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Old 20-03-2011, 04:35   #16
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Re: Best Computer for Dedicated Navigaton

Out of interest, and I know you say that you're a PC user not Apple (couldn't agree more); but why not try an IPAD2? They start at $500, and seem to be everything you want (except for PC)...
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Re: Best Computer for Dedicated Navigaton

Whoah... you got me interested now. What about something like this:

Amazon.com: Android 2.2 10.2" Newest Tablet PC WIFI 3G Camera HDMI: Computer & Accessories

Has anyone used these? Comes in at $220, and looks like it has everything except a decent sized hard drive - which is not so important if you're not storing movies....!
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Old 20-03-2011, 04:51   #18
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Re: Best Computer for Dedicated Navigaton

Saucy Sailoress,

I am afraid you will not find any free navigation soft for Android nor iPad. At last OpenCPN does not run with these.
Hopefully this will change in the future.

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Re: Best Computer for Dedicated Navigaton

I use a emachines netbook, 10.1 screen, 1 gig ram. 160 gb hd, running XP and use Opencpn and cm93 charts + others. Connected to gps dongle and NASA AIS engine 3. Covered about 6000 miles last year.

Whole lot including dedicated AIS stubby antenna with 5 metre cable cost approx 350 ($500 US). battery life is about 3-4 hours, so have both a 12v power lead and a small (70w) inverter - power draw is less than 20w.

More than happy with it and portable from boat to boat.
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Old 20-03-2011, 06:26   #20
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Re: Best Computer for Dedicated Navigaton

toughpad - used .... no wifi - and not too much memory..... but not $5000 as you feared.

aprox $150 US !!!

PANASONIC TOUGHBOOK CF-M34 RUGGED MINI LAPTOP 005 on eBay (end time 15-Apr-11 08:50:28 BST)

I'm nothing to do with the company.... but this seems very close to what you want.
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Out of interest, and I know you say that you're a PC user not Apple (couldn't agree more); but why not try an IPAD2? They start at $500, and seem to be everything you want (except for PC)...
Thanks. Well, for one reason we wish to continue running OpenCPN so our choices are Ubuntu (Linux) and Windows. Either one would suit us
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The response are getting creative I love it.
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Whoah... you got me interested now. What about something like this:

Amazon.com: Android 2.2 10.2" Newest Tablet PC WIFI 3G Camera HDMI: Computer & Accessories

Has anyone used these? Comes in at $220, and looks like it has everything except a decent sized hard drive - which is not so important if you're not storing movies....!
Interesting but don't think it runs Ubuntu nor Windows
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