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Old 02-06-2018, 09:19   #1
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So I tried OpenCPN on a cheapo tablet and liked it. It was almost useless on deck, even under the Bimini. The big issue was readability.

Anyone know of a shades sunlight readable tablet, with GPS?
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Old 02-06-2018, 10:39   #2
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Re: Android Tablets

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active2
Ruggedized and waterproof as well (IP68).
Not cheap. Around $500US for the 8"



I've also heard that, relatively speaking, Samsung tablets (possibly only those with amoled displays) are better than others at the low/normal end.


Otherwise, pretty much none of the cheap tablets will be worth anything in direct or near-direct sunlight.



Oh, iPads are supposed to be close to the viewability of the samsung tablets as well if you're into that sort of thing.
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Old 02-06-2018, 11:21   #3
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Re: Android Tablets

I am using iPads now on deliveries. But was praying I could find a cheaperó but still good option.

Donít think that exists. Oh well

Thanks for the input
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Old 02-06-2018, 11:43   #4
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The Samsung OLED devices are quite good at sunlight. Not the same as a dedicated plotter, but acceptable. Waterproofed is another issue though.
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I use a Samsung Galaxy Tab, 7". It works very well and can be protected from nominal water (maybe not a direct downpour) using any number of inexpensive cases. Turn the brightness up, use daylight mode and plug it into a power source - I have some USB connectors built into my helm quadrant. It works great. I mount it using velcro. This way I can also use it below decks with a bluetooth keyboard for more PC like use, updates, etc.
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One more here for Samsung. I don't have a samsung tablet (yet), but have a phone: under bright Gran Canaria sunshine, my galaxy phone needs only about 80% brightness. Reviews I've seen also show the superiority of their screens AND battery life while using them at higher brightness settings.
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Ive got a Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, great device, quite readable under my dodger in tropical sun (shaded). I run OpenCPN and Navionics on it.

Considering setting one up running just Linux so I can run grown up OpenCPN on it.
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I'm considering the Android version of OPENCPN. If I buy the Android version to experiment with it on an older Android device, can I also later install it on a new tablet without paying another license fee for OPENCPN?
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I'm using a Lenova tab4 8 plus. $216 ish. Great specs, fast, long battery life, actually good sound. The US version is only 16gig and 2gig ram. The EU etc. have one for $100 more with 4 gig ram and 64 gig. There is a non Plus model too but pretty poor specs. For the money it's the best. Fast gps and easily readable in shady sunlight. Also does split screen. I use it for everything.
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Thanks for the quick reply
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I'm considering the Android version of OPENCPN. If I buy the Android version to experiment with it on an older Android device, can I also later install it on a new tablet without paying another license fee for OPENCPN?
OpenCPN is connected to your google account, hence transferable. The CHARTS however are a different story.
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I had a sony xperia tablet which was great. Waterproof (IP68) and also had an SD card slot so you can have as much memory as you want. That tablet went with me from the US to Grenada and part way back. Waterproofing doesnt seem to help when you drop it on a concrete floor.
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