What Is The Advantage To CarPC's Today?
I have been a member of this board for a long time, and I have had a carputer in my car for years. I started out with a real full sized ATX tower and an inverter, and have migrated to a smaller amp style pc with its own dc-dc power supply.... But this is irrelevant to my question.
What is the advantage to having an actual Carputer or CarPC over say a high-end aftermarket headunit, or even some of the factory radios today are super nice with all kinds of features including USB inputs.
The reason I ask: Years ago when I started, I felt my computer had MANY advantages to aftermarket radios. I have a huge touchscreen, the option to change the skin of my front end, virtually unlimited storage to store my music & videos, the ability to use USB drives as CD's, etc.... Now-a-days all of this seems to be almost a standard on all radio's even factory ones.
Whenever I decide to upgrade my PC (like recently I tried to add HD Radio) it is a major headache. Hours of work to try and work out the PC related issues.
I ask because I am at the point of being so frustrated with my carpc that I am ready to give up and go with a real head unit with WORKING bluetooth support for cellphones, iPhone/iPod integration that is seemless, and traffic info for navigation over-the-air. I really do not want to give up, but it just seems so much easier with actual radios then it does with carputers. I am sorry for rambling, but I would like to know what are your thoughts?