So, you’ve gotten yourself a new #DR Solo and you are looking for a tablet so that your first person view is no less wondrous than the drone you are flying with it. There are a number of tablets out there to choose from and frankly, with compatibility worries and the nasty occasional ‘lemon’ tablets it can be hard to ensure that the one you pick is not going to be a laggy, stuttering mess. To help you on your quest for the perfect tablet for your 3DR we’ve selected 3 of our favorites to share with you which are not only compatible but offer excellent features to compliment your 3DR. Let’s talk about the best tablet options for 3DR Solo.
The 3dr Solo drone
With a 55 miles per hour top speed, the 3DR solo is a whole lot fast and furious drone. 3D Robotics designed it to be this robust, with an upgradeable camera, 2 1 gighertz cortex computers running Linux, and autopilot functions, this is indeed a serious drone and it does NOT come cheap. Utilizing a GoPro camera for its video and still shot functions, you are going to want to select a tablet that really shows off the view that your high-end drone is getting with its high-end cameras. You need it to pilot your 3DR anyway, so why not select a tablet that really shows off the view?
Selecting your tablet
When it comes to selecting the tabled for your 3DR you are going to want to keep a few things in mind. First, you want something with a reliable connecting. While you’ve got autopilot features on your 3DR there is no collision detection technology in place to automatically avoid obstacles. This means that lag or stuttering can cost you a bundle if you are doing some serious navigation while piloting your drone. You also want to make sure that you select a tablet that has a suitable resolution to really show off that view and a good battery life so that you never have to wait to use your drone. Finally, you want a tab that that isn’t going to be susceptible to glare, because you can’t always guarantee shade when you are going out to pilot that 3DR. Lag or stuttering, even a few moments, can make you miss something important at the same time as the drone does NOT. Selecting the right tab is critical to protecting your investment. Without further ado, let’s take a look at some tablets that fit the bill for or all of these points.
Apple iPad Air
Our first entry is the Apple Ipad Air and it’s a great little tablet for your 3DR. With a 10.5 inch display and a 1080p resolution your livestreaming will be nothing short of glorious. Internal storage comes at 64 or 256 gigabytes so you will have plenty of room for saving your videos or pics and the 10 hours of battery life means that you’ll have plenty of time for all of your flights before you have to charge it again. With its A12 chipset and 3 gigabytes of RAM lag and stuttering will be nonexistent or at its absolute minimum and that makes this ALMOST our favorite of the Apple models. It also weighs in at only a pound, so if you want a tablet that you won’t have to replace next year then this is a great choice.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A
Our second entry is the Samsung Galaxy tab and you Android lovers out there know what that means. Samsung is quality and the Galaxy Tab A is no exception. This tablet sports an 8 inch screen and an impressive battery life of 14 hours but that’s not all. It has a 1920 x 1200 resolution, a 1.8 GHZ processor, and 3 gigs of RAM so as long as you are dedicating it to use for your 3DR then your flight experience should be relatively free of lagging or stuttering. At ¾ of a pound this is slightly lighter than the Apple Ipad Air but the difference is barely noticeable, so if you are a die hard Android fan then this might be the tablet for you but otherwise the Air is still looking good.
Apple iPad Mini 2
Our final entry is the Apple Ipad Mini 2 and while it is not as fast as the Air but it is still a fine tablet for the 3DR that won’t break the bank. This unit only has one gig of memory and 16 gigs of flash memory and if you are willing to make this a dedicated ‘flight tablet’ and keep it pristine (don’t add any apps you don’t need) then this little wonder can bring you a lot of happiness. The 7.9 inch display looks great,
“It hosts a staggering 2048 x 1536 resolution”
especially since it hosts a staggering 2048 x 1536 resolution. This means that your first person view flights are going to be as good looking as can be. So, how is the battery life? With the usual Apple efficiency, try 10 hours. This gives you plenty of time to fly quite a few times between charges and the retina display means that solar glare is not going to be an issue. If you love detailed views then this ¾ pound tablet might be just the right fit for you.
Some final words
Our favorite selection for this is going to be the IPOD Mini 2. The high resolution as well as the retina display technology that is going to keep the glare at bay make the smaller screen size well worth your while. As it is an Apple product you also have the comfort of knowing that it is solid and that it is not something that you will regret and have to upgrade next year. The processor and the resolution are frankly fantastic enough that there will simply be no need. Until next time, we wish you the best on your 3DR Solo adventures!