Is CarPlay worth the price?

Discussion in 'HomeKit, HomePod, CarPlay, Home & Auto Technology' started by kingston73, Mar 23, 2017.

  1. kingston73 macrumors 6502a

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    I currently have an older gen Pioneer double din and I'm considering updating to a more modern unit. I've noticed that the "Carplay" term adds an extra $50 to $100 dollars to equivalent units and I'm wondering if it's worth it? With my old unit I can play music and take calls over bluetooth, what am I missing out on? Basically I'm wondering what Carplay adds to a car stereo that I don't already have?
     
  2. CTHarrryH macrumors 68000

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    navigation, playing the music from your phone, imessage on the screen and other apps. I think it is great. Sounds like a lot of money for it but..
     
  3. randomplaydo macrumors member

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    I personally love having CarPlay and it makes life a lot easier for me. I just tell siri what I want to do, where I want to go, what I want to listen to, etc.

    Plus the added benefit is that the wired connection using the lightning port gives WAY better sound quality than bluetooth ever could. For my ears it's night and day, and even better than an aux jack. If spotify goes to lossless like it seems, then it'll sound even better than now.
     
  4. BarracksSi Suspended

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    Oh God yes, it's worth it.

    I just got a new car with CarPlay, and I don't think I'll ever use the factory interface for navigation or phone (or anything else besides FM radio). We also got a new car for my wife that doesn't have factory nav but does have CarPlay, and we aren't wishing that it had the factory nav system.

    What CarPlay does better than anyone else is a simple, easy-to-see UI that makes sense, especially to us iOS users.

    You can go for a non-CarPlay head unit and spend the savings on beer n' pizza, but in two years, the beer n' pizza will be long gone (we hope!) and you'll still be wondering if CarPlay would have been nicer.

    Here's one of the videos that sold me on it:
     
  5. Menel macrumors 603

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    But if you've have nothing but poor luck with Apple Maps.
    And rely on Waze... you'll find it lacking, and still using a clip on iphone mount somewhere.
     
  6. kingston73, Apr 16, 2017
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    I've been convinced, now I just have to figure out what specific unit I'm getting. I'm split between Sony and two different pioneers. Appradio4 or the 4200nex.
     
  7. aawil macrumors 6502a

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    I plan on doing this as well, but for me it's got to be the Sony. It's the only one that has a nice non-carplay interface.
     
  8. kingston73 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I've read that the Sony has great sound quality, but the NEX has hd radio and the appradio has an actual glass screen.
     
  9. convergent macrumors 68030

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    Yes its worth it (to me), and I have been quite happy with the NEX. Just make sure you don't pay extra to get one that has built in navigation because that's a bit useless since you can use the iPhone navigation.
     
  10. buckZor macrumors newbie

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    I cannot overstate how pleased I am with my CarPlay investment. People get in my (nearly) 17 year old Audi and are amazed at the technological amazement. Apple did a fantastic job with this and keep in mind, nearly every IOS update has a CarPlay tweak, fix or new feature. You aren't buying a tech investment for your car that is frozen in time like the old days. If you are an Apple person, this is a no brainer and I should have done it sooner. I even enjoy driving now.
     
  11. aawil macrumors 6502a

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    Which one did you get?
     
  12. BarracksSi Suspended

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    This is probably the best part.

    I'm finding out how old the Android-based OS is in my month-old Honda's head unit, and I'm more than glad to have the option of a clean iOS interface and a modern OS to back it up.
     
  13. buckZor macrumors newbie

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    I purchased the JVC KW-V820BT from a local car stereo store. They recommended that model and had a killer deal on factory refurbished units with full factory warranty. http://mobile.jvc.com/multimedia/kw_v820bt/

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