Rand McNally - OverDryve 7 Connected Car Tablet with GPS - Black
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- Security FeaturesPassword Protection
- Screen Size7 inches
- Screen Resolution1280 x 800
- Processor ModelT40S
- Internet ConnectivityWi-Fi
- Operating SystemAndroid 5.1 Lollipop
- Battery TypeLithium-polymer
- Product NameOverDryve 7 Connected Car Tablet with GPS
- BrandRand McNally
- Model NumberOVERDRYVE 7
- Year of Release2016
- Color CategoryBlack
- Security FeaturesPassword Protection
- GPS EnabledYes
- Keyboard IncludedNo
- Stylus DockNone
- Wake WordHey Siri, Okay Google
- Rear-Facing CameraYes
- Rear Facing Camera Megapixels5 megapixels
- Front-Facing CameraYes
- Front Facing Camera Megapixels2 megapixels
- Screen Size7 inches
- Screen Resolution1280 x 800
- Display TypeLCD
- Screen TypeIPS
- Battery Life6 hours
- System Memory (RAM)1 gigabytes
- Processor BrandNVIDIA
- Processor ModelT40S
- Internet ConnectivityWi-Fi
- Compatible Wireless Standard(s)Wireless-A, Wireless-B, Wireless-G
- Bluetooth EnabledYes
- Embedded Mobile BroadbandWi-Fi
- Headphone JackYes
- Interface(s)Micro USB
- Operating System CompatibilityAndroid
- Operating SystemAndroid 5.1 Lollipop
- Battery Capacity2800 milliampere hours
- Battery TypeLithium-polymer
- Stylus IncludedNo
- Product Height7.1 inches
- Product Width4.5 inches
- Product Depth0.6 inches
- Product Weight12.8 ounces
- Manufacturer's Warranty - Parts1 year
- Manufacturer's Warranty - Labor1 year
Rating 3.8 out of 5 stars with 208 reviews(208 Reviews)
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Overdryve OverachievesPosted .
The Rand McNally Overdryve 7 is a very strange and unique device. This device allows you the turn any car into a "connected car." There are so many features packed into this little device its not even funny. There is many things to break down with the Overdryve 7 but I will try my best to be brief which may be very hard to do... The Presentation: The black box is great very clear label brightly calling to you. Everything on the box makes it clear what the device is letting you know what it can do from every single feature. I applaud Rand McNally for being direct and to the point. Once you open the box you are greeted with most of the manuals and a quick start guide showing you how to set things up and of course all of the box contents. Rand McNally was kind enough to even drop a free screen protector inside for the "tablet" itself, THANK YOU! This is something most companies don't do. (Note: I used a iPhone 6 Plus and a Galaxy S6 Edge Plus on the device for Bluetooth Pairing.) Design: To me the Overdryve design is more of a 7 inch GPS then a basic tablet, Which lets be real here its nothing pretty. The tablet itself is small and compact but it feels extremely durable as well as weighted. I'm sure if you drop this on the ground nothing will break. There is grip material on the back that keeps it solid in the hand. Whats interesting is there are many speaker grills on the back. The sound from the Overdryve is down right phenomenal, You can hear this thing from so far away. People in the backseat will indeed be able to hear everything just from the tablet itself (I will talk about the sound more later.) There are a number of ports on the device for connection such as HDMI, USB, and Headphone jack. There is also a Micro SD slot to add even more storage (Love this feature personally because you can continuously record from the "dash cam.") The screen is 1280 x 800 which is not that bad to look at on the 7 inch device. Everything is readable and clear. Installation: Easy. There isn't much to be said. My review unit came with an coupon for installation for Best buy's Geek Squad but its surely wasn't needed. Its as simple as just placing the base down with the suction cups and connecting the ports. It isn't much to be done. Again you can use an AUX cord for the speakers, Use the speaker base, or use a radio station (which I do) to hear the device audio. They also sell an optional "Creascent beanbag dash pad." which securely hold the Overdryve in place. with the tablet being 7 inches it doesn't take up your flied of view when driving. Tablet OS (features): The OS is designed around driving but ultimately its Android no matter how you skin it. The Tablet / GPS is smooth when using with no slow downs or hiccups but you aren't doing much anyway. Lets get one thing out of the way, there is NO GOOGLE PLAY on this device, which means there is NO GOOGLE APPS INSTALLED. Instead what McNally have instead a place where you can get apps from with options of the app store. The best out of the bunch is clearly Amazon App store where you can download other / more apps and I highly recommend doing that. Another note, the device uses Nvidia chipset so also keep that in mind. The widget that sits on the first home screen is where the car features come in. Messaging - You can send messages with your voice without taking your hand off the steering wheel. I'm going to keep this short and sweet. The feature worked fine but you must speak clearly and loud for it to be flawless. Yes it worked with iOS just in a different way. Due to a limitation on iOS Apple requires you to Siri to send text...so all Overdryve does is activate Siri for messages. Please take note of that. Phone - Use any smartphone with Bluetooth you have. One of the best feature of the tablet and the calls was very clear coming from the device. It syncs your contacts so you don't have to input anything into the device. Maps / Navigation - Yep the maps are spot on and accurate want to know the best part? (and probably the main reason you are buying this device.) YOU DON'T NEED AN INTERNET CONNECTION to use it! I can't tell you how much I appreciate a dedicated GPS with the maps built in. They use "here" maps and its own data so everything