Does DJI Mavic Pro support tablets?
When it comes to official support for the DJI GO app, then the answer is yes. You can connect the 2 and enjoy flawless real-time FPV transmission from the Mavic Pro. On the other hand, if we are talking about physical support (the actual mounting of certain tablets), then I am afraid the answer is no. Unfortunately, Mavic Pro’s default controller comes with a mount that supports only phones up to 6.3-inches in height. But, despite that, Mavic Pro can still function properly with other, bigger, tablets. It will require an additional purchase though. Here is what you will need…
How to mount a tablet to DJI Mavic Pro?
In order to mount a fully-fledged tablet to your DJI Mavic Pro camera drone, you will need to go ahead and purchase a mounting bracket (AKA an adapter). This is basically a lightweight, carbon fiber/metal construction with a spring-loaded top portion which will serve as the mount for your tablet. There are 2 main versions available. One supports tablets up to 8 inches while the second one supports up to 10. Needless to say, with the help of these adapters you will have no trouble with mounting virtually any tablet currently available on the market.
Main flaws of Wi-Fi-only devices?
If you are having second thoughts about getting a device that only works with Wi-Fi, in other words, a device that doesn’t have access to cellular data, then you’ll end up facing the following issues:
- Follow Me mode
This is a deal-breaker for many people since Follow Me mode is one of the most used features on the Mavic Pro.
- Resetting home location
Without cellular data, your device won’t be able to reset your home location since it cannot connect to GPS services.
- Maps don’t work
No GPS = no maps, meaning you’ll have to pre-cache your maps in the DJI GO app if you want to use them with a Wi-Fi-only device. Explore drones with GPS here.
Now, even though these issues might seem worrying at first (especially to those of you who are planning on using a Wi-Fi only device), they can be taken care of with one simple solution. All you need to do is connect the device via hotspot to your daily driver and viola – you will have full support over the DJI Go app.
Best tablets for DJI Mavic Pro
Now that I have explained all that, it is time to take a closer look at the most popular choices of tablets with DJI Mavic Pro users. Keep in mind that you will have to use one of the above-mentioned mount adapters if you want to use these tablets straight from Mavic’s controller. And, for the sake of keeping this article small and easy to read, I have decided to feature only the 4 best models currently available. So, without further adue, let’s kick things off!
4. Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
There is no doubt that Galaxy Tab S2 is one of the best tablets Samsung has ever made. In addition to that, it is also one of the best tablets for DJI Mavic Pro as well. With its big and high-quality display, most of the screen space goes directly to the FPV image. In addition to that, there’s still certain OSD information such as battery level and RC controls. With an amazing resolution of 2048 x 1536, there’s no doubt you will enjoy crystal clear FPV and a great brightness/contrast ratio.
When it comes to performance, this little guy is known for its snappiness meaning it won’t provide any hiccups performance-wise. It’s powered by a 1.8Ghz Quad-core processor as well as a 1.4Ghz Octa-core processor, both of which are being supported by a whopping 3 gigs of RAM. Combine that with a wide 8-inch super AMOLED display and you’ll realize why it’s such a popular choice. But, keep in mind that, just like all other tablets out there, Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 also has a fair share of lag in terms of on-screen footage vs your drone’s current position. While that might trouble you at first, after a few flying sessions you’ll come to terms with it.Show me the best price from: Amazon
3. Google Nexus 7
It comes as no surprise that the “purest” Android tablet currently available on the market is featured on this list. Google Nexus 7, the 2013 model if we are to be more precise here, is one hell of a tablet.
It comes at a solid price point but offers a clean and highly customizable Android experience that will serve you loyally for many years. In terms of DJI Mavic Pro support, you will be greeted with a 1920 x 1200 display that weighs in even lighter than iPad Mini 2 – just 0.64 pounds.
That’s not that surprising actually since we are talking about a smaller device (7 inches compared to 8 on the iPad Mini 2). Needless to say, you will get plenty of battery time and a fully-fledged Android experience that a lot of you Apple haters will greatly appreciate.Show me the best price from: Amazon
2. iPad Mini 2
The battle between iOS and Android is still active in all departments including this one. Luckily, I won’t go in that discussion here. Instead, I’ll just give you some objective thoughts on why the iPad Mini 2 is a good choice and why it might not be the most ideal one. Starting off,
It is just a tad bit smaller than the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, coming in at 7.9 inches. The resolution is the same – 2048 x 1536. Another good thing about iPad Mini 2 is its lightweight. It weighs in at only 0.73 pounds meaning it won’t put any strain at all on your mount adapter. When it comes to supporting, I don’t have to remind you that DJI GO app works perfectly with this one. All you have to do is make sure your iPad Mini 2 has access to the internet either via cellular data or Wi-Fi. After that, simply connect it to the Mavic Pro and you are good to go!Show me the best price from: Amazon
1. Nvidia Shield K1
There is no doubt Nvidia Shield K1 is the most popular and most widely used tablet for operating drones. But, is that enough to say it is the best tablet for DJI Mavic pro? That’s not because of its high specs but because of the fact it has an HDMI port. At the moment, this is the only advantage it has over conventional tablets.
This HDMI port allows users to connect it to their drone’s controller. With a bit of tampering around the software settings, you are able to connect your FPV goggles as well and enjoy seamless FPV experience like never before. With that being said, it doesn’t take a genius to realize that Nvidia Shield K1 is the perfect choice for all drone pilots out there. Not only does it provide great DJI GO app support but it also works with FPV goggles on most modern-day drones. As far as DJI Mavic Pro is concerned, you will still have to get that adapter for mounting after which you’ll be ready to roll.Show me the best price from: Amazon
In the end, I believe I’ve stated everything you might need to know when it comes to operating your DJI Mavic Pro with a tablet. So, to summarize:
DJI Mavic Pro works with tablets when it comes to software support, but when it comes to technical trickery, you will need an additional adapter that will allow you to mount it appropriately. Most of you are probably thinking “but geez, that’ll make my controller way too top-heavy and I won’t be able to hold it…” While that was my primary concern as well, I can assure you that’s not an issue at all. The sturdy carbon fiber framework locks into position on the bottom of your controller (in the position where you would normally mount your smartphone) and goes all the way above it, fine-tuning the entire weight making it balanced. With that being said, I’d like to thank you for reading this article and hope that I’ve helped you with your issues!