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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
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
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