I think it’s fair to say:
Having a tablet when flying a drone makes the whole process a lot easier, as it allows you to have a much clearer view of what’s going on.
Unfortunately, picking the right tablet can be hard, however our list of the best DJI Go compatible tablets should help you out.
When looking for the best DJI compatible tablet, you should play close attention to the processor. If it is not powerful enough, the app may lag/freeze or crash during use.
This sounds scary, but with our list of the best DJI Go compatible tablets, you’ll have the best device for the job.
Both Wi-Fi only and cellular tablets will work with the DJI GO app, however only cellular devices will be able to make use of the ‘follow me’ function and be able to change their home point mid-flight.
If you would like to see anymore information about the DJI Go app, head over to the DJI website.
Before we begin, it is worth mentioning that if you are planning on using a tablet to fly your drone, you may need to buy a tablet mount for your transmitter.
Check the dimensions below to see whether or not you will need to buy a tablet mount:
You will need a mount if the tablet is longer than 6.75 inches.
You will need a mount if the tablet is longer than 6.8 inches and thicker than 0.34 inches.
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You will need a mount if the tablet is longer than 6.8 inches and thicker than 0.34 inches.
Best DJI Go Compatible Tablets Comparison Table
Best iPad For DJI Go App List
The iPad Air 2 has quickly become one of the most commonly used iPads for piloting DJI drones. The iPad air’s 9.7” retina display with a 2048 x 1536 resolution provides the pilot with a picture perfect view from the drones’ camera.
The iPad is nicely sized, measuring 9.4” x 6.6” x 0.24” and weighing 680 grams. I was surprised at how much it weighed considering how thin it is, not that it’s at all heavy. It’s just not as lightweight as I would have assumed.
If battery life is important to you, then you won’t be disappointed with the Ipad Air 2. Running for up to 10 hours from a single charge, the Air 2’s battery is a force to be reckoned with.
Powering the iPad Air 2 is Apples’ A8X chip with 64-bit Architecture, M8 co-processor and 2GB RAM. The Air 2 is able to easily run the DJI Go App, with very few users reporting any issues.
However, as with all tablets there may be a bit of latency between what the camera is recording and what is displayed on screen. Unfortunately, that’s the sacrifice that you make when piloting a drone with a tablet. After a few flying sessions though, you’ll be used to it.
Up next on our list of the best DJI compatible devices is the iPad Mini 4, however I wanted to include the Mini 2 & 3, as they’re both extremely popular and slightly cheaper than the Mini 4.
The iPad Mini 4 is available in two options – Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi & Cellular, with the Wi-Fi only option marginally cheaper.
The iPad Mini 4 saw no improvement in its resolution from previous models, possessing the same 7” screen with a 2048 x 1536 resolution.
It does however have an anti-glare coating on the screen, which the previous models don’t have.
This is fantastic for drone pilots as glare from the sun is the number one downside to using a tablet, luckily the iPad Mini has you covered!
The tablet itself measures at 20.32cm x 13.48cm x 0.61cm and weighs just 299 grams! This is the ultimate portable device for drone pilots and is the main reason why it’s the most popular iPad for drone piloting. As the tablet is pretty small, it features a small battery that is able to sustain 6 hours of usage from one charge.
With Apples’ A8 Chip paired with an M8 Co-processor and 2GB Ram, the iPad mini is a powerful little machine that can easily handle the demands of the DJI Go Application. The iPad Mini 4 is only available in 128gb, which is a serious amount of storage and more than enough to store your stunning aerial imagery.
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The iPad Pro is the final iPad model on our list of the best DJI Go compatible tablets, and you can say we’ve saved the best until last.
Similarly to the iPad Mini, the iPad Pro comes in two available options – Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi & Cellular. The tablets storage capacity ranges from 32GB – 256GB with the price increasing accordingly.
With a 9.7” retina screen of 2056 x 1536 pixels the iPad Pro provides a vibrant and high quality display that is perfect for drone piloting. The tablet itself is 6.6 x 9.4 x 0.24 inches and weighs 435g.
The iPad Pro is powered by an A9X chip, a M9 co-processor, which is Apples’ most advanced processing unit to date. The tablets battery life of 10 hours is not only extremely impressive, but more than enough for drone piloting.
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Best Android Tablet For DJI Go App List
The Crystal Sky is the only official DJI product on our list of the best DJI compatible tablets and comes in 3 models.
These are beginner class, mid-class and pro class. I will quickly go over each one of these, so you can see the differences.
Beginner Class: 5.5” screen, max brightness of 1000nits and a 32gb inbuilt hard disk drive.
Mid-Class: 7.85” screen, max brightness of 1000nits and a 64gb inbuilt hard disk drive.
Pro-Class: 7.85” screen, max brightness of 2000 nits and a 124gb inbuilt hard disk drive.
For the rest of this mini-review, I’ll be discussing the mid-class Crystal Sky, as that is the most popular version.
