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Thread: Is CarPC worth the time + effort + $$$ ?

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    coffeejolts, what are you using for Navigation on your G1? I didn't know there was a good turn-by-turn solution for Android.

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    Even though my install has passed the $4000.00 mark, I still have no regrets. It destroys most people's home theater setups they have in their homes. Does a ton of stuff (to much to list) and will always be upgradable.

    On the other note, alot of PPC are becoming so advanced. Mine has a adapter so you can view it on a TV. Has GPS with traffic routing, Sprint TV, and lots of other features. The draw back is the screens and sound. If you have a 2 speaker car system, then it will sound ok. Four speaker though it wont sound to good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Machinehead View Post
    coffeejolts, what are you using for Navigation on your G1? I didn't know there was a good turn-by-turn solution for Android.
    As you correctly point out, there currently is no good turn by turn navigation solution. However, I notice that the G1 is good enough for most directions. For the stuff that I really need turn by turn for, or in areas where good internet access is unavailable, I use Centrafuse.

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    Not to add another side to this conversation but what about the not a phone but not a pc like devices like the N800/N810/N810 wimax. I used a N800 as my car PC for about a year before I started putting in a real PC. It has most of the functions that you where shooting down the G1 for. N800 vs G1:
    - Good GPS
    Good enough that I use it for turn by turn and in geocaching (which has to be as accurate as a hundredth of a min, about 1.5 feet)
    - Can Do diagnostics through OBD2
    I have not done this because I was spending my money on fixing up my new carpc, but plan to use the same bluetooth scantool for my current project.
    - Storage
    It starts of out of the box with 2GB. I have only 24GB in it now but I know that I could have 64GB if I wanted to put it in.
    - CarPC specific devices
    The N800 has usb host capabilities so if a device has linux support it can be made to work
    - Audio quality
    As good or better than most any mp3 player
    -Cost
    I spent $400 (back when it was new) on it and its Wireless GPSr. Cheaper then a PC and touchscreen but not as cheap as subsidized phone.

    Other thing to note are it has the ability ,like most carpc can, to tether to a cellphone to get info. Meaning you get to choose to have or not to have a data plan. There are several groups working on carpc edition to there software but non are currently available. The closest is the Carman project with is maps and Obd2 info in one app.

    I only use my current Carpc for long trips but around town the N800 is still my device of choose. And as it has been said: this is a hobby and it is to have fun not to make money.
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    I guess it all just depends on what you want...... I specifically went for a monstrous system so I can eventually compete and or show case my car in shows. Multimedia surround sound was my target. Went over board with RAM and Processor so I can play Ridge Racer, Ridge Racer 2, and Rave Racer, which is the cars theme. Rather then go for BOOM BOOM factor, I went for clarity and realism. Sit in my car and you swear your there with the action, but not so much that your ears bleed. In the end though, I think I spent about $4,500 on the CarPC I have now. Unfortunately I went through a few because I didn't plan correctly, that was almost a $2,700 loss. So in all my setup ran $7,200. i like to turn a blind eye to the $2,700 loss though. Even my mom was warning me that I was going to want more power and I didn't listen. Originally my setup was only for music, gps, and simply things. When I tried to play a DVD though, the cr@ppy little VIA I had took a dump every time. After my mom tried to watch transformer and the PC had a blue screen of death, I decided to go overkill. Then people like Jan inspired me to think about competing.

    All in all, it was very well worth it. Even people in luxury cars druel when they hear and see my car, and it isnt even finished all the way, lol
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    Just do like me, and get both!!! They work together like peas and carrots

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    at the end of the day, it comes down to personal preference, some people want to explore the carpc world, some people adopt the KISS principle and find an easier solution for them

    going the carpc route, always gives you something to do though, stuff breaks, programs crash....blah, blah, but its the price you pay for more features and heck, i'd prefer a carpc that had hiccups to an all in one solution anyday!

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