is already perfect as far as accuracy. But as usual there is a little bit lag when using the maps application. The Smart Mount improves the GPS signal with the pin connectors on the back of the device you can reassure you will never get lost on the road and from my experiences it does the job. Remember none of the device have to be on a internet connection. Camera* - Uses the camera on the back of the tablet to record whats in front of you. It's pretty much a dash camera. The camera isn't of good quality but for what its suppose to do its awesome. and to have it on the device just make your life easier if an accident occurs. Monitoring* - Untested. *Rand McNally sells an optional Wifi Backup camera and Tire Pressure Monitoring System. Which I was unable to test since it was not supplied. Entertainment - You have a "Bluetooth player" which plays music from your smartphone, "Media" that you can put music on an SD card, and "FM Transmitter" which pushes sound from an FM station you set it to. Since its Android you can Sideload apps such as Netflix, Hulu, Spotify and so on for kids int he backset if you so choose. I side loaded Apple Music on to the device and it played pretty well. Not much outside of these features but for a connected car GPS tablet these features are great when used on the tablet. I wouldn't recommend playing any android games on this and it shouldn't even be thought. Sound: The sound on the Overdryve is amazing. Everything and I mean everything is loud and clear. There are many speakers on the back of tablet itself but the real shining star here is the smart dock. The speakers on the smart dock are extremely powerful where you can hear the conversation while driving with the window open. Rand McNally was smart to include the smart dock and all of its packed in features. Without this Overdryve wouldn't be even half as good as a product that it is. That's pretty much it as far as the Overdryve goes. Its not much here and that is a good thing. Overdryve is made for the cars and it excel at it. Sure they say you can use it as a standalone tablet but I personally wouldn't but as a device to turn your car into a connected car it does the job pretty well. I would certainly recommend it to people who don't have a connected car.I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Turn any car into a Hi-Tech CarPosted .
The Overdryve tablet is packaged very well. All the components are separated and protected. There is foam inserts to keep the tablet and the screen protected. In the box is the Overdryve tablet, Smart mount, bracket with suction cup, Car charger, USB Wall Charger, Dash mount disc, FM transmitter Antenna, AUX cable, and even an anti-glare screen protector which is nice. The mount is very easy to install, but you need to decide where you want it. In my case I have a velour dash mat so it wouldn't stick there, but thankfully they sell an optional Bean bag dash pad. It weighs about 2 pounds and the the dash mount fits right onto it. And it stays in place due to its weight. The Bean bag dash pad is optional and isn't included. Anyway for the install you just have to attach the 2 pieces of the mount together, then remove the film that covers the suction cup and secure it to the pad. Once you have the mount all installed and ready the tablet just locks into place via a magnetic connection. It self aligns and snaps into place with ease. I was surprised at how well it aligned. I didn't even have to look close to make sure it was in the right place. The strength of the magnets force it into perfect alignment. The tablets initial set up is also easy. There are 4 easy steps to get it going. 1) Connect to the internet. For me this was connecting to my T-Mobile Galaxy S7's hot spot. 2) Register the device. This allows you to get updates and support. 3) Connect to Bluetooth. Again I did this by connecting to my S7's Bluetooth connection. 4) Connect to the car stereo. There are 2 ways to do this. The recommended way is using the included AUX cable, but of course this depends on if you car has an AUX port. In my case I have a 2012 Honda Civic that as an AUX port. You connect the AUX cable to the Smart mount not the tablets input. But if your car does not have an AUX port you can connect through your cars FM stereo. To do this you connect the included FM antenna to the Smart mount. You then tap “Entertainment” on the screen, then “FM transmitter”. It will walk you through the connection steps. Its basically just choosing an open FM station, then connecting the Overdryve to that same station. That's it. You are now done with the initial set up and ready to go. The main screen has 6 options. Messaging, Phone, Navigation, Cameras, Monitoring, and Entertainment. I was able to test most of these. The only one I didn't test was monitoring because it requires another optional item to monitor the air pressure in your tires and a few other things. However I was able to make and receive calls and texts, test the Navigation, as well as play music via Bluetooth from my phone (you can also use an SD card with music files on it. They all worked but I had an issue with static that came through my cars speakers whenever I used the AUX cable. There was a constant static when there was no audio coming through. This went away almost completely when I was playing music or during calls. Im not sure if this was the cable, or my car. This didn't happen if I used the FM transmitter connection type. The Navigation worked very well. After connecting through my phone I was able to get the Overdryve's navigation app working, and transmitting audio through my cars speakers. Its a nice system with points of interest, exits, split screen junction, and built in maps. Which is nice since you don't have to worry about data that way. If you are connected to Wi-Fi you also have live features