As the DJI Crystal Sky is designed and engineered specifically for drone pilots, the screen is able to perform in sunlight extremely well with minimal glare. It is also incredibly bright, being 3.9 x brighter than the iPad Pro and 4.8 x brighter than the iPad mini.
The Crystal Sky’s dimensions are 8.1 x 5.7 x 0.6 inches (Length x Width x Depth) and weighs 425grams. The tablet itself is manufactured from durable industrial grade plastic and makes use of IPS screen technology. This makes the screen brighter, with more realistic colours and rarely heats up.
Unfortunately you must buy a holder for your Crystal Sky separately, which is annoying but doesn’t stop it from being one of the best DJI Go compatible tablets around.
Crystal Sky Compatible Drones:
- DJI Phantom 3 Advanced & Professional
- DJI Phantom 4 Series
- DJI Mavic Pro Platinum
- DJI Inspire Series
- DJI Matrice
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is one of the best android tablets for DJI Go and with good reason.
The Tab S3 sports the world’s first HDR (high dynamic range) 2048 x 1536 Quad HD resolution, which produces fantastic colour contrast and bright highlights.
You also get around 12 hours of battery life from one charge. This is pretty impressive considering Samsung didn’t want to push the limits too much with their battery after the disastrous release of the Note 7.
With a 9.7” screen, the Samsung Tab S3 provides pilots with a clear and uncluttered live feed from the drones’ camera.
The Samsung has GPS functionality, sports 4GB of RAM and a 2.15GHz CPU. Weighing 15.13oz, it is on the heavier side of tablets, which is to be expected with such a large screen.
The Galaxy Tab S3 comes alongside a free S Pen, which is a nice addition that other tablets such as the iPad don’t offer. Unfortunately the Galaxy Tab S3 doesn’t handle direct sunlight very well, so if you’re interested in the S3 I would recommend using a sunshade.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 excels in all the right places; it’s easy to use, has a fantastic display and will make your flight experience a whole lot better. If you’re not a fan of Apple products, the Tab S3 has to be one of the best android tablets for DJI Go.
Up next on our list of the best DJI GO Compatible tablets is the Nexus 9 Tablet by Google. The Nexus 9 features an 8.9” display, weighs 425 grams and measures at 8.99 x 6.05 x 0.21inches (LXWXD).
This lightweight, portable build is fantastic for drone pilots who are looking for an easy to use and affordable DJI compatible tablet.
With an Nvidia 64-bit processor and 2GB of Ram the Nexus 9 is able to handle the DJI Go app pretty well.
I've seen some users say that the live feedback can sometimes lag, however this can be expected when using a tablet as a monitor.
The tablet has a respectably 9-hour battery life, which should be more than adequate for drone pilots.
The Nexus 9 tablet is said to have a fairly dim display, so again I would recommend a sunshade to prevent any unwanted glare.
Moving onto the NVIDIA Shield K1, which is one of the world’s most popular gaming tablets and has become the go to android tablet for DJI Go.
The NVIDIA possess a nicely sized 8.9” display with a 1920 x 1200 HD resolution. Unfortunately the maximum screen brightness is only 471nits, which when compared to the 1000nits of the Crystal Sky, doesn’t seem like much.
As with most models on our list of the best DJI compatible devices, a sunshade is most likely needed.
Considering the Shield K1 is built for gaming, its’ Tegra K1 processor and 2GB RAM are more than enough to smoothly run the DJI Go App. Only weighing 56 grams, the NVIDIA Shield is extremely easy to transport and is perfect for pilots who are on the go with their equipment.
The tablet also features a micro-SD slot that can be used to store up to 120gb of data. This is really handy for storing your awesome aerial photographs and pictures that you will undoubtedly be capturing.
Updated: We no longer recommend the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, due to reports of the DJI GO app crashing. Instead, we strongly recommend the Galaxy Tab S3.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 had to make it onto our list due to the fact that it’s significantly cheaper than the Tab S3 we discussed earlier.
Although its specs aren’t as good as its’ successor, the Tab S2 is still one of the best DJI Go compatible tablets.
Featuring a 9.7” display with 2048 x 1536 Super AMOLED resolution, the screen provides a crystal clear display of the drones’ live feedback.
The Tab S2’s Quad 1.4GHz Octacore Processor and 3GB RAM, provides it with plenty of power to run the DJI app.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 measures 9.33 x 6.65 x 0.22 inches and weighs 271 grams, making it one of the lightest tablets on our list.
The Samsung’s battery life is its biggest downfall, maxing out at around 6 hours. Which isn’t too bad, but is nowhere near as long as the S3’s. Still though, 6 hours should be plenty of time unless you’ve got a ridiculous amount of batteries for your drone.
Although the S2 is older than some other models, it still deserves a place on our list of the best DJI GO compatible devices.
Best DJI Go Compatible Tablets Round Up
I hope that you’ve found our article on the best DJI Go compatible tablets helpful and that we’ve made it easier for you to decide. Feel free to get in touch or comment below with any questions you may have.