Which android phone app' for gps chartplotting in Australia?

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  1. djaus
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    djaus Salted Nut!

    I have a Samsung Galaxy S2 & I'm interested in downloading an application to enable accurate real time gps positioning on the ocean. I am in Australia.

    I'm currently looking at AppBrain.com, they have software called NAVIONICS.

    So who else has done this with their Android or iphone & can someone recommend a good app' for chart plotter use.
     
  2. CDK
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    CDK retired engineer

    The Galaxy S2 is a telephone and performs quite well when you use it as such. The other on board gadgets are only toys.
    My Garmin GPS-map, Navigon and even the nameless Chinese truck navigator perform much better than my Galaxy S2. They acquire faster, see more satellites and have better accuracy.
     
  3. whitepointer23

    whitepointer23 Previous Member

    i have found apps for my s3 but no one has australian charts to suit. you have to scan charts and convert them which is over my head. i would happily pay for an aus chart download if anyone knows of one.
     
  4. djaus
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    djaus Salted Nut!

    I concur. As a phone it does a superb job. I wasn't holding my breath for any good phone based software for marine purposes but it was worth asking.
     
  5. powerabout
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    powerabout Senior Member

    Navionics, about $20
    dont forget many of the 'charts' are made up drawings to get continuous charting as there has never been a survey to that scale which is why they all say dont use for navigation.
    The downloads are also cut down packages compared with what you get on a dedicated plotter, same charts but lack of tools.
     
  6. whitepointer23

    whitepointer23 Previous Member

    Thanks for that I just bought a galaxy note and it has the navionics app in the list.
     
  7. djaus
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    djaus Salted Nut!

    Bit of an update. I realized my phone came with the NAVIGON app' (made by Garmin) & it basically does what I wanted.

    Very accurate for offshore use, displays speed & lat' & long' info' too. Not a chartplotter in that sense as it doesn't show reefs, depths ect but it tracks me accurately so in theory I will never lose my way when going offshore, even in fog, provided the satellite connection doesn't drop out. I have a compass onboard anyhow for that scenario.

    I did notice though that once I'd launched the boat the other day it tracked me along a road that was next to the river, when I reached the end of that road, according to the GPS, it jumped out in to the river. All I do then is minimize the screen image as I go further out. Worked a treat.
     

  8. whitepointer23

    whitepointer23 Previous Member

    its only 20 or 30 bucks on playstore for navionics marine plotter
     
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