It would be nice to be able to use a removable, repurpose-able android tablet as the screen.
Also, worth checking the useability of features/controls when the screen is not deployed. My old state-of-the-art-in-its-day Kenwood head unit with stowable screen, in a 2000 E350, causes some backcountry issues with the screen stowed, possibly due to a confluence of quirks.
I sometimes end up with ear-blasting volume while changing between the three sources (eg, radio, aux/phone input) with no display because:
- I can't tell what source I'm on when toggling thru them,
- the source toggle and the AM/FM frequency Up/Down buttons are about 1/8" apart, so I accidentally hit the wrong button sometimes,
- if I've turned off the radio/source with the volume down, and travelled out of range of the prev-used frequency, and possibly accidentally changed the source away from radio ... then I have to toggle the source AND hit the volume up AND hit a frequency up/down button to try to determine whether I'm on the radio source or not. With no visual indicators of source or volume (with display stowed), I sometimes finally find the radio when it blasts at top volume.
So yes, there's a way and workarounds to avoid the ear-blasting, but it's incredibly inconvenient and time consuming. I imagine there are head units with better visual clues or controls that would make non-display use less cumbersome ...
.... just something to think about.
Muy Bonita - 2000 Ford E-350 V10 Quigley with 285/75 R16s, SMB-West RB50, manual PH