|Item Weight||3.2 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||7.2 x 7 x 3.8 inches|
|Item model number||SPH-DA01|
|Discontinued by manufacturer||Yes|
|Preamp Voltage||2 volts|
|Display Resolution||800 x 480 pixels|
|Warranty||1 year parts & labor|
|Expansion||included_mp3_cable, built-in_bluetooth, optional_hd_radio|
|Memory Card Slot||Micro SD Card Slot|
|Media Playback Supported||iPhone 4 or 4th gen iTouch running iOS 4.2 or later|
Pioneer SPH-DA01 AppRadio 6.1-Inch In-Dash Double-Din AV Receiver for iPod and iPhone
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- Two-DIN digital receiver offers in-dash access and control of compatible iPhone 4 apps with a 6.1-inch touchscreen display
- Familiar control gestures and large capacitive touchscreen designed specifically to allow safer access to compatible iPhone 4 content
- Browse, search, call, and map your contacts from your iPhone 4 contacts list with built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling
- Compatible apps include Internet radio from PANDORA and Rdio, navigation from MotionX-GPS Drive, INRIX traffic info, and more
- Features include AM/FM tuner with RDS, rear view camera input, Pioneer EQ audio tuning, and pair of RCA preamp outputs for system expansion
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Adding a New Touch to Your Connected Lifestyle
Pioneer's revolutionary, game-changing AppRadio is the first car stereo to revolutionize the driver's smartphone experience by bringing compatible iPhone 4 apps to your dash. When connected to an iPhone 4 (or a 4th generation iPod touch) loaded with Pioneer's free AppRadio Application, the AppRadio in-dash stereo provides the ultimate in-vehicle smartphone experience. With AppRadio's in-dash, capacitive touchscreen, you can enjoy full on-screen access and control of your iPhone contacts, calendar, maps, and more with an intuitive interface, formatted and designed specifically for safer in-vehicle operation. Pioneer has teamed up with several app providers to offer compatibility with many of today's most popular in-vehicle apps, while also developing an expanding catalog of AppRadio compatible apps for future features and functions that can be easily and seamlessly added. AppRadio will even notify you when new compatible apps are released.
Your Dash Just Got Smarter
Simply download Pioneer's free AppRadio Application and any other AppRadio-compatible apps to your iPhone from the iTunes App Store, connect it to the AppRadio stereo, and you're ready to experience your smartphone in an entirely new way.
AppRadio allows you to bring many of the most used features from your phone such as browsing and searching your contact list and iPod music library, view important events and reminders in your calendar and much more right from the driver's seat of your car.
- MotionX-GPS Drive is the next-generation turn-by-turn driving solution for the iPhone. With always live, always up-to-date information, MotionX helps you find what you're looking for and get there fast with live door-to-door guidance. With millions of users, MotionX-GPS Drive is the #1 top selling navigation app on Apple's iTunes App Store.
- Find destinations, view route direction lists and route to that location through a Google Maps local search. Even create bookmarks and register locations on the map all using the in-dash touchscreen.
Avoid the Rush
- INRIX Traffic is a free app that helps drivers save time, money and use less gas traveling to the places they go every day. Fueled by the largest traffic network in the world, the app's real-time traffic information and traffic forecasts help drivers quickly determine the best route, identify traffic hotspots and get alerts to accidents and other traffic-causing delays.
- Rdio is an unlimited, on-demand social music service that brings music alive by letting subscribers listen to as many songs as they want, anytime, anywhere, and discover and share new music with friends. Rdio subscribers build and share their online music collections from a catalogue of over 8 million songs and can check out the listening activity, collections and playlists of other users and influencers as well as see what's in heavy rotation in their network, top charts, and newly released albums.
- Integration of PANDORA internet radio, one of the most popular internet radio services, allows for on-screen control of saved stations including track information such as title, artist and album art. In addition to the capability of rating a track with thumbs-up or thumbs-down, you can also easily bookmark a track, skip the currently playing track, change stations and select Quickmix playback.
- Enjoy Internet streamed video while parked with the parking brake engaged; you and your passengers can enjoy YouTube and Netflix content (note that Netflix is a paid subscription services and is not included. Visit www.netflix.com for more information).
