Tablet computer for Navigation - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > On Board > Gear & Maintenance > Electronics
 Not a Member? 


Like Tree6Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 08-23-2011
Beneteau 411
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 387
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 5
prroots is on a distinguished road
Tablet computer for Navigation

Can anyone recommend a tablet computer for navigation? Here are my preliminary requirements:
- runs Windows (ie, compatible with OpenCPN)
- touch screen
- external mouse and keyboard option (when used for other applications)
- screen size >= 12 inch
- USB ports

Thanks.
Pete
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 08-23-2011
emoney's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 545
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 5
emoney is on a distinguished road
Lenovo, and I'm sure others, sell a "convertible" tablet that has a keyboard base that swivels up and into the back of the touch screen. Kinda like have the best of both worlds. Most tablets in that category are running Windows 7. However, those tend to be on the higher end of the price scale. Any thoughts to using a "Netbook"? Much less expensive to be exposing to the salt air/water.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 08-23-2011
SHNOOL's Avatar
Legend in my own mind.
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: East Stroudsburg, PA
Posts: 1,178
Thanks: 8
Thanked 48 Times in 44 Posts
Rep Power: 8
SHNOOL is on a distinguished road
Viewsonic used to make a great 10 inch windoze tablet that you might get on ebay REAL cheap Pentium III though! heheh HowStuffWorks "Consumer Electronics Show 2004"

Otherwise, a standard windoze tablet might work. If money is no object we use the Dell XT2 tablets all the time. On Dell outlet they can be had cheap. They are 12.1 inch, can buy great "bump cases" for them, have USB ports, and VGA. probably ~800 on the outlet site.

Workflow XT2 Convertible Bump Case

We use these on our fork trucks at work, so they are pretty tough laptops (water? probably not great on them).
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 08-23-2011
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Narragansett Bay
Posts: 9,506
Thanks: 10
Thanked 159 Times in 145 Posts
Rep Power: 6
Minnewaska will become famous soon enough Minnewaska will become famous soon enough
Would it still be a tablet with a screen size of 12in?

I had a Fujitsu Lifebook for years. I liked it, still have it. However, I just bought an Ipad and it makes the thing seem as primitive as a chalkboard. Forget OpenCPN. You can get a real navigation app for $25 with no chart and gps integration work at all. The Ipad also works great inside a waterproof case. OpenCPN, which I've used, is cool because its free. However, its free for a reason.

How about an anchor alarm app! ($2) Never had that on my tablet.
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Jeanneau 54DS

In the harsh marine environment, something is always in need of repair. Margaritas fix everything.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 08-23-2011
night0wl's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Fort Lauderdale
Posts: 1,409
Thanks: 0
Thanked 18 Times in 18 Posts
Rep Power: 9
night0wl is on a distinguished road
Seriously thinking about the ASUS Transformer and using Navionics.

Radar at the helm is the only thing holding me back.
__________________
S/V Jendai
Beneteau 343
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 08-24-2011
PaulinVictoria's Avatar
Remember you're a womble
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Sidney, BC
Posts: 1,919
Thanks: 7
Thanked 47 Times in 46 Posts
Rep Power: 6
PaulinVictoria is on a distinguished road
OpenCPN will also run on an Ubuntu system, lots of different tablets are "ubuntable". I run it on my laptop with OpenCPN, faster, more stable than Windoze and I don't need some ninja fast supercomputer to run it.
__________________
Orange Crush
1974 C&C27 MkII

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #7  
Old 08-24-2011
Beneteau 411
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 387
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 5
prroots is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by emoney View Post
Lenovo, and I'm sure others, sell a "convertible" tablet that has a keyboard base that swivels up and into the back of the touch screen. Kinda like have the best of both worlds. Most tablets in that category are running Windows 7. However, those tend to be on the higher end of the price scale. Any thoughts to using a "Netbook"? Much less expensive to be exposing to the salt air/water.
Thanks. Yes, I've thought of a netbook and you're certainly right about the cost. My thought was to get the tablet up onto the bulkhead of nav station and use it much like a very flexible chartplotter. At anchor I would be able to use a mouse and keyboat to convert it into a somewhat normal laptop. Alternatively, I could just carry a laptop for all other apps.
Pete
infiniment likes this.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #8  
Old 08-24-2011
Beneteau 411
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 387
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 5
prroots is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by PaulinVictoria View Post
OpenCPN will also run on an Ubuntu system, lots of different tablets are "ubuntable". I run it on my laptop with OpenCPN, faster, more stable than Windoze and I don't need some ninja fast supercomputer to run it.
Good idea esp. if it's dedicated for navigation. I already run Ubuntu on a ZOTAC MAG Dual-Core All-in-One Mini-PC [MAGHD-ND01-U]. How does one figure out which tablets can run Ubuntu?
Pete
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #9  
Old 08-24-2011
SHNOOL's Avatar
Legend in my own mind.
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: East Stroudsburg, PA
Posts: 1,178
Thanks: 8
Thanked 48 Times in 44 Posts
Rep Power: 8
SHNOOL is on a distinguished road
I'll second the recommendation of LINUX, pick a flavor. Unless you are a windoze god, the Linux system will be much more stable, and generally boot faster, with less hassle, and the updates can be done on your time (less likely someone will crash your machine with a virus). This being a purpose built machine, not really used as a web surfing tool or the like (could be, but won't be)... it will likely serve you better for your purpose.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #10  
Old 08-24-2011
Beneteau 411
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 387
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 5
prroots is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by SHNOOL View Post
I'll second the recommendation of LINUX, pick a flavor. Unless you are a windoze god, the Linux system will be much more stable, and generally boot faster, with less hassle, and the updates can be done on your time (less likely someone will crash your machine with a virus). This being a purpose built machine, not really used as a web surfing tool or the like (could be, but won't be)... it will likely serve you better for your purpose.
Thanks. I'd be happy with Ubuntu, but as asked above how do I figure out which tablets will accept it?
Pete
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Best Computer Setup for Navigation / Instruments Colinkites2000 Electronics 1 08-14-2010 04:52 PM
A Navigation System for Your Notebook Computer Jim Sexton Seamanship Articles 0 11-14-1999 08:00 PM
A Navigation System for Your Notebook Computer Jim Sexton Gear and Maintenance Articles 0 11-14-1999 08:00 PM
Selecting Computer Navigation Software Jim Sexton Seamanship Articles 0 10-29-1999 09:00 PM
Selecting Computer Navigation Software Jim Sexton Gear and Maintenance Articles 0 10-29-1999 09:00 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:54 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.