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Moving from an Audi A4 to BMW 520D - one guy's experience

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The mobile signal input into the equation is what BMW made a big deal about.  They reckon that the sheer volume of mobiles on the roads mean that it makes incredibly fast communication of incidents very easy.  In theory, you could be 1/2 mile behind a car that then has an accident...and be made aware of it before you get to it.  Whether that works in practice or not is something I've yet to discover.

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Have you got a cradle and an iPhone?  If so, the Eco Pro app is very clever, as is BMW Connected. 

 

Does the cradle give more functionality than simply connecting via bluetooth?  Seems a bit old skool but may explain why I've always thought I was missing out on 'stuff' that the an F10 can do. 

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Yes.  Plus, if you've got a pre-4 iPhone (3GS) you can stream video from it to the iDrive display. 

 

The sound quality is much better too.

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Yes I can. 

 

It'll read them no problem at all.

 

I just can't dictate them in reply.+++

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You don't need the cradle, just connect the phone via USB cable. 

 

You do need the cradle if you want full functionality.

 

A USB cable provides much of the functionality of a Media cradle, but not all.

 

Plus, don't forget there are Media cradles and Phone cradles - and the latter has less functionality than even a USB cable.

 

The music interface is very different through the Media cradle.  It is much better.  It is not the same as with a USB cable.

 

The phone antenna on the roof only works through the cradles too - not via the USB cable.  If you're using a phone via USB, you're not getting the same strength you do through the external antenna.

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