Originally Posted by maytrix
There is a 3rd option. Wait a month and look at the windows 8 options such as surface and the other 3rd party tablets. Not only will their likely be nav apps, out of the box the pro version can run any windows apps, so any nav application that runs on windows would run on the pro tablet.
If you are a windows user, this means you have a full PC in the form of a tablet.
This is my path too. I'll install my Coastal Explorer software
along with having FULL MS Office, including Outlook and full OneNote.
I'm not retired, and part of my summer vacation cruise
requirements include the ability to connect remotely to my office systems and do an hour or two of work now and then.
I'm typing this on an iPad
and frequently find the apps (although numerous) lack depth
of function. This is quite limiting at times. It doesn't integrate well with business apps. If you look at the upcoming HP Envy X2 or the Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T releasing in a few days, they are very cool -- no need to carry two devices for portable (tablet for reading) and desktop
(for writing). Add a USB dock
and two external monitors for when you work in a business office.
BTW for serious business user mobility; is OneNote going to become a "killer app" for Windows tablets? If you can make the time you really should take a tour of the OneNote application tutorial/overview. It becomes a very powerful app when combined with a Windows 8 tablet Ė it blows away anything Iíve seen for an iPad
(Iíve spent hours looking at reviews
of tablet note-taking apps, and tried a few of the more promising ones on the iPad).
iPad is a consumer device people try to shoehorn into a business role. Anyone who seriously thinks otherwise ought to ask themselves whether iTunes should really be an essential installation
on a business machine.
Soon there be better choices.