Spent $$$ - stopped updating & changed program names 1/5
I purchased the Western US version years ago before I had an iPad. At the time, it was among the more expensive apps. It looked cool and I was excited to try it out boating. I was disappointed after discovering that the iPHONE SCREEN WAY TOO SMALL for practical use of the app. Additionally, the app also crawled when changing location and zooming in and out. *Those considering the iPhone version should keep this in mind.* I thought the program had great potential and assumed that updates would not be an issue for the price I paid, so I figured I would use it down the road when I had an iPad. (Some time passed where I also had intervening health issues that prevented me from boating.)
After the recent iOS 11 update, I was dismayed to discover the pricey app no longer worked. It appeared in the list of apps showing it needed an update but there was NO LINK in the App store. After digging some more, I noticed that Navionics had cleverly changed the app names and introduced a new pricing structure. Apparently, they changed the program years ago. Strange. I don’t recall receiving any notices that a change was being considered at the time of purchase, nor at the time the products were renamed, nor before the loss of functionality. It also seems kinda fishy that they didn’t keep the old name up in the App store with an explanation after the functionality was cut off or offer pre-existing users a special deal.
It appears they changed the graphics so the iPhone version looks terrible on the iPad and you have no choice but to pay alot more for the iPhone version. Given it is just depth lines, markers and such, I don’t see why they couldn’t design a scale the app like so many other developers have done. The bottom line is I got burned for foolishly trusting them and I caution others to think twice before shelling out money to a developer that has ditched previous users. Never know when they are going to take advantage of an iOS update to change the app design to force you to buy another full priced version.
Works well, but there’s a catch 2/5
I like the app itself, however, when I bought a new phone it wants to charge me, again for full use for what I’ve paid for already. Not happy.
Night vision? 3/5
By Studio B
I tried using your app on the MR340 kayak race in August. I actually emailed your sales dept. in July with questions but never got a response. It was handy to be able to find the current and pace and landmarks/obstructions. The challenging parts were: it was super hard to see the course in the glare of daylight because the line was so small and there was no way to adjust it, at night there’s no night mode to change the colors and save your night vision, when trying to set waypoints on the fly it picked up way to many on shore locations that weren’t even in the same area when I was looking for the next boat ramp checkpoint. The only auto-route I got to work was for the very last leg of the race. There’s an an Android app that does has all of these features and more but I only had an iPhone available. Check out mr340propaddler on the google play App Store.
Give me the old Navionics back 1/5
By Captain Thomas
I use the old iOS Navionics
US Central to deliver a yacht from Chattanooga to Detroit as well as in the bayous of Louisiana and it worked great. Then Navionics quit supporting it to make people purchase this new app but it does not work. The app can't decide direction of travel or speed of travel. I have deleted and reinstalled it as well as put it on a second phone (iPhone 6 then 6s) it is still worthwhile.
They don't deserve that star. 1/5
I bought this app, I used it for a little over a month then needed to upgrade my phone. I get a new phone, same phone and plan but have issues. They no longer support the phone, They tell me I have to wait for the update. I get another phone and download it and they have no record of my previous purchase, so I send them a copy of the receipt, then they said it was that I have an I phone, (I also have an android) then they said I can't use the app because it's no longer supported.
Bad app, with much worse people.
(I have the android phone I purchased the app on, I still have my Google accounts. At every interaction I was handed an additional excuse. First it was that they had no record of my purchase, so I supplied the receipt. Then they said it was not useable with this device, so I explained I still had the original device. Then they said they were no longer offering that app for sale or working on issues with that edition and if I wanted to use it I would have to pay the $15 again.) I needed the product to do one thing, supply me a map of the region I am boating in. The extras sounded cool but when you can't do the very thing you are being purchased for it makes the purchase seem ignorant.
Not sure if I really like it. 2/5
I bought the app to use mostly on Lake Michigan. The app works but it has a few issues.
First, it has only a few of the Mariñas in some areas.
Second, must of the times the routs when you use "boat to" takes you inland. Apparently the app cannot define very well between inland and the water.
