Join Date: May 2012
Location: North Vancouver, BC
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Re: Phone/Tablet Navigation
There seem to be a lot of misconceptions about Android coming from Apple users! My family has owned many android devices over the years, going way back to the first generation Samsung Galaxy Tab and every one of them has had built in GPS. I have never seen an android device that does not have gps!
I currently have a Samsung 7" tablet that I got for free when I bought my Galaxy S7, and both devices are running Navionics. I bought an Otterbox for the tablet which gives it good protection from the elements, and the case is rubberized so it is rugged and doesnt slide around if you put it down.
I find Navionics Android very good for route planning, and for quick reference when checking for depths, locations of reefs etc. The tides and currents feature is particularly useful in our area where passes and narrows have strong currents that need to be timed correctly. The accuracy is very good, and pretty much always agreed with my main chart plotter on position, speed and course.
I still have paper charts on board, but I have never felt the need to pull them out. Of course we are not crossing oceans, we are just coastal cruisers!
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