Originally Posted by Cruisingdad
I have both the Garmin and the Navionics Apps. I was reluctant about getting them at first, but I gotta tell you, I now do ALL my quick plotting off of them and I use them as backups.
I will give you my opinion on the two, so take it for just that. THe Navionics is cheaper and is easier to use. You can also get updates easier on it because it seems to be a smaller file. However, if I had to pick one, the Garmin App would def be the one I would choose.
I still have not figured out all the Garmin stuff, but I got it with the weather overlay also. It is very fast and I think the maps and options are better and more detailed. It is a little more difficult to figure out, but with the time, it is worth the investment.
Why would you purchase these if you have a Charplotter (or even have it on your IPad)?
For one, there have been many times we are hanging out with other sailors and inevitably (esp as cruisers) the discussion of anchorages and places to go comes up. I have also gotten great tidbits on shoaling and areas to watch out for. By having it on your phone, you can pull it right out and discuss it. Pretty much everyone carries their phone everywhere now days.
Second, it is MUCH quicker. Now, I only have an E80, but there is no comparison between the speed of plotting on the Iphone versus the Raymarine. Much faster on the Iphone... basically seamless. SO while I still lay in my course in my chartplotter, I can do my planning quicker with the app first.
Third, it gives a backup. Also, the charts are a bit different between the Navionics (Raymarine) and the Garmin. It is especially apparent for Bahamas stuff.
Anyways, for those going cruising, I would really check these things out. I think the Garmin app is running $50ish dollars plus like $4 for the overlay. The overlay works 'ok', but requires to be scrolled out to see it. Worth $4 though.
The Navionics is half of that IIRC. But like I said, I think the Garmin app is a bit better.
Others are free to throw in any other thoughts.
I also have both the Garmin and Navionics on my IPad, Droid phone and Navionics on my Ramarine c95w.
I prefer the Navionics for the superior tides and currents search and display. I prefer Garmin if I use the Active Captain.
As you said its easier to lay in the chart on an I pad/ android phone. My Chartplotter has a Bluetooth connect ability and you can transfer it right to the Chartplotter. Also my IPad serves as a second CP so no need for a secondary one t the nav station or in he cockpit when not behind the helm.