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Does anybody here use the Brodit console tablet mount for a Nexus 7 or iPad mini?

If so what are your thoughts, is it secure, does a tablet in that position get in the way of anything?
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.. .. .. does a tablet in that position get in the way of anything?
.. .. .. possibly your concentration on the world outside your car



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Stinger uses a mount for his tablet !

Do a search , he's got a thread on the subject ..
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Sarge, I didn't know your car was actually used for driving! I thought it was merely artwork.
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.. .. .. possibly your concentration on the world outside your car
...and it only gets worse.
Have you seen the interior of the new C-Class?
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...and it only gets worse.
Have you seen the interior of the new C-Class?
The difference between the "tablet" that Merc uses in it's entry level cars and what the OP/Stinger did is how the driver interacts with it.

Merc OEM uses the comand wheel to interact with the system, whereas tablet solution uses touch. The wheel allows linear and predictable input, easier for muscle memory and remembering shortcuts/processes, thus allowing an experienced user to interface with the system with minimal distraction.

The tablet, while it has way more software potential, relies completely on touch input. The main issue with touch input in an automotive application is that it has no tactile or spacial element. So if you wanted to change the radio station or do most actions available on screen at any given point you have to look away from the road in order to know where you hand should go to complete an action, as opposed to the OEM solution which has the advantage of tactile feedback and muscle memory.

The placement of the "tablet"/screens in most MY2007+ in Mercs is no coincidence. The high-up placement allows for use of peripheral vision when completing an action on the media interface, keeping your focus on the road. Having this placement with the tactile controls allows for that.

TL;DR: If you install one of these tablets, make sure that it is in line with you instrument cluster to allow for safer/easier use. Double check the laws on automotive interfaces where you live to make sure your install wont get you a ticket.

Imho just save up the money and get a Chinese or aftermarket head unit. Yes it does not have the advantage of all the apps, however it is 100% street legal. If you go the Chinese HU route you can even get an OEM look-alike, which you can find several extensive threads documenting the different models if you do a quick search.

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The difference between the "tablet" that Merc uses in it's entry level cars and what the OP/Stinger did is how the driver interacts with it.

Merc OEM uses the comand wheel to interact with the system, whereas tablet solution uses touch. The wheel allows linear and predictable input, easier for muscle memory and remembering shortcuts/processes, thus allowing an experienced user to interface with the system with minimal distraction.
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The new C-Class retains the command wheel, but adds a touch pad interface, too.

I was actually commenting on Wooly's remark about "concentration on the world outside your car..." Let's hope the Facebook interface isn't active while in motion.
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The new C-Class retains the command wheel, but adds a touch pad interface, too.

I was actually commenting on Wooly's remark about "concentration on the world outside your car..." Let's hope the Facebook interface isn't active while in motion.
The way the touch pad works though is that it has only one set of functions, and it is part of the controller suite for that interface. Easy to access and when you need it your fingers remember exactly where it is and it's boundaries in addition to what they need to do.

I did not mean to make it seem I was attacking you :S I apologize for that...

Over the next few years I think we will see the outlawing of these social media platforms being built into cars... Personally when I drive I want to drive, not be bombarded with notifications of who ate what for lunch.
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! while driving!
I quite often LOL while driving, what's your point?!

It would only be used for sat nav and music playback and given the ridiculous price of updating the on-board nav and the general poor performance of the outdated music system something like a Nexus 7 would improve things greatly.

A quick glance down at the screen would be no more distracting than doing the same with the command sat nav.
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I keep a dedicated Nexus 7 permanently in the SLK. Use my phone's WiFi hot spot for internet. It has all the MB manuals and supplemental references and some helpful browser links. Think all the paper versions the car manufacturers print could be replaced (and updated) by issuing owners tablets at delivery for close to the same cost.

Thought a tablet might come in handy for occasional navigation duty, but the in-car system has been surprisingly good, so haven't needed it, so far. Still, nice to have a back-up, just in case.

Audio duties are handled by another dedicated toy. Leave a 32GB iPod plugged in...and whine all the time that it's not enough to hold all my music. The iPod steering wheel controls and center console display minimize distraction...if you don't over-do it.

All that said, wouldn't want to be playing with the tablet at any time while actually driving.
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