Garmin announced the new Garmin Helm remote control App for iOS (iPhone/iPad) this
week. So far it only supports the new Garmin GPSMAP 8000 series via Wi-Fi. Later other GPSMAP models will be included. But since we have a Garmin GPSMAP 8008 on the test-bed, we decided to take the Garmin Helm app for a test-run.
The Garmin Helm Test-Rig
As we don’t have a Garmin Wi-Fi access-point – we rigged up our own with a Cradlepoint MBR1400 router. We configured the CradlePoint so 2 of the Ethernet ports and one virtual Wi-Fi access-points is routed to Garmin normal B class (176.16.x.x/255.255.0.0) – then we plugged the Garmin 8008 into the CradlePoint router. Continue reading Garmin Helm iPad & iPhone App review
The PC Navigation specialists – Nobeltec – has released their iPad Navigation application – Nobletec TimeZero.
Compared to Navionics, Jeppesen Plan2Nav and Garmin BlueChart Mobile – the NobleTech TimeZero uses raster charts – where the others use vector charts. It means the charts look more polished – and more like paper charts. But it also means when you rotate the charts or use 3D projection – numbers and text will not be “the right way” up for you to read them.
Garmin has just (finally) released a new version of the iDevice (iPad/iPhone) BlueChart Mobile. The new version is 1.3
The new stuff:
Garmin quatix watch support – you can transfer routes, waypoints and tracks – including the virtual staring line for the quatix watch. Garmin – better late than never….. but that was about time. Now lets see if Garmin Connect support is coming any time soon…..
GPSMAP 8000 series support –
New grouping function – create lists where you can group routes, waypoints, catches and tracks making it easier to organise your data
In many marine discussion forums the are heated debates going on about the usage of tablets as the primary MFD (Multi Function Display)/Navigation device. Questions like “Why is there not sonar and radar for iPad/Android tablets. And why should I pay $3000 for a 10” Chart Plotter from Garmin, Raymarine, Lowrance or Simrad when I have a 10” Table for less than $1000. Click to read more for our take on the issue!
Garmin has released the BlueChart Mobile App in the iTunes Store.
The App will turn your iPad or iPhone with iOS6 or later into a Marine Navigation system. It also gives you the opportunity to let your current Garmin ChartPlotter “work” with your iDevice if you have bought the Garmin Marine Network Wi-Fi Adaptor.
The App is free but if you want any usable maps – they cost money. And only with paid options do you get Tide and Current information.
The BlueChart Mobile App is a direct competitor to Navionics and Jeppesens similar products. Navionics has had a great run – where Jeppesens Plan2Nav has not gotten much attention.
We will be back with a full review and more updates later. Watch this space. In the meantime you can check out the full description on iTunes – Garmin BlueChart Mobile