Your Guide To Which Tablets & Mobile Work Best
The most discussed topic in regards to the DJI Phantom 3 and the general conscientious is that the DJI GO app runs better on IOS 8.0 (Apple) or later devices.
The IOS version of the DJI GO app also has 2 extra features which you dont get with Android, the flight simulator and ‘zebra stripes’ over exposure warning.
Larger tablets will can make your controller top heavy and the standard clamp on the Phantom controller has too much flex, many people upgrade to the clamp from the DJI Inspire 1 as it is made from metal.
DJI recommend the following devices:
- iOS: iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, and iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular. This app is optimized for iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus
- Android: Samsung tabs 705c, Samsung S6, Samsung S5, Samsung NOTE4, Samsung NOTE3, Google Nexus 9, Google Nexus 7 II, Ascend Mate7, Nubia Z7 mini, SONY Z3 EXPERIA, MI 3, MI PAD Support for additional Android devices will become available as testing and development continues.
What other devices work?
Just because your device is not listed by DJI doesn’t mean that it wont work, even some of the cheapest Android tablets will but you may encounter problems. Before you run out and spend $$$ on a new tablet just for using with your DJI Phantom 3 try devices you already have.
If the DJI GO app does not run smoothly there are a few fixes you can try:
If you are using the DJI Phantom Advanced or Professional switch of the WIFI and put the device into ‘Airplane Mode
Remove any unused apps to free up memory
Roll back Google Play Services (see below for instructions)
Install an app that kills other background apps
Try a different app such as Litchi, see here for details
So which is the best Tablet?
The most popular tablet is the iPad Mini 2 and it’s newer models iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 4.
If you like a larger screen then go for the iPad Air 2 or iPad Air 3.
Do you need the Tablet to be ‘cellular’ or WIFI only?
Some functions such as ‘Follow Me’ require GPS which is only on iPads that are cellular (you DON’T need a SIM for it to work), so it is best to get the cellular versions of iPads.
Most Android devices have GPS on both WIFI only and cellular models.
The most popular Android Tablets are the Nvidia Shield, Galaxy Tab S/S2 and Nexus 7 (2013)