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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.
I have seen more and more people connecting their Ipads to the pedestal (even ft cruisers) than ever before. I wonder if this is starting to hurt business for the Raymarines of the world?

Anyways, they are good apps and cheap investments as everyone seems to agree.

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I have seen more and more people connecting their Ipads to the pedestal (even ft cruisers) than ever before. I wonder if this is starting to hurt business for the Raymarines of the world?

Anyways, they are good apps and cheap investments as everyone seems to agree.

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Probably, but you need to spend some good bucks on the initial CP. It is so much easier to plot, ad lay in your course on an IPad at you leisure then download by just syncing them via Bluetooth.

My wife gets annoyed when I am down below on passage watching her movements on the IPad.


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Re: Garmin and Navionics Apps

I can verify that Navionics on android requires signal to verify the license. This bugs me too, especially when I am just popping on the plotter to see my location at night. My world is landlocked, and I don't do "planning" like you folks to the phone is my only plotter.

I've tried a couple programs and find the Navionics is pretty stellar for the price.

I will give a try to some of the others mentioned here though, as as best I can tell they are all available for android as well.

I WILL say, that I support smart-devices for my job (again a geek IT guy)... and my Droid Razr Maxx (original) at 2 years old can run for 12 straight hours with the screen on and active overlay satellite imagery onto the screen while doing it, where my old iphone 4 couldn't do it for more than 2 hours without toasting the battery (I doubt the 5 is much better).

Beyond that I think it's amazing what can be done with smart phones, and tablets now. I think with time (and some standardization in size of tablets) some really great cases, mounts and the like will make them default Chartplotters for everyone. I mean it cannot be far off since the FAA already allows ipads for Pilot charts (2 years ago) FAA OKs iPad for Pilots' Charts | Autopia | Wired.com

The Lifeproof cases also work well for protecting/weatherproofing these... as does Otterbox.

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I can verify that Navionics on android requires signal to verify the license. This bugs me too, especially when I am just popping on the plotter to see my location at night.
that kinda screws up one of the biggest points of even having the software, doesn't it?? I guess they are doing that to restrict piracy, but come-on!

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I can put my phone into flight mode, switch off data, wifi etc and it loads the Navionics app just fine, so clearly not all versions require a connection. I'm running 2.9.3

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I can put my phone into flight mode, switch off data, wifi etc and it loads the Navionics app just fine, so clearly not all versions require a connection. I'm running 2.9.3
Paul is correct I can do the same My droid runs 4.0.4 version ( ice cream sandwich) on an HTC One


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Re: Garmin and Navionics Apps

I use Charts and Tides and find it simple and easy to use. Mostly used as a backup nav and pre-planner. No connectivity is required. I don't need or want anything hard core. I got Garmin when I went to BVI this winter, as C&T doesnt have BVI charts available, mostly to have something to quickly measure distances. Works great, but surprisingly more complicated. Garmin has made an art of intuitive interfaces in many other product lines.

I have actually needed my ipad twice as a backup in the last couple of years. Once, the internal compass for the plotter went belly up, then the plotter at the helm went dark on me another time. The first was in a small, unfamiliar, unmarked cove. The latter I was in familair territory, but it was still very nice to have.


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Re: Garmin and Navionics Apps

Is there a way to transfer routes and waypoints from a Garmin chartplotter or a PC to the Garmin or Navionics apps without Bluetooth ? I have both apps but really only use them for a quick position check when I not at the helm. If I had to pick one over the other I'd probably go with the Garmin because the screen is a little less cluttered especially on an iPhone.
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Re: Garmin and Navionics Apps

Transfering routes and waypoints depends on two things. First, if the data is in a format that both sides can use. Second, the physical transfer.

You don't need bluetooth, you may be able to use WiFi, WiFi Direct, a USB transfer cable, or move the files to an SD card or other media and transfer them that way.

Lots of options depending on your hardware and software.
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