Choosing a car DVD player

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As they become increasingly popular, car DVD players are becoming more like total entertainment systems, enabling you to do far more than simply watch movies. These days they come with all kinds of extra functions, such as GPS, MP3 players and CD players. Many also have A/V inputs so you can hook a games console up to them. Some of most popular products are also Android devices, with removable tablet screens - this means you can surf the internet and download some of the 600,000 apps and games available from Android Market to help pass the time on long journeys.
Compare Different Car DVD Options
Our car DVDs are divided into four main categories - Android DVD players, 1 DIN DVD players, 2 DIN DVD players and car DVD players for specific models of car. Our Android DVD players put the power of an Android tablet at your fingertips, which means your passengers can surf the internet, send and receive emails and choose from more than 600,000 apps and games, as well as being able to watch DVDs and listen to music. Our 1 DIN and 2 DIN in-dash models (see glossary) are some of our best-selling items, offering a good balance between affordability and features. Finally, our model-specific car DVDs are designed for models of car from some of the top manufacturers including Ford, Renault and Volkswagen.

  Keep Kids Happy
Let’s face it, long car journeys, traffic jams, bored kids fighting in the back - these things can send your blood pressure rising through the roof. There can be few gadgets better able to keep passengers entertained during a stressful car journey than an in-car DVD player. Some products even have multiple outputs so the kids and granny can each have their own screen each. There was a time when products like these were only for the rich and famous. These days they are far more affordable, especially if you buy one from Celltronics

  Know Your Car DVD Terminology
  • 1 DIN/2 DIN
    DIN refers to an international standard size for car audio, DIN 75490, which was developed by the German standards body Deutsches Institut für Normung. The standard DIN refers to the size of the panel, and was adopted internationally in 1984. Car DVD players fitted in the car's panel, will usually be either 1 DIN (180mm x 50mm) or 2 DIN (180mm x 100mm). No international standard has been adopted for the depth of a car's DVD or CD player/radio.
  • Region-free DVD
    As far as DVD players go, the world is divided into six regions. The USA and Canada are Region 1. Countries in Europe are part of Region 2, and so on. Most DVD players sold in one country or region will only play in that region. For example, you cannot play a Region 6 DVD, made for the Chinese market, on a Region 1 American DVD player. However, Celltronic's units are region-free, and let you play DVDs from any country or region.
  • Android
    The Android operating system (OS) was developed specifically for mobile devices by Google. It is a hugely popular mobile platform, giving you access to more than 600,000 apps and games from Android Market. Many technology commentators argue that the Android OS is superior to Apple’s iOS.
  • GPS
    GPS stands for Global Positioning System. It is a navigation system that uses a network of 24 satellites orbiting the planet to provide location and time information anywhere on earth. The system sends signals to and from the satellites to your GPS device and uses this information to calculate your position. The software in your GPS receiver can take this information and combine it with map data to display your position. The technology also enables you to plan routes, find out about nearby locations and approximate your speed and journey time.
  • Bluetooth
    Bluetooth technology enables you to transfer information over short distances without the need for a wire. A Bluetooth chip can be fitted in a computer, mobile phone or digital camera and used to transmit file data, such as music, photos or documents, to another Bluetooth enabled device without having to use a cable. The same technology makes it possible to link mobile phones with hands-free headsets, and is a vital part of connecting controllers and peripheral devices to computers, tablets and games consoles.
    Setting up Bluetooth on your car DVD is simplicity itself. Simply switch on your Bluetooth enabled phone and bring up the Bluetooth menu. Click the button that says "enable" or "activate" Bluetooth and your phone will search for devices. It should recognise the car DVD player and come back with the name of the Chinavasion product, along with a string of numbers. Click connect to initiate the pairing process. Your car's DVD player and mobile phone are now paired, enabling you to make use of Bluetooth functions such as streaming audio from your phone.
Tech Salesman On The Road
You're half way down the motorway to a business presentation when you suddenly realise that you've left your laptop back at the office. Disaster! Well it would be, if you didn't have the "Road Terminator" Android car DVD player fitted (CVJY-C139). You simply contact your office using the Wi-Fi and 3G enabled Terminator and ask them to email you the presentation you've been up all night perfecting. Relaxed again, you use the Terminator's GPS to plan your route, entertaining yourself on the way with high-energy music to get you in the mood. Once you reach your destination you remove the detachable Android tablet and use it to make your presentation. The customer is impressed by your calm manner and slick delivery, and you leave with a 5-year contract. What other car DVD can do all this for you?
Know Your Car DVD Kit
Some of the best known branded car DVDs are manufactured by Bush, JVC Panasonic, Philips, Sony and Toshiba. Less well known makes include Alba, Audiovox, Clarion, Grundig, In Phase, Kenwood and Roadview. All the manufacturers offer very similar specifications and feature sets, including touch screens, connectivity to USB and smartphones, as well as Bluetooth and digital and analog TV receivers.
You can read product reviews in blogs such as Engadget and Gizmodo, or check out websites such as Techmoan for unbiased reviews. In print, you could try Which? or Auto Express, or read customer reviews on Amazon and elsewhere for first-hand testimonials.
You can buy a wide range of car DVDs through Amazon or from any number of vehicle accessory outlets. Celltronics own selection of non-branded car DVDs rival the big names in features and quality, but cost a fraction of the price. In fact, because we are not tied to any one manufacturer, many of our products offer an even wider feature set, but at low prices.
As with many electronic gadgets, engineers and designers are working hard to increase build quality. There is also a continued drive to create products that can perform multiple functions, cutting down on the total of number of gadgets you need. So look out for car DVDs with built in parking radars, or products with digital video recorders (DVR), black box technology and radar detection to keep you safe and secure, as well as entertained.
Road Carnival
The "Road Carnival" car DVD Player is equipped with a host of multimedia features to keep you entertained, as well as GPS to lead you to your destination. Best of all, the "Road Carnival" has on-board diagnostics (OBDII) that monitor your car's performance and can detect problems and display vital information while you are on the road. Once fitted the OBDII can warn you in advance of any problems with your car and will turn on the "check engine" or "service engine soon" indicator should it detect a problem, so that you can get to a garage before your car breaks down.
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