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BoyWithCamera
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HI Guys

I'm currently using my IPhone to fly the Phantom but I want to get a tablet soon and I've been reading through a lot of threads. Generally I'm an Apple user and I hear Apple devices perform better for some reason,  but price aside...wouldn't the Samsung tablets have the big advantage of the microSD card reading slot ? So I could take the SD card out of the drone and play back video straight on location through the tablet, which with any apple device is impassible to do ?
Thanks for any help there.
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Old Geezer
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You'll also find the latest Samsungs have more powerful processors than the Apples ... giving you some future-proofing on your purchase
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BoyWithCamera
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Good point , thanks for that. So no issues with running DJI GO under android on a Samsung ? There are quite a few tablets they make, is there one you can recommend ? Screen size is not that important but I would need cellular option as I'll be shooting a lot in non wifi areas.
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As you probably know, I've started a thread on this very thing myself, with my concern being was the IOS app more feature rich than the Android.

I have an iPhone, my home has both PC's, Mac's, iPads & an old Samsung tablet. I bought my Samsung tablet for just what you describe - I was doing some aerial photos for people with my (non Phantom) quadcopters and liked the option of popping out the SD/MicroSD card out of my cameras (I shoot with GoPro 1 & 3, Canon A490 & 495, Sony Action cam, Drift HD cam, Contour HD) & show them to customers immediately on my tablet. I could do this with the built in slot or a USB adapter, not only could I view the photos but I could clear the cards & fly with them again. Then when I wanted to move said photos to my PC at home, it was a simple drag and drop without the mind numbing (for me, anyway) process of trying to figure out the latest version of iTunes - which to me is engineered to make it the most un-intuitive software I have ever used. But that's all the tablet was used for, my flying screen was an 8" Haier TV sometimes paired with a BB brand 19" TV.

However, with the P4, I am mostly concerned about a tablet fulfilling the FPV function as best as it possibly can, I will likely use it for little else but the P4 to keep the performance as optimized as possible. I'm going to take a good look at the Samsung with the AMOLED display, and the NVIDIA Shield with it's HDMI out feature as well as attractive price. The nice thing I can see with the NVIDIA is that you don't need the DJI HDMI accessory to hook up a 2nd display, and from what I understand about the DJI HDMI accessory is when you use it not all of the telemetry etc. is displayed. With the HDMI out on the NVIDIA one could use a cheap TV for a large 2nd display, with all the telemetry etc. you see on the main display. Same would apply with goggles - although I'm wondering if additional lag would be a factor here.
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guestddf02a3b5b Posted at 2016-6-15 13:59
As you probably know, I've started a thread on this very thing myself, with my concern being was the ...

After doing a bit of reading and comparing prices I think I might go with the Ipad mini 4.

the highest specced Samsung tablet with the 8" screen (same as Ipad mini) is about $750,- AUS here, whereas the Ipad is only $550,- and I was just told apparently there is an SD card reader for Ipads too.

While the SD card reading function would be nice, reliability and ease of use and stability is more important for me in the end. Plus I just bought the fantastic app Airnest, which is currently only available for Ios. so might be best to just stick with that for now then.
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guestddf02a3b5b
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Opposite here, where iPad usually far more $$ than any other tablets. I picked up the 32 GB 9.7" Samsung S2 with AMOLED display today for $479 CAD. I was going to go with the 8" model, but the 9.7 was on sale for only $50 more so I figured I'd go for the extra screen real estate for the extra $50.

Equivalent iPad was $799 at the same store.  
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labroides
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"I hear Apple devices perform better for some reason"

You hear that from Apple users, most of whom have never tried anything else.
Apple or Android is like Blonde or Brunette.
They both work just fine as long as the processor is powerful enough.
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guestddf02a3b5b Posted at 2016-6-14 19:59
As you probably know, I've started a thread on this very thing myself, with my concern being was the ...

Aloha guest,

     My friend has the nVidia Shield with his P3A and we have been looking at the HDMI output on my GeChic 15.6 1080p display.  So far we are getting distortion but there may be a way around it.  The DJI GO HDMI output works real nice with the GeChic.  The goggles are also being difficult with the nVidia.  The Dominator HD V2 4:3 display gets double compressed horizontally in our initial efforts.  Both problems may be fixable though.  So, just know it is not plug & play.  There is going to be some tweaking.  

     But, no two ways about it, the nVidia Shield is the way to go.  If I get a second display for my Phantoms, it will be the nVidia.  And the nVidia Shield has a WiFi version for $100 more ($300).

Aloha and Drone On!
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labroides@yahoo Posted at 2016-6-16 13:49
"I hear Apple devices perform better for some reason"

You hear that from Apple users, most of whom  ...

ok great to know and I saw today JB-HiFI have a few samsung tablets on sale.
might be the way to go.
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Thomas.
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As an IT specialist I basically prefer none. But, as always there is a but, I prefer Apple because I've always had trouble with the backups on Android devices, especially with Samsung (I never have been able to produce a working backup). In fact there exists no real chance to be sure that a backup works just in case you need it. With the Apple devices there's virtually no limit. If you regularly connect it to iTunes or make an automatic backup to the iCloud you can be sure that it just works if you need it, indecent whether it's because something went wrong or you are switching to another device.
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In case anyone is considering an iPad....

I've been using an original Pad Air since I got my P4 in April.  It was only a 16 Gig model and it was running on the edge of it's storage limit.  Adding DJI Go and Litchi was too much.  So, I needed a new one.

I was considering an Air 2, but I read about the Pro 9.7 display being brighter and less prone to reflections than the Air 2.   I picked up a 32 Gig Pro 9.7 (LTE).

It IS better.   Not perfect, but the display is brighter and there are noticeably less reflections.  I took some side by side screen shots of the Air and the Pro7 using my phone's camera to show the difference.  The tablets were placed on a counter by a window that was letting in daylight.   You can see the difference in reflections.  (The Pro 9.7 icons were brighter, but the camera doesn't show it).
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I wouldn't consider myself a Samsung/Android snob, but I have a strong dislike for anything of the Apple brand. I have had fantastic luck with the very low priced Samsung A7, along with the S6 and Nexus HUAWEI. Its always nice to be able to add storage space to a device, if you like. Along with being able to manually retrieve information from the phone, without having to sync it via an external software.
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