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    Which tablet PC is best for elmoto dashboard ?

    I'm considering using a tablet PC as a dashboard and diagnostic tool for my build, requirements are:

    - water resistant
    - very bright and sharp screen that can be read under the sun
    - USB ports, GPS, Bluetooth , cellular network connection

    Then, better to run windows or Android ? Seems the torque application is for Android only ? But I think we cannot run windows apps under Android ?

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    Good luck getting a tablet that'll read well under bright sunlight aand is waterproof. Look into amoled. Some LCD are brighter but you'll likely wanna try them out. Sealed is going to be difficult as well and you should just make/buy a sealed case.
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    If you can fit a 10" tablet in there, Asus Transformer Prime (or Prime Infinity) are some of the brightest tablets. USB on a tablet is somewhat rare; the Transformer Primes feature a single USB port on the keyboard dock. I believe Toshiba makes a 10" tablet with a USB port. What do you need USB for? Android has very limited support for USB (USB mass storage, keyboards, mice .. that's about it).

    Transformer Prime Infinity tests at 694 nits.
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/6073/t...xus-7-review/3

    Good luck finding a good waterproofing solution for these tablets. A company called Lifeproof makes a well-rated case for the iPad.

    The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 is the only OLED tablet (> 5" diagonal) I've heard of. It is rated at 250 nits.
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    Old HTC Evo works well.

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    Where are you gonna put a tablet on a chopper?

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    I just don't see it working well with a large tablet, unless you find the brightest one out there and make a nice waterproof case for it somehow. And you wouldn't likely ever get something that allows USB.

    With mine, I was planning on just putting it under the front upper fairing/windscreen a little and only really using it for logging/display at night.
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    A decent tablet will work fine, my EVO with an otterbox defender case works great. Software ui design is important. Use the right colors and you will be fine. I'm here in sunny la and my dash has no readability issues.

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    Brian Richardson has an iPad installed in the tank of his Norton. It works fine. Visibility is definitely reduced in direct sunlight, but it still works.

    It's not a substitute for real gauges.

    An anti-glare screen protector can help some.

    Since tablets have a flat glass front, you could build it into the tank with a seal that clamps down around the edge just outside of the screen area of the glass. It would look cool, and you wouldn't need to put it in a waterproof case.

    An Android tablet would be good because there isn't a mechanical button to worry about on the front. A 7" screen might be a good size. 10" tablets are kind of big to install on a bike.
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    I reccomend something not in the tank if you plan on using it for any info you want to see while riding. Looking down at the tank for important data while moving is not that safe. If you just use it at stop lights or when not moving, the tank should be fine.

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