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Ipad/ Bad Elf and Which App?

I am finally joining the electronic generation- moving beyond my Don Johnson-Miami Vice phone and depth sounder only combination.

Looked at marine handheld GPSs, but after you add the cost of a GPS and marine chart, you are looking at $250+ for a decent unit.
The Admiral has a wifi only IPad 2 (IOS 4.3.5). Thought I would get the Bad Elf GPS for it. I really like the looks of the ISailor app, but it requires IOS 5.0! I would rather not upgrade the IOS on the IPad, because I WILL mess something up.

Anyone using an Ipad 2 with IOS 4.3? If so, which app would you suggest? INav?? I am not using a chartplotter, just need basic marine charts. Thanks.
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Ipad/ Bad Elf and Which App?

Get iPAD mini with the WiFi and Cellular option. GPS built in then add the Garmin Blue Chart App. Well worth the investment
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Re: Ipad/ Bad Elf and Which App?

Andrew, he's balking at $250 and your answer is to buy something twice as expensive?

Try the iOS upgrade. It's really not hard. THEN go for the new iPad if you need to.

I don't have the iPad 2 but I have used the Garmin app on whatever wifi-only iPad version I have (4 maybe?) with Dual XGPS150A GPS and it worked beautifully.
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Re: Ipad/ Bad Elf and Which App?

I have heard good things about the bad elf GPS unit as well. I have been looking into this as my mother has two iPads and has offered me one. I don't know if they are wifi only or if it has cell phone option. I think I remember them saying they got it at a Verizon store, but I am not sure. Funny it is really just an expensive deck of cards for her, all she does is play solitaire on it! I have been looking into what GPS units will work with a Nook, as they are really inexpensive as well and can be rooted and many applications either side-loaded or added.

I think you should go ahead with the upgrade, should not be too tough.
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Re: Ipad/ Bad Elf and Which App?

You really should do the upgrade, it is painless, really it is. You'll find that as time goes by it will be increasingly difficult to get better apps if you do not.

I have an iPad 2 with the latest update, the Garmin GPS unit, iNavx for inland lakes. It works flawlessly, and with my limited experience I would recommend it for anyone.

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Ipad/ Bad Elf and Which App?

Good point DR. However buying the bad elf to add functionality is throwing good money after bad IMHO.

That's why I suggested the investment in the iPAD mini. Yes it's more expensive but is a much longer term solution.
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GRRRRR andrewoliv I hate it but you are right!
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Re: Ipad/ Bad Elf and Which App?

Try the update first. Then buy the new one if you have to. Personally, I don't like the size of the mini. But it might be perfect for you.
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Re: Ipad/ Bad Elf and Which App?

Update- got the Bad Elf with ISailor app on the IPad-Mini. The app was free, and the chart was $5! You have to purchase a Lightning to 30-pin adapter to make it work, but it has been working great so far.
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Re: Ipad/ Bad Elf and Which App?

i would say that you should try using the navionics app, it cost some money, but it is all worth al the money, i am using it my self, and it is working perfectly!
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