Join Date: Apr 2010
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Re: Best handheld GPS/Chartplotter under $400?
Yes we are using the $15 Navionics app, and we also have another that we used between Guadeloupe and Dominica. On that trip the Galaxy was brighter and easier to use than the Raymarine plotter which was installed on only one steering station on the boat. It proved to be harder to see in the bright sunshine and if you were sailing from the port side, you had to move over to the starboard wheel to see the plotter. No big deal but.....
The GPS capabilities of the phone and tablet far exceed the builtin Garmin on the C&C29, as there are several GPS utilities to track satellites and performance. (Yes they can also be run for the Garmin via the Thinkpad and are also installed on Navigatrix). But without the added software programs you really don't know the validity of what the Tacktik Micronet is showing you on the bulkhead display. (not that I ever found it to be wrong). Our Garmin is sourced from the trucking industry.
As for battery life, the Galaxy is installed in a mophie supplemental battery extender. This gives us 24 hour usage, but it's primary benefit is that it serves as a phone protector. We have dropped the phone several times and the mophie has cracks and chips but the phone survives unscathed. Cockpit decks are unforgiving. I could make the case for an Otterbox for the tablet for the same reason, more important than the waterproof capabilities.
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