Good points and posts. The best posts only come after having a few beers we all know this already :cheers:metitan87 I hope your stereo works flawlessly and you love it. However, for those of you considering a new stereo let me kick in my two bits as I am also searching for a bluetooth enabled, double din stereo to replace my factory setup. There are a lot of options and many of them have a touch screen. I feel like putting 'touch screen' in the title today is like putting a lower case 'i' in the title of something a few years ago. Companies came out with everything from the iChair to the iSocks and whatever else that didn't have anything to do with an iPhone but that didn't matter. People think that if it starts with a lower case 'i' like the iPhone, iPod, iPad then it must be awesome! I mean, a touch screen makes everything better, right? I used to think so but please let me give you two things to consider before buying...
1. Don't underestimate the power of a button. I have a touch screen remote (Harmony 900) and it's slick, everyone who sees it thinks its neat, I get all kinds of oohs and ahhs over it but I would gladly trade it for one with tactile buttons in a hearbeat if my wife hadn't spent $350 on it for my bday gift. The problem with a touch screen is its an all glass smooth surface, you can't tell what button your finger is on which forces you to look down every time. This is very annoying with a remote control when you have to look down at it before you want to scroll one click up or down, change the volume, skip fwd, replay etc. I would imagine this would be somewhat distracting on a car stereo as well. Having tactile buttons to push is actually really nice when you get familiar with where they are and you can simply reach down and poke away.
2. Not all touch screens are created equal. Don't expect the screen on every touch device to be a temperature sensitive masterpiece of precision that your iPhone is. There's a reason why Apple/Samsung stock is $400/share and its because their devices are expertly designed and manufactured after years of R&D in a very competitive market. A stereo manufacturer that probably makes a million different products probably doesn't put this much effort into this process and they know you have to rip your dash apart and hope you get a partial refund if you don't like it. The result is you poking your finger through your stereo (or thermostat, remote control, handheld camera, etc.) in a fit of rage shortly before driving over the median into oncoming traffic.
Anyway, maybe this is just a rant after a few too many beers but hopefully it gives you something to think about when shopping around.
Any input on cold weather temperature effecting touch screens? I can imagine they will not be so sensitive when its -20 out. I don't want to have to wait for my truck to warm up to operate the radio!!!