker
     
    Snapring and lotusteve like this.
  14. Snapring

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2015
    Messages:
    35
    Likes Received:
    5
    Location:
    Taylors, SC
    +1 for the Air 2. I started with the Galaxy S5. It worked but the screen was too small. I then went to the Galaxy Tab 10". It was too slow to keep up. I ended up with the Air 2 and I'm still trying to find something wrong with it. I didn't know about the Inspire holder so I got the aluminum mount from Taco-RC and it works great. Now I'm looking into a Headplay unit.
     
  15. RedHotPoker

    Joined:
    May 3, 2015
    Messages:
    3,972
    Likes Received:
    1,365
    Location:
    Edmonton Alberta
    Finding anything wrong here, is like looking for fallen tears in the river..
    Keep searching, we're in an earthquake free zone now.
    As there isn't any fault lines. ;-) & aren't going to be any either. Hehe

    RedHotPoker
     
  16. bobmyers

    Joined:
    May 10, 2015
    Messages:
    3,611
    Likes Received:
    866
    Location:
    San Antonio, TX
    The Headplay is a super way to watch the video, it is clear as a bell and has all the telemetry
     
  17. John Locke

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2015
    Messages:
    2,955
    Likes Received:
    1,108
    Location:
    Yorba Linda, CA
    I agree, love the Headplay goggles. However if you wear progressive or bi-focal glasses you may have "up-close" focus issues with your prescription. I had to glue some 3.0 scuba diving bifocal lenses ($29) on the inside of some 3.0 reader glasses ($10) to magnify things adequately to see things in focus, being so close to the screen. They include two fresnel lens to try, but it's not enough. Older people with limited "up-close" focus capability may need to jury-rig this kind of DIY prescription.
     
  18. bobmyers

    Joined:
    May 10, 2015
    Messages:
    3,611
    Likes Received:
    866
    Location:
    San Antonio, TX
    I used a pair of drugstore readers, they were narrow enough to fit inside the opening.. They worked great!!
     
  19. John Locke

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2015
    Messages:
    2,955
    Likes Received:
    1,108
    Location:
    Yorba Linda, CA
    Good point, if you need some to buy readers for this, buy the most narrow pair you can find to fit the goggle better. Since 3.0 is the strongest reader you can buy, if that isn't enough to put things in focus, that's when you need to get creative with the scuba diving lenses, to add more magnification to the reader..
     
  20. nhoover

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2013
    Messages:
    851
    Likes Received:
    182
    Location:
    Los Gatos, California
    My Nexus 9 is a perfect size. Gorgeous smooth picture, can easily record the screen etc. I have an old Nexus 10 and it only fits in the holder with a little printed adapter - a little big, plus it can't really quite keep up. I've flown with phones (5" and 6" Samsungs) and they are too small for me now.

    With pretty much any tablet and P3A or P3P you are probably going to want to upgrade the holder with either the Inspire 1 version like I did ($30 http://www.amazon.com/DJI-Inspire-Mobile-Device-Holder/dp/B00V8QXO6W) or a knock-off (here's one and there are others: Infinity Hobby)

    See HOW TO: Fix unstable tablet mount | DJI Phantom Forum