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Old 03-09-2010, 07:42   #1
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Navionics Charts for the Android

Has anyone tried these? They are simply amazing. I have the HTC EVO. One can download Navionics charts for about twelve bucks.

All I can say is that it is GAME OVER for Garmin. The Android phones can do everything the NUVI can do as far as road navigation is concerned via Google Maps, and now complete charts can be had for $12 for an entire zone from Navionics.

They are still missing some of the more advanced features that a full blown garmin offers, but it is just a matter of continuing to write/update the software. Need a new chart? Just go to Android market and download the entire Caribbean in minutes.

They are a must have for every cruising sailor, even if only used as a backup.
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Oh yeah, one other thing. Check out the overlaid free wind forecast feature. With other devices, one must have a satellite subscription. Since your Android phone has internet access anyway, free wind on the charts.
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As one just looking to change thier phone service this is very helpful. Have you actually navigated with the Android OS? What problems have you had?
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I haven't had any problems with it. I have used it both on the Hobie Adventure Island in a ziplock bag, and on the Beneteau 47.7. I have a garmin as well. The Navionics App is a little under featured in some areas but I think that will go away as they update the software. The wind forecast is really awesome. And, of course, the price can't be beat.
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There's a whole bunch of Android OS touch-screen tablets about to hit the market as well. The Android phone Navionics app should run on those as well although it might take a bit longer before the resolution is upgraded to match the tablets.

Navionics ported things from the iPhone to the iPad very quickly, but they only had to make it work on one stadard device. It's a little bit different with Android since you have a variety of hardware devices it will have to work with.
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Re: Navionics Charts for the Android

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Has anyone tried these? They are simply amazing. I have the HTC EVO. One can download Navionics charts for about twelve bucks.

All I can say is that it is GAME OVER for Garmin. The Android phones can do everything the NUVI can do as far as road navigation is concerned via Google Maps, and now complete charts can be had for $12 for an entire zone from Navionics.

They are still missing some of the more advanced features that a full blown garmin offers, but it is just a matter of continuing to write/update the software. Need a new chart? Just go to Android market and download the entire Caribbean in minutes.

They are a must have for every cruising sailor, even if only used as a backup.
That is a glowing review for Navionics!

Does this app have a AIS app if you can connect it with a AIS receiver? I would not feel comfortable relying on a $300 android tablet and $12 chart software to cross oceans or find my way through a reef on a remote island but being able to check AIS data in the cockpit during watches crossing shipping channels would be worth the price alone.

Has anyone used these for different nav functions?
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Re: Navionics Charts for the Android

Question, is the Android picking up real GPS signals or is it triangulating from cell towers? If it is using cell towers, then when you are in remote areas, even some places in the Bahamas, then you have no reliable position.

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Old 02-04-2011, 07:44   #8
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Re: Navionics Charts for the Android

Most cell phones nowadays have GPS's built in. And, the navionics charts are installed on the datacard of the phone, so they are always available, unlike Google Maps which downloads via cell towers each time you use the application.

I would not use the Android Navionics chart system as my only navigation device, but it sure is a great value. And, I find I use it more often than the real GPS because it is right there on my person all the time.
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Yes especially given the IPX 10 waterproofness of mobile phones.

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Re: Navionics Charts for the Android

I use navionics charts on my htc evo phone. The gps is real and the charts are great as a backup or in the dingy. As far as AIS is concerned, there is an app for that, although you will need an internet connection to the phone network for it to work.
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I have the Caribbean charts on my HTC Desire. The software works well. The problem is sometimes getting the GPS signal to lock. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't
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I use the Navionics on my Motorola Defy Android phone. It is not waterproof - but it will take 1 meter for an hour. It's been wet many times.

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I use navionics charts on my htc evo phone. The gps is real and the charts are great as a backup or in the dingy. As far as AIS is concerned, there is an app for that, although you will need an internet connection to the phone network for it to work.
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Re: Navionics Charts for the Android

I went to a seminar last Tuesday put on by Navionics with a live demonstration of their software both on I-phone and I-pad (and played with my HTC Evo) ...

They also are launching a very interesting feature that they call User Generated Content ... basically a hands-on almost instantaneous modifcation to the Navionics charts with locally generated information (which is then verified) ... for everything from navigational aids to Marinas and wrecks ... this can be toggled on and off ... if anyone is interested ... a link to some of the specs for the android version can be found here ...
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Re: Navionics Charts for the Android

Hi just want say thanks for the info on Navionics I just downloaded US East, Central and South. and will be testing this weekend on the ICW and the Gulf Coast arround from St. Pete Beach to Tarpon Springs. Also. I have started development an a WeatherFAX app for android will let you know how it progresses.
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