Pros Cost, HDD, Number of POI
Cons No remote available, No Sirius Traffic tuner available, poor Bluetooth functionality
Summary If you look at this unit, both the case and screenshots, it's very apparent that it's a copy of the Eclipse 5510 and 6610. However, it's a poor copy.
1. There is no remote control available. Yes, there is an IR port on the front of the unit but it's only function is as a pass through to the optional TV tuner. You cannot control the unit with a remote. This means you cannot reuse the steering wheel controls on your car. Something every other in dash nav unit on the market can do. Seriously, a unit with a MSRP of $1,799 should have a remote.
2. Panasonic advertises that the unit has Sirius Traffic. Well, the only tuner available right now is the Sir-Pan1. That tuner does not have traffic. When I asked, Panasonic didn't even know the estimated time to market or the cost of a traffic enabled Sirius Tuner. They're advertising something that doesn't exist.
3. The Bluetooth has very limited functionality. It can only be used to answer incomming calls. The phone rings, you push a button to answer it. No, this isn't a button on the screen but rather another button that you have to cut a hole for and mount. You CANNOT dial out. Other units allow you to access your phone book on screen and to dial out. You cannot do any of that with this unit, just push a button to talk when someone else calls you.
Bottom line, this unit misses all of the seemingly standard features that competitors offer at this price point. You should pass up on this model and go for either Eclipse, Kenwood, Alpine, or Pioneer.
Pros Map coverage, Speed of searching for address, great equalizer.
Cons Didn't come with ipod cable. No Divx support (that I see)
Summary I was debating between the avic-d3, the avic-z2, and this strada. The strada was the only one I was not able to find in stores therefore I had to order it online. The main reason why I didn't go with the avic-d3 or avic-z2 was because they did not have my street address in their database. But when I would go over to one the of the $300 garmins or even the TomTom. They would find my address with no problems. The street didn't even show that it exsisted on the z2. I've lived at my address for over 3 years so I found that very dissapointing. When I ordered my strada I didn't know if it was going to have my address or not so I was kinda worried. After I hooked everything up and it grabbed its gps signal (took about 1 min) It not only found my address and was right on, but the controls and functions are so intuative that I was able to make it my home very quickly. I haven't used the ipod feature yet but I did order the cable online today for around $40. You can not only control the ipod directly from the head unit, but also watch your podcasts and movies. The z2 has a feature where you can copy cds directly to the head unit. Honestly all my music is on the ipod. Why can't I just copy the cd at the computer and move it to the ipod. I didn't feel that I would use that "missing" feature that the strada does not have.
Oh this was very easy to install on my 2002 Subaru WRX. The wire adapter was $20 at my local bestbuy. It was not on the floor. I had to ask one of the car audio guys to get one for me. And the wire ends were $3 for 10 male and female ends at my local radio shack.
"very good 1"on by Eaglezone
Pros Ease of use
Cons No info on map updates or where repairs can be made.
Summary Please advise info on where to get a map update
Pros None tat I could Find
Cons Got me lost on first, (35' Motorhome W/tow car), Moved the Garmin from tow car to finde destination, was nine miles and a muddy road away from where I should be. That was two years ago, never used Strada since. That was two years ago, gave up.
Summary Forget about it.
Pros Touch Screen. Did like the voice commands and turn information
Cons May be ok in an automobile but in a large vehicle, no way. Can not tell it NO unimproved roads, county roads, etc. NO updates.
Summary It has tried to route us down dirt roads and roads that have been closed for years.. Has taken us down side streets to an address when the address was just off the interstate. No way to insert vias, etc. Works fairly well city to city but to find an address can really get you into trouble with a big rig, have had to unhook toad several times when unit routed us down narrow roads, low overpasses, etc.