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This might work for any tablet with a flip cover. I came up with the idea to hang the tablet with an elastic band as I wanted to be able to access the climate control dials easily.

This cost me next to nothing to make. I re-used some existing picture hangers and had some black elastic (used for tailoring). I sprayed the hangers with black plastic dip and let it dry for a few hours and applied a second coat.

First picture here shows the elastic in place. If you don't know to look for it, you can't see it from outside of the car.
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Second picture here shows the tablet hanging on the elastic. The cover of the tablet is flipped back and the elastic band is sandwiched between the cover and the tablet. I have the ashtray open to support the tablet.
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A few notes. The tablet covers part of the navigation screen. If you do not have nav, then I guess it is ok. Because of the elastic, you can easily lift the tablet up with one hand to adjust the climate controls. The downside is that the hazard lights switch might get depressed accidentally (or you can't hit it quickly in case of emergency). The tablet does not fall or knock against the dash when I drive hard (start, sudden stop, make sharp turns), so far so good.

While Apple maps or Google maps might be fine to use in the day, I really do not recommend anyone to use those apps on the tablet in the car if mounted this way at night. There is no "night mode" and it is too glaring. I have a TomTom app that automatically switches to night mode, and is really much better without the glare.

I do have the iPod connection kit and have the lightning adapter. Pandora works well this way, and that really was the motivation for mounting the iPad on the dash.

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Thanks. I am a BIG do it yourself guy. I am headed to my garage to see if I can apply your idea.
The keyboard on my tablet is the flip. The keys would remain exposed against the dash. But, where there is a will there is a way. I'm on it.
 

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I only need to think of a small mod to stop the hazard lights from being depressed when I lift or move the tablet. If you have any ideas, let me know. I was thinking of a simple 3M Command transparent hook or some spacer to keep the tablet from making contact with the switch.

Let me know how your mod goes.

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I was thinking of having a ipad in the car ! :tu:

That looks like the pad 9.7 inch one ?

I was looking at mounting / installing the ipad mini which would fit better / look about right and maybe not hide too many buttons etc

Overall well done keep up the mod . :tu:
 

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I was thinking of having a ipad in the car ! :tu:

That looks like the pad 9.7 inch one ?

I was looking at mounting / installing the ipad mini which would fit better / look about right and maybe not hide too many buttons etc

Overall well done keep up the mod . :tu:
That is the full-size iPad there. I don't know I would mount a mini using that mount. It might be better as it might not obstruct the climate control buttons.

On a side note, I've been using Waze on the iPad for navigation. The "crowd source" alerts (traffic and where cops are) is really helpful. I'm at a point now where I think tablets (with cellular data) in cars are going to be better than any dash-unit for navigation and entertainment plus information.

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Great mod! How did you get the pandora to tie to the radio system in what appears to be a R171? Thanks.
I already have the iPod connector installed. The cable comes up the armrest and I have a Frankenstein line of converters and extenders to tap into the lightning connector on the iPad.

Let me know if you need the products and parts I have for the connector. It is basically:

iPod 12V connector (source) -> iPod 5V adapter -> iPod 30 pin male to female extension cable -> 30pin to lightning adaptor.

The controls on the steering wheel still allow for Pandora to skip to next song, but none for hate-this-song. Not a biggy as I just reach over and take the thumbs down button which isn't as dangerous as trying to turn on the demister on the console.

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K Thanks for the update. I have been working through alternatives to get my iphone5 to bluetooth into the audio system. I am in the Pgh PA area and would like to get it set up before the snow melts and the season starts. I do like the way you can use your set up for the music. May do that with the phone and Pandora by just plugging it in. Thanks.
 
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