Frequently Asked Questions About In-Dash Video and GPS Units
When you need to replace or upgrade CD player in your car stereo system, a video unit with GPS and a touch screen is one available option. These units have an LCD designed to allow you to view navigation information and control media functions. When selecting an unit, there are different styles and options to choose from.What are some features of in-dash video and GPS?
- SIM slot: Some single-DIN screens have a slot for inserting a SIM card designed to allow you to access your cellphone network in much the same way as you would use a tablet. Some units with this feature can also act as a hot spot for your mobile devices.
- Backup camera: Some options feature a camera as part of the unit. When you put your vehicle into reverse, a sensor activates the camera and puts the image on the display so you can see what is behind the vehicle.
- DVD/CD Player: A DVD/CD player built into the car stereo unit allows you to view videos and listen to music. Some models also have additional displays where the video can be mirrored on.
- USB Port: With this option, you can charge and connect your smartphone or audio devices. Once your device is plugged in, your multimedia library can be accessed and played through your vehicle’s speakers. Some units also let you insert a flash drive with preloaded media.
- Bluetooth: With this option, you can have built-in Bluetooth to pair your smartphone with the unit. Once these are paired, you can use the car stereo for hands-free phone calls.
- Gather vehicle information: The make and model of your vehicle can be helpful in finding a system that is the right size and has the right power requirements.
- Select a display size: The part that fits into the dash will either be 1 DIN or 2 DIN. LCDs can vary in size from 3 inches up to 12 inches depending on the size of your center console. See the manufacturer site for details.
- Choose a brand: You can select from brands such as Pioneer, Kenwood, Alpine, and others that manufacture video and GPS units for your vehicle. Several unbranded and generic options are also available.
- Select features: A common feature among units is a touch screen. This allows you to use your fingers to navigate to the different parts of the display by touch.
The main difference between the two is the size. 2 DIN units are 7 inches wide and 4 inches tall, while the 1 DIN options will be half of the height. The DIN size can be different on two screens that have the same LCD dimensions. The majority of the components housed in the DIN section will be hidden by the LCD. See the manufacturer site for details.