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« on: May 25, 2010, 02:43:07 PM »

I love technology products, marine electronics, and ANYTHING with a touch screen so itís no surprise that I have a love affair with my iPad. (Give me an Internet connection and itís almost too much for my tiny brain to wrap itself around)

Does anyone else think the ipad is useful for boating?

I think this could be a really great addition to my panga under certain conditions.

#1) I usually have cell / data service where I am located

#2) itís more of a novelty then a critical system

#3) you remember to take it with you when you leave your boat, car, bar, office. (I lost mine twice already)

#4) the battery lasts a full day and is readable in the daytime (direct sunlight is a little difficult but not impossible)


Apps I find useful (iphone and Ipad)

1) Navionics electronic charts / GPS (purchased by region)
2) Weather HD (looks pretty, and just general eye candy more they a real marine weather tool)
3) Marine cast (better tool, good information but a pain in the ass to use and I get frustrated quickly with this one)
4) Signal flags (just a PDF of stuff you can find online, but nice to have with me if needed... also if I zone out in business meeting I will launch this app and read it for a while giving the illusion I am paying attention to others)
5) RadarScope (more eye candy, but I am a sucker for cartoon looking radar images)
6) Bomber (not really sure what this does, but looks like it gives wave reports if I could figure out how to use it)
7) Shipfinder HD (network based AIS)
8) Cockpit (GPS dashboard that looks like a airplane) (total gimmick, but slightly amusing)
9) Charts & Tides (chart plotter with a nice look)
10) Pulse (BADass dashboard newsreader that even allows you to see panga forum posts in real time
11) Sea breeze (I got suckered into purchasing this one, but gives wind direction & weather in graphical form that is animated.
12) Crazy menu all take out menu's of restaurants (including places that deliver to lazy techno nerds like me who want a pizza delivered to the dock)

FYI I also added the Verizon MIFI to the panga and leave it plugged into the ebox 24 x 7. (More details on why to follow shortly)

Does anyone else have any iphone or ipad apps that they like or find useful?

If any of these apps sound interesting just let me know if you have questions or would like to see screen shots.

Take care,

Grant

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« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2010, 05:11:04 PM »

don't know how it would last, it is not weather proof and not designed for marine use. I would guess the salt will trash it fairly quickly.  And from what I heard the batteries don't last all that long on them.  I would rather not depend on apps from some smart phone to save me if I ever needed to be saved.  If you wanted it as a back up, then good luck. But IMO I would rather have electronics that were designed for salt water even as a back up.
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« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2010, 05:38:22 PM »

All good points Beavis

Minor detail, but the iPad battery is the best I have EVER used on a device like this.  The iPhone is a totally different story. Wi-Fi iPod lasts more than 24 hours of heavy use, 3G ipad is over 15 hours. I might be wrong, but I think the iPad 3G is the only one with gps. (All iPhones have it)

I have a Garmin 540s, 5212, and a battery hand held Garmin in my e bag.  The iPad is not a replacement, but would easily win a nerd cage match over the 540 even though it would barf if it got to close to salt water.  For my needs it kicks ass because the screen is twice the size for half the price and I can even surf porn on it.

In all seriousness the screen is bright, easy to read, apps are useful, Internet connection can be useful and you could even tie it to a stick and use it as an oar if you found yourself in a pickle... Did I mention you could surf porn? 

Steven jobs had me at hello (in a totally heterosexual sort of way)

Sent from my ipad while simultaneously surfing porn


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« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2010, 10:39:30 PM »

Dude after reading this my wife is totally going to be mad at you !!! I just travelled 5000 miles in 5 days lugging around my MacBook 17" the whole time.  After this I decided I need to down size for travel. 

My only questions are

Is it really worth it or still kind of gimicky ?

I've got an iPhone, is this going to be just a bigger phone without a phone?

Should I get the wifi version and do myfi from verizon.

Will I ever use it for gps? Is it worth the extra cost?  The country I'm moving to Is not mapped and gps does not seem to work there on my iPhone so I'm thinking it won't work on the ipad either.




Sorry for the side bar, back to your original post...


I think an ipad on the boat is a great idea, the navionics app is great and seems to be fairly accurate. Pair it with an otterbox housing and a good mount I think you will have a great backup system. 


Now it would be really tricked out if you could stream data into it to display engine data. That in itself would make it worth it to take along.

   
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« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2010, 04:47:48 AM »

Ipadís are a little gimmicky, but I love it and so does everyone who see's or touches it.

I donít think it is as big of a game changer as the iphone, but it blurs some lines between personal computer, business computer, and mobile device.

