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"Backcountry" tablet for marine use?

There's always a lot of talk here about use of mobile devices, android, ipad, etc for navigation and other sailing functions. How about this? Looks pretty neat.

Earl - Backcountry Survival Tablet

Earl: World’s First Solar-Powered Backcountry Survival Tablet - ABC News

Pros: e-ink sunlight readable, ruggedized, android-based, low cost
Cons: It's not real yet, (but their kickstarter campaign is getting lots of attention now)
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Re: "Backcountry" tablet for marine use?

seems like a sweet little tablet. I wonder if there is enough of a market for a marinized one?

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Re: "Backcountry" tablet for marine use?

I read all of their website a few days ago. It isn't clear that ruggedized has anything to do with making it resistant to water.

Battery life is less of a concern to me on a sailboat since the boat has hundreds of amp hours of lead acid batteries that can efficiently keep tablets topped up.

The Sony Xperia Tablet Z (10"/Android/$500) which is waterproof seems like a more interesting option for a boat. I wish they made a 7"/$300 version.

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Re: "Backcountry" tablet for marine use?

Only issue is that e-ink is monotone and slow refresh rate. I really like the idea of having an e-ink for books, but for video or moving images not so good. Might be ok for chart plotter, but not so good for radar or other faster moving images.
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If you want ruggedized google the "Griffin Survivor" Armored military duty case with stand. They claim it rainforrest proof and desert sandstorm proof and drop proof from 6' I have one for my iPad and it is quite rugged indeed.
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toughpad FZ-A1 but you're dropping $1200+ for one.

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