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Mobile Phone/IPad GPS App Recommendations.

Old 12-05-2017, 05:05 PM
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I am new to boating and just purchased my first boat(used). The boat has a fish finder (old) and I am not interested in sinking a large amount of money into the boat till I know what I want. I was interested in getting feedback on some Mobile GPS/ Chartplotter/Routing Apps you all recommend for NJ, Barnegat Bay. Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-05-2017, 05:10 PM
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good idea to figure out what you want before sinking a bunch of money into something. the FIRST requirement for a GPS screen is that it's easy to view in bright sun conditions. unfortunately no tablet or phone meets this first, primary, requirement. so, no matter what ap you get, a phone or tablet is a terrible choice for a plotter.
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Old 12-05-2017, 05:27 PM
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Navionics is a good app. It's not free but great to use and can sync with some chart plotters when you buy there map cards. You can also use there online app. It's free but you will need internet/data for it to work. I'm keen to find out what other free app's people are useing
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Old 12-05-2017, 05:28 PM
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I have used iNavX http://inavx.com/ on an iPhone and iPad. I find the app works well and while it is not viewable in direct sun I have a top over the helm and that helps out a lot. I keep my iPad in a LifeProof case in case of splashes. The iPad is a model with GPS and cellular card so I do not have peripheral connections and I can get some AIS info if in cellular range.
I think it is very wise to use the boat for a season or so before making any big decisions. I hope you have great fun.
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Old 12-06-2017, 10:54 AM
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Thank you for the feedback and insights.
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Old 12-06-2017, 11:44 AM
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I use Navionics as it directly syncs with my Simrad evo3. I use it on my iPad Pro as a planner/backup/etc. Contrary to what others might say, I can see it fine in broad daylight under my T Top. I even have a RAM mount for it so I can keep an eye on football games, etc while boating on the weekends... not to mention the apple tv hooked up to the evo3! lol... The solarmax screen is worth every cent, but it doesn't mean the iPad is useless... it's fine.
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Old 12-06-2017, 01:22 PM
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I use Navionics as it directly syncs with my Simrad evo3. I use it on my iPad Pro as a planner/backup/etc. Contrary to what others might say, I can see it fine in broad daylight under my T Top. I even have a RAM mount for it so I can keep an eye on football games, etc while boating on the weekends... not to mention the apple tv hooked up to the evo3! lol... The solarmax screen is worth every cent, but it doesn't mean the iPad is useless... it's fine.
ipad pro is THE brightest tablet screen available. it is significantly brighter than even the next brightest tablets, yet I find even this to be not bright enough. but it's ok that we don't agree.
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Old 12-06-2017, 01:25 PM
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ipad pro is THE brightest tablet screen available. it is significantly brighter than even the next brightest tablets, yet I find even this to be not bright enough. but it's ok that we don't agree.

Perhaps you need a bigger T Top??? lol!!! Just kidding friend!
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Old 12-06-2017, 02:29 PM
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I think Navionics offer a 2 weeks trial absolutely free
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Old 12-06-2017, 03:34 PM
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Any experience with PRO Charts App?
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Old 12-06-2017, 07:05 PM
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Can't go wrong with the boating app as others here have mentioned. Best navigation app out there in my opinion. There is just too much packed into this app for you not to give it a try. There is a trial run as well. Has the same navigational and sonar charts as the chart card I use in my gps on the boat. Not only do I use this app for scouting off the water but as an additional tool on the water. It's also packed with weather, tides, currents and additional map options. Check it out for sure.

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Old 12-06-2017, 07:17 PM
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Fieldsfishing85 which app is that you are using?
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Old 12-06-2017, 07:33 PM
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I use navionics on an iPad with a life proof case and ram mount suctioncup base, works great.
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