The all-in-one everything phone?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by PrimoOptimoso, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. PrimoOptimoso

    PrimoOptimoso Well-Known Member
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    So, something I normally wouldn't think of as a great idea struck me today... Is this finally the phone that can pull it off?

    Phone in the car - check. GPS unit in the car - check. iPod in the car - check. Now that I have the Evo, though, I have potentially the ability for convergence to finally not suck.

    So will it work? I ask the forum:
    - Can I have the phone linked to the car via bluetooth as I already do for just phone usage, but also have GPS and SD card or Pandora music running over BT Audio as well? (My car supports BT Audio - I guess I want to know if the music would pause for GPS announcements, and what-all happens to the whole thing if a phone call comes in while i'm using the nav and music.)

    Cheers
     

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  2. Aragorn

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    I used my Evo for just this purpose yesterday and I have to say that it works really damn well. I was streaming Pandora to my car stereo over Bluetooth with Google navigation in the background. When I came upon a turn Pandora would quickly fade out, Google Nav gives me the voice direction and then Pandora comes right back. The one annoyance is that the volume on the Nav directions was way louder than Pandora so it was a bit shocking every time it came up.

    When a call came in my stereo switched from Bluetooth Audio to Bluetooth phone. Hitting the button on the stereo accepted the called and I was able to have a handsfree conversation. Then, when the call was done, Pandora was right back to playing.

    Pretty slick really.
     
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  3. beavis39001

    beavis39001 Active Member
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    May I ask what stereo you have?
     
  4. whatsitsname

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    My Nokia 5800 has been able to do that for almost 2 years.
     
  5. PrimoOptimoso

    PrimoOptimoso Well-Known Member
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    Good question - Aragorn, is yours OEM or aftermarket headunit?

    Mine is the standard 2010 VW radio with BT audio and phone built in.
     
  6. PrimoOptimoso

    PrimoOptimoso Well-Known Member
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    I know other phones have been able to do all this, but in practice I've never gotten phone-multitasking to just-plain-*work* all that well, even with my WebOS Pixi.
     
  7. backdown

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    I know the moment would just announce the directions over the music, as if it were part of the song. That was with me using stock music player on shuffle, and sprints navigation. Might have to try this out tomorrow..
     
  8. PrimoOptimoso

    PrimoOptimoso Well-Known Member
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    Hmm. I actually like that better! I hate to be grooving along to a song and then it just drops out for a GPS turn. It's even worse if you're listening to talk radio or comedy or something, and the worst if it's not recorded media you can rewind to hear what you missed.
     
  9. Aragorn

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  10. PrimoOptimoso

    PrimoOptimoso Well-Known Member
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    Sad news. My car's stereo *says* it supports BT audio, but apparently it actually doesn't, I have learned. The onscreen menu option isn't even greyed out; I can turn it on and off at will, but no dice actually getting the sound to go.

    So - how about "anybody using BT phone pairing and headphone-jack music/audio simultaneously in their car?"
     
  11. Aragorn

    Aragorn Well-Known Member
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    Does the stereo list as supporting A2DP?
     
  12. PrimoOptimoso

    PrimoOptimoso Well-Known Member
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    Nope, and it's controversial at that: the previous model year's BT implementation had more basic phone connectivity, but A2DP. this year's radio gets a full blown phone connection over BT, including voice dialing and the whole nine yards, but the A2DP (while still appearing as a selectable media option) doesn't work. The 2011 model year is getting a system that has it all. I'm angling for a firmware upgrade at the very least, since the stereo *says* right on the screen that it's supported.
     
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