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Your take on the infotainment system

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Seems like this is a real hit or miss with people. I personally like it since it makes the dash's shape look less bulky and the center "stack" less cluttered (on the CLA it is already cluttered enough without a screen in it). But many also consider it tacky and cheap, especially since it looks "stuck on." I'm actually most surprised by my Apple worshiper friends who I thought would like the idea of an iPad on their car. The only thing I don't like about it is that until it becomes more common, I don't like the idea of a big iPad sitting like a satnav on my dash for any would be car thief to see.

I know Mazda and Skoda along with Mercedes is going along with the "stuck on" look. Buick has a halfway big lump attaching the infotainment to the dash where it is on the Merc. Audi and Aston both have versions of a pop up that when up is similar to the Merc. Some Toyotas also have an infotainment that is somewhat similar. So it's not a purely Mercedes thing.

Anyways what are your thoughts?
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If you are in the Nav mode listening to a favorite FM station, and want to change to a favorite AM station, do you have to change to "Audio" - "AM" - and then select that station? Or, can you just push a preprogrammed button that will take you there with 'one click', never leaving the Nav mode?
To Clarify & Bump My Question Above -

This pertains to a car with Premium and MM packages. Does anyone here have a car like that?
Thanks, Tony,
After arriving home, you have two minutes to kiss wife (no dallying here) and one minute per kid. Then it is into the car: In Nav mode - switching back and forth between preset AM and FM stations.
Basically the reason I'm asking the question is because in Model Year 2007, BMW made a mid year change/improvement to their I-Drive. They added 6 programmable 'hard' buttons that could take phone numbers, radio stations, whatever. So you could be driving down the road in Nav, or whatever and call a particular number, change between audio bands, or do just about whatever you wanted (6 presets limitation) without having to change modes, and sub-modes, make choice, and then finally change back to original. (All the while putting every two year old kid on the block at risk for his or her life.)
This was/is considered a huge I-Drive improvement. And you don't have to 'trust' the vaguerities of voice commands.
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