Android only double DIN unit or mount a tablet?

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So I'm going to swap out the stock head unit in my truck due to the fact the the volume knob is wonky. Turn it up and the volume goes up, turn it down and the volume goes up (half of the time). Kinda like those old rheostat knobs that would get "dusty" and you would take them off and hit'em with some compressed air and be good to go. Unfortunately, these new knobs are not mechanical.

I want to forgo any portable media (CD's, DVD's, etc.) and go with an Android based unit. Not "Android Auto" or "Screen Mirroring", but a pure Android unit. Has anyone had any experience with these types of units? Or perhaps I could make an in-dash mount for a tablet and run it to a pair of amps. The only problem with that is boot up time. Many of the new Android head units boot up in 2 seconds, once the initial set up has been completed (first time boot up). Otherwise, the tablet route would be a no brainer I think.

I'm currently looking at a brand called "Pumpkin", as well as another called "Joying"

Pumpkin 4GB RAM/32GB ROM Android 8.0

Joying 4GB RAM/32GB ROM Android 8.0
 
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I have no experience with the Android head units, sorry.

I can tell you though, to stay away from the tablet idea.
In some ways it's the better way to go.
If you're an uber geek who is okay with research and frustration and trying different things all the time.

I still have an Android board (think tablet without the tablet) that I aim to install someday.
Just never found time and still don't have time.
 
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What are you going for with the upgrade?

I put a new double-din head unit in a 2000 F150 last year for a client. He wanted Bluetooth, back up camera, Android Auto, Apple Car Play, streaming, navigation, Sirius, etc. . . The hardest part was cutting up the inside of the dashboard to get it to fit nice in the Ford. Lots and lots of dremel and die grinding plastic, and test fitting, test fitting, test fitting. It was a fucker in that regard. Came out great though and he's still super happy with it. JVC unit I think. Crutchfield rocks.
 
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What are you going for with the upgrade?

I put a new double-din head unit in a 2000 F150 last year for a client. He wanted Bluetooth, back up camera, Android Auto, Apple Car Play, streaming, navigation, Sirius, etc. . . The hardest part was cutting up the inside of the dashboard to get it to fit nice in the Ford. Lots and lots of dremel and die grinding plastic, and test fitting, test fitting, test fitting. It was a fucker in that regard. Came out great though and he's still super happy with it. JVC unit I think. Crutchfield rocks.
I basically want a media/app control center. I'm not really interested in watching videos, but I am interested in GPS/navigation apps and OBD2 apps like Torque Pro. And of course music apps, back up camera, and DVR function (dash cam). Not interested in CD's or DVD's. USB ports and SD card slots are pretty standard fare for these type of units. Don't really care for "Android Auto" or "Apple Car Play", but instead want just a straight forward Android unit, like my phone, to use.
 
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Not sure what's out there. Android Auto was sure cool when I paired my phone up with it for testing. Drove the truck around, used Waze, Google Maps, streamed Pandora, streamed Sirius, used the Sirius module I added to the head unit . . . The fucker sings and dances. Client's an Apple guy, and he likes the Apple Car Play a lot although the Bluetooth on this JVC unit is occasionally troublesome. It doesn't like more than one or two phones paired up, although it says you can pair up to five phones.
Whatever you get, if you can get a unit where the top part at least of the box isn't too deep, it might save you a lot of fabrication heartache. It was a fucker cutting, filing, and dremeling in there with my sausage fingers to make a full size double din box fit.
 
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a lot of the android radios don't fit standard kits so are more difficult to install. I have gotten to the point where I wont install radios that aren't main stream brands.
 
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After considering the available options, costs, and after the cell phone battery life thread, I think I'm going to spend the money on a new phone instead. I'll install a cheap $150 standard stereo deck with bluetooth/hands free and a back up camera, upgrade the stock speakers and get a good, sturdy phone mount. I think a new phone will be a better use of funds, and I'll still be able to use it for what I want in the truck.
 

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no radio needed if you go this route.

Damn, that's a longbed too. Sounds amazing. :up:

a lot of the android radios don't fit standard kits so are more difficult to install. I have gotten to the point where I wont install radios that aren't main stream brands.
That sucks to hear. I totally believe you though.

After considering the available options, costs, and after the cell phone battery life thread, I think I'm going to spend the money on a new phone instead.
I would at least spring for a deck that can mirror your phone screen for stuff like maps.
Otherwise, you can use an app to automatically do this-that-the-other-thing as soon as it connects to your car stereo's bluetooth.
 

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At least consider some of the android auto units on Crutchfield. They start under $300. My new car came with android auto, and I love it. Car doesn't have GPS, so I run Waze on the screen through my fone. Do all the audio through my phone, but using the big touch screen in the dash. Better than fucking around with my reading glasses with the phone in the mount, like I do in my Chrysler.
 
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