Pros after using it for a number of months now...ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!!
Cons pretty much EVERYTHING (see below)...!!!
Summary We were recently in Los Angeles, a city that i do not know very well for a few days house hunting and needed to do a lot of driving using a car with this unit installed.
After only half a day, we switched to using a $100 Sony hand held with a much better result.
A FEW OBSERVATIONS:
- the POI function is pretty much useless except to locate a bank of america;
- can't locate many common POI's so it comes back with the wrong results;
- no IR capability so no remote...believe me, this unit really needs one;
- need to hold voice button for more than 5 seconds for mute...which is a real pain;
- traffic service only available with MSN Direct which is a soon to be discontinued service;
- route guidance is just flat out horrible joke...
- can't find many addresses
- sometimes instructions takes you in circles
- no "previously selected" for choosing city, you need to re-enter city name over and over each and every time
- no introductory statement to begin your route and sometimes there is no voice for quite some time into your route
- slow to give guidance instructions, i.e., many times i have already passed my turn or in wrong lane and can't turn
- no exit clarification, just "take next" is all you hear
- OK button is located in the very top left corner close to and just above the SCROLL button and the sweet spot is at the bottom of the buttons so it's very easy to hit the wrong one and have to re-enter your entire route all over again. (i have done it many times)
- map does not display the city you are currently in. when house hunting in LA where cities run together from one block to the next and you take down an address, you have no idea which city it's in which is a real problem
- does not display your current speed or the posted speed limit
- when changing map scale, display sometimes changes orientation
- voice commands are limited and do not work well, for example: no commands for cancel route or for home route so you have to work you way thru menu layers for them.
In my other vehicles, I have an Alpine in one and Kenwood in the other...this Pioneer Avic-Z110bt unit is no match for either...
i do not recommend this unit, it's rubbish!
Pros I like the ease of usage with all aspects of this headunit. Great sound, navigation, and bluetooth features.
Cons Still looking for one...
Summary I have had the Z110bt for a few weeks now and am thoroughly impressed by it's feature set. I love just leaving my phone in my pocket and it connects automatically everytime for hands-free calling, and also bluetooth audio streaming, which can be controlled from the head-unit. The voice recognition has worked very well for me thus far, only hearing erroneous items with significant background noise. When I got this, I was debating between this and the Kenwood 9140 unit, and if I had it to do over, I wouldn't change anything. All in all, I would recommend this to people looking for a superior multimedia headunit.
Pros Sounds great, ability to play DVD, connected to my old 30gb iPod no problem
Cons Graphic User Interface (GUI) does utilize screen space efficiently, Voice Recognition does not work well to access cell phone contact lists or play something off the iPod
Summary BLUF: This unit needs a firmware update to address the horrible use of screenspace by the GUI
I had this Double DIN unit custom installed in my dash to replace a failing factory DIN-and-a-half unit. Everything works but some daily use things in the GUI and voice recognition leave alot to be desired. I've owned and used this unit daily for the past 8 months. It does sound great, no doubt about that.
** The GUI does not utilize space well for most screen uses. Particularly the Radio Data System (RDS) info (learn more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_Data_System) **
When on Radio Detail view, there is alot of screen space there to show whats going on, yet the RDS info is crammed into a small mostly empty area in the upper left with small font and about an inch and a half long... there is plenty of space there to have the RDS info completely display all the information pertaining to Artist, Title, Album, Station ID, etc. The RDS info can also be cryptic at times.
This issue is carried over when viewing a listing of all the radio stations. The display lists 6 presets but you cannot label the presets. They are labeled by the RDS info whenever you are listening to that preset. When you change off that preset to another, the RDS info stops where it was in its broadcast. What you endup with is a garbled listing of nothingness. A typical example is given below:
2: y love
6: all th
When listening to Satellite stations, there is no way to know other than your own personal memory of what preset you are on. You will see a listing of 6 presets and none indicate what they are preset as. Example, XM/Sirius channel 15 is "Classic Rewind" and 23 is "Hair Metal" but the display does not show as that... just "Preset 2", "Preset 3".
** Voice Recognition feature. **
The voice recognition software in this unit is horrible. My microphone is mounted next to the drivers visor and works ok for Blue Tooth hands free phone calls. The VR software has not once accurately picked up what I am trying to tell it to do. Calling phone numbers listed as simple names from phone contact list (example "Call the Wife") is the typical thing I wanted it to do. I simplified my cell phone contact list in an effort to make this work but it does not. Know that I do not speak with any accent or impediment. When the unit does not know what I said, it blurts out a robotic "what was it?". I have given up on using this feature. It may be that the unit does not quite uundertstand the format of my Blackberry contact list... despite the fact the listed names are not complex.
Pros DVD is great, works with my ipod well. Big screen. Navigation is ok if you have address.
Cons If you dont have address is very hard to find things. POI always finds things that are 300 miles away! Bluetooth will work then drop it. Sometimes people cant understand me other times they never say anything. Limited places to eat preprogrammed.
Summary I would not recommend it. I have more trouble than it works. Support is horrible guys are jerks, act i am idiot when i dont know how to do something on it. My experience more than once.
Pros Being able to see your CD
Cons Everything about the system............it is terrible and the service is worse.
Summary This system is garbage after 1 yr and 5 months the system started to just restart itself over and over again. They tried to blame it on the install which was done professionally, but I have looked it up and this is a common problem of course they want you to pay $200 to fix it after I paid $850. The software they have is garbage and even trying to do the updates is a challenge. Do yourself a favor buy anything but a pioneer NAVI system, or use your money to go on a nice vacation. I just through a lot of money out the window for this terrible product.