such as traffic, pit stops, etc. I also tested the voice assistant features. Since I am using a Samsung device the first time I used it it asked if I wanted to use Google Voice, or S Voice. I chose Google voice. All the normal Google voice features worked but there was about a 2 second delay when I would say something before it would recognize it, then a couple more seconds to respond. I'm sure this will all depend on the strength of the Bluetooth connection. You can also buy an optional wireless backup camera that can give you the backup view right onto the Overdryve's screen. And since it is wireless you don't have to worry about running wires all the way to the back of your car, or paying someone to do it. Its as simple as mounting the camera to the back of your car and connecting it to the Overdryve. I didn't have this option, but just wanted to mention it for anyone wanting reverse camera features. So to sum it up this device does everything it says it does and does it well. If your looking for a Hi-Tech car this is a much easier and less expensive way to go vs. buying a whole new car. Thank you for reading.I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Finally an Android tabled designed for your car!Posted .
This tablet would be a real good option for those who want just an Android tablet in the car, it mounts hassle free with the included mount. I used the "bean bag" as a base and suction cup attached to the bean bag. Tablet has a magnetic attachment at the back that takes care of the electrical connections as well so all you need to do is to place the tablet on the mount and that's it! No wires to plug in! Physically it's a very well made device with rubberized back which makes it secure in hand, screen is bright and I had no problem looking at it with my polarized sunglasses on. It has micro USB port for charging / data transfer, micro SD card slot, mini HDMI port and a 3.5mm sound output jack. Mount has a full size USB port, 3.5mm sound output jack that you can connect to your car's AUX input and a power port, that connects to the standard 12V DC or 24V DC cigarrete lighter outlet. Optionally - you can screw in an included FM transmitter antenna to the mount, so it will output sound to your car's FM receiver. Hardware volume control, power switch and a home button are on top of the tablet, buttons are easy to operate while the car is moving. Unfortunately this tablet does not have a built in modem so if you would like to connect it to the Internet while on the road - you will need to have some kind of WiFi in your car. This kinda defeats the main product slogan of making any car a connected one, you will still need to provide your own connection. I've used a mobile WiFi hotspot for my test. Included apps: Navigation - I liked that one, it comes with the lifetime Map update, directions are clear and easy to follow, speed limit is displayed for major roads and you could optionally setup a notification for when you are over the speed limit for X number of MPH. No school zone alerts though. Online functions include gas prices (by GasBuddy), traffic and weather - all of these require tablet to have an active internet connection. Weather could be useful when planning your route while pulling a trailer for example, so you could avoid windy roads. Mount does have a very good GPS receiver built in so when tablet is on the dash - you will be getting a strong GPS coverage, however if you take the tablet off the dash - it will turn into "Waiting for GPS signal" mode without a clear sky view. Dash Camera - well, it requires you to mount your tablet so it's back camera is acting like a dash cam but that means you have to position tablet vertically, aim camera on the road and make sure nothing is in front of it. I've tried using it and while picture quality is good - frame rate is not, it's more like 15 FPS which makes passing cars look blurry. You would also need to start the Dash Cam recording every time you start your car since it would automatically stop recording every time you turn your car off (and tablet looses the external power). During my tests I've found that included mount is pretty shaky and it makes a camera recording pretty shaky too. There is an option to record sound, but no way to put current date/time, speed, GPS coordinates on the record. Collision waring - unfortunately it was showing "calibration" and was never able to do anything, I suspect it may be due to the position of the front facing camera in my car. In addition to that - you can't launch the collision warning app AND a dash cam app at the same time - they would complain that camera device is used by the other application. Backup Camera - it requires you to purchase an optional backup camera kit from Rand McNally, I did not have the kit for this test. Tire Pressure and Temperature monitoring - again - that's an optional accessory (4 sensors and a receiver module) that is sold separately. I see this one being very useful for the trailers, so you always know your trailer tires are ok. Car Diagnostics - that is really a DashCommand app that is available for the purchase and requires an optional OBD II reader accessory which is sold separately. Other pre installed apps include Rand McNally app store, Road Atlas and trip planner. Besides pre-installed apps - tablet comes with the choice of 3 external app stores you can install: Amazon App Store, APKPure and Aptiode. Google Play Store is not available by default but you can put it on manually. After that - you are free to download anything you like, about 18Gb of onboard memory is available. Overall - it's a great hardware with a lot of options, hassle free mount and connection to the car, but included software needs some work.No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Beautiful GPS With Some Fine Other FeaturesPosted .
