For its price, the BlueDriver is a convenient tool for those who want some ability to work on and understand modern engines.
iBolt xProDock Connect
The iBolt xProDock Connect's strong hardware and flexible software work well together, but the NFC gimmick feels like a DIY hack.
Zubie Key Connected Car Service
The Zubie Connected Car Service keeps good track of the family car and can help people be better drivers, but the lack of fuel economy information is a big miss.
Vehicle Diagnostics by Delphi
Delphi's Vehicle Diagnostics system works best as a tool for parents who let their kids drive the family car, as it shows the car location and will trigger an alert if the car leaves a proscribed area.
The TextBuster system makes good on its promise to bust text-messaging and apps, but paying hardware prices for what's basically a software solution is a hard pill to swallow.
The Sony MEX-GS600BT's App Remote function is not very useful without a dashboard mount for your phone, but everything else about this full-featured car stereo makes it easily recommendable.
Automatic Labs Automatic
The Automatic driving assistant helps drivers who know nothing about cars to monitor and boost their fuel efficiency with plug-and-play ease and a simple interface that even laymen can understand.
Although an interesting idea in automatically updated portable storage, the Automatica's functionality is easily duplicated on a smartphone.
Satechi SCH-121 Cup Holder Mount for Smartphones & Tablets
Depending on the position and nature of your car's cup holders, the Satechi SCH-121 Cup Holder Mount is a reasonable alternative to windshield-mounting a tablet.
PLX Kiwi Bluetooth
At less than half what you'd expect to pay for a standalone device, the PLX Kiwi Bluetooth is a great OBD monitoring solution for the Android smartphone-toting car geek.