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Do i need to buy an ipad?
598 25 2017-6-4 23:40:42
MeDrone
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hi guys,

Seeing that i am waiting for my bird to be repaired,again,i want to clarifiy this problem.By using an Ipad i can avoid all that annoying crashes ?
2017-6-4 23:40:42
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I have no experience with Android tablets, but I have the impression that there are many more troubles reported with them than with iPads. I use a new 5th generation iPad excusively with my P4P, and have used an iPad Air 2 before, with no problems. My idea is that the DJI software running on iOS is more stable and robust than the version running on Android.
2017-6-5 02:34:00
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theGrindLab.com
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Depends on the iPad, just as it depends on the Android device. I agree with Antonio76 in that a later model iOS device may serve you better than a late model Android device. The iOS version of the app does not appear more robust though.
2017-6-5 03:28:39
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After having my phantom three go down in the ocean, I want to do everything possible to make sure nothing like that ever happens again.  One of the things that I struggle with is seeimg everything on and a tiny little cell phone screen.  I've been doing a fair amount of investigation regarding using a tablet with my phantom 3. I have decided to go with the Ipad Mini  because I feel the regular iPad will be a little bulky.   I've scoured the Internet trying to get the best deal on a refurbished mini iPad  and for myself, I don't think the price differences worth me getting something used versus a brand-new iPad mini.  I'm going to purchase a brand-new iPad mini 4  with 128 Mac for $399. I don't want to go cheap when flying such an expensive drone. \
2017-6-5 03:29:46
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IOS and DJI go hand in hand. It always has and always will. There is a very close relationship there. Over the years I started with my iPhone and tried an iPad full size which I found to cumbersome. It is just to much to be on your RC. for the past two years I have been using an iPad Mini 4 with Cellular and in my opinion it is a perfect match. Not to big and not to small. Plenty of  speed. Never have had an issue. Hope this helps.
2017-6-5 03:51:57
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Jeffyk Posted at 2017-6-5 03:29
After having my phantom three go down in the ocean, I want to do everything possible to make sure nothing like that ever happens again.  One of the things that I struggle with is seeimg everything on and a tiny little cell phone screen.  I've been doing a fair amount of investigation regarding using a tablet with my phantom 3. I have decided to go with the Ipad Mini  because I feel the regular iPad will be a little bulky.   I've scoured the Internet trying to get the best deal on a refurbished mini iPad  and for myself, I don't think the price differences worth me getting something used versus a brand-new iPad mini.  I'm going to purchase a brand-new iPad mini 4  with 128 Mac for $399. I don't want to go cheap when flying such an expensive drone. \

Really, DJI Go (if you're getting another P3) runs fine on many older iOS and Android devices. You don't need to invest much for a device to fly your P3. I flew all of my P3 series quads fine on Android devices that came out over 4 years ago. The real issues people are having are with DJI Go 4, which requires a device with far more power than DJI go requires.
2017-6-5 04:47:46
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There is a huge difference in the DJI Go app on iOS versus Android. I had tried several Android tablets and a couple of Android phones before buying an iPad mini (3rd gen). Every single Android device that I tried had application crashes and other issues (features not available or not working correctly). I rarely had an outing where the app didn't act up or outright crash. I never installed anything but the DJI Go app and even tried wiping the tablets for a cleaner start. The iPad mini worked flawlessly right out of the box and in the year or so that I had that tablet I only experienced one app crash. Since then I have used an iPad Air 2 and now use an iPad Pro 9.7", neither of which have ever had an app crash. I went back to an iPhone ~2 years ago and used it (an iPhone 6S Plus) flawlessly with my drones as well. I currently have an iPhone 7 Plus that works equally as well. Understand that I am in no way an Apple fanboy. I just believe in using the right tool for the job. In my experience, the iOS devices are the right tool for controlling my various DJI drones. I have owned/do own multiple DJI drones (P3P, P4, P4P, I2) and the results with the iOS devices are the same on all of them.
2017-6-5 05:26:34
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I want to buy my iPad mini this week. Can you guys confirm that the non-cellular version will still work, right?
2017-6-5 05:34:08
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Jeffyk Posted at 2017-6-5 05:34
I want to buy my iPad mini this week. Can you guys confirm that the non-cellular version will still work, right?

It will work for sure, but you won't have GPS on it, for what it is worth.  (I think you will just miss the possibility of changing the home point to where you are, because that would require GPS on the tablet/mobile phone)
2017-6-5 06:28:59
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Jeffyk Posted at 2017-6-5 05:34
I want to buy my iPad mini this week. Can you guys confirm that the non-cellular version will still work, right?

