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Best DJI Go Compatible Tablets

What we’ll be covering:

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 pay close attention to the processor. If it is not powerful enough, the app may lag/freeze or crash during use.

It 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 mobile devices will be able to use the follow me function and be able to change their home point mid-flight.

If you would like to see any more information about the DJI Go app, head over to the DJI website.

Note: You’ll notice, that I recommend different iPads and there is a good reason why. First of all, many of you might already own an iPad and won’t need to spend any extra money on a new tablet to fly your drone. Secondly, the new iPad generation is ideal for drone pilots. They have more than enough power to run the DJI Go App smoothly and Apple has fixed some issues that people previously complained about. Direct sunlight makes older iPads pretty much unusable in direct sunlight. The new generation has a much brighter screen with antireflective coating. Last but not least, iPads are great for everyday use. Unlike the DJI Crystal Sky, you can use it for much more than flying a drone, giving them much more value for the money.

Before We Begin

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:

Phantom Pilot

You will need a mount if the tablet is longer than 6.75 inches.

Spark Pilot

You will need a mount if the tablet is longer than 6.8 inches and thicker than 0.34 inches.

Mavic Pro Pilot

You will need a mount if the tablet is longer than 6.8 inches and thicker than 0.34 inches.

DJI Mavic 2 Pro & DJI Mavic 2 Zoom Pilot

You will need a mount if the tablet is longer than 6.8 inches and thicker than 0.34 inches.

DJI Mavic Air Pilot

You will need a mount if the tablet is longer than 6.8 inches and thicker than 0.34 inches.

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Best DJI Go Compatible Tablets Comparison Table

Preview
Our Pick
New Apple iPad Air (10.9-inch, Wi-Fi, 64GB) - Sky Blue (Latest Model, 4th Generation)
Apple iPad Mini (Wi-Fi, 64GB) - Space Gray (Latest Model)
2020 Apple iPad Pro (12.9-inch, Wi-Fi, 256GB) - Space Gray (4th Generation)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Wi-Fi, Mystic Silver -128 GB
NVIDIA SHIELD K1 8" Tablet - Black
Product
New Apple iPad Air (10.9-inch, Wi-Fi, 64GB) - Sky Blue (Latest Model, 4th Generation)
Apple iPad Mini (Wi-Fi, 64GB) - Space Gray (Latest Model)
2020 Apple iPad Pro (12.9-inch, Wi-Fi, 256GB) - Space Gray (4th Generation)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Wi-Fi, Mystic Silver -128 GB
NVIDIA SHIELD K1 8" Tablet - Black
Screen
10.9-inch
7.9‑inch
12.9‑inch
11-inch
8.9-inch
Weight
458 g,460 g
300.5 g
641 g,643 g
499 g
390g
CPU
A14
A12
A12Z
Octa Core
2.2GHz
RAM
6GB
3GB
6GB
6, 8GB
2GB
GPS
Our Pick
Preview
New Apple iPad Air (10.9-inch, Wi-Fi, 64GB) - Sky Blue (Latest Model, 4th Generation)
Product
New Apple iPad Air (10.9-inch, Wi-Fi, 64GB) - Sky Blue (Latest Model, 4th Generation)
Screen
10.9-inch
Weight
458 g,460 g
CPU
A14
RAM
6GB
GPS
Preview
Apple iPad Mini (Wi-Fi, 64GB) - Space Gray (Latest Model)
Product
Apple iPad Mini (Wi-Fi, 64GB) - Space Gray (Latest Model)
Screen
7.9‑inch
Weight
300.5 g
CPU
A12
RAM
3GB
GPS
Preview
2020 Apple iPad Pro (12.9-inch, Wi-Fi, 256GB) - Space Gray (4th Generation)
Product
2020 Apple iPad Pro (12.9-inch, Wi-Fi, 256GB) - Space Gray (4th Generation)
Screen
12.9‑inch
Weight
641 g,643 g
CPU
A12Z
RAM
6GB
GPS
Preview
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Wi-Fi, Mystic Silver -128 GB
Product
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Wi-Fi, Mystic Silver -128 GB
Screen
11-inch
Weight
499 g
CPU
Octa Core
RAM
6, 8GB
GPS
Preview
NVIDIA SHIELD K1 8" Tablet - Black
Product
NVIDIA SHIELD K1 8" Tablet - Black
Screen
8.9-inch
Weight
390g
CPU
2.2GHz
RAM
2GB
GPS

iPad Air (2019)

