Pros Programing is as advertised
Cons Without the car antenna or home antenna there is no consistent signal hence no consistent reception
Summary This unit is advertised as portable. The lasting impression of Elton John walking around listening to this device has to be pure fantasy. I have talked to four other people who have purchased this unit and have the same complaints as myself. As long as it is plugged into the provided home antenna or the car antenna I get consistent reception. Without these external antennas, reception cuts in and out continually. The third external antenna that you clip on your cloths makes absolutely no difference in my reception, thus is totally worthless. If you are looking for a portable radio type device this is definitely not it. Read the blogs and you will see I am not alone in my viewpoint. By the way I live in South Florida and have "a clear view of the southern sky".Updated
I spoke to a Delphi tech and he told me that this unit was built to specifications demanded by XM Satellite. He said that XM Sat is fully aware of the unit's shortcomings. He said it was never designed to be a "portable radio type" of device, hence the five hours of recordable space on the unit. He also told me he gets allot of calls similar to mine. So there you have it. Maybe I should not have jumped to the erroneous conclusion that this was a "portable radio type" of device, after seeing Elton John walking around listening to the darn thing.
"Great way to enjoy XM"on by klb
Pros Portable and has everything you need for home/office etc
Cons Inconsistent signal strength, long time to charge the battery
Summary Got my XM2Go for $219 from an online store,and haven't looked back.
I travel quite a bit, so it goes with me everywhere. On the good side, it is portable, and easy to bring with you almost anywhere. On the cons, the battery takes forever to charge, and there's no external charger so you can't get another one and swap 'em out. I get about 4.5 hours in XM mode so it's not bad at all.
Somewhere in the middle of the pro/con arguement is the signal. With the car antenna it maxes out almost everywhere I've been. But with the home or personal antennas it's more hit or miss. If XM had a little better repeater coverage that'd be a huge help, but it's better than what my Sirius had.
I love it, but defnitely look online for the deals. Mine was $219 when the stores were still selling them for $350.
Pros Box comes with *everything* you need
Cons Can't figure out how to delete specific recorded tracks
Summary I've had this for about 3 weeks now, and I couldn't love it more. I live in Los Angeles, so I get excellent reception, which might have something to do with my love-fest for this baby.
First, everything you need (and a few things you probably won't) comes with it. Delphi thought of everything when they packaged this, including giving you 2-3 output options for home and car use. In addition to packaging all the wires, antennas, etc, they've also given you a remote control, so that you don't have to be right next to the thing in order to use it.
Typical day: Wake up turn on MyFi in the home charging cradle. I use the wireless transmitter to my FM stereo, and get pretty decent sound. Leave the house and the unit slips into the vent mounted car cradle. Driving around LA I get excellent reception - even going under bridges and into parking structures. Once I get to school, I slip the unit into the carrying case and plug in the earbuds. The sound quality on the earbuds isn't great, but that's easily remedied by purchasing better quality earphones.
Overall, this is the best $350 I've spent in a long, long time.
On the downside, I can't figure out how to delete specific songs from the recorded tracks. Also, the ability to burn a few songs from cd's would be great, but SO not necessary. I mean, I bought this to hear NEW music, not the same old stuff I already own. Besides, if you want an ipod, buy and ipod. If you want satellite radio, BUY THIS!
Pros Extremely easy to use, clean functional design, great sound.
Cons Nothing important.
Summary I am truly baffled by the number of reviewers, professional and amateur, who seem to have no problem picking this great product to pieces! I've been a gadget geek (especially radio gadgets) ever since buying my first crystal radio for $1.55 MANY years ago and as a former licensed and certified radio technician I find the MyFi to be a blast to use. Those who figure limited portable reception to be a big deal are missing the point as are those who also whine about not being able to store their own songs on it and/or delete individual songs from it. That is what our mp3 players are for. I've found that I can simply hit "2go" (twice) on the MyFi and let it run until the memory is full then go through the playlist and transfer the songs I want to save by way of the internal FM transmitter. I've had particularly good results when used with the Creative MuVo Slim mp3 player.
At any rate, I can hardly think of a single thing that should be changed about the MyFi. The size is entirely appropriate, the backlighting is excellent, and the sound quality (while not audiophile perfect) is perfectly fine for casual listening with a decent set of after-market headphones.
Pros Cool gadget, small device.
Cons Reception, reception, reception! I must not have any repeaters in my area, because I can not keep a signal on this thing. Any tree, building, etc simply blocks the signal and causes dropout. The only way I could see this thing as useful is when I'm sitti