If nothing else the device is worth its weight in gold just for reading email I currently get over 2500 emails every day... I would not recommend the ipad for writing emails, but for reading and deleting nothing else is betterÖ

The boat / ipad idea is just an extension of me wanting to bring this thing everywhere I go... I like your idea of engine data... I have seen it for cars using the plug in thing under the dashboard then connecting over Bluetooth so I cant see why you couldnít do it on a boat, but then again I am the guy whose motor still doesnít work right so WTF do I know.... (It is still spitting unburned fuel out of the exhaust)

The ipad is not a replacement for marine electronics or a laptop or desktop, but if you see it for what it is the little thing will surprise you. (I even like the book reader on it)

I have several MBPís including the 17", but prefer the ipad more and more because it doesnít get hot and the battery lasts so long.

The device isnít perfect.... no direct printing, USB slots, or flash support is more then a little frustrating, but overall I think itís a great device

I have a few of these puppies already and I suggest you buy the 64 gig (the others are WAY to small) get the 3g even if you donít want their service right now. (You can add it later if you like because the GPS feature is critical for boating apps)

I find myself using the Verizon mifi very frequently because it seems faster the AT&T 3 g service but it means another thing to carry and keep charged...

Ohh and if you want to see a pissed off wife you should see mine every time I tell her I lost something which is almost every day. (Iphones, ipad, wallet, keys, and 7 MiFi's so far... thatís right. SEVEN. VII

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Capt T I think I will be in your area (well sort of your area) next weekend... you bring the strippers I will bring the ipads together we will have a party.

Take care,

Grant
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« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2010, 05:55:23 AM »

Sounds like a party! Where are  you going to be?

Also, if you have any ipads laying around that are not getting any use let me know how much and I will take one off your hands.

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« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2010, 09:34:01 AM »

My wife and i will be in Charleston, SC....  i think its pretty far from hilton head but if you know the area just point me to the place where i can spend pockets full of 1 dollar bills.


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« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2010, 10:04:41 AM »

Yall will have fun in Charleston, its a great place. Its about 1.5 hours north of Hilton Head.

As far as a place to go to spend some bills, go to the Southern Belle in north charleston. Great place and its BYOB !
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« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2010, 10:59:29 AM »

Great post. I'm an apple freak... My home computer is a g5 tower with a 24" screen my work computer is a mac book pro. I talk on an iphone. I just purchased the Ipad and im starting to use it for pictures and emails. The last few sea trials i've had with perspective customers I've pulled out the Ipad and showed them pics of options right there on the water. My dad, brother and i share a larger sportfish boat we take places and the ipad is the perfect tool to keep in touch.

I keep all of my fishing spots on in MacGPS Pro (a really cool gps interface) I hope that can work with the Ipad some day. Andros is working on an Iphone / Ipad app that's pretty cool. It's about 2 months out but i think you panga guys are going to like and get good use of it!
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« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2010, 06:57:17 PM »

ok andy,
You can't put stuff like that out and not tell us more about it (the app that is).   Roll Eyes
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« Reply #10 on: May 27, 2010, 04:16:33 PM »

I love that Andros is building an ipad app.

I respect the attitude & vision that Andros continues to demonstrate & look forward to trying out another example of how they embrace the future.

Very impressed,

Grant



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« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2010, 04:05:24 AM »

http://www.panbo.com/archives/2010/06/inavx_on_the_ipad_a_beta_testers_enthusiasm.html#more
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« Reply #12 on: June 12, 2010, 07:48:58 AM »

I read that the other day, seems to work well.

Oh and BTW your Avatar seems to fit your perfect... A little left of normal!  Grin
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« Reply #13 on: August 02, 2010, 03:03:09 PM »

I hope the Andros app is going well & i look forward to how they take advantage of another new technology.

i noticed that sunseeker created an app.  it is nothing new & does not really do anything special other then put their website onto a iphone / ipad but it did have one thing i liked that perhaps andros might want to incorporate it into their strategy.

the majority of the sunseeker app is photos and web copy that has just been reformatted, but the link to used sunseekers currently for sale makes sense for everyone.  as a user I have no reason to open the app again other then finding a boat for sale and looking at photos of them. if it makes it easier for people to sell their used sunseeker then they can buy a new one or at the very least keep the resale price high.  I realize that the sunseekers were priced in the millions, but thought that this "listing service" was a cool concept.

take a look at it if you want.

-Grant
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« Reply #14 on: August 02, 2010, 04:32:52 PM »

Okay guys
I pad is good,  However I just spent 3 days taking my friends yacht from miami to Ft Myers  the I pad did great but 3 g service is not 6 miles of coast it did pick up edge,  at times.  So other then playing around with it coastal and in the harbors,  I will leave it to the Garmin  with sat weather and a sat phone,  Just my opinion.  I have a 64 GIG 3g with unlimited data  along with a I phone 3 gs and a Iphone 4 so my data plans are killing me,  I now there are some ways to get around but I dont operate that way.

Wish KVH could come up with a good system for wi-fi at sea

sitting at the doc with WI-fi on bridge surfing the web reading the web and panga forum

Lap tops for all else   17 mac book pro to big get the 15 its the best all round player

3 g in big cities Miami, New york, LA    Are very slow due to demand
3 g in FT Myers was Fast FAST FAST


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