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Car Radio
« February 19, 2020, 10:20:34 »
Am I the only one here who has had a car for 3 years, done 25,000 miles (40,000 km) and probably spent getting on 1000 hours in the car without ever, not once, used the radio or played music via my phone or memory stick.  Neither have I used the Android app to link the phone to the cars media player or display.

I just don't like listening to music or radio chat in a car.  Also, I am quite happy to use the car's sat nav. I consider using a phone connected to the display is dangerous because you have to do everything using the touch screen.

Some late model cars - like the newer Niro's don't have a built-in sat-nav, you are forced to use a phone. I will not buy one of those on principle.


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Re: Car Radio
« Reply #1 : February 19, 2020, 11:11:37 »
Conversely, I drove a newish VW Passat hire car around Canberra (on business) and the built-in satnav was utter rubbish. I had to use the phone for much fresher information. :Dunno:
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Re: Car Radio
« Reply #2 : February 19, 2020, 12:23:15 »
I find the phone connected navigation far better than built in satav's, more up to date - more choice of map providers.

Voice recognition for music - calls - messaging and maps is pretty handy :)

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Re: Car Radio
« Reply #3 : February 19, 2020, 16:28:11 »
 :whsaid: with Android Auto you can just say ok google and in the Camry it has actually been working faultlessly. Was patchy in the SR but maybe some recent app updates fixed it?  :victory:
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Re: Car Radio
« Reply #4 : February 19, 2020, 16:50:40 »
My car is designed to use a smartphone and has a special holder for that very purpose.  With regards to using switches et al, you have to use the toggles provided on the dash (it is illegal to touch the phone whilst driving).  My phone connects via USB to the cars onboard ECU and can do all the engine information on the move as well as giving me a wide selection of navigation software UI's.

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Re: Car Radio
« Reply #5 : February 19, 2020, 18:32:30 »
Want music - cue the 16g stick.
Phone via BT.
Nav either via on board (Santa) or TomTom ( Kona).
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Re: Car Radio
« Reply #6 : February 19, 2020, 23:28:51 »
I certainly don't listen to music as much as I used to in the car or elsewhere. I found I did listen to it a bit more when I had the Calais with multiple Bose speakers  :cool:
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