This Rand McNally OverDryve is an awesome GPS and atlas unit that is advertised as bringing "luxury car features to any car” - and, for the most part, that’s a pretty good description of what it does. So aside from the directional assistance, the unit also serves as a reasonable tablet and media system. The unit is clearly optimized for its mapping and GPS features and the other features aren’t as speedy as they would be on an actual tablet - but if you want something that is primarily a tablet, you should buy a tablet - this is, first and foremost, a GPS. But on road trips, the unit should be great for simple computing tasks (browsing / audio / video). The GPS function works beautifully on OverDryve - and that’s its primary function. The screen is large and clear - the physical unit is solid and indelicate. Vehicular movement is rendered seamlessly - directions are given clearly. In some ways it’s like every GPS unit except larger (and with added functionality). So I don’t know how to review GPS itself - with this unit, it’s about the presentation of the GPS and it looks and feels great (but the functionality underlying everything is not unlike every other GPS - it’s just the top of the line in terms of size and clarity, though). The unit mounts either on your dashboard or, using a suction cup, to your windshield. The GPS/computing unit attaches by way of a “Smart Mount” using strong magnets - you can attach the unit to the mount without even looking (the magnets are that strong). Back to those “luxury car features” - the unit is designed to synch using Bluetooth to your smartphone. I don’t own a smartphone but it synched up perfectly with my cheap flip phone and I was able to make and answer calls just like the iPhone crowd! The only feature I couldn’t use with my cheap phone was the one that would read text messages to you as a handsfree texting option - I assume that would work seamlessly with a smartphone, though. Bluetooth is a strong feature with this unit in general. The “Entertainment” feature on the unit allows for music to be played through your car stereo in three different ways - using an aux jack and a bluetooth link, using an aux jack and files from a microSD or USB source, and using your FM radio (the unit will transmit!). Music played through bluetooth had very little distortion - the sound really wasn’t bad at all - so the bluetooth hookup is great but of course there is always some loss when you transmit. I tried transmitting music over FM to the radio but was less impressed (but it provides a viable option for people with older automobiles without an aux input on the stereo). And moving away from the bluetooth option, I had a couple other problems that showed some weaknesses in the system. For example: when I inserted a 16 Gb microSD card, the unit took nearly 3 minutes to read the card and render the album and artist information to play music directly from the unit - and each time the power cycled, it had to re-read the card - that’s very annoying. Also, when the unit is mounted, you have to use the aux jack on the mount to play your music and when I tried playing music directly from files, I noticed that the “Smart Mount” unit picked up a TON of engine noise (it picked up enough engine noise that I would never consider playing files directly from the unit). A couple other things to note before closing my comments out. The unit has surprisingly good front-facing and rear-facing cameras - you can use the unit as a dash camera if you like - and it takes much better pictures and video than I would have expected. A pleasant surprise. I also thought the unit had excellent wifi capabilities (in tablet mode). Finally, there is a way to link the device to engine monitoring tools (I believe they also communicate via bluetooth) - for people who love to be in touch with every running aspect of their engine. If you’ve never owned a GPS before or if you might need some hand-holding getting app’s setup on a device then you should know that the documentation for OverDryve ranges from minimal to nonexistent. You get an attractive quick setup guide with the unit but it's not too helpful. The http://www.randmcnally.com website has a FAQ page but no link to an extensive manual. I have never owned any GPS unit before and it took me a while to figure out how to change the primary viewing angle (it was as easy as touching the compass direction on the screen - apparently that’s what you do on all GPS units - who knew?). It also took me a LONG time to figure out how to move from the main GPS and other functions screen to the screen with the tablet functionality - it was as simple as swiping left but it would have never occurred to me to do that. The OverDryve unit is a great traveling companion as long as you have reasonable expectations. Again, the GPS and atlas features are gorgeous and responsive - the guidance and direction features are smooth. Many of the additional features are surprisingly well implemented (once you realize that the machine is optimized for the GPS features). And even though some of the implementations were clunky or faulty, I have a hard time being mad at the unit - Rand McNally went a long way to make an attractive unit that gives people some nice GPS first and adds those "luxury car features to any car” second.I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
An Awesome GPS/Dash/Tablet For Serious TravelersPosted .
