2005 Dodge Magnum _ Galaxy Tab install
I've had a carputer in my Magnum for many years but after using my android phone for music the PC frontends felt so clunky in comparison so I finally decided to ditch the carputer and go with an android tablet, I ended up choosing the Galaxy Tab (7") for it's size and that it was capable of being charged and having audio out thru the same connector port.
The old carputer install:
The new install.
I ended up with a new headunit because the old one got stolen when the car was in the shop, fortunately the shop payed for it and the new one was an upgrade so it was a win win situation there.
I purchased the dock for the Galaxy Tab and the car charger:
Since the install was for the tablet is horizontal and the dock is designed to hold it vertical I had to do some modifications to it, I wrapped the tablet in plastic wrap, stuck it in the dock and wrapped the back side and bottom edge with fiberglass to hold the tablet in the dock while horizontal, I then attached a hinge to the base of the dock which is on the right side and on the left side I mounted one of those magnetic cabinet catches they use on desk hutches where you push it it and then it pops out, this way I can remove the tablet easily while maintaining a clean looking install.
When the tablet is in the dock it's being charged via the car charger installed behind the dash and hooked up to the line input on the headunit via the line out on the dock.
Here's a picture of the dock without the tablet installed:
And here it is with the tablet installed into the dock:
I've had it installed for a few weeks now and took a 1500 mile road trip and thus far I love it, the music interface is very nice, especially for advancing tracks, having google maps for GPS is awesome, plus being able to use apps that alert me of speed cams, speed limits, etc is great, plus no more waiting for windows to boot up, I simple start the car, pop the tablet in, unlock it and hit play, the only downside is that while the music player app can start and stop via plugging and un-plugging the headphones it doesn't work via the dock so I have to manually pause the music when I get out of the car and unpause when I get back in.