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Old 15-01-2014, 18:01   #91
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Re: IPad vs tablet vs laptop vs chartplotter

This is a pretty old conversation but I read it with a lot of interest. We have never gotten into the price range of those fruit computers. But we have Android tablets. Last summer the NOAA released a beta chartplotter app for Android that we got. There is 1,023 NOAA charts available for it along with their Coastal Pilot references for the charts you download to it.

It's all free.

We used it all last summer alongside our CP190 chartplotter and the Android ended up being actually better than the chartplotter. It has a bigger screen with higher resolution and can show more detail. And it's easier to use because it's touch screen, just as bright and easy to read in sunlight, and in most situations was faster than the chartplotter when switching screens or chart resolution. It doesn't have grounding alarms and 3D and a bunch of the other useless stuff that chartplotters have, but overall we were happy with it.

Just curious if other folks use that Android app, or if everybody uses the Apple stuff. I would not spend the money on a chartplotter anymore.

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