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Re: What are your favorite iPhone/iPad sailing apps?
I recently got an iPad mini with data capability for the GPS chip. Of course I bought it s a toy, but the justification was to use it as a nav tool. We had used my wife's iPad 2 for the same purpose and it was great.
The Mini is somehow is much more difficult to read in the direct light than was the iPad 2. I don't really know why that would be. For two years we have used iSailor and really liked it, but it is difficult to see on the mini. Yesterday a Nushield Dayvue screen protector arrived in the mail, and seems to have alleviated some of the reflected light problem. Apparently it is like anti-reflective eyeglass coatings. Thankfully it doesn't have that granular kind of look that most anti-glare screen protectors have. We'll see how it works out on our long cruise that starts next week.
While waiting on the screen protector to arrive, I had been contemplating purchasing Navionics for a couple of reasons. The very high contrast charts might be easier to see on the Mini, and I found that at least one location (The Oak Orchard River in Kent, NY) Navionics had WAY more chart detail than did iSailor. I am surprised by this, as both of the apps' charts are based on the same NOAA and Cdn Hydrographic Services data.
Has anyone used both Navionics and iSailor? Comments? Navionics seems like a very good value when you consider the amount of regions you get for the money. iSailor sells you regions a la carte, so the upfront cost for the regions I need are less. I had Navionics on my android phone and found it kind of ugly compared to iSailor, but usability has to trump style. I am still thinking of buying the Navionics, but don't want to simply toss money away ('cuz like I have a sailboat and would NEVER do that).
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Last edited by Ritchard; 07-11-2013 at 01:11 PM.