haha I like the icons and yup all of those icons shown are widgets made my desktop visualizer. Hope you can get your project underway soon!
What are the reasons for using a tablet instead of a car PC and a typical 7" or 8" touchscreen built for double DIN vehicle installation?
- My PC was overheating, so I had to construct a better heatsink and find how to put a couple of fans into a small case.
- The available Front Ends are basically hacks to make a regular desktop system usable with a small screen and fingers instead of mouse&keyboard. Even if you finally made it work, you should not touch it - the system is very fragile, as there are many dependencies between the components, both hardware and software.
- It takes about half a minute for a PC to boot.
- The whole system is pretty bulky, cumbersome and expensive.
- Very limited selection of navigation software, which can be comfortably used with a small touchscreen.
Advantages of a tablet:
- Costs almost the same as only a good car PC touchscreen - not even counting the PC itself.
- It is smaller than a typical touchscreen - again, not even counting the PC.
- Uses less power.
- Doesn't need a special smart power supply.
- Turns on instantly.
- The system's UI is designed from scratch to be finger-friendly. The same deal with all applications.
- Good navigation software. Even just the standard Google Maps/Navigation could be used. Nothing on PC compares to usability of Google Maps on a tablet.
Of course there are some disadvantages:
- Cannot be used as a Bluetooth audio/interface to the phone (some might have a solution).
- Cannot connect a backup camera (there could be options).
- Cannot install an FM/AM radio (some tablets may have FM radio).
- If the car is used rarely and for short periods, the tablet's battery may discharge and it will be booting the same half a minute like a PC. Also the tablet needs to be switched on manually in such case.
- Limited storage for media. If 32/64GB SD card is not enough, have to come up with some external solution.
If these items are not critical, the tablet seems to be a much better choice.
Last edited by alpax; 07-24-2012 at 04:00 PM.
D945GCLF2, Atom 330, M2-ATX, EBY-701, Pharos GPS-500... - Assembled & Installed!
^exactly, hit the nail on the head bro.
viceversa, is this how you did your audio setup, aside from the dock? This is the biggest portion of my project that is setting me back atm.
Yes that is the same configuration of my setup except I moved to a Hifonics HFEQ which in comparison to the clarion it has more flexibility with LPF / HPF, better knobs and IMO sounds better.
This is the bludetooth reciever I am using: Samsung HS3000. This plugs into the aux input on the EQ which is then switched by the button on the front. I still havent mounted my bluetooth yet and it's sitting on top of my EQ for now until I finish up with mounting the EQ.