Two days after I received my Rand Mc Nally OverDryve I took a car trip, which lasted 4 days to include stops at motels for 3 nights. I was excited to take my brand new, complimentary, OverDryve along and was completely surprised at all of its numerous features and how it astonishingly performed. I have had other expensive, major brand, GPS' units before with lots of 'whistles and bells', but this unit stands out as the most multi-functional and feature packed. Working just as a car GPS, OverDryve can be completely wireless operating from a full charge, thereby, eliminating the DC charger cord for most of my trip. It has an external antenna to enhance GPS reception, and, it is also an FM transmitter, which enables sound from the OverDryve to my car's radio for audible phone calls, music services, lane guidance, and other navigation assistance. The FM transmitter is a great feature, which also eliminates the use of another cord, an auxiliary sound cord. I drove approximately seven hours with no cords dangling out of my OverDryve before I finally needed to use the DC car charger. OverDryve notified me when my battery had only fifteen per cent left. Then, the unit automatically goes into 'battery saver' mode until it is connected to a DC or AC power source for recharging. Each day I drove approximately ten hours, and, eventually had to use the charger cord. But, since the majority of my car trips are usually five or less hours of driving time, I will rarely have cords draped over my dashboard. Look Ma, no cords. How cool is that? Now, I do need to explain that I did not use the Dash Cam feature, which requires more power then the way I configured my OverDryve to operate. The dash cam can be set-up to take high or low quality videos. The videos can be taken and saved in incremental segments from 1 to 10 minutes each for a maximum total of 15 segments. Total recording saved by dash cam is 2 hours and 30 minutes. The videos can include sound if you wish, and, can be stored internally, and, or, externally with a microSD card (up to 32GB), microUSB plugin, or USB auxiliary hard drive. Collision warning can be enabled in the collision warning settings in the 'cameras' widget on the home page. Not furnished is tire monitoring and back-up camera, but they can be purchased separately if needed and programmed for use through the 'monitoring' widget on the home screen. OverDryve contains all the maps of the US and Canada on board. Notable navigation features are the audible assistance for advanced lane guidance, turns, multiple map views, with split-screen junction view, interstate exits. Of course it displays trip information like total distance to destination, ETA, the current time, speed limits, your current speed, speed warnings, which you can adjust to suit your driving habits, POIs that are both nearby and along your trip, searchable categories for restaurants, gas stations, shopping, hotel & motels, government buildings, and numerous other categories, etc. You can also access live data to include fuel prices, weather, and traffic conditions. However, any live data category is only accessible through Wi-Fi. I connected my OverDryve to my I-Phone's 'Personal Hotspot' to find current gas prices and weather conditions in the areas I was traveling through on my trip. But, only used that feature sparingly. OverDryve is totally 'hands free' utilizing its on-board, Voice Assistant feature. It was simple to pair my I-Phone to the OverDryve through Bluetooth, and, Siri, made phone calls and sent text messages using my normal voice commands. My phone's contacts were displayed in the OverDryve, and, I designated my most frequent callers as 'favorites' in those settings. Rand Mc Nally OverDryve comes neatly packaged with its own car charger, A/C wall charger, smart mount, suction cup bracket, dash mount disk, FM transmitter/receiver antenna, auxiliary device cable, anti-glare screen protector, and a crescent beanbag dash pad. It also includes a “Quick Start Guide' to get you started. In 'settings' on the main home screen I accessed the Help Icon and It opened up my browser to the Rand Mc Nally OverDryve Support page. I found lots of tips and answers to some of my questions. I found it was easy to set-up and get familiar with OverDryve connected to my home's Wi-Fi first, and, then connect to my I-Phone's 'Personal Hotspot' for my actual trip. On my trip I played music from my I-Phone paired to OverDryve through Bluetooth to my car's stereo system. I can also play music or audiobooks from a microUSB, or, microSD card directly in OverDryve. It was at the motel the first night of my trip that I found out just how multi-functional and unique the OverDryve actually is. . This is the most impressive attribute about OverDryve – it is a thorough and accurate GPS, entertainment and communication device, but, also a tablet, which can substitute for a laptop, notebook, or I-Pad on trips. Take it along on a trip and remove it from its magnetic smart base on the car dashboard and bring it in to the motel room for use as a full-featured tablet. Although I brought my laptop with me, I never had to use it. The OverDryve as a Car-Dash Tablet did everything I wanted and needed to do instead. It has an Android browser, which allowed me to access the internet and I downloaded several apps from the thousands of available Android apps. There are games, productivity software, entertainment, news and sports, apps that can be downloaded through any Android app store like Amazon or APKPure, etc. I set-up my e-mail account, my favorite bookmarks for news and market reports, for shopping, and motel bookings. I even made a motel reservation on the OverDryve for the next night stay of my trip. And, since I was connected to Wi-Fi at the motel I checked out all of the nearby restaurants in the area too. WooHoo. As a tablet OverDryve features a 