11-03-2011, 10:59 PM
Well, it's no different than the setup shown on the top of this page, actually they all (headrests and the front tablet) turn on and off together. During testing, I used the OEM Galaxy Tab DC-DC 5V 2A converter instead of the 2A aftermarkets ones I use on the headrests. I'm pretty sure it's an issue with the way Samsung implemented the AV cables: it supposes that you want to have control of your video, also if you turn of the tablet, the av output will go away too. At least that's what I think. If it's something related to my aftermarket cable, then the Samsung one, without a usb port for charging, will do no good.
BTW to avoid having to buy Samsung branded DC adapters, I bought two of these (Ebay vendor) that tricks the tablet into thinking it's connected to the OEM charger (via resistance values). It works fine, without them, the 2A 5V Nook Color adapter is not recognized byt the tablet as a "fast 2A" charger, with it, it charges as it should.
So I just bought this @ Amazon. It's a Breitlink BT audio receiver. Hope it works, without any input, just like Parrot devices (best experience in the market as far as BT goes, or so I heard). If it doesn't, I'd have to buy a Parrot stuff with phone functions I don't need (although my tablet is also working as a phone, just don't tell AT&T about it...LOL).
Edit: Just found out that the Breitlink wouldn't power on when power is applied, which wouldn't work for me. So I bought this Blackberry branded BT audio gateway, only I paid $25.00 on a used one on ebay. The blackberry has no batteries that would require a turn off when not connected feature, and it turns on automatically when power is applied, which is perfect.
Another advantage of this is that I can connect audio from the other tablets too, if I want to send audio to the whole car (or to the OEM IR headphones). So yes, it's a good bonus, plus, I'm saving $20.00. :-)
Last edited by RipplingHurst; 11-03-2011 at 11:55 PM.
11-04-2011, 01:04 AM
So the BB BT receiver worked with the galaxy tab?
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01-20-2012, 12:16 AM
Yes, it did work as I expected! Sorry for taking so long to post! I've been so busy (had my in laws for the entire month of December and they're still here until the end of Jan...it's been tough!)
01-20-2012, 12:19 AM
Some updates: New wheels!
01-20-2012, 12:22 AM
22" with 305x45 tires. Very cool and the ride/cornering/grip is much improved:
01-20-2012, 12:32 AM
I'm also using now 3 tablets in the car regularly. I just sold my iPhone 4, sold my Galaxy Tab 7" 3G and with a little more than half of the money I bought a Galaxy tab 8.9" LTE + a Galaxy SII Skyrocket (Also LTE, only unlimited). Couldn't be happier!!
After trying a 10.1 I didn't feel confortable with it. In landscape mode it extends too much to the sides. The 7" was too small for the big truck, so I tried the 8.9. PERFECT.
01-20-2012, 12:39 AM
And here's all the three tablets:
Running Pixar shorts (in HD) and BBC's Planet Earth (in HD) for the kids - the Galaxy tab 10.1 work great for the rear entertainment. Now with LTE speeds, thanks the the Skyrocket. (I have been seeing 21800kbps down/4500 kpbs up, at least. That's much better than the wireless-N I have at home. AT&T rocks!
04-27-2012, 06:27 PM
How do you like the tab mounts on the headrests? I started looking into how I was going to do this but I don't seem to like the look of those headrest mounts. I was thinking about modifying one of those LCD headrests. I also just came across a headrest (sold out of china) that has a tablet installed like the LCD's.
Originally Posted by RipplingHurst
04-27-2012, 06:47 PM
Well, my daughters broke them 3 times! Once was the 2nd row screen sliding for the 3rd row passenger to come in. They are very cheap and weak.
That's when I bought ProClipUSA.com mounts. VERY expensive, unfortunately, but totally worth it. They have a very sturdy, and flexible mount at the same time, it looks more like a tripod head than the plasticky stuff you can find at Amazon/ebay. It's way more stable, when I ride in the back, you can easily read emails or news, no problems. On these headrest mounts I used their "move" system, so that I can remove tablet + tablet mount together (this way I can use the previously owned 8.9" Tab mounts and the iPad mounts on them, in addition to the two 10.1 tab mounts.). Very easy to do, and they look good too when there's no tablet in there (rare). Kids absolutely love them and there's no coming back now. I ended up buying a third headrest mount for the 3rd row passenger when I had family coming for a Santa Barbara spring break trip, so the kid moved to the 3rd row, and when I wasn't driving, I had the iPad there.
I wouldn't want to mount these inside the headrests, because when in the hotel I like to give them to the kids to play. When wife's plane arrived 1:30h late and I had the kids with me, I quick trip back to the lot and everybody get to play with the tablets, very flexible setup for emergencies there. :-)
04-27-2012, 08:05 PM
I see. I imagine that one could fabricate or modify a headrest mount enabling the tablet to be removed when necessary.