Galaxy Tab as head unit in car?


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  1. ovrrdrive

    ovrrdrive Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Anyone consider using a tab as a head unit in a car?

    It appears to be almost the same size as a double din radio but only thinner. I don't think it would be that big of a deal to fabricate a mount for it and use velcro or something to mount it in the dash and just have a few plugs to snap in for charge and audio...

    Just an idea I've been kicking around. I could tether it to my phone and either do pandora or music from the sd. Not to mention nav too.

    Has this been discussed at all?
     

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  2. jhat3k1

    jhat3k1 Well-Known Member

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    I m already doing this...sorta. My ford fusion happens to have an area between the stereo and shifter that the tab fits perfectly in. I am able to reach right down and do anything...it's great!
     
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    ovrrdrive Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I guess your ford has an audio input for the stereo too right?

    My chevy doesn't so I'd have to add an amp to it to get any sound from it but I have several laying around.

    Have a pic of it in place?
     
  4. Tech Addiction

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    Most new Fords have Microsoft Sync. It allows you to Sync through Bluetooth. It will stream Pandora or any Music player you choose to launch. You can put a playlist on and change tracks with the steering wheel buttons. The Google Nav will cut the music out when turn voice promps are needed. Ford Sync and the Tab are a marriage made in heaven. My Ford Flex will even send a Vehicle Report to the Tab.
     
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    This thought has occurred to me too, I have a Pioneer AVIC and I get annoyed from time to time by the little "niggles" (looking for contacts in a 200+ library for one), all of which would be solved if there was an android on the system.

    High end head units cost well in excess of three times the price of a Tab, yet all they have extra is a DVD-drive (you never use) and an amplifier. I really don't see why others haven't picked up on this, or even Samsung, if there was a double-din dock for a Tab, I'd buy a Tab and the dock in a heartbeat.

    Well, we still have "AutolinQ" to look forward to.
     
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    latinmaxima Well-Known Member

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    I know this isn't the Galaxy tab but Scosche could do the same I would think for our GT's.Someone made a docking station for the iPad in a subaru that replaced the radio bezel and the iPad was then the headunit using and amp and adapter. Something like this would be ideal. The hard part would be generating the demand for a company to do this.

    http://www.mp3car.com/blogs/145364_iPad-Bezel-for-Subaru-Impreza-WRX-STI-Available-Q1-2011.html

    Scosche Has an option for the ipad:

    http://www.lxforums.com/board/showthread.php?p=3230317
     
  8. cajun-vrscf

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    Here is how I am using my Tab on my motorcycle. Speedometer, GPS, and MP3 player.

    MJB
     

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    If the tab car mount from samsung was cheaper (or atleast sold at best buy) I would mount it in my car as a head unit. I would still use my pioneer but hopefully the audio and some power (not a full 2a) could go through the samsung 30pin/usb connection to the pioneer (aux). That way you dont have to plug in aux and usb, as I do now from the passenger seat.

    I emailed bracketron.com about supporting the tab. They make a lot of vehicle specific mounts for things like sat. radio. Havent heard back yet :O
     
  10. latinmaxima

    latinmaxima Well-Known Member

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    I will probably end up trying to fab something custom like a dock and simply run the audio and chargin cable to it. Some where it can certainly slide in though.
     
  11. Guitar4him

    Guitar4him Well-Known Member

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    That's sweet! What's the app you're running?

    Ken
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    agree that looks stunning, cant just be an app got gear indicator etc must be hardwired ?
     
  13. Tech Addiction

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    Or photo shoped. ;)


    Edit: Or Not. Nice system.
     
  14. cajun-vrscf

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    I have an OBDII scanner with Bluetooth output and the software is a custom software called PortableDashboard. I leave the OBDII device connected and mounted under the airbox cover and I have the Tab dock running to my Aux power so it will stay charged. When I go ridding, all I do is snap the Tab into the dock, fire up the bike and software and go. The app shows real time fuel milage and miles remaining. I can also set the GPS then load the dashboard software and when it is time to turn, the GPS pops up to let me know. If I am listening to music, I hear the directions.

    I use a simular set-up in my truck using the PLX Kiwi bluetooth device. Not as cool as the software for my bike.
     
  15. smithy86

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    I've been thinking about doing this for a while.

    My car hasn't got any bluetooth or usb sync capability so the charging would be an issue but all needed to put audio into any car would be the standard galaxy tab dock (with aux out) and a small amplifier. Someone more proficient in engineering would be able to wire a usb socket to the cars battery (apparently quite easy) which would then provide power
     
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    What app do you have running? And how did you mount that? I'm interested in doing this with my old android.

    Edit: I see what app you're using, I wish I had OBDII on my bike but it's too old. Great looking software, might not be nearly as useful w/o obdii though.
     

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