Originally Posted by Cheechako
My basic test for the Iphone
... has been to try to connect to Active Captain
and open up "on the water". I have been unable to do so yet.
ActiveCaptain's interactive cruising guidebook is written in Flash for the web site. There hasn't been a lot of movement to get the full version of Flash ported to the smaller handheld devices. The ActiveCaptain user-interface would surely have to be redesigned for a much smaller screen
Instead, we've been creating apps for various mobile phones to work with the ActiveCaptain servers. Windows Mobile and Palm are available today. An iPhone
app is in the works along with a few other iPhone goodies. I think that the iPhone has turned the corner and has become an excellent tool for use on boats especially with the new 3GS (faster, compass
, etc). We feel so strongly about this that we're re-working our original article on the iPhone where we were pretty critical of using it on a boat as a primary phone/data device.
Today, if I were looking for a new phone
for use with boating
and cruising, I'd select an iPhone especially if you're not adverse to jailbreaking it (an article about jailbreaking for boating
is coming too!).