UPDATE: Here is what I have learned lately. First, my friend with the iPad
2 does not really know, as it turns out, if his unit is wifi
only or rigged with an AT&T or Verizon antenna
, but it is probably one or the other. I'll be visiting with him this afternoon to learn more. The other friend has an iPad
Air 2 with a Verizon connection, as it turns out, and so he has the latest model iPad with the proper antenna
I was directed to a website by Francis Fustier, a French sailor, who give a very cogent discussion on the appropriate iPads to use for navigation
Link: What iPad for navigation ? [Update] – Navigation Mac
Basically, he says that the iPad 3 and 4 are the worst models to use, mostly because they are not new enough technology over the iPad 2 to make the purchase
worthwhile, besides which their batteries are poorer, taking 5 hours 40 minutes to recharge, wheras the iPad 2 takes 2 hours less (3 h 40 m) to charge. The Air models have the best screens for daylight viewing, plus their batteries are better and recharge in 3 h 30 m. If you have an older iPad 2, keep it, it works fine, but it will likely go obsolete soon. If you go new, get the iPad Air or the iPad Air 2, they are the best (also the most expensive).
I also contacted Glyde.com where I bought my iPad 3, and since they are a used machine dealer, you get only 72 hours to return your purchase
. Gee, it takes you longer than that just to open the thing up and get it set up for your own navigation
. If you are new to this stuff, like me, it is hard to act more quickly. So I can't return it for a refund, but I can sell it back to them for about half what I paid for it. So there is some recourse to minimize my loss.
So here are my options with associated costs. Note that I spent $259.94 for the iPad 3, and $68.89 for the Lifeproof watertight case = $328.83 total cost. If I keep the iPad 3, I have not lost
. If I sell the iPad 3 and purchase an iPad 2, I can keep the WT cover. If I buy an Air or Air 2, I also have to buy a new WT cover.
Option #1: Keep the iPad 3 and purchase a bluetooth GPS
(Dual XGPS150A = $84.95 plus shipping
. This is probably the cheapest and easiest solution, but maybe not the ideal technology.
Option #2: Sell the iPad 3 back to Glyde.com, and buy an iPad 2 with 64 GB memory and AT&T antenna. Out of pocket cost = $179.00. I keep the WT case, and I make back approx. $126.00 or so selling the iPad 3 back. Net extra cost considering the buy-back = $53.00. Cheaper cost overall, perhaps better technology with the older model.
Option #3: Sell the iPad 3 back to Glyde.com, and buy an iPad Air with 64 GB memory and AT&T Antenna. Needs a new WT case to fit the new model iPad. Out of pocket cost = iPad Air $329.00 + WT case $39.99 = $368.99. Less the buy-back price
, net extra cost = $242.99.
Option #4: Sell the iPad 3 back to Glyde.com, buy buy an iPad Air 2 with either 64 for 128 GB memory and AT&T antenna. Needs new WT case to fit the new model iPad. Out of pocket cost = iPad Air 2 64 GB $567.00 + WT case $116.99 = $683.99. Less the buy-back price
, net extra cost = $557.99. Out of pocket cost = iPad Air 2 128 GB $657.00 + WT case $116.99 = $733.99. Less the buy-back price, net extra cost = $607.99.
So, I will consider all of the above and make a decision which will have to take into account the size of my wallet. See the next entry for another thought and question to which I do not know the answer.
I hope the above data helps someone else with this problem.