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Old 24 February 2014, 11:55   #11
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With Navionics and iSailor the charts are loaded directly onto the device for the areas you are interested in.
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Old 24 February 2014, 13:50   #12
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With Navionics and iSailor the charts are loaded directly onto the device for the areas you are interested in.
Therefore likely to need more memory than a 8gb iPhone 4/4s if any detail of maps are stored
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Old 01 March 2014, 12:33   #13
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Therefore likely to need more memory than a 8gb iPhone 4/4s if any detail of maps are stored
I thought the smallest gb capacity of an iPhone 4/4s was 16gb. I didn't know they did an 8gb, ours are 16gb & I wouldn't want anything smaller. The Navionics app is very good & a bargain.
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Old 01 March 2014, 12:47   #14
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Therefore likely to need more memory than a 8gb iPhone 4/4s if any detail of maps are stored
Longjohn. Your posts regarding use of iPhones for navigation are a little confusing to me.

The more recent iPhones have autonomous GPS ability. Navionics charts take up surprisingly little space on the device (Navionics ship FULL UK/Ireland charts for plotters on cards of well under a meg.) The chart function will work perfectly without any mobile signal (or wifi signal) so long as the GPS chip is enabled. Like any GPS, it may take a minute or so to lock on but will function fine thereafter.
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Old 01 March 2014, 14:13   #15
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The 4S is quite old tech these days. It will still work but you may find some of the more intensive apps (mapping would be an example!) a bit sluggish - especially with iOS 7 installed. Personally for "at sea" use I'd be looking at one of the waterproof/resistant options without needing a case. e.g. Sony Experian range. One day you won't put the iPhone in the case (perhaps because you were just popping back to the boat to move it on the pontoon or bail some rain out etc - that will be the time it goes for a swim!). Probably in the same cost ball park as the 4S and will run Navionics etc.
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Old 01 March 2014, 15:17   #16
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The chart function will work perfectly without any mobile signal (or wifi signal) so long as the GPS chip is enabled. Like any GPS, it may take a minute or so to lock on but will function fine thereafter.
So for the technically challenged, how do I enable the GPS chip in my iPhone 4S?

....or is it permanently enabled?
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Go to 'settings' then 'privacy' then 'location services' it's probably on by default but you can choose which apps have access, fewer apps using it extends battery life.
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go android and get mx mariner. awesome on my galaxy s2 and tab 3 tablet. only about 7 quid ish for over half uk and the map is downloaded so no need to be in reception. took me a lot of searching to find it! enjoy
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I have a samsung galaxy note 3, android os. I have the Memory Map App loaded which is free. You can get the uk and ireland charts for 25 quid. All 850 of them. You also get the pc software which is handy for setting out routes and waypoints etc. Which u can download onto phone.

App works fine, though it has crashed an odd time.

Dont buy the mmap gps unit its very poor and locks up. I will sell you mine.
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Go to 'settings' then 'privacy' then 'location services' it's probably on by default but you can choose which apps have access, fewer apps using it extends battery life.
Much appreciated, thank you.

You're right, every app was authorised to access it but now organised to optiimise battery life. Cheers
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