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Just like the title says. I need a cheap tablet and the accessories that supports video out. Must be 7" ish and as few regular buttons as possible, I'm putting it in the dash of my car. Suggestions? I was thinking of a Nexus 7 but I keep getting mixed reviews on if it'll work.

I really don't care if it's the latest and greatest, but it does need to work well. I plan to use plex, Pandora, and Google maps on it mostly, the video out will go to headrest screens for plex.

I also need to know what accessories to make this work (to get the video out and charging).
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I used a Nexus 7 2nd gen on my 2011 fusion. It was a fun project, cant comment on the video output though. I had a wireless hot spot and it was awesome. Moved the factory face to the glove box and retained all features (bluetooth, sync, etc) except CD player. Could control most settings thru the steering controls. I ran into a few problems though. The system worked flawlessly thru the USB port the sync system my car provided (turned on with the car and turned of 30 seconds after shut off (or an onscreen button) but it did not provide enough charge to keep it running for more than a week. Ultimately connected the sound thru the headphone input on the car and connected the power directly thru the 12 volt port and added a switch to turn on the screen on the tablet. This worked great but had its drawback, I could no longer control it with steering control (like skipping to the next track). Connecting it to bluetooth solved this but I always have my phone connected to it so it was not an option for me. Hope this helps.

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Forget to mention you also need to get a tablet with great viewing angles which the Nexus has. I did this project first with a cheapo tablet from big lots and could not see the screen.
Edited by gtz - 10/24/15 at 6:53am
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Okay so a second gen Nexus 7, which should support video out through HDMI via Slim Plug (or whatever its called) should work then? How would I go about wiring it to power so it doesn't die? I want the screen to be on when the car is on, and turn off when the car is off.......how can I do that? For charging, I had planned on wiring it to a switched +12v line (fused) and jerry rigging (soldering) a USB car adapter to make it work.
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I thought the Nexus 7 didn't have MHL support?
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I thought the Nexus 7 didn't have MHL support?

I was under the understanding I don't want MHL? I just want video out so I can run it to headrest screens later on.
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Have you looked at cheap Chinese tablets? My Sansui Windoze tablet (I have the 10" one, but it's also available in 7") has HDMI, and it's cheap for what you get.

Have you had any progress with that temp gauge yet?
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Have you looked at cheap Chinese tablets? My Sansui Windoze tablet (I have the 10" one, but it's also available in 7") has HDMI, and it's cheap for what you get.

Have you had any progress with that temp gauge yet?

Keep in mind it's going in my dash, so as few buttons as possible too.

No the shop still has that car. This project is for my acura mdx.
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Honestly sounds like a Pi would be a better solution, unless you don't have the additional depth available ( only need maybe 1.5" - 2" tops for the screen + Pi ).



They have HDMI out, and a combo video out port in the form of a standard 4 pole 3.5mm jack for analog A/V.

I use a small 5" screen that plugs directly into the Pi for the main screen. You can choose to go with a touch screen version, thus removing any need for buttons except a power switch ( I used an anti-vandal switch since they look nice, or you can even place it somewhere hidden but still easily accessible ).

Power can be done one of several ways... directly off your cars power, or like my truck, 10,000mAh battery + small solar panel that keeps it charged while driving / parked, or a combo of both ( though, a bit more complex than it needs to be, but another possibility ).

You could even through in a small 2.5" portable USB HDD ( I have a 1TB one for mine, stores more than enough movies /shows and music ).

For my truck, I used the glove compartment to store the battery pack and HDD since it didn't get used before except to store junk I had in my pockets that day. And honestly there's still more than enough room to keep stuff in there, battery pack of only a little larger than my 2.5" USB HDD. But, if your dash is as empty as my trucks in the back or bottom, then you could easily find places to stuff them ( again, they aren't large by any means ).
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