The iPad has no shortage of web browsers, but the Puffin Web Browser offers unque features that can't be found any where else. First of all, the browser allows Flash content, which means you can access a wealth of online video that is normally blocked by mobile browsers. Also, this cloud based web surfer offers blazing speeds and the ability to download directly to Dropbox. Basically, this browser doesn't everything that Safari doesn't. It's a must have app for any iPad owner who wants to surf the web like they were sitting at their desktop. The app is available for iPhone and Android at a reasonable cost of 4.99. Check out www.puffinbrowser.com for the latest news and links for downloading the browser.
Reliable iPad navigation becomes more of a realization with the new Maxsea Timezero iPad. The interface is smooth and intuitive and the charts are reasonable priced for specific regions. By far, this is the best marine navigation app for the ipad right now. If you were thinking about using the iPad for navigation, now is the time!
NOAA has just released an Android only beta version of MyNOAACharts, which displays nearly 5000 charts that are available for offline use. Currently the app allows for GPS positioning and charts can easily be downloaded by region. Unfortunately, the charts can be a hefty download, so Wifi is suggested for initial downloading. The app also includes 8 editions of Coastal Pilot, which offers additional navigation information that is hard to relay on charts. This app is a huge step forward for tablet navigation on various kinds of vessels. At this point, the charts are meant for reference only, but this is a huge blow to many app competitors that offer the same information for large price tags. The app is likely to span out to other platforms; such as, iOS in the future. If you would like to try the app for yourself and offer beta testing, check out the Google Play store here.
My early assessment of the app is totally positive. The charts load perfectly on my Nexus 7 and the built-in GPS is very accurate. This app is a great accompaniment to the physical charts and the Coastal Pilot addition is priceless. This is a must have app for any Android user that travels by sea. I can’t wait for the iOS version. The price tag doesn’t hurt, either! Enjoy!
This is a fun app for the kiddos. I mentionted it because its the free App Of The Day from AppAdvice. Click on the link to download for free. It’s a limited time offer.
This push to talk treat has become a staple among fishermen for easy communication that is both instant and convenient. Recently, we used this in the boat yard to keep in touch with each other at all times. Instead of missing a call, the voice message is instantly there for easy playback. The best feature is that it works for Android and iPhone. Any fisherman that is used to sat phone conversations will fell right at home with this great push to talk app. Check it out for yourself. All of your Facebook friends can be added easily, so it's easy to keep in touch. Now, you will never have to deal with voicemail again.