Originally Posted by Mister_smart_LA
What is so special about using an Android head unit when you can just use an Android phone in the phone cradle? Is a CD or DVD player that necessary these days?
Well... for one, customization. Would be nice to have something DEDICATED for my car. Not have to worry about whether or not i have a certain app installed, and have auto-rotation enabled (which is annoying as hell any other time), basically having to set up my phone so it also works in my car. Adding to that.... features. setting up a backup camera on your phone would be a little annoying. Audio settings also improve, giving you access to more than just bass, treble, balance, and "bass boost". Also the possibility of not having to deal with needing to re-pair your phone on a weekly-at-best basis.... or deal with the annoying as HELL incredibly loud alerts the factory head unit blares out of the speakers as if the volume was cranked up to 9,000 that are basically pointless. "Battery low".... 33% phone battery is not "low". "Invalid file" ... yes... i understood that the first 5 times you instantly gave me a headache.
It's not just about what you can do to get by with what the car has. I don't think there's often a situation where a factory head unit wouldn't be a reasonable upgrade for a car, especially if it's the standard, baseline radio. They did it with the 451, too. standard sound system used two speakers, one in each door... upgraded had the door speakers, plus two tweeters in the dash, and the under-seat subwoofer. Only differences with the radios were if you wanted a single CD or 6-disc changer... everything else was the same. Only in the later model year 451's did they offer nicer options for head units with in-dash nav and probably much better quality audio output. And once you upgraded the head unit... and if you got better tweeters and put them where the factory ones were.... you realized that all the way up on the dash is the WORST place for tweeters.
And.... the Android head units don't offer a CD/DVD player, either (contrary to what the sale page says... from what i could find).