My most recent flight with them resulted in quite an experience. Plane (ageing 757) was having technical difficulties, airline made passengers wait in lounge, and the flight was delayed. After what seemed like ages, they called us back saying the problem was fixed, everyone boarded, and eventually the aircraft started taxiing.
Just as we get close to the runway, pilot announces over the intercom that the aircraft seemed to be burning too much fuel. Taxied back to the gate, all let off. They told us a replacement aircraft would be organized, but of course that didn't happen. In the end though, we received a bunch of food vouchers, got to stay a night @ the local Hilton for free, and placed onto next morning's expensive Jet Blue (excellent airline) flight, on premium seats.
That is a bit of a shame as I like to have the car radio on when I am doing work or Cleaning the car. If it was rewired would the canbus system not auto turn it of in 1 hour just like the standard radio does?
Not 100% sure about the 1 hour mate, sorry. But a wild guess would be that you would be able to leave it on indefinitely. I think the one hour feature is specific to the Ford unit.
* Steering wheel controls work perfectly out of the box, the button back-lighting and screen brightness work well in hand with the cars parking lights/headlights
* Surprisingly good sound quality, much better than the stock Ford 6000CD it replaced. 320kbps MP3's sound pretty good.
* Hardly any system lag switching between menu's & apps - quite snappy indeed. Apparently the dual core 1.6Ghz processor inside it outperforms my android phone in benchmarks.
* The screen is of decent quality - it is sharp, brightness is good, and it is capacitive, so it's fairly responsive.
* Tonnes of room for customization - wallpapers, live wallpapers, apps (Spotify, YouTube, Google Maps). It is android 4.4.4 after all.
* The instruction manual that came with the unit is in 'Chinglish' so to speak, and isn't that detailed/useful. No installation instructions, but the installation procedure itself is reasonably straightforward, and there are two excellent YouTube video guides which I used to install it.
* Messy wiring loom - it will take some effort to tuck it in sufficiently for the unit to fit in the dash, but I think this is the case with most custom double-din units.
* Unfortunately it only works when the ignition is in position II. The seller has claimed that this is by design, to prevent battery drain. This may be easily fixed by doing a simple wiring 'hack', which Stoney has kindly suggested to me. I can discuss this, if anyone is interested.
* The eBay Seller (A-sure) is an overseas-based seller (Hong Kong?), their eBay feedback seems decent enough, and they seem to assure you that customer satisfaction is #1 priority. They have been responsive to all my emails/questions so far, but time and experience will ultimately tell. Shipping was pretty fast though, with Royal Mail.
* Hefty £270 price tag, at the time of buying it, but I was a little apprehensive of the cheaper WinCE-based units. Some of them have decent software, some of them don't, its all down to luck how good the unit you get is, but you are stuck with whatever software is preloaded on the unit. At least with Android, if the hardware is decent, you can choose your own software.
when i get around to getting one i will be going for the silver effcet one over the black one. Does it match the surround trim in color pretty well? from your pic it looks like its perfect.
Thanks mate, I agree that the silver one looks quite nice. Will you be getting the same A-sure unit? In terms of colour, it's not an exact match, but close enough for me. I only noticed the very slight colour difference, when the car was in direct sunlight today.
Today was the first day using it, left the house at 8 AM, and did a fair bit of driving, and although it's not perfect, I am still quite impressed.