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Old 10-24-2009, 09:25 PM
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Like I was, I'm sure a lot of you are probably wondering about the Smartphone Integration. Thought I would take a minute to tell you all about it.

1) It only takes up 1/2 the center console
2) Besides the purchase of the option for $150, you only have to buy another additional piece from BMW for the cost of $136.

So your probably wondering, for $286 dollars, what does this fantastic invention do?

Well, it gives you Bluetooth. Wait a minute, wait a minute you're probably asking, don't I have Bluetooth without the module? This I will answer later in the post.

Its also is a charging station. Wait a minute, wait a minute, you're probably asking, don't I have a charging station that comes with the Ipod and USB adaptor as part of the premium sound package? This I will also answer shortly.

But lets summarize, it gives you a charging station, gives you Bluetooth functionality and reportedly even gives you access to your music library.

So the next logical question is, doesn't the USB cable do all that already? The short answer is, Yes, it does, but it's not "integrated"..

Which leads to, what does "integrated" really mean? What integrated really means is, it's hard, fixed, and in your storage area. More importantly though, it's perfectly sized for your iphone.
- But wait, what if my iphone has a case on it? Sorry, you have to take the case off before installing your phone in your center console. Even if it's a small case that is form fitted and fits in every other iphone charging station like clock radios or home stereo base stations.

Then your next question is most likely, how does the Iphone music access work? Unfortunately I can't answer this question for you as mine still hasn't worked through the integrated module even though it works amazingly well through the USB ipod cable.

By now your probably scratching your head thinking.. This piece of garbage costs $286, does the same thing as the USB cable which is included for free in the premium sound package, (though the USB cable gives immediate access to music library, also charges the phone and does not require you to take off your iphone case.) And the Smartphone Integration takes up half the center console ???!!!???

But what you would be forgetting to equate in all this is, BMW gives you the word "integration" so by definition it must be better. And it's expensive.

More importantly, the real reason to get this option is simple. If I paid for it, so should you. I mean really, I've been a member of this forum for like 27 years, have 19,000 posts and am on my sixth BMW X5. And if my stuck with this piece of garbage, then so too should you. And I don't want to hear any whining, "I don't need it, the USB cable is better" or "I don't want to lose half my storage compartment" or "I don't want to have to take my case off every time I get in and out of the car." or "My music access doesn't work and the Bluetooth gets confused if I don't immediately snap it in or take it out."

Cause those are all complaints that only a sissy whines about. Man up. It's only $286

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Thanks for the heads up.
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Old 10-24-2009, 09:55 PM
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Cause those are all complaints that only a sissy whines about. Man up. It's only $286
$1400+$286= only $1686
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You forgot to mention that it uses the external antenna as RBAROR as mentioned.

I have the smartphone integration in my 09 X5 and I use the USB instead. I have been unable to get the music integration to work from the dock. I have noticed the better reception when my phone is mounted in it tho.
But for $286 I would order it just to have it. Maybe get your dealer to fix the music problem.
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Quick question..if I have an auxillary cable input in my central console compartment (just a headphone jack without USB), can I changed that to a USB adapter type connection? Does it mean I need to strip out the entire module and do rewiring to the head unit?

How much will be that option?
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Hey,

Hopefully one of youall can give me a pointer.

I am in the process of ordering a 2010 X5 48i and am an iPhone user. (USA)

1) I have noticed that the SmartPhone Integration option takes over half of the console; but I've never actually seen this in person. Is there space under the phone cradle for normal console storage, or does it go all the way down to the bottom of the console?

2) Would it be relatively easy to remove the phone cradle if one finds that it is not useful?

3) When transferring music/audiobooks to the internal hard drive, what file format is required, mp3, wma, mp4? Source drive organization? For example, if you are using a thumb drive as the source, does the BMW software recognize source folders as playlists?

4) Am I correct that you must use a USB port in the glovebox when moving files to the hard drive?

Thanks. Especially in re the smart phone questions. Sounds like I don't need this feature, and would be better off just using the iPod/USP port.

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Hey,

Hopefully one of youall can give me a pointer.

