Originally Posted by ChasLondon
I have spent a lot of time researching Navigation apps for an iPad vs. traditional charts and compasses...
IMO, a strange thing to do (but why not?). If I might be so bold, it's a little like comparing a walking stick to a motor bike - they'll both help get you there but in completely different ways.
The nature of the comparison has lumped in all the iPad issues (battery, brightness, etc) with the Electronic Navigation issues (position lag) and compared them to paper charts, while at the same time completely ignoring the multiple benefits of a decent plotting GPS (Chartplotter) vs Paper Charts alone.
Which Navigation App/s did you actually use? Where they all using online data or did you upload proper charts? An App like Navionics will do a lot more than just tell you where you have been (past) but can be programmed with a route and then provide you with very useful information about where you should be in the future.
I never go to sea without paper charts, but I wouldn't consider doing so without some form of electronic charting facility as well - they are just too good to leave at home.