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Yoke or Window Mounted Tablet Recommendations
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Hey everyone!

I searched through the forums here and didn't find anything recent, so I thought I'd ask to see what recommendations everyone has.  I'm looking to replace my existing tablet with a new one for Garmin Pilot. Trouble is, it appears in 2021, Apple/Samsung are only making these gigantic monstrosities of tablets. Currently I'm using a Samsung TAB S2 which measures 8" x 5.5" with a rugged hard case installed.  I usually mount it on the windscreen just forward of the A-pillar in a Cessna 172.  It's out of the way and easily accessible. Pretty managable.

I've looked at newer Samsung models and iPads.  They're just huge.  Especially when you have to add the measurements of a case and/or mount. The smallest I could find so far was the Samsung Tab A7 which measures an insane 10" x 6.5".  I'm wanting to transition to a yoke mount as I'm working on my instrument rating, but I just don't see how in the world I'll mount something that size anywhere in the cabin and not have it blocking instruments, large sections of window, or yoke movement.

I know the iPad Mini is out there, but it's already 2 years old, and I don't want to invest in old tech.

Anyway, it seems the era of 8" screens on tablets are gone, so I'm wondering what recommendations folks have, even if it means creative ways to mount a tablet of that size.

Thanks, everyone!
Alan
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Alan Holmes:
Thanks, Ron!

So, it stays put even in rough air?  ...wonder if your experience is that the thing holds still even in turbulence.

Thanks!
Alan

Yes, it stays put in anything short of severe turbulence which would have me moving the yoke so abruptly I couldn't read an attached iPad anyway.

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Thanks, Ron!

So, it stays put even in rough air?  I've got a kneeboard and I've sometimes put my tablet on there, but it tends to slide around. Admittedly I don't have the grippy cover for my tablet today, so maybe that's the answer.  I've borrowed a yoke mount for my current setup, and it's OK. Just hard to reach the breakers and the lights when needed, but other than that, it mostly stayed out of the way. But, I can't imagine that being the case when the device is another 2 inches taller.

Anyway, appreciate the response, and wonder if your experience is that the thing holds still even in turbulence.

Thanks!
Alan
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iPad is still making the minis (up to version 5 now), and industry rumors say the mini6 is coming.  I'm using a mini5 myself.

As for mounts, after 10 years using iPads, I'm still convinced mounts are unnecessary, and can be counterproductive.  They always seem to block the view of something, and when the sun shines on them, you have to demount them to move them so they don't overheat.  I use a folio type cover/holder with a "grippy" cover so I can lay it on my non-kneeboard thigh without sliding off.  I can pick it up or move it as needed.  So I don't see any problems which a mount would be required to fix.