As the library of AppRadio compatible applications grows, users will be automatically notified the AppRadio application, with a link to the respective app(s) page within the App Store. Additionally, the AppRadio software itself is updatable, offering the potential for future hardware, software and app compatibility changes.
Plus the Basics...
In addition to the revolutionary iPhone 4 connectivity, the two-DIN AppRadio features an AM/FM tuner with RDS, built-in Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling (features vary depending on your phone/device), a rear view camera input, and Pioneer's easy EQ audio tuning, which makes it quick and easy to tailor your audio experience.
Control it all from the brilliant 6.1-inch WVGA (800 x 480) touchscreen display, and expand your system using a pair of RCA preamp outputs.
What's in the Box
Double-DIN AppRadio Main Unit, Power/RCA/Speaker Harnesses, External Microphone, GPS Antenna, iPod Cable, Installation Hardware, Product Registration Card, Warranty Card, Installation Manual, License Agreement, Quick Start Manual
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Before I give a few examples, I'll note that the two third party AppRadio compatible applications I use are the MotionX GPS navigation program, and Pandora.
Today I encountered the following glitches or design failures that required reaching for the phone, or excessive interaction with the head unit, and that is why I am provoked into posting a review a few months after buying it.
1. In the middle of navigation in a dense city, the iPhone generates a pop up asking if the user wants to join one of several nearby wifi networks. The AppRadio responds to this by blanking the screen and displaying a message about it being dangerous to watch video while driving, leaving the user suddenly without directions and forced to either navigate blind or fumble with the phone to clear the wifi pop up. I believe that this completely broken behavior was introduced with the latest firmware update.
2. Let's say you're listening to music and the navigation program you are using is trying to give you voice directions. If you're listening to the iPod, it will pause your music to provide the voice directions, then seamlessly resume. If you're listening to Pandora however, it does not, so you have to hope that you can hear the directions over whatever you are listening to on Pandora.
3. You're merrily listening to one of your Pandora channels and shut down the car. When you get back in and start it up, you are presented for the millionth time with the "don't watch videos while driving" warning that you have to hit ok on EVERY TIME the radio is power cycled, so you may not have your music going before you start driving. You hit OK, and depending on what mood the AppRadio is in, it will either show you its main screen where you would tap apps and then the pandora icon, or it will for some unknown reason just skip straight to the list of apps, where you will still tap Pandora. Pandora appears to connect, it shows you the track name and information, it even indicates that it is playing, but there is no audio. "Hmm, I wonder what is wrong you might think" as you poke at the volume control and hear it beep without hearing any music. You then might give up and just listen to music already on your phone from the iPod interface. So you tap home, which sometimes takes you to the actual home screen and other times takes you back to the list of apps for no apparent reason, but press it enough and you get to the actual home screen. You then tap iPod, and lo and behold suddenly Pandora's audio starts coming out. Now you get to navigate back to the home screen, then apps, then pandora to actually be able to play/pause etc.
4. You are driving along and decide to use the Appradio, but when you tap OK you see that for some reason it never connected to the phone, even though the app radio app is running, thinks that it is connected to the AppRadio, and the iPhone beeped when you plugged it in. You come to a light and reach over to unplug and replug the connector into the phone. It may now suddenly switch to the over the air radio input at whatever the last volume level was and regardless of whether it is currently tuned to a station. Surprise!
5. Knowing that this thing is packed with bugs and screwiness, you get in the habit of starting the app radio app and connecting the phone before even powering on the car, you always clear the "don't be stupid while driving message" before you start driving. You then start driving and reach out to tap iPod to play some music. It brings up the user interface for the music already on your phone, except for some reason it displays the scroll buttons on the left with menu and OK, and forward, play/pause, and back on the right side, but in the middle are smaller versions of the app icons for a little while so you can't navigate the menus right away.
6. Or perhaps you were listening to something already on your iPhone when you shut it down, and expect it to resume as soon as you tap iPod again when you get back in the car and are driving again. Well... sometimes it will. Sometimes you'll discover that it arbitrarily kept playing for a while, or that it skipped to some random thing in your collection without your knowledge, or that it somehow caused the phone to download a track from iCloud if you have iTunes Match, so it starts in the middle of some song you don't even remember owning. And EVERY time even if it does automatically resume, the forward, play/pause, and back buttons on the right will not actually work for several seconds so it is impossible to immediately pause, skip ahead, or start the track over. If you use the scroll buttons to go down to "Now Playing" the forward, back, and play/pause buttons will magically start working right away.