7 inch widescreen, 1280 x 800 resolution and 32 GB of storage. It is powered by a NIVIDIA Tegra 4, T40S CPU with a maximum clock speed of 1.70 GHz. and has 4 cores, which results in extremely efficient multi-tasking when compared to dual core processors. The tablet has dual microphones with noise canceling qualities for specific use in the car. The resolution and quality of the both cameras can be changed at any time in the settings in the 'cameras' widget on the home screen. It has a front facing camera of 2 megapixels, which also allows you to reverse the camera to the back and take stills in 2 down to 1 megapixels, or video, front or back, in HD 720P down to SD 480. The rear facing camera is 5 megapixels and can take stills in 5 down to 1 megapixels, or video in HD 1080P down to SD 480P. The OS is an Android 5.1 (Lollipop). It has a group of proprietary Rand Mc Nally apps as well as the flexibility to customize OverDryve and download thousands of Android apps. There is not another device on the market with as many awesome properties as is built into this Rand Mc Nally OverDryve. It is truly designed for serious travelers and combines two necessary devices, GPS and Tablet, for driving trips. I love it and highly recommend it for your own personal use, or, as a gift for a friend or family member, who is 'on the road' frequently.I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 2 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Decent hardware needing a software updatePosted .
Summary Decent hardware needing a software update Pros • Large screen visible under most conditions • Navigation is very good • Includes traditional atlas in digital form • Includes trip planner including defining waypoints and stops • Adds hands free calling to older cars • Includes mount • Magnetic mounting base is secure and convenient for connecting and removing the tablet • Includes screen protector • Third party app stores can be added • Map updates are included • Lane guidance is included on major roads • Traffic information is provided if you have internet • Has built in speaker and commercial GPS • Tablet can actually be used outside of vehicle as a tablet • Provides multiple options for outputting sound to your vehicle’s stereo Cons • Screen with mounting bracket is very large and likely will only work in larger vehicles • Stays connected to phone at all times in range, even when not in the vehicle potentially missing calls and texts in your house while the tablet is in your car in the garage. • Tones for navigation and warnings are not customizable • Bracket can block camera • Connecting via stereo jack causes background high pitched sound regardless of vehicle • Collision warning app is too slow to be effective • Dash camera function has choppy video and is very poor quality at night • Speakerphone seems too quiet • Compass sometimes orients in wrong direction • Others reported microphone very quiet and I sounded far away • Update system removed from Android presenting possible security risk • Lags from time to time • Navigation movement can jump in sections instead of smoothly moving vehicle on road • Requires phone internet tethering to be fully affective • Voice commands too limited. Nearly every function requires looking and tapping on the screen creating distractions. You cannot do things like control navigation. You must manually enter address • Voice command button is too small • Voice commands inconsistently use build in or phone recognition sometimes requiring phone internet or just causing commands to be run on phone instead of tablet. Telling the table to navigate to a location instead causes phone to navigate Full Review The Rand McNally Overdryve is intended to be targeted at car owners who want the features of a modern car in an older car. To start, the screen is 7 inches wide which puts it squarely in the territory of modern built in stereos with large screens. I have experienced no problems with screen brightness except if the vehicle is getting a lot of sun from the side causing glare. It does include an anti-reflective screen protector but I haven’t used it because of bubbling problems. The screen is capacitive touch, which is nice. It is as sensitive as any modern smartphone. The OverDryve has the ability to connect to your phone via Bluetooth and act as a speakerphone and music control. This seems nice as first but uncovers where the software is the weak part of this device. This tablet doesn’t know when you turn your car on and off. Pushing the power button only turns off the screen. This means that when you get home as long as the tablet is in range of your phone all sounds go the tablet. You either have to turn the tablet off each time or manually disconnect via Bluetooth each time if the tablet will be in range. It’s that or expect to miss a lot of calls and texts at home. Continuing with Bluetooth, for me, uncovered another problem. The tablet is supposed to be able to play your phone music over your car stereo. The problem is none of my phones would reliably see the OverDryve as a valid Bluetooth streaming device. This meant most of the time it would just play the songs on the speaker the phone I tried. Once in a blue moon it would connect correctly and all would be well. Phone calls fared better as all of my phones would consistently see the OverDryve as a valid phone connection but even here the software issues crop up. Voice dialing would not work unless I could successfully launch the voice dialer directly on my phone. Otherwise you would have to look at the tablet and browse contacts there. I found this particularly distracting. Also, when talking to people over the tablet people kept saying I sounded far away. They could understand me but even speaking loudly didn’t seem to fix the issue. OverDryve touts is voice controls but this is another area where the software