Pros Great Navigation Maps. Audio features easy to use and great sound.
Cons No SD slot for audio and video. Do not agree that it has "hands free operation" during phone use.
Summary I have recently installed the AVN726E in my car. I am pleased with the unit with one exception. Eclipse claims the unit supports "hands free operations" for using Bluetooth cell phone capabilities, however, it does not support voice commands. This means you must take your eyes off the road to type in a telephone number or if you are able to download your phone book from your cell phone you must once again take your eyes off the road to find the person/number in the phone book and select that individual then make your call. I do not consider this "hands free operation". Prior to purchasing this unit I had a simple $69 hands free unit on my sun visor which allowed me to simply press the call button on my phone then give a voice command to call a person listed in my phone book and talk without taking my eyes off the road. I think Eclipse missed the mark on their "hands free operation" claims for such a simple technology and for the expense of the unit.
Pros All the features I needed: Sirius XM, USB, DVD, Aux input
Cons You can't enter highway addresses!! EX: RT 206, Highway 10, CR 517. The unit will show your on these roads but you can't enter them. Makes the Navigation pretty much useless. I've been told a fix is coming for over 6 months
Summary If you need the GPS feature don't buy this unit.
Pros Third NAV unit from Eclipse that I have owned in the same car. Very good sound.
Cons NO CD controls - can't pause the CD. Removed DSP capabilities which earlier units had. NAV requires another box to get traffic then you pay a monthly fee. The box costs as much as a Garmin that comes with free traffic for life.
Summary As the price climbs on this top-line NAV unit from Eclipse, the customer is getting progressively less features and increased price gouging on new features. You have to buy a $300 box and pay for install then you pay $17 per month to Sirius for traffic. I just bought a Garmin for another car that costs $240 with free traffic for life. It is a better GPS unit. The responses to my questions about pricing drew dismissive answers from Eclipse and directions to go talk to two other entities to get their unit to function. Not only is the product declining - You still cannot pause a CD, the customer service is declining and the hidden costs make this unit and company one to avoid.
Pros This unit has the capability to add bluetooth/handsfree calling, satellite radio, HD radio, remote control, rearview camera, and aux ipod/mp3 all while playing your normal radio, DVDs and GPS all in a simple, easy to use touch screen.
Cons Ipod interface is nice, but there is no scroll bar for large artist/song lists. GPS doesn't have as good of maps as other name brand GPS units, but it is by no means unusable. Lots of options provide for fairly expensive start-up costs.
Summary This product is excellent. It has all the features you could want/need in a modestly priced unit. While having the extras plus installation will cost you a pretty penny upfront (though not as much as some other equivalent namebrand GPS units), they are well worth it in the end. I put a rearview camera, sirius radio, bluetooth microphone, and ipod adapter in my truck and I absolutely love it. I don't know if the people who give this bad ratings just didn't try or just aren't savvy enough to operate this wonderfully simple and user-friendly system. You get all the luxuries of a limited edition vehicle for $3000-$5000 cheaper than if you were to buy them already installed on a vehicle.
The touch screen takes about 5 or 6 trips to get the hang of what you need to do with it. *Side Note: I purchased a cheap screen protector (like you would on a phone screen) knowing how much you would be touching a touch screen and I must say that was a great purchase. I highly recommend doing the same for safety and peace of mind.
The EQ and Balance/Fade Controls allow for maximum customization of sound. The GPS has had a few addresses we couldn't locate, but the dozens we have found have directed us just as a Garmin would. In fact we've had just as many addresses we couldn't find with our Garmin. Every GPS will have its flaws. I was concerned at first with the GPS about how user-friendly it would be coming from a Garmin unit. However this has been proven to be extremely easy to use and store addresses in. The 3D mode is what we use the most and pretty neat when you get into big cities with large buildings. There is also a traditional 2D mode if you prefer. I haven't had the need to update the maps, but I also haven't seen an update for this system either.
DVDs and movies off of your iPod play beautifully and in great quality. It's like having a mini-tv in your vehicle (just don't watch while driving, although you can get a bypass done on this system). The only piece I haven't gotten yet is the remote control which I think should have come with it, but it's really not that much of a necessity.
The rearview camera is great and the picture is crystal clear. The only downside (as with any backup camera) is dirt or water on the screen, but that is simple enough to fix. The camera is adjustable and a great upgrade without paying a dealer $2000 for a limited package.
All in all this is a great unit and a sound investment. I will definitely have this unit for a long time. The sheer convenience of the unit should sell itself. You get everything you want/need in one central location. It's like having a central command computer in your vehicle. Easy to read display (both in day and night mode), easy to understand interface, and easy to press buttons (even on the fly) make this unit a must have for anyone looking to take their vehicle to the next level without buying a whole new car. Take this review as "two thumbs, way up!"
Pros Screen is nice and easy to read. Has a lot of optional choices for external equipment. Bluetooth works well for phone quality
Cons The Nav locks up and reboots at points on the map. There is no audio control. The screens shots are lacking. No place to put you numbers in manually if you phone will not transfer the phone book. Will not play DVD-r audio. Flash stick must be fat
Summary Some more cons, there is only one cross-over for the non-fading out and it is on or off. Cut off at 80 Hz. The unit has an SD slot but you can't use it, so putting that ON A SPEC SHEET IS WORTHLESS. Tech support at Eclipse is also lacking. They have no interest in helping you get this unit sounding good and I wanted to spend more money with them. There is no dual Zone. The unit scrolling through an Ipod or Flash stick is slow. The flash stick or hard drive does not have a search feature. The sound is what it is you will need a EQ or sound Proc for the quality audio heads are looking for. So for the money you just spent go get a car PC. I am returning this unit and getting a car PC.