Sale
New Apple iPad Air (10.9-inch, Wi-Fi, 64GB) - Sky Blue (Latest Model, 4th Generation)
  • Stunning 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display with True Tone and P3 wide color
  • A14 Bionic chip with Neural Engine
  • Touch ID for secure authentication and Apple Pay
  • 12MP back camera, 7MP FaceTime HD front camera
  • Available in Silver, Space Gray, Rose Gold, Green, and Sky Blue

As of March 2019, Apple has surprised everyone by releasing two, brand new additions to their iPad series – the Air and the Mini.

First up is the new iPad Air, which features Apple’s new A12 chip, undeniably powerful enough to run the DJI app.

One thing to bear in mind with Apple is that they’ve publicly admitted to slowing down their older model devices, in order to encourage their dedicated consumers to buy their latest products.

So, if you’ve got an older Apple, and it’s lagging a bit, that’s probably why!

Despite this, iPads are still the way to go for us drone flyers, and their new iPad Air is the best of the best.

For me, the best feature of the Air is the screen size. Despite not being any larger in size, Apple has massively reduced the bezzles of the device, allowing for a whopping 10.5inch screen.

Plus, the iPad only weighs 456g, so you’ll easily be able to carry this in your backpack without breaking a sweat.

iPad Mini (2019)

Apple iPad Mini (Wi-Fi, 64GB) - Space Gray (Latest Model)
  • 7.9-inch Retina Display with True Tone and wide Color
  • A12 Bionic chip
  • Touch ID fingerprint sensor
  • 8MP back camera, 7MP FaceTime HD front camera
  • Stereo speakers

If portability is an important factor for you, then the latest iPad Mini is by far the best tablet for your DJI drone.

This little beast weighs in at just over 300 grams, yet still features a 7.9-inch retina display, the largest to be featured in the Apple Mini series.

It allows for a beautiful, unobstructed view of the feedback from your drones’ camera, allowing for precise, stunning aerial shots with ease.

What’s more, the Mini features the same A12 chip seen in the iPad Air, providing it with more than enough processing power to keep your live feed up and running, hassle-free.

Of course, you’ve got both Wi-Fi and cellular options, with the latter costing slightly more. However, as this allows you to make use of several intelligent flight modes, it’s definitely worth the slightly larger investment.

All in all, this is the most portable, high-quality iPad we’ve seen to date, perfect for drone piloting and shooting top-notch, professional aerial imagery.

iPad Pro

2020 Apple iPad Pro (12.9-inch, Wi-Fi, 256GB) - Space Gray (4th Generation)
  • 12.9-inch edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display with ProMotion, True Tone, and P3 wide color
  • A12Z Bionic chip with Neural Engine
  • 12MP Wide camera, 10MP Ultra Wide camera, and LiDAR Scanner
  • 7MP TrueDepth front camera
  • Face ID for secure authentication and Apple Pay

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 for last.

Similar to the iPad Mini, the iPad Pro comes in two available options Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi & Cellular. The tablet’s storage capacity range from 32GB to 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, an M9 co-processor, which is Apple’s most advanced processing unit to date. The tablet’s 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

DJI Crystal Sky

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-inch screens, max brightness of 1000nits, and a 32GB inbuilt hard disk drive.

Mid-Class: 7.85-inch screens, max brightness of 1000nits, and a 64GB inbuilt hard disk drive.

Pro-Class: 7.85-inch screens, 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 colors, 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 the best DJI Go compatible tablet around. If you are really serious about flying your drone, this is what you want to buy.

