Pros Nice looking.
Cons Locks up all the time. Connection to antenna is a pain.
Summary I bought the SKYFI3 because XM Radio recommended it. Turns out to be the worst radio I have ever bought. Screen locks up, cannot turn off until battery gives up. Unit refuses to accept the delphi firmware updates.Called Delphi for help, and was led through a bunch of instructions so fast that I really did not have clue what was going on. Result was that the tech: got me up and running, only to have it quit several days later.All in all the design and technical details are very very bad. I will not buy another one, and I am stuck with the one I got.
Pros Its light, nice headphones!
Cons Does not play live XM when away from the house.
Summary I asked specifically during the buying process if I would be able to listen to live XM while walking the dog.
It arrived as promised, I got it activated, and all setup. But it did not play live XM during my first walk.
The only reason I asked it do, and it does not work.
Additionally the staff is like dealing with a time-share or used car salesman.
The XM Radio's in the cars are our favorites, but the portable units have been a complete disappointmen.
The one thing I need, it does not do and the sales people would not give me a complete and accurate answer to my questions about the product.
Pros Lots of features
Cons Serious operational deficiencies.
If you want to listen to one channel all the time this unit might be okay for you. Otherwise, buy something else!
I've had my SkyFi3 for a little over 2 months. In that time it has locked up numerous times, requiring the battery be removed to reset the unit.
In the list view the text is too small to view comfortably form 2 feet away while driving. There is no option to increase the text size (thus reducing the number of channels listed).
The "sure-connect" system is anything but sure - driving through a city will almost certainly require an extensive search for an open radio channel and it is very touchy about which one you select. Crackling and popping are the norm on this unit unless the selected channel is completely free of broadcast signal.
The remote control unit works poorly and is far far to small. It is nearly impossible to operate anything but the forward/back/select button set at the top of the remote using just one hand. Furthermore, the remote works poorly - buttons often do not work when pushed, and holding down a button will result in intermittent communication.
The interface on the cradle is even worse. Some functions are nearly impossible to access, and others are difficult. For instance it is hard to "record" using the "rec" button without accidentally hitting a "1" or "2" which results in a channel change.
Even if the interface (remote or cradle) works for you, the system design sucks. For instance, lets say you are listening to channel 40 but wish to scan the other channels by scrolling through the list. A song you want to listen to comes on channel 40 - if you do not scroll back to channel 40 the unit will switch to whatever channel you have under the selection cursor if you stop scrolling for about 15 seconds.
I have a 1 Gig SD memory chip added to my unit. The intent was to collect songs for playback. However, as you add more songs the SkyFi3 tends to chop off the beginnings or ends of those you've already collected rendering them worthless. Deleting a corrupted song will probably corrupt one or more other songs.
I bought a SkyFi2 for my Mother some time ago, and she loves it so I figured I'd give the SkyFi3 a shot without seriously researching it.
Very few electronics products I've purchased have been as disappointing as the Delphi SkyFi3.
Pros Auto Shut Off
Cons Too many to list
Summary I am just looking for an XM radio that will actually work. I have the same issues...lock ups, constant hard resets, lost content and content never plays back. Biggest pile of crap ever, worse than the old MiFi.
Pros SD card slot, big display, big buttons make it easy to navigate in the car, fairly easy to use once you understand the format, overall a very nice radio.
Cons Getting used to the navigation takes a minute. I am pretty tech-savy, and it took me a little bit of playing to figure it out. I don't like that you have to have it plugged into a base, to hook up an antenna.
Summary I bought this off of a local classified ad claiming it was new and had only been opened to take the pics. Well the vent mount and the USB cable were missing so I knew right away the ad was not completely up front and I was not sure if I wanted to even get it. I had read the reviews and a lot of them complained about picking up signal and that it froze all the time, so I expected some challenges. But I am a cheap skate and it was a good deal so I went for it. I bought a wall AC adapter that has the cigarette lighter plug so I could use it in the house and not have to be in the car to play around with it before spending another 50 bucks on the home kit. I stuck the antenna on the door knob, plugged it in, and had signal. I have not had one second of problems with it. I had a USB cable from a phone that worked and I downloaded the firmware upgrade but never really had a problem before doing that. I work in an office building quite a ways from a window and I get strong signal all day without any problems. It has WAY exceeded my expectations and I would recommend it wholeheartedly. It is a very nice little radio, and the quality is way nicer than the 50 dollar units you can get like the Onyx. So go for it, I think it is a fantastic little radio.