needs further refinement. For basic tasks such as making phone calls you can have the OverDryve pass the call request on for your phone to handle. For other tasks, such as navigation, the OverDryve wants a constant internet connection. It might have offline maps but to use your voice to set a destination would require tethering, which I don’t have. It just took away from a possible great experience. The lesson here is don’t expect to depend on the voice controls. Other apps such as collision avoidance or dash cam feel far from complete. I could come up full steam to a car at a stop light without so much as a peep but would often get false collision alerts while sitting still or when I was in a curve with cars in the opposing lane. Even when it correctly detected a possible collision the response was so slow it was too late. It also has a non-customizable warning that literally says “warning” in a rather dated double toned voice with double red “warning” text. The dash cam suffers the same lag making me wonder if the jittering video and slow response is slow hardware or poor optimization. Depending on your exact mounting choice you might also find the stand prevents proper use of these utilities. In any case, I would not recommend relying on them at the current time. Maps and here they don’t disappoint. There is an atlas app that you can browse the old style maps. There is even a route planner where you can set POIs and via points so you can, say for instance, plan your router to pass through a town you always wanted to visit. Instructions so far have not let me down although I would prefer speech over a tone for when it is time to turn. There are options for real time traffic updates, that require tethering, or predictive traffic based on history. I don’t have tethering. I connected it via the recommended stereo jack for navigation. On every vehicle that I used the stereo jack option, the OverDryve would have this constant background whine which would become quite annoying if the tablet was not saying anything or playing music. I also experienced were GPS lag and more often incorrect compass orientation. Overall I would say this is an interesting device that can be great but in some ways is oddly placed. It really is hard to fully utilize it without an internet connection, which then likely means you have a smartphone. If you have a smartphone, larger ones are not much smaller in size and can do all of the same things and possibly do them faster. Better yet, there are not app enabled stereos that you can buy for a similar price that seamlessly mirror your smartphone without the feeling of jumping between phone and tablet. If you are comfortable installing your own aftermarket stereo or are willing to pay an installer then getting a newer “app enabled” car stereo would be a sleeker, more integrated way to get these features. So this begs the question. Who exactly is this tablet for? If you are a person with larger vehicle that has a feature phone with tethering and who wants modern car features, this is for you. If you are person with a smartphone with tethering or just don’t care about voice recognition and really just want to have a large screen for your navigation and phone features in your larger vehicle this is also for you. If they fix the software issues this device would be much more desirable.No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Bring any car to the 21st century and a Powerful GPosted .
First, I always have to comment on the packaging, a lot can be said about the way a company packages their products. The Rand McNally Overdryve arrived in a great box, everything was safely separated and covered for maximum protection. Once I unboxed the unit, I looked at the booklets and noticed Rand McNally supplies a anti-glare screen protector. I proceeded to install it, and it went on with ease, very high quality. Now it was time to dive into the tablet. It was sent with 60% battery which was nice, I was able to set it up fully without plugging it in. The tablet asks you to connect to wifi, register, which is painless, and asks for no credit card info, which I like. Next I had to connect my phone via Bluetooth and accept some prompts that it was ok to read contacts and messages. After that, I set the audio output to AUX and was all done. Now, that I have a working setup, I started out by going through the easy to navigate menu and settings. It runs off Android, which is all I use, so nothing new for myself, but anyone will be fine. There is two screens on the front pages, Overdryve’s main page and a separate app page. There is still the traditional Android app drawer as well. It comes with installed apps for music and what I really was happy with, the Navigation. First off, the navigation is the best I have ever seen, better than any competitor out there I have used, period. I took it in the car and hooked it up to the supplied mount with the GPS antenna and went for a drive. The GPS is just spot on, I know without data, it is going to get me where I want. I took wrong turns on purpose and it changed my route faster than any other GPS unit I have used. If you want a great GPS unit and that's it, this is still a great unit. The GPS was scary spot on, it have to be within 10 inches, I have never seen a unit that perfect. Next, the dash cam was tried out. You can record in HD quality, with or without sound. It has a 5mp camera and it works very well in daylight. Night time is great in lit areas, but in dark areas it is decent, it is just a tablet camera. I have included a short video with my review(only can be viewed by this link https://youtu.be/F9E8QZi6zLs) of what it looks like during my ride home. I did not have the backup camera to try with the unit, I wish I did, I will be looking into it in the future as an add on for my other car. The built in phone and messaging apps worked as