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      12-16-2011, 05:59 PM   #1
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The F30 "iPad" Nav Screen - Bad Idea?

How long before the first F30 break-in occurs solely because some thief thinks that there is indeed an iPad jammed into the center console? I mean, there are some really stupid people out there...
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      12-16-2011, 06:01 PM   #2
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it doesnt look like an ipad. seriously???
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      12-16-2011, 06:05 PM   #3
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In one of the video reviews, the reviewer repeatedly says it resembles an iPad sticking out of the dashboard. I tend to agree:



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      12-16-2011, 11:44 PM   #4
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Did anyone count the number of times the guy said Ipad in that annoying voice?
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How long before the first F30 break-in occurs solely because some thief thinks that there is indeed an iPad jammed into the center console? I mean, there are some really stupid people out there...
How much would you charge to steal that stupid looking frozen pop-up out of my car?
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it doesnt look like an ipad. seriously???
Sure does look like an iPad...
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      12-19-2011, 08:44 AM   #7
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Seriously, I think its 100% better than the E90/E92 design for Nav screen.
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      12-19-2011, 06:30 PM   #8
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I wonder when driving at night if the screen is going to reflect in the windshield and be distracting? The current design set back in the dash doesn't allow that to occur.
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Sure does look like an iPad...
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it doesnt look like an ipad.
No, it doesn't - it looks like a cheap aftermarket portable navigation system glued on top of dashboard
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How long before the first F30 break-in occurs solely because some thief thinks that there is indeed an iPad jammed into the center console? I mean, there are some really stupid people out there...
I don't see anything "stupid" in quickly... "removing" this larger display from someone else's car with navigation feature built-in and then reselling it on eBay to people with smaller "stock" displays (who didn't order their cars with navigation option)
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Seriously, I think its 100% better than the E90/E92 design for Nav screen.
How so?
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How much would you charge to steal that stupid looking frozen pop-up out of my car?
About $2.50 and a can of diet coke.

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I don't see anything "stupid" in quickly... "removing" this larger display from someone else's car with navigation feature built-in and then reselling it on eBay to people with smaller "stock" displays (who didn't order their cars with navigation option)
Genius. Time to launch my new business!
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Actually I hated it in the first pics. But I went to a BMW dealer and saw it in a 6 coupe, and it was not a deal breaker.

I would like it if it re-tracked into the dash, but in the 2 and 4 coupe this is not going to happen.
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I mean, there are some really stupid people out there...
By stupid people, you mean the BMW design team who helped this eyesore get all the way to production.

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Seriously, I think its 100% better than the E90/E92 design for Nav screen.
This new navigation screen looks like it's stuck halfway from being completely free of the dash, or like it can't retract itself entirely back into the dash. The E90 screen is integrated nicely into it's own hood; not to mention the E90 screen doesn't get washed out in bright sunlight. Will the new one stand up to bright light?

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...it looks like a cheap aftermarket portable navigation system glued on top of dashboard.
That was was my first sentiment, too.
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      12-21-2011, 01:24 AM   #16
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By stupid people, you mean the BMW design team who helped this eyesore get all the way to production.
I tracked down the comment from SCOTT26 when the static pop-up display was first criticized:

http://www.f30post.com/forums/showth...=596749&page=8

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You do realise you are looking at a poor quality photograph which does not show the detail of the new interior? Have patience and wait till Friday and you will see how it looks much better in official photographs.

The stand alone screen will be a feature of all new BMW models from now on.
It will just stand via the dash - The designers see it as having a flat screen TV in your car. At extra expense to BMW they have coated the screen with a glass that does not show up glare in strong sunlight.
See, we customers must be wrong to think of it as looking stupid. It's a "flat screen TV" in our cars!
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      12-21-2011, 03:03 PM   #17
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Seriously, I think its 100% better than the E90/E92 design for Nav screen.
I agree. the e9X solution in adding an extra hump to the top of the dash is awkward at best.
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I'm only going off pictures, but I like the thought of it being higher on the dash. I do find that I have to look down at mine when driving, so it should help safety wise.
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I'm only going off pictures, but I like the thought of it being higher on the dash. I do find that I have to look down at mine when driving, so it should help safety wise.
I agree with this, but also wish there were still a way to just leave it all out. I find that nav ages cars faster than anything else and still prefer to adjust my climate control and radio with actual hard buttons.

From a pure styling stand point, I can see the allure of it having the screen retract when the car's off, but from a longevity and overall view point, I think the fixed screen makes the most sense.
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It looks like a generic rectangular screen

Did Apple invent the rectangle? Maybe that can be their next lawsuit
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It looks like a generic rectangular screen

Did Apple invent the rectangle? Maybe that can be their next lawsuit
Apple is way ahead of you...

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Apple actually suggested that when designing a smartphone the device shouldn’t be rectangular, nor should it have rounded corners, and also shouldn’t have a clean black front surface, and when it comes to tablets, again these shouldn’t be rectangular with round corners, have a non-flat front surface, thick frames and a thick profile whilst tablets should sport a cluttered interface.

So Apple is basically saying they own the rectangular shape, rounded corners, and flat black screens along with uncluttered interfaces, thin frames and slim profiles, and that no other smartphone or tablet should be able to use these design points.
http://www.phonesreview.co.uk/2011/1...ns-are-theirs/
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I just wish Apple designed the dash in this thing...
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