7. Pandora is certified as ready for the AppRadio but it is pretty broken if you intend to actually change channels. It will work fine for a while, but as soon as the Pandora app decides that it is time to display an ad on the screen, you will suddenly find that it is impossible to change channels. "Clear the ad!" you are now yelling at me, except that the ad is displayed BEHIND the graphic that pandora puts up to indicate it is connected to the AppRadio and thus it is NOT POSSIBLE to clear the ad without physically disconnecting the cable going into the phone to force Pandora to actually display the ad on the iPhone's screen, or going through the force quit process for the app from the iPhone while it is still connected. You also won't be able to pause playback once you make the fatal mistake of hitting the channel list button, because the user interface freezes with an empty list of channels and the play/pause buttons are not available on that screen. BROKEN, and Pioneer should not certify/support/whatever-they-want-to-call-it apps that have faults like this because having it screw up this dramatically and not being able to stop the music is a serious distraction for the driver.
8. The latest update to the MotionX Nav App that is AppRadio certified fixed a lot of bugs and usually works pretty well, even adding a mute button for the voice navigation onto the AppRadio display.... but there is still no button to actually STOP navigation from the screen. You have to pick up the phone and fiddle with it. Pioneer brags about the high res display but you're looking at the standard def output from the phone for the maps scaled onto the screen... and for every other app. Only the home screen and radio screens actually look high res.
9. In the iPod app, you have to use scroll buttons on the left to go through menus even though the app radio has a capacitive touch screen and can understand simple gestures "sometimes". These buttons will start scrolling more than one selection at a time even with pretty short key presses, so you will constantly find yourself tapping the up and down ones to zero in on the actual selection you want.
10. The display is actually pretty high quality and usual looks good even though they only take the standard def input from the apps running on the iPhone, but they went cheap on the coatings so it is pretty dim if you are wearing polarized sunglasses. Good thing no one ever wears polarized sunglasses while driving... (And before you comment, the iPhone 4 and 4S displays remain normal brightness in both portrait or landscape orientation with polarized sunglasses and all the factory LCD displays in my car are similarly fine, so this is clearly a solvable problem).
Imagine trying to navigate any of these inconsistent behaviors while driving and paying attention to the road. When you use a radio or a navigation system, you expect it to just work. It has to "just work" for it to be safe to have in the car because otherwise you're hacking on it while driving or constantly having to pull over to fix something. Do not buy this product, it is catastrophically bad. I'd bet the new one they have coming out is just as bad since it looks like it will be using the same software in the head unit with a physically larger screen. That software, for the record, runs on an old Windows Mobile 6.x embedded OS version with minimum-spec hardware.
A few other things to note if you decide this barely-Alpha release product is still worth trying. The phone interface defaults to a very high volume level and is tracked separately from the volume level for other inputs. Make sure you switch to it and make a test call to adjust the volume before you use it with a real person or you might be stunned by how loud it is. If you reset the device this setting defaults back to very loud. It does not actually sync the most recent calls each time you power up the radio after pairing it and your phone book. It will just show the most recent calls you'd had or missed or made the last time you synced the phone book, so in my case it shows my most recent calls from a few months ago. Syncing the phone book takes a very long time so you won't be willing to do it regularly. There is no way to turn off the analog radio once you switch to that input without switching to another input. If you are without your phone, this means your only option to make it shut up will be to just turn the volume all the way down or mute it. Finally, the box does not include the cage for the radio, so you have to get a double-din Pioneer cage separately to complete the install along with whatever else will be needing for your vehicle.
My guess is that no one who works on this product at Pioneer actually has one in their car, and that probably no one at Pioneer has one in their car. If one of their developers did, they'd probably fix it (or at least try). If any manager or exec there had this thing, it would be raining software patches or pink slips.
This product is a terrific idea. Unfortunately it's execution is not so great. Overall I feel like I paid $399 to be a beta tester. I installed this on 06/24/11 and have been using it all day today 06/25/11
Pandora, IPOD, Google Maps, iPhone on one interface
Pinch to zoom in Google Maps has been disabled. You are confined to stupid zoom bar. - But you can pinch in the GPS apps that you purchase. Is that why it is disabled, so that you are forced to buy these apps?
