Avionics Report

December 2011 Issue

Garmin’s 796 vs. iPad: Purpose-Built Still Wins

The 796 is no “iPad killer,” but it’s the most complete and capable solution. The iPad options offer a bit less, but can cost a lot less. How much polish do you need?

Imagine a NASCAR-style race where only one car is built from the ground up by a pro team with heavy corporate backing. The rest of the field consists of modified street machines borne of garages where three gearheads worked through the night and drew straws to see who was going to drive. Would it be a surprise when the pro-team won? The surprise would be if the little guys even came close, yet that’s just what’s happening with aviation apps for the iPad and the latest aera 796 GPS from Garmin. We don’t think any aviation app running on an iPad can truly supplant a 796. But not everyone needs the hottest vehicle or is ready to pay the price that comes with it.

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