Originally Posted by sailjunkie
Well said. My Garmin has served us very well.
Also, while iPads are impressive, I don't think that they can interface with other electronics that use the NMMEA protocol. Even my handheld Garmin will interface with the autohelm. Many of the larger chartplotters can also interface with radar.
Actually with some of the new devices coming out you can interface it with other devices on board. The technology is coming around.