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  • Innotrends CA-FI on order, will review

    *NEW 621 MODEL RELEASED* see link here for details-http://ca-fi.com/en/archives/1027

    put in an order on a innotrends CA-FI 620 unit over the weekend, it's shipping out from hong kong and i'll be reviewing the unit when it arrives. for those who haven't heard of this unit it's a dedicated double din headunit with a 6.2in 800x480 running on android. there are 2 flavors currently but only the 620 is released as of dec 1 2011. it's packed with a 800Mhz CPU, 256Mb ram

    you can find the nitty gritty here: www.ca-fi.com
    Actual supplier/manufacturer: http://www.carit.com.cn/en/
    Unit manufacturer Documentation: http://www.carit.com.cn/UploadFile/D...2016225365.pdf
    XDA development threads: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1366421
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2110546

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    Confirmed list of working apps
    • Slacker Radio (buggy)
    • Pandora Radio
    • Android Market (custom add on link here:http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1285920 Natively supported on 621 model)
    • Swype keyboard (difficult on resistive screen)
    • Waze Navigation (buggy)
    • Big button keyboard
    • sygic navigation (buggy)
    • beautiful widgets
    • co-pilot live navigation (free version works good, haven't tested upgrade)

    Confirmed list of working features
    • Resume last run media on start up (only when using media apps that are pre-installed)
    • bluetooth hands free calling and media streaming (including internet radio I.E. pandora, slacker)
    • Wifi tethering from another device
    • Full Ipod control, sync and charging
    • media input via front mini USB port
    • Charging via front and rear USB ports

    Issues to be resolved
    • announce caller ID and text messages (doesn't work unless left in A2DP streaming mode)
    • larger fonts
    • universal gesture control
    • voice searching/dialing
    • park sensing for viewing video content
    • no supplied documentation (RESOLVED-find at top of post)
    • Torque does not work via bluetooth (Not supported by the 620 model, must be a 621 or newer. see attached: http://torque-bhp.com/forums/?wpforu...topic&t=1534.0)
    • dimmer wire doesn't seem to work with buttons or screen
    • steering wheel control setup
    • Scanner apps play in fast forward

    *UPDATE* 1/3/12 uploaded new unboxing video here sorry for the terrible video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mgka_...layer_embedded

    *UPDATE* 1/6/12 uploaded new first boot video http://youtu.be/TGTVWU1kaj0

    *UPDATE* 1/9/12 some features http://youtu.be/nYxQwvSZeWE

    *UPDATE* 1/21/12 some more features! http://youtu.be/vtQWzs7oT18

    *UPDATE* 1/25/12 installed with sound http://youtu.be/0GtxX5qwcDg

    *UPDATE* 1/25/12 manufacturer pamphlet and roadmap http://youtu.be/PjTHd0ExuUw
    Last edited by zr2ee; 04-09-2013, 09:06 PM.

  • #2
    subscribing, I've been looking at these units and been trying to find some reviews.
    Looking forward to hearing what you think of it.
    Check out my Restored 84 Camaro
    • Custom Made LED tail lights
    • Bi-Xenon HID Projectors
    • LED retrofitted instrument cluster

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    • #3
      unit should be shipping out from ohio today, hoping i'll see this monday or tuesday.

      been digging through the market to see what i wan't to add and found several interesting apps

      torque obviously for OBII monitoring
      Ionroad a augmented reality distance monitoring systemhttps://market.android.com/details?i...lPblJvYWQiXQ..
      Autotether a tethering program that enables hotspot on your phone automatically when it connects via bluetooth to your other android unit. of course i'll probably just use a tasker macro to do this but a great app idea https://market.android.com/details?i...N0LnJlbW90ZSJd

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      • #4
        zr2ee,

        I'm curious myself on how good this unit really is. Looking forward on your review also.

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        • #5
          ya I'm really hoping for these to be a good quality type item.

          The price is actually really good when you compare them to the big car audio manufacture units. Look at Pioneer, their top of the line Nav unit is/was around 1,500 and that doesn't allow you access to anything even close to what you can do with a true OS and the apps market.
          Check out my Restored 84 Camaro
          • Custom Made LED tail lights
          • Bi-Xenon HID Projectors
          • LED retrofitted instrument cluster

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          • #6
            Curious on what that cost you and where you picked it up from?

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            • #7
              Looking foward to your review

              I've been a big android fan since the original droid. I saw this product awhile ago but was very hesitant to order because I couldn't find any 3rd party reviews. Every site seems to just link to the same press release. Really looking forward to your review.

              Matt

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              • #8
                new unboxing video is UP! on the first post, i'll be doing a review video hopefully tomorrow if it's not too dark.

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                • #9
                  What kind of documentation came with the CA-FI 620?
                  1999 Mercury Grand Marquis GS with: ASRock E350M1 w/4GB RAM, 80GB Intel SSD, Opus DCX3.120, Visteon HD Radio + HDR-USB, PL-18N wifi, OBDLink Scan Tool, BTA6210 BT, BU-353, Win 7 Ultimate, CF 4.0, Alpine MRP-F240 + MRP-T220, RF Punch 1572s, Kicker 8" Comp.

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                  • #10
                    Thanks for the update, can't wait to see it in operation.
                    Check out my Restored 84 Camaro
                    • Custom Made LED tail lights
                    • Bi-Xenon HID Projectors
                    • LED retrofitted instrument cluster

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by kegobeer View Post
                      What kind of documentation came with the CA-FI 620?
                      unfortunately none, there is a diagram on top of the unit and a bill of sale but no user manual or warranty registration card of any kind

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by zr2ee View Post
                        unfortunately none, there is a diagram on top of the unit and a bill of sale but no user manual or warranty registration card of any kind
                        That's unfortunate, they'll need to step it up if they really want to make it in this industry. Hopefully once they have both units in production they'll come up with some type of manual for them.
                        Check out my Restored 84 Camaro
                        • Custom Made LED tail lights
                        • Bi-Xenon HID Projectors
                        • LED retrofitted instrument cluster

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                        • #13
                          forget the manual, no one is gonna read it anyways..

                          have you hooked it up yet?
                          My OLD 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT:
                          "The Project That Never Ended, until it did"


                          next project? subaru brz
                          carpc undecided

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                          • #14
                            i'd be all over it if i didn't have to work today, i just got home and it's a dark and pretty cold outside, i'll be working on it tomorrow for sure though, i was going to bench test it with a power supply but i dont really have anywhere to do it

                            as far as manuals go i'm pretty familiar with android so it shouldn't be much of a challenge...however it does have a 3 wire steering wheel control connector that i'm not sure how to hook up just yet

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                            • #15
                              Can't wait for your review!

                              For me right now, it's between the Innotrends Ca-fi and a (possibly) upcoming Dynavin Double-Din Android unit.

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