An important consideration you should consider (and one we will be factoring in) is the platform you choose when picking an EFB. By platform we mean iPad OS or Android, the oldest battle on the internet. At the end of the day, both platforms are amazing and you cant go wrong with either one. You need to understand what the main differences are before you select.
By far, the iPad is the most popular tablet in the world. The iPad has the most support than any other tablet on the market. Not only will you have a great EFB but you will also have a great tablet that you can use for productivity and entertainment. If you have an iPhone, MacBook, or any other apple products, we highly recommend the iPad. Apple devices operate like an ecosystem, so having one of their products allows you to connect to the other seamlessly.
In addition, you receive a free one-year warranty with every purchase which makes it a robust option for dependability.
If you do select an iPad you need to ensure you know whether you need GPS or not. iPads with the Cellular option are the only versions that include an internal GPS. This will cost you $100 dollars more on top of the base price. If you have an ADS-B receiver with GPS included, good news, you don’t necessarily need to have the GPS option of the iPad. As long as your EFB is compatible, you can use the GPS in the ADS-B receiver to fly.
The price to entry can be egregious, an iPad will set you back about $1099, if you want the Internal GPS added expect $100 on top of that price. Some may consider this small considering everything in aviation has the ‘aviation tax’ but this may be an initial shocker for new pilots.
If you want choices and versatility, choose Android. Android is an operating system that does not have a monopoly on a single device. This means that Android runs on a plethora of devices and many different price points. Quality android tablets can be purchased for as low as $200, however performance may vary from device to device.