"Would be perfect with a software update"3.0 starson by chris916
Pros: Everything all in one, detachable face, small footprint
Cons: major usability shortcomings
Summary: The first day you get this installed in your car, you will be in awe of it and all it's abilities. After the first month you will wonder if anyone at JVC ever tried to actually use it themselves.
There are 2 major flaws--The navigation interface and the way music is stored/ripped to the hard drive. FOr the navigation, it is great if you already know the address. If you don't, then good luck. An example--There are 6 best buys within 10 miles of me. This will only find one of them. Why? Because for some reason you have to manually enter the city before searching, or it will only search 1.2 (ONE point TWO) miles for your current position. This is fine for gas stations and banks, but fails for just about anything else. Since you have to manually enter the city, it won't consider anything at all that's technically in another town. If you're from sacramento and in Rancho Cordova on Sunrise Blvd and want to find a best buy it will tell you there aren't any because technically they are in elk grove, roseville, citrus heights, folsom, sacramento and Natomas--even though the citrus heights store is maybe 2 mniles down the road. This makes the "search" feature pretty much useless if you're in an unfamiliar area. I had used a streetpilot, nuvi and telenav GPS units before this one and none of them had such limited searching ability. So if you're trying to find a store in a new area you have to search for the address on your cell phone first, then enter it into the navigation system.
Now for the music--It's fine if you buy a new CD and want to rip it to the hard drive, just put it in, enter the title and rip. But if you're like me and have a lot of music on your computer, it fails miserably. I have about 11 gigs on my computer organized by Artist-->Album-->Song. For some reason, the unit will only rip one folder deep. So if you had 500 Artists, with 2 albums each, and say 5 songs each, you would either have to make one huge folder with 5000 songs in it (which then makes scrolling through them almost impossible) or you have to Rip each album (and manually enter titles of folders) individually, which would take probably a year literally with that many songs.