No Phone Numbers displayed on a google map search result - So if I want to say call a nearby restaurant to see if they are open or ask some other dumb question, I have to grab my iphone and lookup through google maps. This totally defeats the purpose of purchasing this product.
Terrible call quality through bluetooth.
Phone is setup through bluetooth thought it is plugged in. Everyone I have called while using this product says I am far away though I have placed the mic on my sun visor and tilt it down so it is 5-6 inches from my mouth. Why not have the option to connect to the phone through the cable so you can have optimum call quality? Seems like a no brainer! No mic volume options either.. This could possibly help resolve this problem.
Does not import/display Favorite Phone Numbers. - If you are like me with 200 + contacts, you rely on your favorites list for frequent numbers. You will have to use your iphone to dial your favorite numbers which AGAIN, totally defeats the purpose of having this product.
Search though the synced phonebook is SLOW
Stuck on the phone interface when an incoming call is answered.
When an incoming call comes in and you are running pandora, don't expect to always be able to answer the call through the set. Sometimes you will have to use your phone to answer because it is buggy.
UI - Needs much improvement.
No flick to scroll in 99 percent of this products interface. You are forced to use virtual buttons - YUCK
No continuity in interface. I can select items in Pandora by touching them. In iPod mode, I must use virtual up down buttons and on OK button to make selections. - What a waste of a touch screen interface.
When you select the Apps button and select something like Pandora or Google Maps, It closes you out of Appradio and you will have to deal with grabbing your iphone, unlocking, entering your passcode (If you have one) and then relaunching AppRadio when you want to use another feature. - Again, this process defeats the purpose of this product.
When searching for contacts or something in google maps, the initial key I press (no matter how lightly) will always give me two characters instead of one.
The keyboard interface on the screen for google maps looks like a third grader made it. It's very ugly.
If I do not close appradio after exiting my truck, I have found that it sometimes fails to reconnect when I get back in again.
FM Tuner is SLOW- If I am on FM1 and want to switch to FM2 it takes a second. If I decided I want to go back to FM1, I have cycle through FM3, FM4, AM1, AM2, then I can have my FM1. You cannot move to the next station bank until it has fully loaded, which will take a sec. You should be able to select any of the channel banks so that you can go directly to the channel bank you desire without needing to cycle through them - just like a receiver with physical buttons.
There is a prominently placed button on the radio interface that will scan stations and then load them for your favorite station buttons . After setting my favorite stations up (which took 15 min) I accidentally pushed this button and had to reprogram all the stations because it overwrote my selections. - This button should be in settings.
Pioneer gives you the copious amount of TWO whole background colors to select from - So son't go all crazy. Your stuck with either grey or blue background. You'd think you'd be able to at least set your background to your iPhone's wallpaper or one of your pictures on your albums since it can display them.
You will be stuck seeing a giant clock and the day of the week on the home menu. My vehicle already has a clock, and I already know what day of the week it is. I'd prefer to be able to turn the clock off and display weather and traffic widgets.
You have to set the time manually! C'mon it's 2011! This information should by synced when you plugin your iphone.
Home button does not access voice command. - You should be able to hold down the home button on the unit and initiate a voice command just like you can on your iPhone. Again, I have to reach for my phone and initiate the voice command. Again, this defeats the purpose of this product.
I am seriously considering returning if I do not hear anything back from pioneer about how they plan on fixing the issues I have with this product. - I just don't want to deal with removing it from my truck after spending my evening installing it. I am looking forward to many much needed updates to this app because it is a great idea, and future updates are all it needs to make it work as equally great as the idea.
I received an e-mail from Pioneer the other day where they show what radio models and what features are going to be available with the iPhone 5 IOS6. If I get the phone the only feature that is available to use with this radio is the blue tooth. Not even the iPod on the iPhone, isn't that a JOKE. I will not recommend this product at all which I already have done twice. Sorry Pioneer but you really did wrong on take out this product so early and not running enough test on it. What?? you haven't noticed that Apple comes out with a new phone every year???
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When I found this model in the internet I thought that it was a marvelous car stereo, but the reality was so different.Read more
if you don't have iphone this isn't for you.
but they now have android version for it so please do research before purchase.