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[Project] Using a Galaxy Tab 4 8.0" as a GPS/Music player

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I am embarking on a project to use an 8 inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 as a heads-up display and GPS unit for my 2012 F-150. I have been very unsatisfied with the screen size and capabilities of dedicated GPS units from Garmin, et al. So I've decided to get a suction cup mount and a cellular-equipped Galaxy Tab 4 and make my own!




Things I intend to do that will make this project interesting:
  1. Get a T-Mobile Free Data For Life SIM card (200MB data per month free)
  2. Root/install Cyanogenmod 12.1 or 13
  3. Install suction-cup mount on windshield and run power cable underneath car's dashboard (this will get interesting)
  4. Get an SD card and offline a ton of music smile.gif

I ordered a Galaxy Tab 4 (model SM-T337T) from eBay over the weekend. I also ordered a car dash mount for the device.

Things left to order:
  1. MicroUSB cable
  2. MicroSD card
  3. Mini TRS audio cable (in case bluetooth doesn't work out)
  4. Multi-port charger block for such things
  5. T-Mobile SIM card (trying to find a $0.99 deal on one. No luck so far)
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UPDATE: The tab arrived today! biggrin.gif She's the T-Mobile edition and has a white back. Has a few knicks and scratches in the back but I barely care. Works fine.

I was able to root it using ChainFire. Unfortunately, XDA doesn't have any ROMs available for it which really stinks.. frown.gif At least I was able to beat back some of the Samsung bloat.

Installed the SD card and offlined lots of music though. It's a great little tablet. Fits well in the hand and is fairly lightweight.
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Great find. I have been looking for a cheap 8" tablet for a while. Most have only 1GB and it chugs to a crawl. The extra 512MB makes a difference.
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Here's a brief overview of what I've installed so far:

-HERE Maps (offlined most of my area onto SD card)
-Google Maps
-Waze
-Tidal (music streaming service)
-SuperSU (root permissions manager)
-Titanium backup (to uninstall stuff that I don't want)
-AdAway
-The Weather Channel

And various other apps I thought might be helpful. That's the great thing: It's Android! I have root! I can install whatever I want! biggrin.gif

I forgot to mention: The T-Mobile edition of this tablet supports LTE Band 12 which is T-Mobile's 700MHz A block spectrum
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how much is the tmobile data plan your using for this lil thing? is it really 200mb a month for free?? and how much do you plan to use the gps/ how much does it roughly use datawise?
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Originally Posted by Squeeker The Cat View Post

how much is the tmobile data plan your using for this lil thing? is it really 200mb a month for free?? and how much do you plan to use the gps/ how much does it roughly use datawise?

The data plan really is free. As in, free beer. Completely free. The only thing you need is a compatible tablet and a T-Mobile SIM card which costs $15 through Tmo or $5 through Amazon. T-Mobile will occasionally sell them for $0.99 with the promo code SIM99.

I use Waze primarily because of traffic and road hazard alerts. It does not allow for offlining maps. I traveled for about five hours today and it only used 30MB. Your mileage may vary though. If you use an offline map like HERE maps (which is a fantastic product, btw) and download your maps over Wi-Fi, then you don't need to use any cellular data.

I am really liking it smile.gif


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