Third, it doesn't really gives you the waves report; you have to find some buoys and many times it reports the wrong wave size. When you click on Buoys does not give you the wave info either.
Fourth, once you start the navigation it does not give you the distance to your destination just the information since you started the trip. The map doesn't update your location automatically so you are force to go their way which most likely than not takes you inland.
For being the #1 boating app as they claim, they have a lot to improve still. It is $10 a year after all.
Must I pay on every device? 1/5
By Jim :-p
I have a paid version of Navionics on my iPad. I have a paid version of Navionics on my Raymarine chart plotter. But I have to pay again for a third subscription to get it on my phone? That's just nuts.
Noting good to say 1/5
Be ready to shill out at least 10 dollars in you want any thing on the map at all.
By Jeff in Pullman WA
I am a new boater, and all my experienced boating friends have encouraged me to familiarize myself with the areas I want to visit, so I checked out this app. I was specifically looking at the Spokane river as it flows out of Lake Coeur d' Alene and the charts are simply all wrong. It shows depths of 0-2 feet where there are docks visible on the map and I know for a fact that the area is completely navigable with an average depth suitable to most personal watercraft. Now I'm bummed because I'm unsure whether I can trust this technology or not. What's the deal?
Lowrance plotter sync doesn't seem to work 4/5
Giving this four stars as the app is solid in general but the new functionality in this release for plotter sync to Navcio units doesn't seem to work. It keeps saying my plotter card is not right and it's a brand new Navionics update card that works fin in the plotter and with updates on the computer. Was really looking forward to this functionality talked to Navionics support and they didn't even know they had released this yet. Hope they get it resolved soon otherwise this app is great.
An excellent nav tool, but recent version is SLOW 3/5
I've been using this app for a year as my primary chart (beside a Raymarine plotter) traveling from Lake Ontario to the Bahamas and back because of its ability to chart routes so easily, find nearby marinas and fuel docks, and store my track. I also love the community uploads of the sonar charts. With this I managed to come up the ICW without touching bottom in some of the trickiest shoaling spots. Recent version updates, however, seem to have gotten slower and crash often. It looks as if it's going to network all the time. With speed and reliability back, I'd give this six stars if I could.
iphone and ipad maps needs to be bought separately 1/5
I've bought Europe region map paying serious amount and just learned that I cannot not use it at my ipad. It's very disappointing.
Awesome App. 5/5
This app is great and is a must for anyone wanting to find good spots on lakes for ice fishing or summer fishing. I just submitted a sour review about how it was unclear how to subscribe for another annual subscription, but within a few days my questions were answered. I recommend this app to anyone who loves fishing. Tight lines.
Money Pit 1/5
By Big Red 12
I purchased Navionics South several years ago. It doesn't even exist anymore. No updates. My iPhone actually tells me it won't function. Then they come out with Navionics Lakes and Maps and want more money. Not me. Full me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me.
Beautiful maps, rich info, navigation in name only 3/5
I had hoped this might replace my old handheld GPS. It has some wonderful features but despite the name is unsuitable for navigation. You might say "don't expect to much from this tool and it won't disappoint you".
Just used the trial version on a 45 mile passage in SF Bay. Maps were fast and accurate. Real time currents and tides are surprisingly good and useful. Local sonar charts have recent details not available elsewhere. I might buy it for this alone. I'll never leave my paper charts at home but this is so much more flexible and convenient.
The route planning tool was also great, but falls over when you want to sail the route.
A huge lack is you can't import waypoints. This alone kills the idea of using it to navigate.
Real time navigation is very limited. Concepts such as VMG, Turn, Heading, and likely many others are missing. The interface to interact with a route while on the journey is clunky. You are left with eyeballing your track and guessing what to do.
I'm waiting and hoping for OpenCPN, but in the meantime this is worth a longer look.
I spent well over $100 on Blue Charts and won't be doing that again. But I'd really love to drop the old GPS into the chart table along with my back-up paper charts... That's not happening yet. If Navionics decided to live up to their name and create a navigation module in deed instead of only in name, buying this would be a no-brainer.
As is, I'll probably keep looking for others.
