What's the point to this carputer thing anyway...?
Wow damn near 10 years later I finally found a good carputer setup... NONE at all. Ripped it all out today and replaced it with a Motorola Cliq (Google Android Phone).
Why the cliq and not the nexus one or droid from verizon. Cliq has a built in keyboard, has been around for over a year and is still a top ranked android device and is very easy to use.
After years of spending thousands trying to develop something stable, practical, usable and most importantly affordable I have to say this device has got me thinking. Carputer no more.
My android phone is ten times more capable then any carputer I have ever installed. Granted it can't play DVD's, but who here has DVD's anymore anyway. Netflix and internet streaming are the thing of the future and android will be sure to support them thanks to the huge open source type of project it is.
Today I used a program on my android called WAZE. It is a social network type of Open GL GPS navigation program. That's right crowd sourced GPS, with traffic alerts, road speed determination, user defined traffic reports (similar to trapster) and best of all it's free. I also have ALK Co-Pilot installed on my android and found that waze is much more accurate at providing efficient routes (surprisingly). Waze does require an internet connection and Co Pilot does not. Other than that waze definitely has copilot beat.
Android is surely the thing of the future with limitless possiblities as was hoped with the carputer but developement never seemed to keep up with technology and seems to really lag when it comes to wireless features such as bluetooth phone support and internet capabilities. My android will not need a BT connection to any external device since it is an all in one thing.
Oh yeah, did I mention it streams Pandora Radio. I have been using this all week and I can't be more impressed. Yesterday My kid watched toy story streamed from the net using a program called lukluk.
I know it seems like I may be bragging but I am just trying to find an opposing opinion.
Now of course screen size doesn't compare to what you can have with your carputer. Even the screen size of the carputer provides challenges for less experienced car modders. But if you can handle using a tom-tom or garmin device surely an android is well suited for you.
What about the iphone. Not even close, had it on at&t and I got to say that sucked. Att service blows (unavailable support on the weekends:ballchain:?). The iphone apps are not nearly as available as android will be. Googles commitment to free information will assure this with a lot of ad supported or information sharing type programs. Which doesn't seem to be all to concerning for most facebookers and twits lately.
Any way what do you think, am I on the wrong path.. I don't think so...
These new phones are definitely the carpc killers of tomorrow or maybe even today.
My original idea for a carpc explained better
Integration man, integration
I understand your point, maybe technology will get there someday, but for now I have to respectfully disagree.
Usually technology first is born, then matures and then finally is usefull.
If you are interested in having a gadget in your car, the android phone might be good "I donīt have one so I am not an expert yet", but if you wish to have a complete integration of different devices not thought to be used together, the only platform that can make it real is a PC.