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Old 09-22-2010, 05:31 PM
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is there a good marine GPS app for the android phone. I just got an android, which is awesome by the way, and wanted to know if anyone has a good app to use as a backup gps? any other good fishign related apps?
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Navionics has their charts available for our phones.

I haven't had much luck getting it to work, I can never get it to find a fix and figure out where I am. But other people rave about it so I think I may just need to keep trying. Even without being able to find me though, it's pretty cool just to scroll through and zoom in/out on certain spots.

As far as other "fishing" related apps, the weather channel app is nice, as is Radar Now. There's also one, I believe called Bluefin that gives marine forecasts.

That's all I've really found so far.
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I have Radar Now, and it's good, but the zoom doesn't take you in far enough to really see what you need to see IMO. I just got iMap Weather, which gives more weather info, and the map will zoom to street level, and show your location. The only thing I don't like about it is when you go to the radar map, it starts off with the whole USA, and you have to zoom and pan to your location.

Tide Prediction and TideApp are the 2 tide programs I have installed. I find Tide Prediction easier to read, but TideApp gives tides for more locations.

Compass is a cool app. It's really just a compass, but you can display it in all different modes, it gives long/lat, and a bunch of stuff.

Google Sky Map is cool for when you're out at night. Identifies what is above your head, and is just cool.

A must have for all Android users is Advanced App Killer. It shuts down programs that are running in the background, and adds major life to your battery in doing so. I was shocked as hell to see how long some apps stay open after you 'shut' them down.

So far that's what I've found. I'm sure there are more, or will be soon.
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I down loaded the Navionics charts for my Motorola Droid...I think it was somewhere around 10 bucks...I went to the droid store on the phone and searched "marine". Seems to work pretty good as far as I can tell. sets tracks, can enter waypoints and such.
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thanks. one of my boat partners got a 50 app for his iphone but then couldn't use it because he was getting naseaus in the 3-4s we were in. i wanted it for a gps backup but it is pretty hard to use while running. i may wait a bit and see what is out in the spring
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I have the Bluefin marine forecast app which works pretty good.
I don't use my phone as a backup GPS due to signal loss issues outside of 8 miles. I have 2 units on my boat.
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There is free app called tracks which will plot your exact track over google sat maps. Perfect for skinny water, you can zoom in and see sand bars and bottom extremely well. Also keeps a stat log. Not as good as the iPad nav apps but will get you home. Droid x is the baddest phone I have ever owned or seen.
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X2 proline2. I use tracks everytime - its a cool trip log and my friends love it when I email the map showing where we went that day.
As far as advanced task killers are concerned...not required for this OS. Its not windows.
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X2 proline2. I use tracks everytime - its a cool trip log and my friends love it when I email the map showing where we went that day.
As far as advanced task killers are concerned...not required for this OS. Its not windows.

It still spontaneously reboots occasionally
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Cool, I'm waiting on my Droid Incredible this week !!!
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As far as advanced task killers are concerned...not required for this OS. Its not windows.
I know it's not Windows based, it's Droid, duh. I've been using Droid since Feb 09. There are apps that stay on after you exit. This shuts 'em down like a force close. No, there's not a problem with the app, it's the way the apps behave.
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Cool, I'm waiting on my Droid Incredible this week !!!

I got one...waiting on the Droid X v2 now
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Navionics has their charts available for our phones.

I haven't had much luck getting it to work, I can never get it to find a fix and figure out where I am. But other people rave about it so I think I may just need to keep trying. Even without being able to find me though, it's pretty cool just to scroll through and zoom in/out on certain spots.
is your gps enabled in your phones settings? i had to manually turn mine on in the menu for gps apps to work...
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I'm using an HTC EVO and have very good success using the Navionics software. I can text out to about 32 miles, and the app does not need a phone connection to work in GPS mode. It just eats the battery quickly, so bring a charger cord.
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I am using the Navionics app too and it works well as a backup. I am running it on Android 2.2 (froyo) on an HTC HD2 (a Windows Mobile Phone I have installed Android on. I am a bit of an Android nerd). Here is an article describing why you should NOT run a task killer app as suggested above: http://lifehacker.com/5650894/
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Here is an article describing why you should NOT run a task killer app as suggested above: http://lifehacker.com/5650894/
Ok, learned something. I rescind my recommendadtion, and apologize to firefly. Gonna try watchdog now.
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I have been using an android app called Train Stop Alarm which is designed to sound an alarm and send a text to someone when you are nearing your train station. Instead of on a train, I use it on the boat and it automatically sends a text message to my wife we are within two miles of the marina so she can drive down and meet us when we arrive. Beats having to stop the boat to make the phone call.
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Navionics App is great, been using it for a couple of months and no problem is a great backup just in case your batteries go dead for some reason.....also the weather channel app is great, get great reception her in SFl..
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earthNC lite its free and uses raster nautical charts. Free version does not have tracking trails or routes i think but heck its free.
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I've heard of ways to use android gps marine apps in deep water beyond cell coverage, but understand cellphone or tablet needs to have built-in gps chip. Heard of 7 and 10 inch tablets replacing replacing regular marine units and doing rather well. I use MX marine crom the Google store and xoes very well, but looses signal about 12+miles out, so must not have my cellphone setup correctly (Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket). I purchased the Nexus 7 tablet which wod be awesome if I could work directly from the gps signals. The MX map sectionals are downloaded beforehand and appear accurate. Nice to plan trips in the house and then mount it on the boat for use. Also, k e weather app you sbould consider is StormEye, ton better than Radar Now. If any of you know any cell/ta lets that can be used without wifi/cell coverage please let me know.
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