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Hi All,

I can't see that anyone has done this on here yet, but I may be wrong . Anyhow I thought I would put this post up to show how I got on with this (credit to John Kleis Car Audio Reading for the all the physical installation, i just did the software).

Essentially the install has replaced the stereo with a nexus 7 tablet. There are a few advantages to having a tablet instead of an after market stereo such as cost, expand-ability and customization to name a few. For instance this tablet functions as a stereo, radio, web browser, sat nav, diagnostics utility and i'm currently working on reverse camera and sensors, and tv tuner.

I welcome any feedback, thoughts and questions on this, I have got a few more photos that need adding of the amp and so on but this is the main bit.

- before work begins
- Old Head unit removed
- Mounting USB/power cable
- Tablet mount
- all back into place
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That looks good cheaper than an aftermarket touchscreen radio, what was the total cost if you dont mind me asking also is it removable? if not do think it would be possible to have a removable fitted, again it looks very good

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cheers Ian, all in it was about £1500 but that included speakers, sub, amp, bit ten, and labour if you where to do the work yourself and all ready have an external amp then you would be looking at say £3-500 depending on accessories and quality of some of the additional parts used.

When me and the guys who installed it where discussing the project we considered a removable option but this one is a fixed installation, to have it removable and still look as good as this does would have been expensive in terms of labour hours and parts, but it is possible. With the nexus the issues you would face would be around how smooth and easy it would be to mount and un-mount the tablet although if you could integrate one of thesehttp://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Official-A...p2054897.l4276 into the design then you would be laughing as it would be a case of the mount falling forward and drop the tablet in/lift it out
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Hi Jamie

That's a really neat job you've done there. I notice you didn't get any feedback on your dashboard issue, did you get it sorted?

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Nice job mate, and a very handy bit of kit to have installed, seen one or two iPad installations

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I like that a lot, and compared to the iPad one someone done a while back its like chalk and cheese..
but not convinced its a saving over a good head unit, but yes you have more functions, I'm guessing its a 3g until and sim carded, if so can you track it like the iPad/iPhones? if so just think how handy if someone borrowed it with out your consent...

could the usb sockets not have been put into the oem switch blanks? not complaining just my thought I do like... if this could be done on iPad to the same high standard, guessing no reason why not them I would like... very much....

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Vary neat mate, I like it a lot.

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Hi Jamie

That's a really neat job you've done there. I notice you didn't get any feedback on your dashboard issue, did you get it sorted?
Thanks, all the actual installation was done by john kleis car audio i just did the software, im not 100% amazing when left alone with power tools lol.

I managed to get a new dashboard installed but still need to sort the mileage out until then im keeping not of how many miles its done since the new one was put in.
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I like that a lot, and compared to the iPad one someone done a while back its like chalk and cheese..
but not convinced its a saving over a good head unit, but yes you have more functions, I'm guessing its a 3g until and sim carded, if so can you track it like the iPad/iPhones? if so just think how handy if someone borrowed it with out your consent...

could the usb sockets not have been put into the oem switch blanks? not complaining just my thought I do like... if this could be done on iPad to the same high standard, guessing no reason why not them I would like... very much....
There is a 3g version available but after some research the signal tends to suffer a bit if you don't open up the tablet and extend the anttena's. In terms of tracking, i am looking into that but havent got any plans on it at the moment so yeah it would need to be connected to wifi/3g before it would report anything. Putting an ipad in the dash is an awesome idea and was one of the considerations i made when doing this build. The problems we ran into where around adding external hardware (such as a DAC for sound, headphone jacks and bluetooth are rather poor on these devices) and cost. When you look at a head unit that has similar capabilities in terms of connections offered, sat nav quality and so on you would be looking at minimum £7-800 then the installation of speakers and amps etc on top of that. So it does work out cheaper and because you can change the software add storage and external devices etc. it will surpass the need to change your head unit for a newer model
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Re: Nexus 7 Tablet as replacment stereo

Hey this is wicked - tempted to have a go at this myself as currently looking for a sat-nav, radio and entertainment unit? Did the tablet fit straight into the cars mount or did you have to glue it in at all?
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