User interface 1/5
The user interface is terrible. It randomly zooms, makes a track, depth display disappears. Fix the user interface and this app might be worth something. Otherwise it's junk.
Garbage App 1/5
Depth contour is garbage. Drove out to numerous "holes" on this app to find nothing. Bottom contour is not even close to what this app says! Don't waste your money!
Zero stars 1/5
If I could this app zero stars I would. I went to 4 wrecks in the bay and was dead on with the app when I dropped a buoy. After diving down we saw 0 wrecks. This app has 0% accuracy and is a waste of space. DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS APP!
App draining battery FIXED. 4/5
I have had this app on my iPhone 6 for the past few months without any issues. Over the last few days, my battery was losing power and the indicator was listing this app as main source. What is strange is that background and location services were turned off at all times except when using the app. This app was a substantial high percentage away from the second draining app Facebook. For some reason the app is running background and location services 24/7 despite being turned off in settings. It's a shame I had to delete it because the service worked great when I used it on my boat. Hopefully, the developer will fix it or I might just reinstall it a few days from now to see if the battery drainage issue has been resolved. If it is better I will change my review but at this time I am only giving 1 star because I paid for it and now can't use it.
UPDATE: deleting the app and reinstalling has fixed this issue. I am glad because it is a great tool out on the water. Really helpful when I am planning to fish new lakes and pick out potential spots to cover water.
Its ok. 2/5
Cannot share markers or route so fellow boaters can open on their end. It only send them a USELESS screenshot. Not worth what they ask for the app.
Stopped working. 1/5
Used to work. Now gets stuck on promotional screen to trial new version. No way around it. Not what I signed up for. Will simply remove.
Very Reliable 5/5
I've used this for my first year of boating on Puget Sound and found it highly accurate and very reliable. I have a suction clip for the phone which hooks to the dash and I also plug in the phone charger while boating since it will use a lot of battery during a five hour trip. I love how it provides me with a trail to follow back to the launch, I can plot trips, check the tides and weather and have a history of my trips that I can email to friends if I want. This is my favorite app. If I buy a larger boat in the future with an in-dash gps, this will be my first choice app. A friend of mine was fishing in Puget Sound last year on his friends larger boat. His friends Garmin failed at a critical time when the fog rolled in. My friend happened to launch his Navionics app before the trip and it guided them back to shore safely, avoiding rocks, land masses, etc. you can't go wrong with this app.
This app used to be free. They got me when I recently upgraded all apps on the iPhone. Now you are forced to purchase a subscription. While not expensive at $10, it's a big disappointment.
Problems fixed 5/5
The previous version wasn't working on my iPhone 6s. So the folks at Navionics contacted me (or I contacted them, can't remember) and they offered seeveral options to fix the problem. After one or two attempts they helped me get it working again (just like it used to). Now this recent version also works great. Thanks! Really impressed with the product support - you don't see tha too often these days.
Light and manageable charts 3/5
By Colle Nav
Basic bathymetry charts for US coasts; simple graphics and isobars
Tracking location in background 1/5
This app is actually very useful and offers a comprehensive feature set. However, this app uses your GPS location data while in the background and does not allow this to be turned off in iOS settings, which makes it not only dangerous to your privacy but contributes to battery consumption. This occurs even if you force close the app.
Please consider letting users set location usage to "while using" instead of forcing users to "Always" or "Never" options.
Good, but could be better 3/5
By Jorgan Morgan
The maps that I chose don't show the the proper canals, and markers, this doesn't affect me very much because I know my area, but for beginners, it may screw them up. I know there is a thing that said not to completely rely on the app, but considering the technology we have you should they should get the charts right.
Share is a myth. Very limted and cumbersome. 1/5
For the price of this app, the claims should not be lip service. Just confirmed that the Sharing Feature, to share your Markers, Tracks or Routes is VERY Limited to yourself. Sharing via email or messenger or txt can certainly be done. BUT what you share or others who also are in the Navionics eco system CANNOT be imported to your app for your use. Only option is to manually enter market lat/long.
