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    In trying to install this in double DIN, you're losing the functionality of the camera. Putting this in a vehicle, that's one of the last things I'd like to do without. Mount the tablet up high and use a single DIN sized e/q with a trim plate to fill the slot.

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    I've been tossing up between Galaxy Tab and Viewsonic Viewpad7 for my double-din. Both fit in double-din and have GPS and 3G, but I've settled on the Viewpad7. I can get it for $400 from Amazon, and the charging cable and headphone jack are both on the bottom when in landscape mode, so should be able to make a dock the Viewpad7 just drops into, whereas with the Tab the charging cable is on the right and headphone jack is on the left. The Viewpad is only 600Mhz but it appears to run stock Android 2.2, so it should be easier to keep up to date, although with the Tab there would be more community support with updates.

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    There are some decent offerings from Archos, as well, but I'm not seeing the support necessary to make me jump into that ship.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whats77inaname View Post
    In trying to install this in double DIN, you're losing the functionality of the camera. Putting this in a vehicle, that's one of the last things I'd like to do without.
    Exactly. That's why I would classify the camera in the tablet as a nice to have, but I would personally rely on a dedicated dvr+camera system. There's a thread around here discussing units like this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by badmonkey23 View Post
    I've been tossing up between Galaxy Tab and Viewsonic Viewpad7 for my double-din. Both fit in double-din and have GPS and 3G, but I've settled on the Viewpad7. I can get it for $400 from Amazon, and the charging cable and headphone jack are both on the bottom when in landscape mode, so should be able to make a dock the Viewpad7 just drops into, whereas with the Tab the charging cable is on the right and headphone jack is on the left. The Viewpad is only 600Mhz but it appears to run stock Android 2.2, so it should be easier to keep up to date, although with the Tab there would be more community support with updates.
    I think the Tab screen is better, have you seen the reviews? Specially the viewing angles. Check Anandtech.com for pictures, but I think you can find it elsewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RipplingHurst View Post
    Exactly. That's why I would classify the camera in the tablet as a nice to have, but I would personally rely on a dedicated dvr+camera system. There's a thread around here discussing units....
    But how many of those would you want in your truck?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RipplingHurst View Post
    I think the Tab screen is better, have you seen the reviews? Specially the viewing angles. Check Anandtech.com for pictures, but I think you can find it elsewhere.
    It probably is, but the 2 cables I need to plug-in are on the sides, I'd have to pull my dash out and start carving into it, I'd rather just build a double-din dock that I can drop the tablet into, makes it easier to take with me as well.

    Couple of questions for Android users

    1. When the screen is locked, do you need to press the On/Off button to turn on the screen, or can you use any of the hardware buttons to activate the screen? Or will plugging in the charger activate the screen? Does anyone know if Tasker can automatically activate the screen and unlock the tablet?

    2. Does anyone know of an app that will make the tablet a bluetooth headset for another phone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by badmonkey23 View Post
    1. When the screen is locked, do you need to press the On/Off button to turn on the screen, or can you use any of the hardware buttons to activate the screen? Or will plugging in the charger activate the screen? Does anyone know if Tasker can automatically activate the screen and unlock the tablet?

    2. Does anyone know of an app that will make the tablet a bluetooth headset for another phone?
    1) Plugging in activates the screen
    2) Nope, not yet at least

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    Quote Originally Posted by badmonkey23 View Post
    I've been tossing up between Galaxy Tab and Viewsonic Viewpad7 for my double-din. Both fit in double-din and have GPS and 3G, but I've settled on the Viewpad7. I can get it for $400 from Amazon, and the charging cable and headphone jack are both on the bottom when in landscape mode, so should be able to make a dock the Viewpad7 just drops into, whereas with the Tab the charging cable is on the right and headphone jack is on the left. The Viewpad is only 600Mhz but it appears to run stock Android 2.2, so it should be easier to keep up to date, although with the Tab there would be more community support with updates.
    You mean both fit in a double din with hacking right? They're both over 7x4, though the Viewsonic is really close. Dammit I really want to find one that fits, but they all have really wide bezels! Just make it a little thicker and get rid of that bezel. The Dell Steak 5 would work, but it seems overpriced for what it is. I really need to find a tablet that will fit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elBradford View Post
    You mean both fit in a double din with hacking right? They're both over 7x4
    Yeah, sorry, I don't mean actually in the DIN cavity, but there is room for both of them infront of the DIN cavity and still be flush with the dash.

    the Tablet will replace the front of the stereo and the dock that holds the tablet will slide into the DIN. There would be room for those little amps behind there too but going to mount a proper amp in the boot.
    The fascia of the stereo in the pic is 195mmx140mm

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    For myself, I would rather pursue doing something like a cheap Chinese no-name android tablet, where I wouldn't be worried about modifying the bezel and buttons for a permanent install. They're out there, and available cheaply in any screen size you want. With some amount of soldering and fab skill, things like clearance for cabling and hardware power buttons become non-issues.

    Yes, I used to be part of the "I want to take it with me" crowd...I did a laptop install and maintained the laptop in a condition I could remove it and use it by itself. Many are looking at the same deal with tablets...they don't want to sink money into, for example, a Galaxy Tab only to tear it apart and lose the tablet functionality. What I say to that is this: If it's cheap enough to put something permanent in that you don't feel bad about it, then why not? The laptop currently in my car, for example, is an older HP I got during a corporate refresh of my companies laptops for $75. So, if I were inclined to rip it apart, no problem...if you do your research, you can fill your car infotainment needs cheaply enough that you won't be worrying about portability.

    The other things people should consider, imho, with a permanent, double-din, etc. install is off-board 3rd party devices. There are devices out there, for example, that will do A2DP to high-quality RCA analog out, there are myfi-style devices aplenty to allow you to put wireless in the car...

    If you look around at the more popular android forums on the net, you'll find all the Ipad look-alikes, as well as tablets in the size and processor class of the Nook color as well as the Galaxy tab. Durability is variable, from "you get what you pay for" to "this is a very durable device for what I paid for it."

    If you do your research on a particular model, you should be able to find a capacitive touch screen model in your screen size with an entirely adequate processor for car infotainment purposes in the $200 range or well below.

    What you can expect to get:
    -7" or 10" capacitive touch screen
    -Cortex A8 class processor or better (handles up to 720p h.264 without complaint, DVD-res flash)
    -expandable storage via microSD or SDHC slot
    -wireless b/g and possibly n
    -bluetooth A2DP (you must do your research and select an appropriate model)


    What you lose vs. going with a big name:
    -You will have to rely on end-user reports/reviews to verify functionality of the tablet you buy...Chinese no-name dealers often lie about specs on product listings.
    -carrier compatability (most are sketchy in terms of gsm or other card support for US carriers)
    -decent warranty coverage (ship to China at your own expense for repairs, but we're modding it anyway for the purpose of this discussion...)
    -market access - some have it,some don't, some partially...may have to be hacked/rooted to add the full market (amazon market seems to work well on everything)
    -gps support (listed in many models, but sketchy/non-existent in many of these same models)
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