Crystal Sky Compatible Drones:

  • DJI Phantom 3 Advanced & Professional
  • DJI Phantom 4 Series
  • DJI Mavic Pro Platinum
  • DJI Inspire Series
  • DJI Matrice
  • DJI Mavic Air
  • DJI Mavic 2 Pro
  • DJI Mavic 2 Zoom

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Wi-Fi, Mystic Silver -128 GB
  • PC PERFORMANCE. TABLET PORTABILITY: Transform your tablet into a PC experience with DeX mode and the optional keyboard¹ with expanded trackpad.
  • ENTERTAINMENT, UPGRADED: Experience cinematic viewing in your hands with larger edge-to-edge displays, TFT LCD screen and quad speakers tuned by AKG with Dolby Atmos surround sound.
  • REDESIGNED S PEN INCLUDED: With improved 9ms pen latency, the redesigned S Pen can control presentations, take notes and mark up papers effortlessly.
  • CHANGE THE WAY YOU GAME: Bring console gaming to anywhere a Wi-Fi connection is available with an immersive screen and Bluetooth-enabled controller.²
  • CHARGE FAST. POWER FOR HOURS: Go for hours on a single charge, ³and back to 100% with the fast-charging USB-C port. CAPTURE AND CONNECT: Stunning brightness and clarity with the wide 13MP and ultra-wide 5MP dual back, and 8MP front-facing cameras.

If you’re looking for a high-quality Android tablet for the DJI Go app, the Galaxy Tab S4 is a fantastic option.

What makes the S4 so special?

The S4 has been fitted with a larger 10.5-inch screen and has a whopping 16-hour battery life from a single charge.

This is incredibly handy if you’re traveling with your drone and are unable to regularly charge your tablet. Plus, the tablet can be fully charged in just under 200-minutes, which is fairly quick for a tablet of that size.

In terms of storage, the Samsung Tab S4 is available in 64GB and 256GB, with the option of inserting a separate SD card of up to 400GB. 

Although this storage is brilliant, the chances are you’ll be filming onto your SD card, so it doesn’t matter that much. If you want to keep your drone footage on your tablet to look back on, it’s safe to say the Tab S4 can hold some serious hours of clips.

The tablet itself is pretty damn powerful, with 4GB RAM and a 2.35GHz processor that should easily be able to handle the demands of the DJI app.

NVIDIA Shield K1

NVIDIA SHIELD K1 8" Tablet - Black
  • More ways to game with Android games and GeForce NOW cloud gaming service.
  • Powered by the NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, featuring a 192-core NVIDIA Kepler GPU and 2.2 GHz quad-core CPU.
  • Full HD 1080p, 8-inch display, and dual-front facing speakers for incredible video and sound.
  • MicroSD slot provides expandable storage up to 128 GB.
  • 802.11n 2x2 MIMO 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, GPS / GLONASS

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 possesses 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 390 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.

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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.

Happy flying!

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18 Comments

    1. Nope, unfortunately you need either a smart phone or a tablet to fly a DJI drone. If you need to get one cheap, black Friday is coming up soon, so you may be able to get a good price then!

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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    1. I have the DJI Mavic pro and I am trying to use the Samsung s3 and it runs the app but the video quality is horrible not sure what iam doing wrong

      1. Thanks for your comment.
        Are you talking about the video quality recorded onto your SD card or the quality displayed on your tablet? The quality of the video feedback on a tablet/ smart phone is always worse than is actually recorded, which is especially true of tablets. The DJI app does save the footage onto your device, however this is just a recording of what the screen sees whilst your flying.

        If you’re wanting to view your footage in it’s best quality, make sure you have an SD card inserted into the drone and the drone is recording. You can then watch the video file recorded on the card.

        Hope this helps and feel free to contact us with any more questions 🙂

  2. Im not that much of a online reader to be honest but your blogs really nice, keep it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your site to come back later. Cheers

  3. I’m finding that the Lenovo Tab3 8 Plus 8″ tablet runs Go 4 with ease.
    Basic specs: 2Ghz CPU, 3Gb Ram, 1200X1920 screen, WiFi and GPS.

  4. Hi James, wondering if its possible to use a Samsung Galaxy tab e, for a DJI Spark? I see it’s not on your best list, and I’m just curious if it would suffice? Thanks Aaron

  5. I run my phantom 3 standard on my I phone 6s plus
    The phone screen is a little small and I have sun
    Glaring at the screen. With that said, my only
    Options a hood that goes over my phone.
    Or fly dusk or dawn.

  6. this may sound like a dumb question but you said its worth the slightly more money to go with the ipad 4 mini with cellular but will I also have to pay for a data plan monthly in order to utilize it?

    1. Yup, you will have to pay for data. Check your current phone plan though. Some include a second sim card at no extra cost.

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