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Old 04-21-2019, 11:31 PM   #1
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REVIEW: Alpine iLX-107 with Wireless CarPlay

UPDATE: Alpine iLX-107 Wireless CarPlay

This is a breakout from another thread in which we were researching a better radio to replace the stock, or optional XITE radios.

I forged ahead and got the Alpine radio that features WIRELESS CarPlay. And after really giving it a hard testing for a couple months, here is my report.

If you don’t know, I installed an Alpine iLX-107 head unit into my DS. It seemed like a really slick unit because of the wireless CarPlay; the only one to have that feature, BTW. It made sense, since the DS line has the wireless charge pads, and that meant NO WIRES at all...right? Um, well, read on...

BOTTOM LINE... I cannot give my “Gizmo’s Tech-Pick”. And here’s why:

1. First, and foremost, the iPhone XS gets so hot on the chargepad while streaming CarPlay to Google Maps, that IT OVERHEATS AND SHUTS DOWN! This happened within 2 hours.

2. This unit is ONLY WLAN and USB. NO BLUETOOTH INPUT, which leaves you NO other way to stream if you’re using an iPad. What? Yeah, DOH...I JUST realized this yesterday when I finally installed my iPad mini and found out I’m up the creek. My only option, now, is to tether the iPad via USB.

3. The Alpine is a very “needy” unit. When you connect your iPhone to its CarPlay, you can’t connect to another wifi source! THIS IS HUGE!! I just installed my Pepwave and can’t connect to it if my iPhone is connected to CarPlay!! So, not only can I not connect while driving, but I also can’t connect when just hanging around the coach streaming music or whatever!! This, alone, is a deal-breaker.

4. The Alpine is very overpriced for the given features; CarPlay and USB inputs. You can’t install a Sirius module; it must be through your iPhone’s SIRIUS app.

5. I’m an Apple fanatic, for many reasons including enjoying CarPlay. However, in this very specific environment of an “RV”, I’m actually feeling that having a head unit with native apps would be more flexible. Reason being, when parked, we move about; inside, outside, walking back and forth. And having a head unit line Alpine becomes a useless black screen as soon as you walk away. Furthermore, because CarPlay, itself, tends to be very “needy”, once you try to do some with your phone, it quits the active CarPlay application, such as Google Maps. Yes, you’ll still get the audio directions and a notification drop down, but you have no control of anything on the Alpine’s screen. Scenario, you’re doing something on your iPhone like reading emails or looking at this forum. But someone wants to go up and channel the music...nope...can’t!!

Being on the “cutting edge” hurts sometimes, and I’m used to it. In this case, even though I read a lot of reviews, I never found a review like the one I just wrote. Otherwise, there’s no chance I would have dropped $600 on it, even as an experiment. Learn from my experience, and choose another radio.

Thanks for reading.
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