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Apple or Motorola tablet????

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by fighterpilot, May 24, 2011.

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    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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    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
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    Motorola hasn’t 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.

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    Its really ur choice...and its not a very gud indication to be searching in "ipadforums"..lol..what do u expect? All the people here are generally ipad OWNERS or that have finalized on iPad...so they will obviously say ipad..mostly! do a google comparison and MORE importantly try both devices if u can..personally i will say ipad coz of ease of use and again i own one too..lol :p

    hope u find ur love! :)
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    VZW says $599 with a 2-yr contract. Specs say
    All–Digital, 800/1900, CDMA EVDO rev A
    4G LTE Upgradable (When available)

    thus not wifi-only.

    Walmart shows wifi-only marked down to $569 from $599.
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    Yes and no. Some forums would bash, slam and flame just for bringing the subject up but there are many multi platform users who post here and often are honest about which they prefer and why .
    I'd suggest a 3g Ipad because it has the independent gps capability, is ready for prime time and to me would be more trust worthy in an emergency of using the GPS function if for no other reason than the Navionics app that I've not seen yet on Android or Windows. Its am awesome app for water navigation

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    Don't forget to consider WHERE to buy either. While Apple may set the price and the store have to live with it, some do offer other things to entice your business, like >30 Day Warranties or free/bundled accessories. I've heard Target is a good choice due to their warranty policy being like 90 days vs. AppleStore and Best Buy being 30 days. Chime in if there are other considerations as well.
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    I've owned both, and eventually went with the ipad2...but you will have a tougher deicision than me.

    When it comes to GPS, the GPS on Android phones/tablets are significantly better in my opinion. Google Maps/Nav is fantastic and is pre-installed with android products. There are good third party options for ipad, but I have yet to find one that can compete with the free items that are included with the Xoom.

    You are correct about apps. The Xoom doesn't have many that are made specifically for tablets at all. With that said, a large number of android phone apps do work (full screen) with Xoom without much issue. Functionally, the apps are there...but compared to the quality and detail of ipad specific apps, the Xoom isn't even in the same ballpark.

    The Xoom also has a lot of bugs that need to be worked out, and the iPad2 seems to be much more polished.

    I would say this: If you are looking for a tablet that is a GPS first and a tablet second, go with the Xoom. If it's the other way around, go with the ipad2.
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    For the record, Best Buy has changed the return policy on tablets to 14 days. I had to fight this very issue when I returned my Xoom . The person I bought the tablet from said it was 30 days, but the actual policy is 14. My local store doesn't even have this listed on the wall or on their receipts yet, but it is on the Best Buy website.
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    Solorca your observations are revealing. By that I mean, my use would be as a backup to marine navigation hence the GPS is primary. I'm not really into the latest technology, being 77 years old and still using an old wireless phone with a pull out antenna, but it seems like a good way to get a backup GPS and some functionallity for other things if I every can master them. Thanks
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    Costco will do $589 for the wifi-only, Staples is $599. $599 is list for the wifi-only Xoom.
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    Why are you even considering the Xoom when the Asus Transformer is essentially the same tablet for 399 with the optional accessory of an amazing laptop dock that extends the battery life to 16 hours? Not to mention that the screen on the Transformer is a much higher quality display.

    And yes, if your main use for a tablet is GPS, then there is no contest. Google Navigation is so many leagues ahead of anything for the iPad that its not even fair. Integrated voice actions makes it so much more useful. ie Tap an icon and say: "Navigate to Starrbucks" and Google Navigation automatically launches and starts navigating you to starbucks. Or "Navigate to 3665 elm street washington dc" and it automatically routing you.

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