Originally Posted by Poly
How are you going to charge it IN a case? Have you used an Ipad outdoors in bright sunlight.
There is a stepping stone to what you talk about... At least one manufacturer will let you do all your route planning etc on the Ipad and send the data to the plotter.
Personally I don't think Ipads are ready for boats! If you were looking at one of the almost waterproof tablets like an experia then if you had a cabin or canopy rib it might be OK, but on a SR it's still a no. Of course you could go old school... And use a chart.
Thanks for your input.
There are proper submersible hard cases available with heavy duty cradles to fit them specifically, that allow access to ports. My friend has one that he uses for work. Ipad is out in all weather, left lying in the rain on numerous occassions etc. He has dropped it numerous times in the case and it is going strong without a mark on the tablet itself.
I actually rang him this evening to enquire more about it.
I have also seen the difference the anti glare covers make to tablets and its impressive. My wife even got a few for my kids tablets and they are extremely effective, even in full bright sun.
Waterproofing, securing, glare and power are things I dont see as an issue at all as the solutions are there and already priced up and factored into my sums when I was totalling it up against the price and a plotter/finder with a decent sized screen.
My main queries were regarding the actual usability and reliability of it all. I mean the actual working of the system. I just want one single set-up. And just cant ignore the fact that, with the addition of these wi fi sonar boxes...the whole thing starts to look very very appealing.
I should also mention...I'm saying IPAD as thats just the one that comes to mind and referred to most online but frankly I would be happy with any decent Android tablet as long as all the apps/software required are available for it.
Its definitely interesting to hear peoples differing opinions already.
Really would be great to hear some user feedback from somebody who has set up this system. I have come across a bit of chatter that has been positive but would love to know if anybody on here has tried it.
Definitely not going to be too hasty to rule the tablet, box and app route out as almost all of the negative things I've read and been told have referred to some of the things that I don't see as an issue at all, rather than negativity about the actual operation of such a set up.
As I mentioned...I'm just trying to get a feel for what people that have/are using them think about the actual functionality.