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Big screen, little else
on November 13, 2013
I've had this piece of .... for two weeks now and I am ready to send it back to amazon. Here is my list of "issues"
1. navigation works most of the time (I have the navibox2). not sure if it's the navibox or head unit but I'm not going to pay for something that may not turn on when I need it. Nav features are basic, I know, "you get what you pay for". screen while using nav is sloooow. by the time it registers that the car is moving you may be turning already. In the setup it asks for @ sunrise/sunset times to adjust screen brightness but it doesn't seem to remember. just a few issues, not all.
Navigation = 2 stars
2. Ipod interface is terrible. I have an ipod 30gb video and the head unit refuses to play music by any category other than what it feels like playing. ipod video will not play at all. yes I do have the mandatory proprietary cable. I cannot turn off the random paly feature or the repeat feature. every time I try to play by album, artist, playlist or genre, the unit starts playing the 1st song on the ipod. after installation I noticed my ipod would be completely dead @2 hrs after the unit was shut off and the ipod left connected. I called "tech support" and was told my ipod battery must be bad. that's strange because I have a kenwood headunit in another vehicle and have left the ipod hooked up to that for days at a time with no battery drain on the ipod. I have been trying to contact "tech support" but no one is answering that extension right now.
Ipod = 0 stars
3. Radio reception is fair, I don't listen to the radio much but it seems there is more static than with the oem radio (Ram 1500, 2003)
Radio = 3 stars
4. Bluetooth is easy to connect to but the volume is very low from the speakers. Music streaming is a lengthy process and if you take a call during playback it will not reconnect the music.
Bluetooth = 2 stars
Screen is big and bright but all the connections are made to the screen unit itself. ipod and a/v on the side and mic for Bluetooth on the top. so when you want to take the screen off the head unit you have to disconnect all the cables, otherwise the screen won't fit into the pouch. seems like a lot of work just to run into the grocery store.
Screen = 4 stars
Overall I wanted to like this unit but it is too bothersome to get my music playing. If I can get tech support on the phone and he can resolve these issues I will update this accordingly