Charts on your iPhone

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  1. DarrenM

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    from the app store
    pretty cool features....

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  3. Dan_Millsip

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    Unfortunately, I can't run it on my older iTouch. :cry:

    Looks pretty good for ten bucks.

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  4. DarrenM

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    Yeah lots of really cool features!
    My phone arrives next week, Ill buy this then and give a review.


    Find nearest marina.
    Call.
    "hi what time does your beer store open?"
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    I have looked at that app too! I have a 32 gig iPhone and would be interested in using my phone instead of buying a separate GPS.
     
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    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMaZEXCsv60[/youtube]
     
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    Amazing. Goodbye Garmin, etc., or not?
     
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    Im still on the fence.

    For me it depends on how well this works... For years Ive been waiting for an "all in one" gadget. I think/hope this is it.
    I own a HUGE otterbox pda housing that I could use for the phone... But they make a new one just for iPhones that's way smaller for $45...


    Hmmm
     
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    I am finally convinced that I need to get on the technology train. :yikes: :yikes: :yikes:
     
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    Stop it now Darren! I don't have that kind of budget. :lol: :lol:
     
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    I don't think so, Dave. I got a new BlackBerry Storm (arguably the biggest competitor to the iPhone) and you can bet I've got all sorts of maps and GPS apps on it. :wink: The accuracy is great, and the maps are also very good... but there's just so much more that the GPS-specific devices are capable of doing. With the limited power and physical space available to GPS-oriented applications on any smart-phone, while the device is also trying to keep track of your emails, phone calls, appointments, tasks, not to mention camera and music-player applications and hardware... a smart-phone can't really be expected to compete with a stand-alone GPS. In the same way, while cameras on these devices are getting better all the time, I can't see them ever replacing even a mid-range point-and-shoot digital camera.

    I took my BlackBerry up Coliseum Mountain a few months ago, and tried using the GPS apps. They were ok, but spotty at times and downloading maps got increasingly difficult as network coverage deteriorated. It's neat to be able to upload photos of yourself directly to the web while standing at the peak of a nearly 5000-foot mountain, but if I had to rely on the GPS to find our way back down again, I'm sure we'd still be up there. I bought a new Garmin GPSMap60CSX a few weeks later.
     
  13. DarrenM

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    32 gigs.


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  14. VanIslePaddler

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    Those are very nice looking charts on that Iphone. I have seen the previous version of maps (perhaps Google Maps based?) on Iphones, and they were of much poorer quality.

    Dave, where are charts available for the IPhone app? Everywhere? Canada? USA? International?

    The Otter box (or somthing else that makes it waterproof) I would think would be essential.

    To lump more and more of our gadgets into a single device (Phone/GPS/Camera/access to tidal info(via internet)) increases the chance of lossing it all. All those functions in a device that does not float, and is not waterproof scares me. I've dropped my phone in the ocean a couple times :(

    I wouild assume (correct if wrong) that the GPS location is fixed via triangulation from cell phone towers, as opposed to sattelite. This limits its use in some areas with only one tower, or weak signals.

    Mind you, if you are using this in an area with good cell coverage, are still carrying your VHF, chart, and compass, well heck, go for it! Convienience is great! I'm always just an advocate for not forgetting the old failsafes.
     
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    I was considering the storm (own a BB now) But its received horrible reviews.
    I will miss the blackberry network though.....
     
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    Good question, Anyone know the answer?

    I believe charts are available for all of North America
     
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    I too just dumped my Blackberry(telus) in favour of the iphone(rogers). I got better reception with the blackberry, but the iphone is way more capable and easier to read for my over 40 eyes! :shock:

    my concern with that app is if you are constatnly using the app you are burning data time! How much data (mb) is an hour of paddling? or would you just pop it on to verify location every hour?

    GPS doesn't have data/roaming charges.................

    I'll probably still get the app :D
     
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    The above video states "no cell coverage required"
    And worldwide charts available.

    Hmm
     
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    Now, this would be cool

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    :lol: :wink:
     
  20. Astoriadave

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    Vanisle wrote: Dave, where are charts available for the IPhone app? Everywhere? Canada? USA? International?

    Don't know.

    To lump more and more of our gadgets into a single device (Phone/GPS/Camera/access to tidal info(via internet)) increases the chance of lossing it all. All those functions in a device that does not float, and is not waterproof scares me. I've dropped my phone in the ocean a couple times
    Agree 100% with this. Plus, using a dedicated GPS has no connect charges, etc. Where I like to paddle, mostly there are no cell phone towers.

    Does the iPhone connection come off a tower or a satellite?