Originally Posted by dubrus
since no one has yet tried sonar on here via a pad, if this thread was "I've tried" there would be zero replies!
Erm i think you find:
A) I said that eariler
B) Some of the post saying no to the use of the Ipad as a plotter and its inherent suitability for use on a boat are made from the point of NO experience and just supposition.
c) your sample price earlier had no charts (I think you'll find charts cheaper for the Ipad than the full chart plotters)
I Use an Ipad as a plotter/GPS everyday on the bike and every time out on the boat, just a harsh an environment as a boat.
So from practical Hand on experience.
Does it work?
Can it be charged from within the case?
Is it waterproof?
Is it robust enough?
35000 miles on a bike in all weathers all year long and 2 years on a boat tough enough?
Are the charts ok?
Navionics are the same, Isailor are great and TimeZero is very swish. Only the Navionics ties into the sonar (from what i can see) but Im sure that will change over time.
Do you need a sim card?
no, but for ipads you need the ability to have one or have a separate gps unit. Other tablets some have gps in built some dont. However if you do have a 3g coverage, Isailor has internet base AIS (others only) which means at least you can see them, better than nothing.
Touch screen can be not 100% in rain and spray but that true for much more expensive dedicated plotters too.
As to cost, I already had an Ipad, so cost to me was £120 for case, lead and mount, then software, £40 ish for chosen map.
I will (as soon as my spine heals) get and try the Sonar unit and let you all know.
If anyone else has real world experience of Tablets as GPS/Plotters I would love to hear your thoughts.