Originally Posted by ErikFinn
are the Apple applications for iPad really so much better than android apps for android tablets?
I have never seen either so can't say... :/
What I have I browsed for are only the Navionics charts for my android phone
(not tablet) in the google
They are not worse - when they exist.
The point is many apps do not exist on Android: iNavX
is one such eaxample. iAIS is another and there are many more. Also, I think there is no, and none planned, OpenCPN
Some Android apps are pure nonsense. I tried MapMedia and C-map
(Jeppesen) and they both fall into this category. I sort of like NV, but it has bugs. Apps that let you use bsb
charts are OK but these badly lack functionality, etc. If you want a list of what I have here / tested, PM me.
Some apps are OK, but just that. None matches MaxSea
, Deckman, OpenCPN
I have tested everything that has a demo app. Navionics is about the only company that does not offer a demo app, not even the tiniest one. How cool is this? Anyways, I used Navionics two years ago in the North and it was good already back then (off course, it was on an iPhone).
You will want a good protector sleeve for the tablet too (add USD 100 to the bill).
For nav, I might steer towards a W8 based tablet. Half the price
and I can run MaxSea
, Deckman, OpenCPN and nearly all other nav stuff.
Remember on Android you may be bound to interface via wifi
. Then you must add a nmea
bridge (cost), unless you already have one.
But as I said: Xperia is a very fine tablet per se. Just Android tablets are not the best sea nav platform.
I hope things will improve. I got our tablet only to play around with nav apps an the likes. The way I found things it is stay with Windows or look for a better platform.