I want to buy a new ICOM for BMW (ICOM A2 or ICOM NEXT)
Where to look for the best quality?
ICOM NEXT is faster and handles multiprogramming and coding quite nicely. Gets the job done much faster if you are flashing the complete vehicle.
And it has USB3.0 instead of USB2.0
note: USB 3.0 vs. USB 2.0
The USB 2.0 standard offers a theoretical maximum signaling rate of 480 megabits per second, while USB 3.0 defines a maximum rate of 5 gigabits per second. In other words, USB 3.0 is theoretically more than ten times faster than USB 2.0
We need usb 2.0 or usb 3.0 flash drive formatted with FAT32.
Also it will be able to handle future vehicles better.
In two or three years there will be a new ICOM released, that will be probably better etc. Thats how things work.
So, ICOM NEXT A should be a better choice
Second, where to buy the best quality?
Of course, for the best, spend a few Euro / Dollars more, and get genuine one at BMW Dealer
Guess that would depend on how much a clone would cost. If your usage is more or less intended for personal usage, so saving a couple of bucks is what you are looking for. So, a good clone supplier!!Recommendations like uobdii.com or obd2eshop.com
So far you may have not found any clones with internal WIFI as the Genuine have. Lots of online stores sells them as WIFI versions, but in product images there is D-LINK WIFI dongle. Some advertise through domains/sites which contains information about ICOM Next with images of the PCB that I am looking for, but when you try to access the product you get redirected to their store which sells ICOM Next with external WIFI (dongle)
This is the ICOM Next A pcb desgin:
Hope this can help you out!