"Awesome at first, annoying now"2.5 starson by Freondude
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.