Oh about 32GB of storage, you must spend much more time in a car than I do. I used to drive trucks. By law your limited to 11 hours behind the wheel straight, I don't know many people that are behind the wheel for more than a few hours total a day. I use to drive right up to 11 hours and sleep for 10, get up, get some breakfast or lunch whatever the case, diesel up and be on my way.
I've also done three different tours with a courier company I have worked for off and on since 1998. That's 8-10 hours behind the wheels, not always in car, I'd go maybe 1-2 hours on average without a delivery or pickup to make.
Last job was 22 mins one way to work. Barely enough time to listen to music on Sirius (maybe 3-4 full songs).
Again my 2 cent.
So after 5 pages of dialogue, what can we all agree on regarding the OP's original question/issue?
Yikes! Was it something I said?
Anyhoo, I went into Car Toys to check out the Tab since they're on sale for $299 and as a test I installed (and a display unit) doubleTwist, Poweramp and Winamp and they all fullscreened nicely. Unfortunately Mixzing (my favorite) doesn't fullscreen (it does sort of, but not quite). They said they had pictures of one of their stores successfully installing a Tab in a customer's vehicle, but were unable to find them at the time. They said they make custom dash kits for any car so I'm going in tomorrow to get fitted and quoted.
I've always thought that when it comes to device-car attachments they should be made modular if possible... so like a car dash specific piece with a standard cavity that integrates with the device piece. Doing it that way would really change the economics for custom pieces for things like Android tablets etc.
This is exactly the kind of set up I want. The youtube poster's channel also has some more videos.
Outstanding! I'm going to show this to the Car Toys guys to see if they can do this too (nah, I still haven't gone yet).
So its charging AND using the 3.5mm jack for audio out? Any idea how he's changing the volume and have previous/skip controls through his steering wheel?
He must swivel it out to wake the Tab's screen, right? If so, this can be fixed by enabling the "keep screen on when charging" option in system settings, right?
So I went to Car Toys and they quoted me $300 to $400 for something basic, $600 to have it flush with the OEM dash and they couldn't give me a hard number to do something similar like the guy in the video in prodigalsun's post. Looking at the video they said I wouldn't be able to go with the swivel option without cutting into more of the dash since my OEM radio plate and the Tab is the same exact length vertically and a little more space is needed. With that said, I'm no longer pursuing this project. It requires too much hassle for a overall unproven/unpolished solution and an OS that *might* have better car friendly apps and solutions down the road. I'll stay in the stands until someone makes a killer infotainment app or a good number of developers start releasing apps that are worth the installation hassle.
Edit: a quick googling gave me this:
Maybe the Tab has something similar going on.I have a SkullCandy headphones+mic. They have a single button next to the mic. This button works to pause/play the Meridian music player on my Droid Incredible. Pushing the button twice rapidly pauses and then skips to the next track and plays. If I push the button when no music player is open, it opens Meridian and plays. If I push when some other music player is open, it opens Meridian and plays.
Presumably the button works by changing the resistance over the headphone wires. Checking the resistance between the sleeve (which seems to be ground) and the other contacts (Tip, Ring1, Ring2) I find that without the button pressed, the resistance is about 1 kOhm for all three. Pushing the button changes the resistances to be: 17 Ohm, 17 Ohm, 1 Ohm for the Tip, Ring1, Ring2 respectively.
That would be cool.He must swivel it out to wake the Tab's screen, right? If so, this can be fixed by enabling the "keep screen on when charging" option in system settings, right?
Ya, eBay is where I picked up a spare console for my car (for what was then for my CarPC project, which I obviously didn't end up doing). Plus I heard Car Toys say it ain't nothing but fiber glass that they would use anyway (for the Tab custom dash kit) which I'd imagine is obtainable to the average Joe. Newer cars would be more suited for a project like this since most of them have bigger space in the OEM head unit area.