Originally Posted by ZenithOcean
I'm not decrying the iPad
, I personally use it as well and planning to purchase
several others for the boats at work.
More of a word of caution related to anyone thinking of going out and buying
the wi-fi only version.
I have a gen 1 iPad WiFi
I bought both the bad elf and xgps150 external gps
units. Both do a great job.
Bad Elf - advantages - plugs directly into the 30 pin. External power via usb can be plugged into one port on the bad elf and charge/power both gps
and iPad. New version of bad elf software
is much improved and has individual satellite
and aggregate signal strength and positional error displayed visually and numerically. Disadvantages - dongle can be knocked loose. Not sure how the 30 pin connector will hold up over time. Single
led indicator light. Very small and easy to lose!
Xgps150 - Advantages - Bluetooth unit can be placed anywhere on boat to improve reception
if necessary. Great software
for determining signal strengths. "Seems" more robust than bad elf. Multiple leds indicating power state, reception
state, etc. Disadvantages - takes up the bluetooth channel on the ipad if you need it for something else, i.e. I often tether to my phone
to get cell data connection. Needs to be periodically charged (might be able to hardwire something)
All in all I use the bad elf more often. With no 3g plan I am often connected to the phone
by bluetooth, especially when driving. In fact the most common set up on boat and car is, cradled, bad elf plugged in, cigarette lighter usb power plugged in and tethered to the phone and often the phone also plugged into usb power.
If in the market today I would definitely get the 3g capable iPad with no plan. This rerlieves the need for an external gps, bluetooth can still be used to tether for cell data and if accuracy is a concern an external can still be added. I also got the 32gb and would definitely get the most memory available - almost the number one rule
of computing... You cant have too much memory or storage