At first glance, the recently launched iPhone is ideal for use on a coastal cruise. It isn’t just a phone with a built in iPod. It has a GPS built in, its web browser is superior to any other mobile phone browser and well suited for small data entry tasks such as using the skipr.net “Where is my boat” site. On the surface a great phone for marine use!
On my recent sail North on Breakaway, the iPhone hadn’t been released, but I did have a “Touch iPod”, which has many of the iPhone capabilities. Breakaway had WiFi Internet access through the Ericsson W25, so I used the iPod to great effect to keep up with my emails and also used its mini browser for log entries to the Skipr system. For much of the time I didn’t need my computer because the iPod had all the Internet access I needed. When I needed a larger screen or more extensive text entries, my laptop could also conveniently connect to the system.
So how about using an iPhone to do everything?