Folks, I just read my last post -- guess you can tell I wrote in my iPhone!
@ Purple Legs -- get the iPad
, you will never fully understand how awesome it is, not just on the boat, but for home, land travel, business!
A big issues, as mentioned, is not readable in daylight - can be a pretty severe issue for sailors! I just bought a zaggmate screen
cover (there are two models, get the mat one which has glare protection) and it helps alot, but I haven't tried it on the boat yet (she is hauled out in SC, till fall when I hop back over to Bahamas).
Like most, I have been pleased with the gps
capability of the iPad2 3G model. But if you find yourself with the WiFi
only model, you can add gps
with the Dual Electrionics XGPS150. Personally, I have just ordered this unit, even though I have 3G model, because I want to ensure the most accurate GPS. I have my laptop
and dedicated GPS on board below decks at the same time as the iPad
and I can see that the iPad GPS is not as sensitive/accurate as my dedicated $90 GPS unit. This could be due to a lesser chip in the iPad, but probably it is mostly due to antenna
- your GPS reception
will depend on where you are sitting with your iPad -- vs with the external bluetooth GPS, you can place it in the sunlight and get great 10-satellite signals, while you move about the boat. Also there is a free companion app that shows your satellite
connections and strength. My other GPS bluetooth units will not work with the iDevices -- there are just a couple that do, and this is the one I chose. Works with all the iDevices, so can do same to turn an old iPod Touch into a handheld GPS for boat or car. (Sorry to go on about this -- I have not seen any discussion about this option, so thought it will be useful for the group).
Last note about this, is that these add-on GPS units for iPad are not WAAS -- hopefully soon they will upgrade. So they will be more accurate/sensitive than the built-in GPS in the iPad, but still not as accurate as the GPS attached to my laptop
down below. This is OK for me, cuz even though I love my iPad onboard and use it for 90% of navgation, I do keep my laptop wth Nobeltec
on board at all times on the nav station. It's much more useful and powerful for trip planning, plotting routes. Also when I am coastal cruising I like to have multiple windows open at a time, which can't do with iPad (eg Nobeltec open, but also Doppler a window, a couple of NOAA pages, and maybe an AIS
page.) But 90% of the time can sail using iPad and not turn on the PC, and even when the PC is on, its great to have the iPad in your lap.
Sorry for the long post, but this is a great topic, hope its helpful.