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Today 05:22 PM
sparkyman987 I was wondering if you can access the Google Play Store if you have internet on the head unit?
10-07-2014 10:51 PM
Elchess Hello Everyone,

I want to add to this tread my owe experience, I purchased the Android 4 unit, I setup the unit the same day it arrived. I had a similar unit with another car, and that unit has been working for 2 or 3 years with no real issues, but some defects I could bear with. in the other hand, I can tell the android module of the unit is worthless, everytime you want to access the GPS to have to go to the android and at least launch it once so the button on the dashboard works... until you turn it off.
The sound quality, the bass the radio reception and the bluetooth were awesome.
The screen wasnīt bright enough at day. awesome in the dark. I mostly play videomixes on it.
I would have kept the unit with those defects, only because of the bluetooth, DVD, GPS the USB capabilities and better sound quality than the stock unit. But there was one issue that made me return the unit. The screen got flipped all of the sudden up side down and it remained there for days. It happened to me at least 3 times with no reasons. I had to return the unit and lose some money. there was no feature activated to explain this behavior. I researched on google and I found some android tablets have this defect and itīs hardware related. I am still looking for other options. even try the windows CE 6 version. I really like the look of the units, the metra kit is just too horrible for me to del with, but even that is something I have not made the last call.
10-07-2014 07:10 PM
unida767
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Originally Posted by Make77 View Post
I bought this unit and now it's finally assembled. Attached you'll find couple pictures of installed unit. In pictures, button back-lights seems to be red, but in real life they are light blue matching quite well Focus color scheme.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8x...ew?usp=sharing
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8x...ew?usp=sharing
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8x...ew?usp=sharing

Installation was super easy and overall build quality is really good. Display is easily usable in direct sunlight, but it could be even more brighter. Unit was shipped with cable harness and only downside with it, was low quality radio adapter, which was far from good and created lots of distraction. I replaced it with better quality adapter and now radio reception is perfect.

I'm super happy at the moment with this unit and only time will tell how it survives Finnish winter, which is well known to be sometimes super cold.

I also noticed, that in pictures unit looks like scratched, but all markings around buttons were only smudges and were easily cleaned by damp cloth. Protective film for screen was also still in place.

Br,
Markus
Excellent Markus thanks for the review. +1 Rep.

Do you have a reverse camera?
10-07-2014 11:29 AM
Make77
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Originally Posted by Make77 View Post
Anyone tried these so far:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/8-Android-4-...:X:RTQ:US:1123

I have discussed with seller and this unit is made by Klyde, button backlights are "Ford Focus Blue" and set includes cable harness with connectors so no wire cutting is necessary.

I'm about to order one but I would first like to hear if someone else has bought these here. My main concern is 8" display and if it's bright enough to be used in direct sunlight.
I bought this unit and now it's finally assembled. Attached you'll find couple pictures of installed unit. In pictures, button back-lights seems to be red, but in real life they are light blue matching quite well Focus color scheme.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8x...ew?usp=sharing
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8x...ew?usp=sharing
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8x...ew?usp=sharing

Installation was super easy and overall build quality is really good. Display is easily usable in direct sunlight, but it could be even more brighter. Unit was shipped with cable harness and only downside with it, was low quality radio adapter, which was far from good and created lots of distraction. I replaced it with better quality adapter and now radio reception is perfect.

I'm super happy at the moment with this unit and only time will tell how it survives Finnish winter, which is well known to be sometimes super cold.

I also noticed, that in pictures unit looks like scratched, but all markings around buttons were only smudges and were easily cleaned by damp cloth. Protective film for screen was also still in place.

Br,
Markus
09-30-2014 07:33 PM
MassFocus627 I had an aftermarket system installed in my 2014ford focus se as soon as i could get an appointment. The guys thought I was crazy for wanting to Install an after market deck, now after reading this all I don't blame them, although i did provide all wiring harnesses and steering wheel retention adapters needed.
09-25-2014 09:26 PM
unida767
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Originally Posted by firebirdude View Post
WTF is your problem man? You're getting so bent out of shape because I stated my opinion. Did I EVER ONCE state that all of "these" are rubbish and won't work? NO. I said that I've seen buckets and buckets of similar units fail far before their time and ADVISED avoiding them. Does that mean the one particular two-bit model you have your eye on will fail? Of course not. I don't give two ishts what you buy.

Take Boss Audio for example. I've watched, installed, and been troubleshooting their equipment for years and years. It's all low-end flea market trash. So do I have to have experience with the exact model amplifier you're looking to buy before I advise you to avoid it? Nope.

But I'm sure you'll continue to attack me for my thoughts. You'd argue with a brick wall. Now it falls on deaf ears. I've said my piece, and then some. I'm out.
"I'd avoid that like the plague. FAR too often I see these "factory fit fully integrated" Chinese head units come into my shop, either running a hacked up version of Android or some proprietary OS. Doesn't matter. The build quality is poor and they fail FAR too often"

Bye bye
09-25-2014 09:16 PM
firebirdude WTF is your problem man? You're getting so bent out of shape because I stated my opinion. Did I EVER ONCE state that all of "these" are rubbish and won't work? NO. I said that I've seen buckets and buckets of similar units fail far before their time and ADVISED avoiding them. Does that mean the one particular two-bit model you have your eye on will fail? Of course not. I don't give two ishts what you buy.

Take Boss Audio for example. I've watched, installed, and been troubleshooting their equipment for years and years. It's all low-end flea market trash. So do I have to have experience with the exact model amplifier you're looking to buy before I advise you to avoid it? Nope.

But I'm sure you'll continue to attack me for my thoughts. You'd argue with a brick wall. Now it falls on deaf ears. I've said my piece, and then some. I'm out.
09-25-2014 04:35 PM
unida767
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Originally Posted by Toby267 View Post
Sounds to me like Firebird dude is trying to save the rest of us from getting ripped off and havng to buy the quality parts anyway. He sounds like a professional installer with enough experience to know what works and what doesn't. I, for one, think his opinion has merit. I plan on just splicing in the LOC, adding an amp and sub, and calling it a day.
Yeah I want you to be ripped off.

Is it so hard to understand that saying "all" of these are rubbish and wont work is blatantly false.

Do what you want but don't disparage things without any knowledge of the product.

No I don't want to see people ripped off.
09-25-2014 07:55 AM
Toby267 Sounds to me like Firebird dude is trying to save the rest of us from getting ripped off and havng to buy the quality parts anyway. He sounds like a professional installer with enough experience to know what works and what doesn't. I, for one, think his opinion has merit. I plan on just splicing in the LOC, adding an amp and sub, and calling it a day.
09-14-2014 07:20 PM
unida767
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Originally Posted by firebirdude View Post
There is none so blind as he who will not see.
Wow so profound

""There are none so blind as those who will not see. The most deluded people are those who choose to ignore what they already know. The proverb has been traced back in English to 1546"

Your argument is invalid you have no knowledge about this product.

There would be no progress made in this if everyone went by what you said. If someone that bought a unit and then posted it didn't work like Blarson then they are contributing to the community.

You can sit there and say all these will fail or most will fail or I've had 100's that fail. It doesn't matter because it is not this unit. Simple.
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