Originally Posted by sailcruiser
Lol! I love my xgps150. I've never used a bad elf but I'm not one to bulk things up since I tend to break things that way. (clumsy) I have a ton of chargers too because I tend to forget anything like that I drag around so it's easier to have them strategically scattered. I have cables
as long as 10 ft. :-). Let me know what you like for which activities. I do drag the xgps around just because it's he only one I have. I can see my iPad sliding off the seat of he car and landing on the bad elf breaking off the 30 pin connector in the slot. (my luck). SC
Update on the gps. As a rreminder I have the ipad 1 eith no 3g. I bought both the bad elf and the xgps150. I road tested both in the car.
Xgps150 - the unit looks better built than bad elf. The downloadable app is cool as it provides a lot of information about individual satellite
strength graphically. Useful for understanding coverage. Had to try the bluetooth linking a couple of times to grt it linked. After it linked once it linked quickly everytime. I used it with navionics
and wqlked around the yard and worked as advertised. Used it in the car with google
maps - doh! With no wireless link google
maps will not load maps! The gps tracked fine. Booted up navionics
and watched the gos track on the navionics map. To get map data I would have to tether the ipad with my iphone but my I phone
is already linked to the xgps For the gps function. So, the xgps will work fine on themboat with navionics and stored maps but if you want dual purpose the ipad for shore navigation
the xgps may nit be the right answer.
Bad elf - the casing is small and "plasticy" - it seems cheap
. Also it is tiny and when unplugged I will need a good place to store it so it doesnt get lost
. The bad elf plugs into the 30 pin port. I plugged the bad elf in, plugged a usb power cable and powered both units with one plug
. I tethered my iphone to the ipad and happily loaded google maps while driving the car. My kid was also surfing the net. The bad elf worked fine. I also have a concern about banging the bad elf but the big problem is that my son or I have inadvertently knocked the bad elf loose from the ipad socket 3 times. Bad elf should have put the locking feature on the unit where you have to squeeze to release.
If you need to tether the iphone to the ipad using bluetooth you need the bad elf. If you don't need data while you are using the gps then the xgps seems like a niceer, better built unit with a better gps status app. Both do the gps job well.