Any of the front-ends can be skinned to suit your preference.
Make it as simple or as cluttered as you like.
I am looking at multiple carpc setups, and some RR examples/skins, and there's always way too many buttons.
if you use a garmin GPS, you have two choices when starting.. map or goto, nothing else except one for options and mute IIRC.
If there a front end that has been designed on functionality and not "coolness".
When I start the vehicle, I'd like the music to start, as with a normal radio. The only two buttons should be "Navigate" and "Media" or something very clean. Not with 8-10 function buttons... Any of the frontends available like that?
When you drive, you want very big buttons and very intuitive interface. Not 10px x 10px scroll buttons that are fine when doing a demo but awful when it's shaking and you only want to glance at the screen half a second.
I agree with you. I wanted a really simple one as well. Try out FreeICE. Its pretty simple and works very smooth. Search for it. For some reason it can be hard to find.
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IMHO, More buttons = Less menus. Less Menus, less time spent looking for a function. I'd rather have the Infiniti or OEM dash, with lots of buttons, than a BMW one, with i_drive and submenus galore.
The thing is, buttons have to be big. A front end should be all big buttons, nothing else.
Media is not enough. I want playlist buttons, like an OEM CD player, lots of big buttons for playlists! Video playlists, audio playlists, add to playlist, this kind of thing is essentinal to me, since my whole huge mp3 collection is in the car.
Now logos, pictures, strange colors, small dime sized buttons, they got to go.