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Its not only proceeding quickly, I am beginning to wonder how Garmin will stay relevant.
They are doing what I think is the best strategy...embracing it...They just released Garmin Blue Chart Mobile and it is steps above the Navionics app....Garmin is doing everything to make sure that their devices are working seamlessly with the new mobile "i" devices of the world thus stemming competitors from doing that same...with Garmins charts and services I think they will be around for quite some time IMO.
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Thanks. Can you post a link to a spec page that shows GPS and not just A-Gps. That was all I could find when looking at them. If they do have a GPS receiver like the Nuvi or chartplotters, I'd be very tempted to try one. Someone mentioned that the A-GPS was not reliable so I appreciate your info on that. My brother sailed with me for a few days last year and it was really handy using his iphone to locate things ashore. I have so far avoided getting on the iphone bandwagon but it may be time.

I agree that the way for Garmin to keep up is to go with this trend. I think proprietary mapping technology is quickly coming to an end and that soon chart data will become public information, as it should be. NOAA led the way on this by making all the US charts available in raster and ENF formats. Brazil, NZ also have free chart downloads. It's a safety issue above all. Governments should never have secreted publicly funded data to be used for profit. I wonder when the Admiralty charts will also become public information?

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Thanks. Can you post a link to a spec page that shows GPS and not just A-Gps. That was all I could find when looking at them. If they do have a GPS receiver like the Nuvi or chartplotters, I'd be very tempted to try one. Someone mentioned that the A-GPS was not reliable so I appreciate your info on that. My brother sailed with me for a few days last year and it was really handy using his iphone to locate things ashore. I have so far avoided getting on the iphone bandwagon but it may be time.

I agree that the way for Garmin to keep up is to go with this trend. I think proprietary mapping technology is quickly coming to an end and that soon chart data will become public information, as it should be. NOAA led the way on this by making all the US charts available in raster and ENF formats. Brazil, NZ also have free chart downloads. It's a safety issue above all. Governments should never have secreted publicly funded data to be used for profit. I wonder when the Admiralty charts will also become public information?
I dont have a direct link...Apple itself doesnt go into great detail other then to blurt out info on A-gps and Glonass...just know that the GPS can be assisted (A GPS) but also stands alone...I have personally used it in the Bahamas (iphone 4s)..cell and wifi off (also not available), garmin chartplotter by my side...works like a charm...here is a video that I found on youtube ( not me) but an example (using the Navionics app).

I suspect that since most regular apps are streaming data and maps as opposed to downloading them to the device like these marine and aviation apps do that Apple doesnt speak much of its stand alone capabilities because without downloaded maps (that most people do not have) it wont show you where you are as the program that is native to the iphone is a streaming nav app ( you have to purchase the maps for it to stand alone and then it is no problem)....As stated before...the only thing that the GPS does when not able to use AGPS is take a minute on initial startup to locate the satellites as it does not keep a satellie location almanac stored on the phone...the wait is small and you probably wouldnt notice (not worse then any other hand held unit)but it is worth noting.

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I obviously need to do more research on this. I did not realize that the charts were not stored on the device but streamed. That sounds iffy at best.
No signal=no chart. So out of cell range or in weak signal places they would be essentially useless. Dropping your phone call is one thing, dropping your plotter is quite another. Great info., thanks.

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I obviously need to do more research on this. I did not realize that the charts were not stored on the device but streamed. That sounds iffy at best.
No signal=no chart. So out of cell range or in weak signal places they would be essentially useless. Dropping your phone call is one thing, dropping your plotter is quite another. Great info., thanks.
No...they are stored on the device ( you have to purchase the maps)...it is a stand alone unit as long as you download the charts...no cell or wifi is ever needed! To be clear, download Navionics app and maps or garmin blue charts mobile app and maps...works just like a $7,000 chartplotter etc....please read my above post and watch the video, do you think there is wifi out there or cell service..NO....honestly this is the best deal running and in a year or so I think it will all but put small handhelds out of business. Use it, you will be amazed..you need a phone and $50 for the maps

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I obviously need to do more research on this. I did not realize that the charts were not stored on the device but streamed. That sounds iffy at best.
No signal=no chart. So out of cell range or in weak signal places they would be essentially useless. Dropping your phone call is one thing, dropping your plotter is quite another. Great info., thanks.
You are being led astray by bullsh!t.

The iPad works properly, it's not a rip off. The GPS works in the MIDDLE of the ocean as do the charts. You do NOT need to be connected to the web, cell phone or near a tower for the GPS or Charts.

You really need to sit with someone who knows what they are talking about and have a look at one. If you are anywhere near me please feel free to come look.
I am in St Augustine, Florida. And I'm sure any person near you would do the same.

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You are being led astray by bullsh!t.

The iPad works properly, it's not a rip off. The GPS works in the MIDDLE of the ocean as do the charts. You do NOT need to be connected to the web, cell phone or near a tower for the GPS or Charts.

You really need to sit with someone who knows what they are talking about and have a look at one. If you are anywhere near me please feel free to come look.
I am in St Augustine, Florida. And I'm sure any person near you would do the same.
Obviously not....read above I told him the correct information..he read it incorrectly.
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Obviously not....read above I told him the correct information..he read it incorrectly.
Ok, no worries, sorry, i didnt mean to offend. I didn't read the pervious posts, just his.

I am amazed that iPad has now been around for years but people still don't believe what it does.
Apple dont make it easy. I hate the company and their attitude to people. Thinking that all their clients are morons except for their pretty boy geeks.

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Ok, no worries, sorry, i didnt mean to offend. I didn't read the pervious posts, just his.

I am amazed that iPad has now been around for years but people still don't believe what it does.
Apple dont make it easy. I hate the company and their attitude to people. Thinking that all their clients are morons except for their pretty boy geeks.
Agreed, I am amazed by how many boat people dont know what they can use their device for..although Apple hasnt helped much in that capacity....I actually get frustrated because I have had (and others I know that have used an i product and marine charts) great results but people continue to not beleive that it can be done.
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question - if I buy a new iPad with Retina display, do I NEED to buy the wifi+cellular version (which is more $$) in order to use the GPS and charts?

I am currently a droid user and used MX Mariner in the bay and it worked great. The only thing I do not like is the small display on the phone. The wife wants an iPad for x-mas and it would be great to use it on the boat as well.

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