Pros Alpine also makes the Navi in our Honda and so the functions and even UI are very similar. For us this was a key selling point as we like what we have in then car and we like the PND-K3 for the same reasons
Cons My wife wants one too
Summary The PND-K3 comes complete with home charger and dash mount with the auto base/charging adapter. There is an optional version that can make use of the MSN service. However I went with the model that does not offer this but after updating over the web I now have some offering for the MSN service that was added as part of the update. I find the touch screen large enough to actually use. The voice text-to-speech functions are a great surprise as to how well it works. Calling out the exit and street names in addition to proving advanced notice of freeway exits is great. I was also surprised by its ability to announce cell phone callers by name with the Bluetooth option. The Bluetooth function rocks, its a complete hands free solution for the car with its built in microphone and speakers. I like how you can start a call from the search results, the PND address book or even your cell phone's address book.
I was looking at the Garmin 855 that was going for $100 more but the feature were similar and so I opted to save $100 and go with the Alpine.
Being able to interface with this while the car is moving and someone else is driving is great. Some Navi systems lock out the interface and prevent others in the car from using the tool, but the Alpine does not do this.
Pros It's great if you live somewhere devoid of any new construction in the last 5 years...
Cons My office has been here for 3 years, and it's not in the GPS, either are half the clients I go visit.
Summary APLINE - PROVIDE UPDATES!!!
Pros Nice screen, bluetooth is nice too
Cons I called over a year ago looking for updates to the maps for this unit. I was told it "was in the works" a year later, Alpine still has no updates and still claim they are working on it.
Summary I would not buy this unit if I was looking today. Garmin has actual map updates and they are free for life if you buy the right model. In the 3 years I have owned this model I have not found a single map update and my wife's Garmin has had 4. Her unit shows all the new highways and my Alpine is still lost. I would sell this unit in a heartbeat to anyone who wants it,
Pros Good screen and easy to use.
Bluetooth works fine It does seem to handle calls well. Clear and Loud enough on both ends.
Good solid routes, maps seem reasonably current. Quick sat acquisition.
Cons Battery? Doesn't seem to last that long - couple hours but havn't tested fully. Will typically have it plugged in anyway.
Routes? Not bad routes but not always the absolute best.
Some missing POI's.
Address book didnt transfer, Calls
Summary I have played around with all aspects of the GPS. It is fairly intuitive, but the best way to learn is just by playing and touching the screens in various places.Plugged it in to my computer and it found a software update. No problems. Installed fine.
Having used other GPS, it seems that they all calculate some routes that you may disagree with. Again, if you don't know where you're going, the routes seem fine. No routes were just totally wrong. Most GPS use the same mapping company so I imaging the routes and POI's are similar.
Bluetooth works reasonably well. Calls are acceptable but not the best.
All in all, I am pleased with it. Going for a bargain price these days, so, cant really go wrong