Pros GPS, sound and video are great
Cons Poor iPod integration, USB capability is lacking. The documentaion is poor for the options
Summary I purchased the DDX8019 at the recommendation of the local auto audio store because that is all they sell. The user interface looks good on the outside but not so good when you try to use it (see CNET review).
The USB port is very functional if you want to play music. However if you want to see video or photos you have to burn them to a CD/DVD. How easy would it have been to make this work for the USB too? I personally don't have a CD burner attached to my digital camera.
The Function / Video buttons are VERY confusing. Sometimes one button performs the same function as the other and sometimes not and it never makes sense. Also, as mentioned in the CNET review, you have to cycle through screens of options that are not installed. This takes time and is frustrating. Punching these buttons really show how poorly the user interface is laid out.
I also added the Bluetooth and Navigation modules. As mentioned, the GPS module is great. However, if you are buying it for that then just buy a Garmin GPS with bluetooth. It will serve you better than that combination in the DDX8019.
The bluetooth phone module KCA-BT100 works well as a phone. However, the documentation that comes with it doesn't match the DDX8019 and the DDX8019 documentation is slim on things like how to use the phone book. My phonebook is greyed out and there is no mention of this "feature" in either book.
iPod integration is implemented extremely poorly. I purchased this unit especially for podcasts. The podcasts are sorted alphabetically not chronologically like on the iPod and iTunes. So you have no idea what podcast you have already listened to unless you know the names of them. When you are watching a video podcast and turn off the car, it will not start back up. You have to leave the video podcast screen then come back. Scroll through all of you podcast and select the one you were listening to.
Finally, the Kenwood website is minimal. You can download the manual (see above) or register you unit. That's it. Where are the FAQ's, software updates, etc. that come with an expensive piece of electronics like this?
In short. This unit cost too much for the lack of user interface faux pas. I hope this is a first pass at the software and that an upgrade is in the works.Updated
Every time you plug your iPod into the DDX 8019, it turns on the "Repeat All" setting. So unless you want this feature on, you must turn it off every time you disconnect it from your car!Updated
I was excited to see that they have realeased version 1.0.9 of the software (I had 1.0.3). Apparently this was available in December but I don't know how you would have gotten it.
It didn't fix any of the above issues. According to the website it adds ... "Supporting the latest iPods (iPod Nano 3rd Generation, iPod classic). Supports audio only on iPod Touch." It only supports the iPhone in audio mode too!
The website now has a link to this upgrade. That is the "BIG" improvement from the above comments. No other enhancements.
The upgrade was easy and went without a hitch. I did notice during the upgrade process that it uses an open source version of Linux. Maybe if Kenwood isn't interested in fixing things, the hacker community will.Updated
After owning the unit for about two weeks, Kenwood posted an upgrade for the iPod interface on their website. I was excited to see this. However, it only added support for older iPods (not for newer iPods--touch and iPhone). Other than that, all of the quiks still exist.
I am at v1.0.9. The only thing I noticed is that now, I have to hit the TEL button up to four times before the telephone screen will show up. The good part is this is consistent with ALL SCREENS so it doesn't matter if you are driving down a bouncy road.
On the plus side, the upgrade process was easy and worked seemlessly.