they should. I was able to read messages and respond via voice recognition. All the buttons are large and easy to read and hit so you can do it fast and keep your eyes on the road. The voice button is on the lower left corner for easy access and keeping your reach to a minimum. The bluetooth audio app works great via the AUX cord. The app displays the song and artist information very large and has big buttons to skip back, forward, and pause. Sound quality is great when used with the AUX cord. When switched to the FM Modulator, it cut down sound quality and max volume to about 60%, which made it hard to hear with the windows open. Also, the built in speaker was surprisingly loud. I tried it with music and a phone call, I had zero issues hearing the person I was talking to, I am very impressed. The points of interest seemed to work well once you setup a travel plan in the app, without, it kept asking for a wifi connection. This is one area where I felt they fell short. The unit would be great if you could slip in a sim card and have its own supplied data, instead of having to hit a wifi hotspot or using your phone. The travel planner also works well, you can set up an entire trip and where you want to stop and it will adjust your routes accordingly. You can add stops for many categories, from amusement parks to sports, to shopping, it's all there. The monitoring app is useful from what I can tell, I did not have the tire monitor setup to test, which I plan to add for my other car. For the performance section, it uses one of the best softwares in the industry, Dash Command, which is a well known name and just works, simple as that. The unit comes with a 10 minute trial and for $10, it unlocks it. You can have live performance results, use it as a code reader, and more. I have a OBD2 Bluetooth dongle already, so I gave the 10 minutes a whirl in my wife’s 2009 Traverse. It worked great for what I had time to use it for, so I plan to pay the $10 to unlock it. Now, to say some techy stuff that some will care about. The Overdryve does not include google play services on it. You cannot download apps from the play store, I did not like this personally but it does make the battery last forever, as google services do drain batteries fast. You must use one of the three app services Rand McNally recommends. I chose to download Amazon Apps. What is weird, some apps would work and some refused to install. I tried downloading the Gas Buddy app, which helps find the cheapest gas in the area you are in, needing data to do so, but it would not install. Overall, the Overdryve’s setup is one to look at, especially in a car without any of these features. I would highly recommend the unit to anyone wanting to bring their hot rod project into the 21st century without cutting their dash up, they would benefit so much from this unit. I plan on running this unit in my 1996 Camaro once I have it back on the road. I give the unit a 4.5 out of 5. The reason it is not a 5 is no built in data and not being able to download Google Play apps or having apps not install. I highly recommend the Overdryve to anyone wanting to bring their car up to date or just having a very powerful GPS.I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Overdryve makes cars connected and smarterPosted .
This is a pretty sweet little unit to "update" your car. While most GPS units are just for traveling, this unit has a little bit of everything. To start, this is an Android tablet, about 7 inches, preloaded with a variety of different apps. In addition to the normal GPS functionality, there is also media, phone, text messaging and various other apps installed. The navigation is pretty standard. With the 7" screen, the display offers up all the information in addition to weather and live data. The navigation offers up the same functionality, i.e. POI's, alternate routing, etc, as pretty much any other GPS unit. This unit connects with the bluetooth on your phone for added functionality. With this connectivity, you'll be able to play music make calls and text message through your phone. I use an iPhone and I'm able to use the voice prompt to use Siri. Since this is an Android tablet, I'm assuming it should work the same with an Android phone as well. There is an app to utilize the tablet's camera as a dash cam however, due to the smart mount, it obscures some of the camera lens making it not really a "good" dash cam. Works however not as well as one would expect. With the tablet being relatively large for use as a GPS unit, it and the provided mount are quite large; larger than most other GPS mounts. I only bring this up since this unit isn't really one that you'll travel with, i.e. carrying case or putting in your pocket. I've used smaller Garmin/TomTom units that would easily work for traveling purposes however this OverDryve is more of an integrated system than just a normal GPS unit. The unit itself attaches magnetically to the smart mount. The smart mount included a USB port and the connection for the antenna/power cord. The USB port allows you to play media off a USB drive allowing you to bring your movies/music with you on the road. Overall, this isn't just a GPS unit; I like to think of it as an all-in-one system. I would assume this unit would be geared to people whose cars don't have in-dash navigation or bluetooth connectivity. As this is a GPS unit that utilizes the bluetooth on your smart phone, it's far more than just for getting around. It's a great way to add a little more functionality to your car without the needs for expensive upgrades. WIth this GPS unit you get navigation, hands free calling, bluetooth connectivity as well as a host of other apps/functionality. I think this is a great piece for anyone looking to update their car ride or someone looking for a multimedia solution to their car.I would recommend this to a friend