RV_ Posted May 22 Report Share Posted May 22 (edited) Many folks don't like change and others do. In another thread Dan was asking about Navigation and everyone was talking Garmin units as the preferred way to go. I disagree and here is why. Rather than change the topic there I thought that having it separate would make it easier to find. Dan, I have used both Garmin units and even the Delorme's units in the late 1990s that worked sometimes on a laptop. I used Garmins for several years daily for steel building site visits for about three years in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas. Back then the phone Nav did not exist and even in the first ten years of smart phones they were was essentially in their navigation infancy. When I grew up we were always swapping out our car audio systems and now my son is doing the same with his audio/Navigation, and streaming head units systems. Our cars had them already. I would choose Android Auto over all the several thousand-dollar head units. I have seen advertised today. I do not do Apple so cannot comment on Apple Car Play but some of these do Apple too. I think folks need to look at head unit change options today because full capability head units are available for under $300 that do much more and better than before. Garmins cost close to that or more. The Garmin 780 posted costs $399.99 retail and on Amazon $319. Above I have read about the screen size making phone based Nav hard to use. We have not used our phone screen for Nav since we bought the Subaru in 2019, and the EV in 2020. My requirements, besides not trying to see my smaller phone screen for navigation while I am driving are: 1. A head unit with a big enough screen for me and the little 5” screens don’t do that for me. 2. SD card and/or USB slots for my already ripped to digital music to use when on trips for no ads and no fade or searching for stations. 3. Built-in streaming services that use the phone for the Data connection. But not all the time and for trips I want to use my already made up SD Cards with 128 GB of mp3 ripped music. 4. Both radio and SD card capabilities because we have our music digitized and have several 256GB SD cards setup with music for each car. I like to set it to shuffle so I hear B sides of my favorite music. 5. Good resolution for Nav. 6. Backup camera required unless already installed in a separate screen. I’m going to post a three YouTube videos below with two folks that own them in RVs, and their opinion and how relatively easy they are to install or have installed. I tried to pick ones that have the same price or less than Garmin units. I leave it up to you if you need want other features but the videos are RV installations, and reviews. There are lots of choices but these looked good with a search. The takeaway last video is about Android Auto and your always up to date smartphone for connections, Nav, and media.. The first one is portable and can be used with several vehicles if you buy additional mounts. Just like a Garmin but has a bit bigger screen which can be positioned anywhere you want. The other is a replacement head unit that goes in your dash. "In this video I will be reviewing the Carpuride 10" wide screen wireless Android Auto & Apple Carplay device. If your vehicle is not equipped with a navigation system or bluetooth connectivity, this device will allow you to add these features to your car. With the large display, you can use navigation apps like Waze and Google map. You can also listen to your Spotify music. In this video, I will show you how to install it and pair your phone to this device." $279.99 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjOwzH8rCKY From seven months ago: Wireless Android Auto and Wireless Apple CarPlay with Android for under $300! Eonon Q03Pro $159.99 on Amazon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWPHk4gP1oU From three months ago: Latest Android Auto Review, tips and tricks! You won't believe what it can do!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YA-npNvRWTQ I think we have moved beyond just phone screens and/or GPS units. Our in-dash Nav units now are way easier to use and see than our Garmins or phones alone were and came in our cars from the factory. Aftermarket head units have gotten to be as good, and not as expensive as a few years ago. Here is a video on tweaking Android Auto - Here are the most useful settings you should change in Android Auto, both in its developer settings and the main options page.: https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/android-auto-tweaks/ Safe Travels! Edited May 22 by RV_ Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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