How is a tablet NOT a carPC?
It's a PC.
It's in a car.
It's a carPC.
You have a screen, so the touchscreen of the tablet would basically be wasted.
so looking at the current market, it is a tabletPC era as such, especially with the release of the iPad.
looking at some iPad installs and looking at other tablets like HP, DELL, etc.. it made me wonder and ask the question:
Considering the price of a tablet is the same if not cheaper than a carpc setup, wouldn't be easier and faster to get a tablet instead of say an average 7" touch lcd connected to a carPC etc..?
I am at the stage of my project where I am about to buy the carpc (already have the LCD).
what advantages and disadvantages do you see?
the ipad has certain limitations when compared to a normal computer, so i am still not sure if it counts as a tablet pc..
the primary advantage for using a tablet pc in the car is mobility-- being able to take it out, and either use it by itself, or in another car-- GizmoQ's installation('s?) is a prime example of this-- he has multiple cars, and 1 tablet that he swaps between them.
the advantage to a stationary install is that you can make a slightly powerful setup, but that depends entirely on what you want to do.. also, depending on your fabrication skills, and installation requirements, a fixed pc might be easier to install, and integrate with the car
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The issue I've run into with laptops/tablets in the car is the power adapter, mainly the HP/Dell smart pin... though that has been solved --> 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid Install Worklog
Agreed though, if you've already got a screen - getting a small system would be ideal. Unless you want to use a laptop/tablet that has a cracked screen.
that is fair enough.
So a tablet is basically more movable vs a carpc
and the carPC setup it a bit more powerful in regards to what you can do with peripherals and hardware.
having the screen is not a problem, I can always sell it, but it is an 8" 4:3 lilliput so might not sell as fast as a 7".
I am going with a carpc regardless, I do not see the need to have a tablet right now.