On this page, you’ll find what we think are the best drone tablets to use in 2017. Tablets are an extremely important feature to consider when buying a drone, if you are searching for the complete and ultimate drone experience.
Many people confess to using a Smartphone on their drones, when they should actually be using a great tablet. The reasons for using tablets instead of Smartphones are very obvious. When using the Smartphones, you are compositing the resultant images and videos to the resolution of a small screen. This makes it very difficult to know whether you are getting the right amount of exposure.
However, when you use a tablet instead of a Smartphone, you are able to see the picture quite well, enabling you to get the best video and stills from your flight. When you use a tablet and a Hoodman Sun Shield, then you will be able to get the true exposure for the best images and videos. You should also use a special mount when you want to mount a tablet on a compact drone such as the Mavic (It requires the MavMount etc.)
Before we’ll get started with the best drone tablets for sale, let’s take a look at what to consider before buying one.
Things to consider, before buying a drone tablet
The first thing to consider when you are getting a tablet for your drone is the power of the processor (CPU). You do not want any lag in the control and recording of your drone. If you are buying a tablet that runs on Android, then the processor should at least be the Snapdragon 801. If you are buying an iPad, then you should know that both cellular and WiFi are compatible with drones.
Visor and Shade
You should also consider buying a Sun Visor. When you go out on a sunny day, you may not be able to see anything on the tablet. Make sure that you also operate under a sunshade, because it will protect the tablet from the sun’s rays. Various devices come with screens that are highly reflexive when exposed to the sun.
The size of the best tablet for drones is another important consideration. Most drones will have a tablet mount that accommodates tablets of up to 6.3 inches in height. If you want to buy a bigger tablet, you will have to buy an adapter too. The adapters vary in sizes, but will take tablets of sizes up to 12 inches in height.
Operating system requirements and other specs
When it comes to operating systems, you need Android 4.1.2 or later, and iOS 8.0 and later. You also need a tablet with a lot of storage space, or at least one with a MicroSD slot; those with dual slots are best suited for long-flight recording.
List of best drone tablets for sale (top 5 drone tablets)
Below you’ll see a list of dronersguides.com choice for top 5 best drone tablets to buy. People have different taste and the difference between these 5 tablets aren’t THAT big. Therefore, you should pay attention too that the list is not made in any particular order in terms of the best tablet being at top. This list simply gives you the top 5 best drone tablet, and from there, it’s up to you.
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S
This tablet has an 8.4 inch, 2560 X 1600 (WQXGA) Screen that gives you fabulous resolution; this makes it one of the best tablet for use on drones, if not THE BEST. It has a contrast of 100,000:1 (Better than most LCD monitors), is ultra-light in weight and has an Octa-Core 1.9GHz, 1.3 GHz processor. You can now make fascinating drone action videos without worrying about lag. It comes with Android KitKat, but can be upgraded to Marshmallow.
This tablet is suitable for drone control since it has an inbuilt screen recorder and full HD capability. It also has a MicroSD slot that makes it easy for you to store video and images when you are flying your drone. The amazing features of the NVIDIA Shield include the NVIDIA Tegra K1 2.2 GHz Quad-core processor and the 192-core NVIDIA Kepler GPU. This makes the tablet a powerhouse for incredible drone action.
Apple iPad mini 4 (Retina Display)
Many people think that this is the perfect flight navigator. It comes with a 2048 X 1536 resolution, 7.9-inch, 326 PPI Display, 128 GB flash memory, 2 GB RAM and a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor. The iPad mini has an amazing battery that gives up to 10 hours of use. This is a very light tablet, coming in at a mere 304g. If you are using the DJI App to control your drone, then this is the best tablet to use. You will need to buy an Anbee FPV 33cm Lightning cable, when using DJI.
Google Nexus 9 Tablet
This is a tablet that comes with the Android Lollipop OS, and has a powerful Tegra K 2.3 GHz processor. This will allow you to transmit and record video from your drone with ease and with no lag at all. The beauty of using the Goggle Nexus 9 Tablet is the 8MP rear camera. This allows you to get vivid images as your drone races along. In order to get the best results when using this particular tablet, make sure you have the latest Lollipop version. The Google Nexus 9 Tablet comes with both GPS and a compass, which makes it great for using on most drones. Just one thing that you should note; make sure that the WiFi is off so that there is no disruption of the 2.4 GHz transmission band used by the controller.
ASUS Zenpad S
This is another great tablet for drones; it will give you the best visual experience of your life. The tablet comes with an 8-inch IPS display featuring the TruVivid Technology. The tablet comes with 32 GB internal storage and 2GB RAM, making it quite costly. But when you see the resultant videos and images captured from the device, then you will find that the cost is justified.
These are the best all-round tablets for drones, although there are others that are specifically produced for particular drone apps. DJI has the Crystal Monitor, which is great for outdoor serial photography. However, you want to use a tablet that will work on any drone on the market and the list above gives you some of the best. The tablets will give you lower latency when compared to Smartphones, and the video encoding is better, thank to their bigger screens and higher resolutions. You need a tablet that has a battery that will last at least 3 to 4 hours in order to get the best experience of recording footage during your drone flight.
We hope that this guide has been helpful. Please feel free to comment if you have any questions or suggestions. Thanks!
(Last updated sep 11th)