Originally Posted by TOM
Is there an 8 inch tablet available that has a stand alone GPS? As I rather like the idea of an 8 inch tablet.
Also, is anyone using the Nexus 7 or Nexus 10 as I have heard good reports about both of these tablets? Any help would be appreciated.
We have a basic Nexus 7 (32 Gb), without the add-on SIM (cellular) capability. The GPS works without needing an Internet
The tablet works well enough for navigation
, although I find the screen
to be slightly too small... and would prefer a 10" display. The display is not always easily visible in bright sunlight.
We use the tablet only as back-up to our fixed GPSs and plotter.
I have no experience with Navionics, but have used Plan2Nav... and the tablet seems to do its part well enough... so I'd expect that to be the case no matter which app you choose.
I do have experience with MaxSea
on both plotter and laptop
... and I would guess their new iPad app to be a more full-featured nav system than many of the others. OTOH, the reason we use MaxSea
on a laptop
is because it's compatible with our plotter. Otherwise, it's pretty expensive... and so far, that would also mean having to pay Apple prices to use it on a tablet. (When we were shopping
for a tablet, the Apple products were about $100 more for each roughly identical set of capabilities, across the board.)
A digression, but I see the new Nexus 7 (and maybe other models) are being advertised as "SlimPort enabled" -- and that may mean you could easily use it to route
video/audio (movies, etc.) from tablet to a decent size TV screen... if that floats your boat. (Essentially a SlimPort-to-HDMI cable is all that'd be required.)