Which Android Device Should I Buy?
Unlike iPads, you don't need to buy a tablet with a cellular modem to get built in GPS. While cheaper tablets can be found and they do run RWY, they are generally slower and have a much shorter battery life. Less well equipped devices will not run RWY adequately in all cases. Purchasing a high spec device is highly recommended.
With that in mind here are the minimum device specifications we recommend you consider when purchasing a tablet to run RWY:
- 1.5GB RAM
- 16GB of internal storage if using an SD card as well, or 32GB internal storage if not using an SD card
Android version 7.0 or higher
Although RWY will run on Android versions 5.0 and above, we suggest purchasing a tablet with Android 7.0 or higher to future proof your device.
Consider cellular (3G/4G) capability
To use some of RWY's features such as the ability to see other OzRunways Traffic while flying on your device, you will require cellular capability.
Samsung is the logical choice at the moment as no other manufacturer is as dedicated to Android tablets.
Buy one online or in an electronics store, not in combination with a cellular plan. Carriers often also add their own extras and you may not get Android updates that those who bought the stock-device do.
We currently recommend:
- Samsung Tab S4 with its 10.5" screen it's a great size, has good battery life and, in the 4G version at least, a very reliable GPS. It's well kitted out!
- Samsung Tab A is another option for an excellent entry level device.
Currently the minimum supported version of Android OS is Lollipop 5.0 or above.
Google releases a new major version of Android every year, and we expect to increase our minimum supported version somewhat in line with this.
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