Thanks so much! Super helpful!
I'm curious about the battery drain as well, but I' assuming it would be the equivalent or similar to if I was using the actual phone for any of the functions (streaming apple music / using maps / phone). I can't see CarPlay draining more (and it could be possible less because the screen isn't using power??)
I think I'm going to just try it. I spoke to a rep at Best Buy & their 14 day return policy applies to car audio, so worst case I could return it.
I installed the 4400 2 weeks ago on my truck and so far it's been great. Not having to take the phone out of my pocket makes those short trips a lot better. For longer trips I put it in a dash dock and plug it into a charger. The only to tell the difference is that the battery icon shows up on the screen when the phone isn't charging and using it's battery.
I used to use a Bluetooth adapter thru the AUX input on my old stereo and for the most part it worked out well. I had to manually establish the connection and some times I wouldn't do it. This became an issue when a message came in or a call came my way. I was good at ignoring and waiting to address those later. Not to mention the fact that I couldn't listen to the OTA radio while using getting map directions because it was a separate input.
I had used CarPlay in rental cars and I liked it. But I didn't like having to use the cord all of the time especially since I didn't leave a cord in there. I know this isn't an issue with my own automobile but not having to connect a cable has been surprisingly freeing. I see that the signal is disrupted for a quick second every now and then. I assume it's from interference of the wifi connection between the deck and the phone. Aside from that I can't tell a difference between wired and wireless operation.
I can't recommend wireless CarPlay and the 4400 enough. Just note you'll be spoiled going forward.
I just recently installed the pioneer 8400 along with the idatalink harness and maestro. Works great! I've only ever plugged my phone in to it to test but have used wireless since. Battery drain is really minor. It's just using wifi and the biggest drain, the screen, is off.
Install was pretty easy. The built in nav of the 8400 is actually quite good and has some waze like features. But I have also used apple maps, google maps and waze to navigate around town and it all works fine.
For long road trips i'd plug the phone in.
Good to hear! As I researching I discovered that plug in IS an option, so I'd be using that on longer trips as well.