I have a 2006 F250 Crew and I am an electronics nut. I've had Pioneer, Kenwood and OEM navigation units installed. They worked, but I always found myself going to my mobile phone for directions, traffic or what's nearby.
I decided to install a Motorola Xoom tablet into my truck. I chose the Xoom over the iPad because Apple sucks. Android and Google are way more user friendly and everything works with them, unlike Apple where every accessory is special and navigation was a joke. With the Xoom you get full Google navigation, traffic, etc. With the iPad, they didn't give you full Google nav because Android is a competitor and you had to go 3rd party. Bottom line it was a personal preference. If you are an Apple fan, then that's the way to go. I hope this helps.
Motorolla Xoom 10" tablet getting internet from phone. Once installed I'll get wireless service from Verizon. For now it's tethering off of the phone.
Pioneer DEH-7300BT single din radio (pics below). It has a front facing AUX & USB port making it easy to get sound/info from the Xoom to the radio. Why a single din? Didn't need the 2nd din and with the mount (pics below) that I am using it had to be a single din. I am using the Xoom tablet as my radio, music player, nav, etc. So I needed a basic radio and this fit the need and it had excellent BT capabilities for phone calls which the Xoom can't do (yet).
Xoom factory dock (pics below) will hold/support the bottom of the tablet. It's hard wires with a on/off switch so you're not charging it all day.
ELM OBD BT thingy. This works great and under $20 on ebay! To get one to work with Apple you gotta spend triple the amount and it's a 50/50 to get it working. With Android and open BlueTooth, this hooked up in 30 seconds.
Torque Android application. Free from Android Market. Monitoring the BT OBD sensor. Still playing around with this. There is a bunch of stuff you can do.
I am right in the middle of the install Saturday 08/11 at 4PM. Taking a break. See 2nd post for updated pics. See 3rd post for vid.
The dash we're so familiar with. Because I was using the phone more then a nav, I got rid of the Ford Navi and used the money to fund this project. Thing is, this way is cheaper!
The Motorola Xoom. Play around with an Android tablet then play with the iPad. See which one is easier.
This is where I wanted it installed. In order to do this, I'd have to move the AC unit, then install the radio into that slot, then move the trailer brake someplace else. It wasn't going to work.
This is the mount that is going to secure the Xoom into place. Yes it's fugly, but it'll get covered in gray suede and painted to match shortly.
This angle shows more of the mount. The long sides will screw into the cage where the radio goes and will be very secure with no movement. Going to use 2 screws per side to make sure it's sturdy.
This is the custom mount with the OEM Motorola desktop cradle. It charges the Xoom (going to be hardwired with on/off switch) and has a AUX out.
This is how it's going to mount (sorry, not a good photo).
Another view of the mount, showing how much it'll stick out.
The ELM BlueTooth OBD thingy. Cheap and works perfectly! Not needed for the install but works with a dashboard app to get temps, PSI, etc.
The Pioneer radio. Cheap. Has excellent working BT. Most importantly has front facing AUX & USB ports. Cheaper then having no radio, plus has a CD with MP3. It made the install a LOT easier.
The main reason for this radio. Front AUX/USB.
How it's going to mount up. Yes, it's ugly but the aluminum is going to be covered in gray suede and it'll dress up nicely.
My BABIES. I love them.
Updates later tonight or tomorrow. Will show vids of dash apps, etc.