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iPhone Navionics Charts on Sale
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posted 05-22-2009 12:44 AM ET (US)
FYI to everyone: I just got the Navionics charts for my iPhone. The complete set for Puget Sound to Southeast Alaska was on sale for $10. The Navionics viewer is free. This is a great deal for anyone with an iPhone as a backup. Some other regions are also on sale, so check out the App Store. I am pretty impressed with the quality of the charts and the speed at which they can be zoomed and panned. I actually prefer these charts to the much more expensive Garmin charts on my Oregon and Nuvi. The iPhone screen is superb and the interface is better. If only the iPhone was submersible and drop proof.
posted 05-23-2009 08:39 AM ET (US)
Will those charts and application work on an iPod Touch?
posted 05-24-2009 08:09 AM ET (US)
Upon learning of this, I purchased the $5 U.S. Coast chart package for my iPhone. The level of detail and ease of use compare favorably with printed charts. And you also get tide, current, and even marina information, plus GPS features.
I am concerned about water getting into my iPhone. Apparently it has moisture indicators which change color after contact with water, thus voiding your warranty. I've seen rubbery boots which cover the top and bottom electronic ports, something I may want to acquire. And the impact on battery life using these charts may be a concern.
The Navionics FAQ for this product states, "Yes, but only with second generation devices. With the iPod touch, you will not be able to locate your position because there is no GPS capability currently available on this mobile device; however, you are able to view all the charts and associated navigation detail."
posted 05-24-2009 08:59 AM ET (US)
I have been told by Navionics directly that the Nav program for the iPhone is on hold for a variety of bottlenecks. I will inquire again on Tuesday as to exactly what this means. All I know is they gave us some neat brochures for our store but now have told us not to distribute them and put them away.
posted 05-24-2009 12:41 PM ET (US)
Very interesting. I wonder if my Navionics chips can be ready on my Garmin Nuvis?
posted 05-24-2009 02:07 PM ET (US)
Warren, I don't believe you will be able to use your Navionics chips on your Nuvis. Garmin has their own charts that are generally more expensive (in my experience) than other brands and only compatible with their own units. I've been pretty impressed by the quality and speed of the iPhone charts. My iPhone is the original one, so no GPS, but they are still handy.
By the way, my iPhone has been very tough. I've had it for close to two years and haven't broken it. It's fallen out of a moving car (going about 25 mph), been in an outer pocket of a ski jacket for about 90 days of skiing, and fallen countless times. Somehow it still works...
posted 05-24-2009 02:32 PM ET (US)
Thanks for the update.
I went to the Navionics website and read the FAQ's. I have a 1st generation iPod Touch but my son won't give it back since I "loaned" it to him.
I'd get an Iphone if it wasn't bundled with AT&T. AT&T cell phone coverage in my area is awful.
I do like the Navionics data.
posted 05-24-2009 07:25 PM ET (US)
Just bought an new iPod Touch and downloaded Navionics for the West Coast. Very cool for $5.
posted 05-28-2009 09:54 PM ET (US)
Just downloaded the Great Lakes Gold region to my iPod touch, this is way just too cool, although I can't track my position like they can on the Iphone (because the touch doesn't have GPS) it'll still be nice in conjunction with my handheld Garmin GPS, keeping me out of trouble until I can afford that Killer Chartplotter
posted 05-29-2009 02:44 AM ET (US)
This site has some useful info for mobile phones on boats including WM/Palm phones with GPS and others
posted 05-29-2009 11:36 PM ET (US)
I think I recently read that the AT&T/Apple deal for iPhone
exclusivity is about to expire.
Coverage sent me from AT&T to Verizon a couple of years ago.
posted 05-30-2009 02:25 AM ET (US)
Chuck I heard a rumor that Verizon might get a shot at selling the Apple iPhone but probably not until next year. Verizon is switching to 4G from 3G, going to LTE from CDMA starting the end of this year. Apple doesn't make a CDMA phone so most likely Apple will wait until the rollout of LTE.
My iPod Touch internet download speeds via Wi-Fi have been as high as 10.7 Mbps. My home computer's Comcast Cable hardwired download speeds have hit 20 Mbps.
AT&T's 3G wireless internet speeds are typically around 300-600 Kbps. I was shocked at how slow my friend's iPhone download a small picture via email through AT&T's 3G network.
So if you have and iPod Touch or iPhone, use Wi-Fi for internet connections when possible, the speed difference is shocking.
I also switched from AT&T to Verizon due to better cell phone coverage.
Here's a speedmeter to test out download speeds. Click Speed Meter near the top of the page.
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