I am in the process of ordering a 2010 X5 48i and am an iPhone user. (USA)

1) I have noticed that the SmartPhone Integration option takes over half of the console; but I've never actually seen this in person. Is there space under the phone cradle for normal console storage, or does it go all the way down to the bottom of the console?
yes, there is space under the phone cradle for normal storage.

2) Would it be relatively easy to remove the phone cradle if one finds that it is not useful?

Don't know, haven't tried.

3) When transferring music/audiobooks to the internal hard drive, what file format is required, mp3, wma, mp4? Source drive organization? For example, if you are using a thumb drive as the source, does the BMW software recognize source folders as playlists?

who says what now?

4) Am I correct that you must use a USB port in the glovebox when moving files to the hard drive?

Who says what now? x2

Thanks. Especially in re the smart phone questions. Sounds like I don't need this feature, and would be better off just using the iPod/USP port.
No, no, no.. As I said, if I had to buy it so too should you.. You want me to be the only one helping to support BMW r/d department.. Come on man, pitch in..
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Thanks B-Line for the input. I appreciated your previous observations on this subject. I've pretty well decided I don't need/wouldn't use this option and will go with just he iPod/USB ports. I'll be glad to have those after 7 yrs. with my current 2002 X5 4.4. Been a great car tho.

What irks me on the 2010 4.8 is that I have to purchase the $2K Premium Sound radio inorder to get the factory iPod/USB ports. If I were ordering either the 6 cyl gas or diesel, they are a stand alone $400 option without having to get the Premium Sound. I'll never use the 6-disk CD player; rarely did in my 02 X5, even before I had iPods and iPhones.
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Question. How does this work with a iphone with a skin case around it? Will it fit?
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Question. How does this work with a iphone with a skin case around it? Will it fit?
Nope. You have to remove it from it's case before you dock it.
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I'm confused. So should I get it or not?

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Like I was, I'm sure a lot of you are probably wondering about the Smartphone Integration. Thought I would take a minute to tell you all about it.

1) It only takes up 1/2 the center console
2) Besides the purchase of the option for $150, you only have to buy another additional piece from BMW for the cost of $136.

So your probably wondering, for $286 dollars, what does this fantastic invention do?

Well, it gives you Bluetooth. Wait a minute, wait a minute you're probably asking, don't I have Bluetooth without the module? This I will answer later in the post.

Its also is a charging station. Wait a minute, wait a minute, you're probably asking, don't I have a charging station that comes with the Ipod and USB adaptor as part of the premium sound package? This I will also answer shortly.

But lets summarize, it gives you a charging station, gives you Bluetooth functionality and reportedly even gives you access to your music library.

So the next logical question is, doesn't the USB cable do all that already? The short answer is, Yes, it does, but it's not "integrated"..

Which leads to, what does "integrated" really mean? What integrated really means is, it's hard, fixed, and in your storage area. More importantly though, it's perfectly sized for your iphone.
- But wait, what if my iphone has a case on it? Sorry, you have to take the case off before installing your phone in your center console. Even if it's a small case that is form fitted and fits in every other iphone charging station like clock radios or home stereo base stations.

Then your next question is most likely, how does the Iphone music access work? Unfortunately I can't answer this question for you as mine still hasn't worked through the integrated module even though it works amazingly well through the USB ipod cable.

By now your probably scratching your head thinking.. This piece of garbage costs $286, does the same thing as the USB cable which is included for free in the premium sound package, (though the USB cable gives immediate access to music library, also charges the phone and does not require you to take off your iphone case.) And the Smartphone Integration takes up half the center console ???!!!???

But what you would be forgetting to equate in all this is, BMW gives you the word "integration" so by definition it must be better. And it's expensive.

More importantly, the real reason to get this option is simple. If I paid for it, so should you. I mean really, I've been a member of this forum for like 27 years, have 19,000 posts and am on my sixth BMW X5. And if my stuck with this piece of garbage, then so too should you. And I don't want to hear any whining, "I don't need it, the USB cable is better" or "I don't want to lose half my storage compartment" or "I don't want to have to take my case off every time I get in and out of the car." or "My music access doesn't work and the Bluetooth gets confused if I don't immediately snap it in or take it out."

Cause those are all complaints that only a sissy whines about. Man up. It's only $286
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