"Poor Eclipse Immitation"2.0 starson by DaveWVU86
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.