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Submitted: Monday, Jan 06, 2014 at 16:58
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Wondering if anyone has any experience, good or bad with using their i-pad for off road navigation. I am considering either Hema or Mudmaps. I have read a a few nedative reports regarding Mudmaps. Any advise would be appreciated.
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Reply By: Member - Noldi (WA) - Monday, Jan 06, 2014 at 17:02

Monday, Jan 06, 2014 at 17:02
I have HEMA on my iPad, great, and a lot easier to see tham my GPS if I turn up the brightness. I'm happy
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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Monday, Jan 06, 2014 at 17:26

Monday, Jan 06, 2014 at 17:26
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I am very happy with the Hema app, extremely simple to use
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Monday, Jan 06, 2014 at 18:38

Monday, Jan 06, 2014 at 18:38
Hello

There are now two different Hema navigation apps that work on iPad....Hema Explorer and 4WD Maps.

Best to specify which one you are talking about to avoid confusion...I am guessing both of the above replies are referring to "4WD Maps" which was released a few years ago. Hema Explorer has only been out a month or two.

A comparison of the two products can be found HERE

I am no expert on either but if was limited to buying one or the other I would get Hema Explorer.Android version is now available as well (Google Play).

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Greg


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Follow Up By: Member - Noldi (WA) - Monday, Jan 06, 2014 at 18:50

Monday, Jan 06, 2014 at 18:50
Good point Greg, it is the 4wd one
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Reply By: bigfut - Monday, Jan 06, 2014 at 18:35

Monday, Jan 06, 2014 at 18:35
I Run Hema 4x4 Maps on my iPad. Works great. I use it with the iPad mounted on a Ram Mount, attached to the dash, so it sits next to the radio on the passenger side. Hasn't moved on the roughest roads.
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Reply By: Old 55 - Monday, Jan 06, 2014 at 19:11

Monday, Jan 06, 2014 at 19:11
Got both Mud Maps and Hema on my IPad and both have good and bad points, for instance, in the high country the Mud Maps seem better and desert areas are best covered by Hema however the IPad works great. Mine is the IPad Air 128GB version so I am not limited for space. Bought the Floor mounted (seat bolt) Ram and universal head and doesn't move on bumpy roads and can be swiveled to be viewed by both driver and passenger. Buy either map and you won,t be disappointed. By the way both are on special for $99 at present I believe.

Cheers Rod
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Reply By: HarryH - Monday, Jan 06, 2014 at 21:15

Monday, Jan 06, 2014 at 21:15
Ive got the Hema 4wd app on my ipad2 and love it, just make sure you get the iPad with the GPS chip in it. Its the 3g & wifi model that has the GPS chip in it- or it is with the ipad2 at least. Not 100% sure with the new iPads though.
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Follow Up By: yarda - Monday, Jan 06, 2014 at 23:06

Monday, Jan 06, 2014 at 23:06
If you have the wifi only IPad ( just tether it to your smartphone- why pay for 2 data plans) you can just get the Bad Elf Gps receiver to plug into the dock. This also lets you place the receiver up the front of the dash on an extension/power cable for the best reception and daisy chain back to the IPad that's mounted elsewhere out of the glare.
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Follow Up By: HarryH - Monday, Jan 06, 2014 at 23:29

Monday, Jan 06, 2014 at 23:29
Yep you could do that if you like, personally I didn't go that way as I didn't want yet another cable hanging around inside the car. I don't have a sim in my iPad as I rarely use it for internet surfing but have tethered it to my phone on the odd occasion and that worked very well, I pretty much just use it for the mapping when off road. Those Bad Elf GPS receivers look good though if you've got no GPS.
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Tuesday, Jan 07, 2014 at 17:48

Tuesday, Jan 07, 2014 at 17:48
Having just moved from a HP HX4700 to a Nexus 7 for navigation I would always get the internal GPS, so would always go for the 3G/wifi iPad over the wifi only, you can still tether it but the inbuilt GPS is just cleaner I reckon. And I have a iPad2 and iPad3 also, but I reckon the Nexus edges them out, it also runs Ozi, which is outstanding for offroad navi stuff
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Follow Up By: HarryH - Tuesday, Jan 07, 2014 at 20:50

Tuesday, Jan 07, 2014 at 20:50
Those Nexus tablets certainly look like good value, well worth a look if you wanted to get away from apple.
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Follow Up By: Echucan Bob - Tuesday, Jan 07, 2014 at 21:56

Tuesday, Jan 07, 2014 at 21:56
Harry,
I've got both. While the Nexus may be cheap, it spends a hell of a lot of time in the cupboard because the iPad is vastly more pleasurable to use.
My first Nexus just died for no reason. They replaced it very promptly, but not something you'd need on a trip.
Loading maps etc with the iPad is much easier than on the Nexus.
Bob
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Reply By: Member - Ian F (WA) - Wednesday, Jan 08, 2014 at 19:55

Wednesday, Jan 08, 2014 at 19:55
Hi,
If you have a GPS enabled IPad have a look at the Motion X HD map system from the App store. I find it very good and use it quite a bit and very cheap. I do have other more expensive systems but the Motion X is very simple to use.
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