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Pioneer AVIC-F500BT 5.8-Inch Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator

by Pioneer

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  • Multimedia GPS navigation system with built-in antenna
  • WVGA touchscreen (800 x 480 pixels
  • Includes MSN Direct receiver with free 90-day subscription to MSN Direct service
  • Internal 2GB flash memory preloaded with maps for the United States and Canada
  • Text-to-speech technology lets voice prompts announce road names over the built-in speaker
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Product Description

The Pioneer AVIC-F500BT on-dash navigator offers an advanced, all-in-one solution for adding large-screen navigation, multimedia capability, and hands-free calling to your vehicle ¿ without removing your factory radio. Simply mount this road-ready travel companion on your dashboard and exercise convenient control over your music, phone, and navigation.

Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight1 pounds
Product Dimensions1.1 x 7.2 x 3.9 inches
Item model numberAVIC-F500BT
Display Size5.8 inches
WarrantyLimited 1-year parts & labor
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #73,572 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight4.5 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableJuly 7, 2008
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Customer Reviews

Pros: - Large LCD screen.
Amazon Customer
When you spend this kind of money on one of these things you expect higher quality than this.
Darick F. Harriger
This little sucker even plays my videos on my iPod and they look GREAT.
Matt Herold

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By P. Fu on February 13, 2009
I've been using the F500BT for a few weeks after using a Nuvi 760 for years. I already upgraded to Firmware 2.0. Here is how the F500BT compares to the Nuvi

- Routing engine not as good as the Nuvi. Very prone to give U-Turns when I miss a turn even though I disabled them. Worse is that it doesn't know if the U-turn is illegal or not. Besides the U turn issue, most routes offered are not that bad in "Economical"
- Touchscreen not very responsive. Not as good as the Nuvi.
- Not as easy to use as the Nuvi in general.
- MSN does not work unless you use a big ugly harness. You also need to connect a ebrake signal for to avoid the menus getting locked out.
- Battery life of 30mins
- Does not auto dim the screen when switching to night maps.
- Does not tell you the side of your destination. The Nuvi does.
- Only 1 TTS voice in English. Not great, but not horrible either.
- Voice recognition doesn't work very well

- Nice glossy look with a big screen. Looks way more expensive than $199
- Map and menu hard buttons are very convenient to have
- GPS reception seems to be as good as the Nuvi. I get reception indoors
- A lot more information is displayed on the map compared to the Nuvi
- Plays AVI movies
- Lane Assist on freeway junctions. A MUST HAVE.
- Maps are very smooth map animation when routing. Much better than the 760, which was always 2 seconds behind and when making turns it would lag for 3-4 seconds
- Voice does not stutter unlike the Nuvi 760
- Very easy to hack and goes from good to almost great after hacking. I also have TomTom Navigator and Garmin XT loaded (more on this later)
- 3D buildings are pretty cool.
- Pairs with my Palm Centro with no problems.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 3, 2009
- Large LCD screen.
- Decent maps and navigation.
- Plays video and music files from SD and flash drives.
- Relatively cheap.
- Touch screen response is erratic.
- Text to speech (TTS) voice quality is poor.
- Voice recognition does not work particularly well.
- No photo viewer.

To start off, I am already running the new 2.0 FW. If you are not, make sure you update.

The biggest complaint that I have is overall sluggishness. Often times one touches a button, and nothing happens at all for a while. This is in stark contrast to the Garmin and TomTom units that I have, and reminds me of Windows. But my oh my this IS Windows! The unit actually runs on Windows CE... which brings us to the start up time. The unit takes a long time to start up (a "cold" boot). Since this should happen rarely, it shouldn't have been a problem. In fact once the unit is running, pressing the power button to turn off/on the unit is almost instantaneous. However, for some mysterious reasons, the unit does decide to cold boot from time to time (see below on "cabling").

As a GPS, the unit functions reasonably. It is not particularly fast in acquiring satellites but tolerable. The 2D maps are pretty detailed and good looking, but the orientation is fixed at pointing North as in a real map. There is no option to orient the map according to your current driving direction, as in the 3D map mode.

Despite the large screen size, some vital information (like time to destination and nearby street names etc) are rendered in font sizes far too small to my liking. My Garmin has a smaller 4.3 inch screen but the texts are a lot more readable.

For voice navigation, there are two different selections for English.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Harewood on December 4, 2008
I received my AVIC F500BT yesterday, and I spent the longest 30 mins of my life waiting for the battery to charge just so I can turn it on. It is an absolutely amazing device as far as I have seen. I registered my Blackberry Curve with it and made a couple test calls. Perfect! I connected a SDHC 8gb card as well as a 2gb Usb drive to test out the Music and Video capabilites. Perfect! It actually plays much more video file formats than documented. I had converted a movie to MP4 to watch on it and I had a WMV on the card as well. Surprisingly both videos played well. Though the WMV had just a little lag, which I believe is due to the fact it was not converted to the correct frame rate designated for the device.
Copying my entire contacts list to the phone over bluetooth took less than 5 minutes.
Also most important is that the device is HUGE but not very heavy. It came with all the cables for having it fully installed to enable the parking restriction and rear view camera. But it can be used with just the car power adapter. The Speaker is quite low, BUT since my 08 CIVIC LX came with an auxiliary input and this device has a headphone jack.... I AM IN CAR ENTERTAINMENT HEAVEN. Their could not have been a better device for the under $400 price range.
Oh, did I forget to mention I purchased a 16gb sdhc card for this said device. IN CAR HARD DRIVE. I basically have Movies On Demand in My CAR!!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Nunes on February 11, 2009
There is already a very good and more detailed review written here by Ming Chan, which I agree with all aspects, but would like to add some extra information not addressed. I was in the market for a product to replace my old garmin (nuvi 750) and ultimately narrowed it down to the nuvi 780 and this pioneer product (AVIC F500BT). I needed something ready to receive traffic updates (provided by MSN for both products) and blue tooth connectivity to talk hands free using my iPhone. Both products offer these features but the better price and the larger screen size of the pioneer made me buy it instead of the Garmin 780. In addition, the pioneer offers voice recognition capabilities for phoning via bluetooth (not for navigation), which is not present in the nuvi 780. I do not use the voice recognition capabilities but other reviewers seem to agree it is not very helpful in this device. Anyway, first thing you have to know. This product is huge; it does not fit in a regular pocket unlike the garmin. I have no problems with its size but if you intend to carry it around with you, it may not be a good choice. It can fit a large womans purse or mid-size at best but my wife would not like it inside hers for sure. Also your visibility of the road may be somewhat impaired if you have a small car depending where in you set it on your dashboard or windshield. Again, it has not been a problem for me. It does come with a pad for mounting on the dashboard instead of windshield, which is not available in the nuvi 780. The cable that connects to the power source contains several extra wires that can be used to connect the device to your car stereo, but that requires professional installation and extra costs of course.Read more ›
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