You won't neither have the actual maps unless you have WiFi or you downloaded previously. It is a must is case it get lost and you need to go and get it. I happened to me once!!!
2017-6-5 06:43:11
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Thanks guys,i will go for an ipad mini 4 then,seeing that is small.
2017-6-5 13:36:00
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Jeffyk Posted at 2017-6-5 05:34
I want to buy my iPad mini this week. Can you guys confirm that the non-cellular version will still work, right?

Get the cellular. bit expensive but worth for gps.
2017-9-5 10:08:13
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Rodger8 Posted at 2017-6-5 03:51
IOS and DJI go hand in hand. It always has and always will. There is a very close relationship there. Over the years I started with my iPhone and tried an iPad full size which I found to cumbersome. It is just to much to be on your RC. for the past two years I have been using an iPad Mini 4 with Cellular and in my opinion it is a perfect match. Not to big and not to small. Plenty of  speed. Never have had an issue. Hope this helps.

I wonder why Apple wouldn't make some hardware specifically  for DJI. The P4P+ built in screen seems to run on a custom version of Android. I think the Crystal Sky does as well. I am convinced that at a certain point it has less to do with the speed of the gadget and more to do with optimization. I can see the apple logo on the controller
2017-9-5 10:39:51
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Latest gen iPad mini with P4Pro, spark and mavic with no issues at all. Sorry.
2017-9-10 10:53:36
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I bought a full size Ipad.  It is very large, just barely fits in the RC holder.  It is very bulky.  Something just a bit smaller would be great, but I didn't want to spend a great deal of money, and the Ipad was on sale at Verizon.  It works great, but like I said, a bit big and kinda heavy.  
2017-9-10 11:17:27
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Have had only great success with my iPad Air2 Cellular.

It just operates great. A real work horse...


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2017-9-10 11:48:00
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MeDrone Posted at 2017-6-5 13:36
Thanks guys,i will go for an ipad mini 4 then,seeing that is small.

If you buy a Cellular version, you get GPS built in.
Having that advantage allows you to change the dynamic home point, use Follow me and more.
If you have a Cellular account, you can stream live video from your drones camera, to YouTube and Facebook accounts.

I think the extra expense is fully worth it.
Of course, YMMV. ;-)

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2017-9-10 11:51:51
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TD88
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I bought an iPad Air 2 and use it for my drone only. If I need internet, I can tether it with my phone.
2017-9-10 14:01:56
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TD88 Posted at 2017-9-10 14:01
I bought an iPad Air 2 and use it for my drone only. If I need internet, I can tether it with my phone.

My iPad mini 4 works great with my Mavic. Hoping to get P4P soon. Hoping the iPad mini 4 can handle it as good. I use the hotspot on my cell phone to power the iPad mini's WiFi. Works very good.
2017-9-12 19:50:24
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I have an IPad Air 2 with LTE.  No need to hassle with the phone and Hotspots.

However, you must choose iOS or Android carefully, as DJI is not supporting all their products on iOS, nor on Android. For instance, if you have an Osmo with the video adapter, you have to have an Android device... Yes, hardware wise it should work, but the iOS app does not support it (you can fiddle with it for awhile and get an image, though, so that's why I now the hardware works). But it seems DJI is not interested in supporting it.
2017-9-12 22:01:20
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I have fought apple products for years 50 yrs electronic background, I bit the bullet 3 weeks ago bought an Ipad, and have not had one single problem!! NONE!! throw away that android tablet...
2017-9-13 16:34:48
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I've got an I-pad Mini 4.  No issues running the app with it so far.
2017-9-13 17:15:01
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For spark.. the controller is too small for ipad. please double check. may be need the adapter.
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I'd actually look at a Ipad Pro 10.5 cellular, it much brighter (600nits vs 430nits) than the mini 4 and the A10x cpu compared to the A8 in the mini is CPU: 2.5× faster and Graphics: 4.3× faster.

The larger screen is much better as well
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fansd2384f6d Posted at 2017-9-12 19:50
My iPad mini 4 works great with my Mavic. Hoping to get P4P soon. Hoping the iPad mini 4 can handle it as good. I use the hotspot on my cell phone to power the iPad mini's WiFi. Works very good.

Sorry to say, I just bought a new P4P and have a new mini 4 also. No, it does not work as well as the Mavic..nothing does in there line-up. Disappointing to say the least.
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Supercaliber Posted at 2017-9-22 06:47
Sorry to say, I just bought a new P4P and have a new mini 4 also. No, it does not work as well as the Mavic..nothing does in there line-up. Disappointing to say the least.

what is the problem with your p4p ?
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