Considering that this could and should be SOP, I've lowered my rating. Share is very limited and is simply not working as it should. Sadly, by design of Navionics Dev team.
I updated the app and now it takes time to open then when it does it almost immediately shuts down. HELP
Poor Resolution compared to HD 1/5
Nice try, but requiring 2 licenses (1 for iPad HD) and another full price for iPhone standard resolution is simply not cool. So if you want on more than 1 device, (iPhone and iPad), AND only want to pay 1 license you'll need to get the STANDARD version. The HD version is MUCH BETTER. BUT your purchase will not work for iPhone. If you Purchase the standard for the iPhone, and use it on your HD iPad(s), you can use it but you'll regret it becuase the resolution is so poor. Only solution is getting 2 licenses. And thats why I give this app 1 star.
Crashes. All. The. Time. Can't. Use. 1/5
This app used to work fine. Current version on up to date iOS crashes on start up.
Trial version not helping 1/5
By Dennis Grandinetti
I downloaded the trial version as suggested by Navionics. Well the trial version seems to hang up or freeze. So if they expect me to buy the paid version this app is not helpful and working for me to buy. I suggest they fix it. So I must say at this point don't spend your hard earned money.
Worth the $ 5/5
I use this app for ice fishing. I find that sometimes the contours and depths are spot on, and other times it completely misses, even within the same lake.
I do find that if I find a good fishing spot, and I place a marker in the app, I can get right back to that spot in the future.
I have the app for iPhone and my friend has it on droid, and I can zoom in more than him, so it seems to have an advantage on the iPhone.
By Capt Leroy
Don not buy this app!!!
Lost all my updated Sonar Charts instantly.
2 years work at huge cost in fuel, hours,time and navionics! All gone.
I believed this app would make life simple.
All I purchased was a disaster!
Saltwater Kayakers: Get This! 5/5
The iPhone version is superb for ocean Kayakers. App shows tide & current info; invaluable for those of us paddling at 2 or 3 knots. Get the app then purchase the Navionics map subscription - you wil not regret it! And pick up a cheap battery pack on eBay so u don't drain the iPhone battery before your body poops out.
When you're in a new area, this makes it easy to find your location. So much cheaper than the card for a GPS!!
Latest update is a fail 1/5
By Peen hammer
Lost access to Govt maps with latest update. App is useless now.
App is sick! Turn by turn directions... And sweet tracking.., records the exact route you took, the speed you were going etc..
Chartplotter it's not! 1/5
Why set a depth if it routes on land and water? Straight line between two points on a lake, really? No better than a paper map. Waste of time.
Very Helpful 5/5
Navionics works great in the Puget Sound. I have been using the free "govt" chart option. Very helpful. Wish I had the app earlier, it would have saved me from having to buy a prop.
Best app ever 5/5
It freakin works. And it's surprisingly fast on 3G. No more bumping the bottom of the shallow river at low tide !!!! Excellent track recording ( and planning) feature as we'll. love it love it love it
Money pit 1/5
I bought the Lakes East Navionics and liked it. Then it was revised and slowed down to the point I couldn't use it while running. I tried to find out how to use it again and was told by Navionics a it is not supported and I could download the new APP free. I did so and found out to get detailed lake maps you have to buy it. I'm ok with that but then it is only good for one year. What happens then? I don't trust Navionics and will not purchase from them for an APP. I have an iPhone 5S.
Could not find any fishing info
This app is amazing and accurate. We took a night cruise on the Mississippi River, all the channel markers and depths were right on. Easy to use.
No upgrade 1/5
payed for old version, and now I have to buy the upgrade for it to work on upgraded iOS8????
Boating app nice but does drain battery 3/5
I saw this comment before but purchased anyway. Very cool app and provides the lake map details I was looking, But.... It really drain the battery like no app I've ever used before even when not using. I had to disable all the apps access to background process. Developer please fix this bug and or provide options to turn off
Excellent app for boating with GPS 5/5
Excellent app for boating with GPS at an incredible low price compared to what the cost could be with units that give the same information!
When This app first came out, the detail was great. Now it is MIA. Worthless as far as I'm concerned.