Will a 32Gb Ipad work okay with either Garmin Mapsource or Basecamp?

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  1. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra

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    Howdy gang,
    I was just out shopping for a Christmas present for my wife. She wants an Ipad. The 32Gb version is on sale for $250.

    https://www.bestbuy.com/site/apple-...ffcode=pg259135&ksdevice=c&lsft=ref:212,loc:2

    I had a Dell Venue Pro 8 with Windows 8.1. I carried it in a Pelican case. It made for a compact, bombproof setup and I could up/download tracks and routes to my Garmin 478. But the micro usb data/charging port quit working which seems to be a common problem based on my google inquiries. And getting it set up to work was a major PITA which I documented in this thread:
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...tor-maps-on-microsd-in-dell-venue-pro.984597/ The only (sort of) Windows tablet replacement seems to be a Microsoft Surface Pro which is almost 3 times the cost of the Ipad above.

    So, I'm looking at that Ipad. I've never used anything with an iOS operating system. So I have a couple questions:
    1) Will the 32Gb capacity be more or less of a problem on iOS vs. Windows? I'd never buy another Windows tablet with 32Gb. I'm wondering if the iOS system takes up less of the 32Gb than Windows does

    2) I haven't paid super close attention to past iOS threads but from what little I have gleaned from those is that Garmin programs seem to work better on Windows computers than Apple. Can I make Mapsource (preferably) and/or Basecamp work on the Ipad?
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  2. 250senuf

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    Mapsource is PC only. There is a Mac version of Basecamp but I don't know if it will run on iPads.
    Agree that 32Gb is really not enough for a Windows tablet. I have an Acer 8" 32gb Win 10, have Mapsource and Basecamp installed. Mapsource is not suited to a touch device.
    Know nothing about the iApple world
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  3. bkg123

    bkg123 Yes, that bike makes your ass look fat

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    No.. Basecamp doesnt run on IOS.
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    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    if you end up with a cheap android tablet/phone you can make all the tracks and routes you want. if your Garmin supports usb-otg you can then transfer them to the Garmin via a usb-otg cable I have no idea which models can do this.

    creating/editing/cataloging/storing/sharing tacks is super easy on Android os devices.

    if the Garmin lines ever get real Bluetooth/Wi-Fi capabilities, it will be a game changer for sharing with them.
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  5. sleazy rider

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    If you’re looking to do routing with Basecamp, it requires at minimum a real laptop. It doesnt run on any Apple or Windows tablet that I’m aware of at this time. As far as BC not running well on a MacBook? I hate running Basecamp on Windows. Basecamp on OS X is much easier for me to use. I have both, so it’s not for a lack of experience. :lol3
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  6. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra

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    I was very happy using Mapsource on my Windows tablet once I added a bluetooth mouse. At one motorcycle gathering, a riding rally got rained out so we had a bar rally. Using my tablet and mouse, I was the highest 'finisher' who didn't have local knowledge of the rally area. My tablet had the full version of Windows vs the dumbed down version made for tablets which couldn't use Garmin programs.

    I take it from the comment above that the Ipad doesn't use OS X. Is that correct?

    edit: google to the rescue. I didn't realize iOS was not used in computers as well. So Basecamp doesn't work with iOS, correct?
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    Correct. No base camp on iOS.
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  10. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra

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    You can add an SD card cheaply. Then configure it to store the large items like the maps and other media on the card.
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  12. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra

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    If you read my thread referenced above, for some reason the Dell tablet wouldn't use that card which caused many hours of headaches. So I'd just prefer to avoid that potential problem and get 64Gb
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  13. HarveyM

    HarveyM Been here awhile

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    So how does getting a (PC or android) tablet for your wife that suits your needs, when she wanted an iPad work? That wouldn't make for a happy Christmas in our house.

    Depending on your wife 32 gb is fine. I bought a 64 gb third generation iPad for mine (which she used ~ 20 gb of) and she complained it was too heavy (because she used it in bed at weird angles when she couldn't sleep). So when the iPad air came I bought her the 32gb version and no complaints, and she uses it a lot.
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  14. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra

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    Mine either. She will get her own Ipad. While shopping for her, I started wondering if it would work for me. Apparently not.
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    Yeah, I've done the same but then it loses the simplicity/functionality of just a tablet.
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  16. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    the iPad can't do it, so others that will were suggested. forcing a PlayStation3 on the wife that asked for a new rake... is always a bad decision
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