Join Date: Feb 2010
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Re: ipads or tablets with built in GPS
For what it's worth, I'm still an apple user. iPhone and iPad. I like the combo, because apps transfer across the two for free, some even update each other for things I've saved. For example, my Charts and Tides app is on both.
For my past cruise, I decided to get the LifeProof case for my phone and almost always kept it in my pocket. The screen is seriously disadvantaged by size, to be useful for serious nav. However, when I was interested in how many more mile to my destination and/or alternative (I did duck a thunderstorm by beating it to an alt anchorage last week), its just a couple of easy taps on the screen. The live weather radar app was invaluable too. Never got up from the helm. Lifeproof case is fully waterproof and barely bigger than the phone itself.
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