Wanted to upgrade my car deck and since I basically use it as an output for everything on my iphone I began researching the most IOS compatible options out there which basically boiled down to carplay enabled decks which are pretty expensive. Then I saw that someone mounted their ipad mini in their car which I originally thought was ridiculous until I saw how close in size they are to the carplay decks which got me thinking. LTE(gps) equipped iPad Mini 1($200) + CD iPad Mini car mount($30) = Roughly $230 +- $10 Monthly data fee if you want to go that route or New Carplay equipped Pioneer Deck = Approx. $450 plus installation if you decide to pay someone My loose requirements: - Hands free Siri - Semi driving specific interface(carplay) to make it easy to use music apps as a standard car deck - GPS view iPad mini Pros - Familiar, easy to use interface - OS is consistently updated by apple - App store full of gps and music apps - Multi use product - Easily viewable information, gps, music, etc Cons - Can be bulky depending on how it is mounted - Might attract potential thieves - Can be distracting when driving for those who aren't responsible while driving - If you're not paying for data will need to download and possibly pay for gps apps and music - Doesn't look "stock" - Bulky CarPlay Pros - Clean, stock look - Forces you to be a safe driver by disabling some phone features - Car specific interface - AppRadio specific, pioneer supported car interface - Latest "tech" - Displays your phone information on a larger screen Cons - Expensive - Can become incompatible when IOS is updated - Limited compatibility with IOS apps - No CD player - Limited GPS options - OS not consistently updated What do you think? Do you know of anyone who uses carply/ipad mini mounts that have had a good/bad experience?