I recently bought an android tablet with the same purpose as you have in mind: to explore the new technology with a particular view to navigation
Overall, I am very impressed.
I have Navionics
(Australia and Asia
version), the charts
are pretty similar in coverage and detail as my CMap products on laptop
, the navigation features in the Navionics
package are basic, but adequate. I regard the android as backup, many use it as primary....it is so handy. Navionics is available for both android and iPad.
I also have MxMariner, see separate thread in tyhis forum for discussion of its development, available only for android. This comes available with the free charts
for Us, Brazil
, NZ, etc. For me in Aus/Asia, I run my scanned in paper charts on it. The author of MxMariner continues development and is scheduled to include a facility to handle CM93 charts, which will make it equivalent to Navionics. The navigation features in MxMariner, current
and scheduled for the future, are superior to navionics. I think MxMariner will turn out the better package for me, if the developer keeps things going.
SEAiQ has good reports, currently only available for iPad, android release scheduled.
A poster here likes Galaxy + OruxMaps, see separate thread.
Memory map is liked by some, I don't like it, too oriented to land use for me.
OziExplorer is also available for android, haven't tried it.
Apart from backup navigation, the main use of my android is as a repeater screen
to my laptop
, which is running my main Nav software
...SOB and OPENcpn
. the android is connected to the laptop by wifi
(Connectify software), and the laptop display is repeated on the android by Air Display package. The touchscreen of the android is used to control the laptop. The beauty of this arrangement is the laptop is secure down below, the android is at hand topsides, protected by an Aqua Pac bag. Very impressed.
The android has lots of other uses, of course. And it is far handier for travel from the boat than a laptop.
As for the question of Android vs iPad ....thats a debate like which anchor
is best. I wont get into that. I just say that a tablet of whichever genre will be a very useful addition to your bag of tools. And make sure to get an AquaPac or similar for work in the cockpit
, and the tablet should have inbuilt GPS
, and preferably 3G (not sure about that in US).
Oh, I do not have a Galaxy. Have a Lenovo K1, got it for $100 sh, as my initial foray into the world of tablets.