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    Apple or Motorola tablet????

    Considering purchase of a tablet to use as back up for navigation on small 36 foot recreational boat, sometimes out of tower range. I understand both the Ipad and the Motorola Android have a built in GPS chip capability but my sense is that the apps for the Android are not as plentiful. Would appreicate opinions on which system to acquire. Thanks

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    One thing you'll need to take into account is that only the 3G iPad has GPS capability because the GPS functionality shares some of the same electronics as the 3G circuitry. However, the 3G doesn't need to be turned on or even activated to receive GPS. If you're used to using dedicated sat nav systems for aviation use (I have a Garmin 496) then you need to be aware too that the iPad (and, I suspect, the other tablets) don't offer EGNOS or WAAS capability and don't support differential GPS services.

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    I've owned both and currently only own the iPad2, but in real life I think you'd be able to make either a Xoom (the only readily available Android tab) or an iPad/iPad2 work (subject to the note above). You'll be a able to find apps that will work for either. I came to the conclusion that the Xoom was both a hardware beta and an OS beta but you should still be able to make it work. Sorry not to have some incisive insight. The iPad just plain works better, but it works the way Cupertino wants it to work. The Xoom is more flexible but the whole Android tablet market is about a year behind Apple right now (not surprisingly - that will probably change).

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    Isn't there an obvious answer to this question?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim SPRACKLEN View Post
    One thing you'll need to take into account is that only the 3G iPad has GPS capability because the GPS functionality shares some of the same electronics as the 3G circuitry. However, the 3G doesn't need to be turned on or even activated to receive GPS. If you're used to using dedicated sat nav systems for aviation use (I have a Garmin 496) then you need to be aware too that the iPad (and, I suspect, the other tablets) don't offer EGNOS or WAAS capability and don't support differential GPS services.

    Tim
    i've had good luck with a wifi ipad an this in my car
    XGPS150 Universal Bluetooth GPS Receiver

    and apps
    Hundreds or Apps and Dozens of new uses to your device | XGPS150 Universal Bluetooth GPS Receiver

    the tomtom and Magellan work well for on the roads, but i don't know about boat apps

    the asus transformer has gps build in but have not found apps i like for it
    Last edited by bill_d; 05-25-2011 at 12:45 AM.

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    Motorola hasnít priced their Xoom Tablet yet.

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    Tablets

    Motorola has priced their Xoom. Saw an ad Sunday that has the Xoom with 10.1 screen, 32G storage Android 3.0 for 599.99. Dual Core processor. Does this have the built in GPS?

    It does appear at this time Apple has more going for it, albeit you will pay more. Later on the xoom may have a lot more to offer with more features and less cost. Have to wait and see if apps writers produce for it. Thanks for information but if buying today would probably spend the extra money and go Apple.

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    In my opinion, Apple will remain top of the tree for at least two years yet. I have played around with quite a few Android based tabs. None of them has the functionality of the iPad.....Yet.

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    Huh??? Totally wrong. $599 wifi only, $800 CDMA no contract.

    Quote Originally Posted by goosonano View Post
    Motorola hasnít priced their Xoom Tablet yet.


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