Launcing in UAE after Eid.
Oxygen Audio of France, who specialize in automotive hi-fi products, are bringing their most popular product, the O-Car iPhone entertainment system to the UAE. It’s basically a 1-DIN system that gets hooked up in your car’s dashboard. Plug in your iPhone and you can access all the features of iOS in your car as your device sits neatly in the center.
We’ll get a chance to test out the O-Car system for ourselves, so looks forward to our review some time after Eid.
Here’s the unofficial press release.
O-Car is a car audio (and video) system that lets you make the most out of your iPhone. In basic terms, whatever can play on your iPhone, can now play through your car sound system, and yes that includes stuff like Siri, phone calls, and video.
Now how is that different from hooking a cable to your existing car audio system? Not very different really. Here are a list of minor differences that some people may appreciate:
1- No cables.
2- You don’t have to hold your phone in your hand to make phone calls. As you might be aware, if you place your iPhone on the dashboard (away from your head) the quality of the phone call drops dramatically as the sound attenuation becomes huge. The device comes with a hands-free microphone that you mount by the driver side for clear voice instructions (Siri) and phone calls.
3- Charging. Usually, if you plug your iPhone to the USB outlet in the car radio system, it doesn’t charge (as far as we know). This charging system, in fact the whole unit is, certified by Apple.
4- You don’t need to buy a bracket to mount the iPhone. After you plug your iPhone, you can snap it out with a simple push of a button. Then you can proceed to rotate or tilt the phone in your direction.
5- Advantage over non-iPhone based systems: you don’t have to carry CDs, DVDs, or MP3 on your USB stick anymore. Anything that’s synced between your iPhone and home PC is now synced with your car, metaphorically speaking.
6- You can hook up up to two monitors to play video from your iPhone to people sitting with you in the car. You can’t do that with a normal cable and dock, or even bluetooth connection.
7- It looks really beautiful with the iPhone sitting on your dashboard and becoming the entertainment center.
8- Your iPhone GUI is now your interface for everything entertainment. You don’t have to fiddle with multiple devices to switch between navigation and music.
9- In the likely event that your iPhone comes with an internet connection, you have an advantage over any of those non-iPhone based systems that you can watch YouTube, or Internet Radio, or anything that streams online.
10- O-Car uses the finest components (used by the likes of Alpine, etc.)
Shipments are coming in to UAE after Eid. The official website should be up soon, but here is the one from the US: http://www.ocarusa.com/
There’s also a twitter page twitter.com/ocarme for interactive support and queries.