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Re: Budget-Priced 5" Chartplotter Advice Needed
I prefer to get something designed for the purpose from the outset. I have wasted too much time over the years trying to adapt things to suit a purpose. A tablet will always be a compromise, not waterproof (unless you spend more money on a case, and of course a cheap tablet never has anything designed for it, another compromise requiring the use of a universal cover which won't have ports etc in the right place), not daylight viewable, battery life, and simply not durable enough for use in a marine environment. The only tablet which would be feasible would be an iPad, and by the time you bought that, the accessories etc I am going to be in the hole for way more than a dedicated plotter, even one not at the bottom end of the market. Plus I don't like touchscreens, they simply do not work well in anything other than a nice smooth indoor environment, try pressing a certain spot on a screen when it's pouring with rain, you're getting bashed around and you are wearing full foulies and gloves. That's where I sail.
And after all that, the tablet still doesn't give you depth.
1974 C&C27 MkII
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