insomnia816 wrote:... It would be nice if I could get some feedbacks on the models/types of the products that I researched. As you know what I am looking into is not just a plain gps or touch screen device, but with capabilities which enables me to do anything a real entertainment device would do. The selections can be very hard to make due to various brands and models. Here's what I have researched in general several devices have in common so far.
Hi insomnia... once again its obvious you've done your homework. I'm also looking to replace my double din stock radio so I'm interested in what type of feedback you'll receive. I'll admit to buying a lot of products off eBay...(been doing it for many years) That said, some of the "no name" products like the Shark DVD/GPS System scare the hell out of me. While we can save money having something shipped from Hong Kong or Korea... it leaves little room for recourse if the item is junk. In checking the feedback behind one of the ebay item links provided I discovered the seller had 10 negative feedbacks between Oct & Dec with customers complaining the product was not as advertised, defected and/or DOA. I can certainly appreciate wanting to keep the budget at $500 or below, that sounds good like a reasonable goal to me as well. However while the eBay prices are very attractive I'm afraid I just might have to throw in a couple hundred more and buy a brand name like Kenwood, Pioneer, Panasonic, Clarion etc. and save myself the pain and hassle of getting burnt.
In regards to the common features you identified I'm hoping for the same ones but also realize I'll probably have to make some concessions. Some are "must have" features as opposed to "would be nice to have." Double DIN type - This is a must have for me. Its a big hole so I plan on utilizing every square inch of it.
Screen Size - I'm actually flexible on this one. In fact I'd gladly take a slightly smaller screen as long as the remaining space is utilized by offering physical hardware user controls. While the bigger displays are nice some manufacturers (ahem Kenwood) are making the screens bigger and the function buttons smaller. Some buttons are no bigger than a grain of rice! I at least like a volume control knob. I hate having to navigate thru a menus just to adjust the balance or other commonly used functions
Screen Type - Detacheable/ Non-Detacheable / Motorized.
insomnia816 wrote:... Motorized would be my consideration since it is hard for thieves to steal. ...
Okay... help me out here I'm not sure I understand how the fact that the unit is motorized will makes it harder to steal. Am I missing something?
For right now a motorized unit has never been a consideration for me. I just see it as one more thing that can break. I'm sure the tilt screen is great for reducing glare, watching television and DVD's but I'm sure I could survive with out it. Actually I can't imagine I'd be watching enough video programming in my Rogue to justify a motorized tilt display.
insomnia816 wrote:...to get some idea how motorized mechanic would work you can check it on YouTube.com
Is there any chance you could provide a YouTube link to one you specifically like?. Maybe if I see it in action I'll appreciate it more and change my mind about the motorized units.
Touch Screen Display
insomnia816 wrote:... Some come with just screen or with Remote Control , but some remotes looks pretty generic.
Touch screen is a must for me. Personally I hate the remotes. I had a high end Pioneer system in my last car. The remote was always getting misplaced, (lost in the console etc) and it looked nasty after years of use, buttons were too small, and the remote had limited function, I found it to be a PIA. Give me touch screen functions and a few mechanical controls.
Amber display buttons
insomnia816 wrote:... I would say it would be a requirement but it will limit down the selections.
I'm with you on this one. As much as I would prefer the lighting to be amber in color so it matched the rest of the interior lighting, this is one item I'd be willing to sacrifice if the price is right (and I get the other checklist items I want)
GPS built-in w/ maps & software
insomnia816 wrote:... Most common ones are PolNav & Nav n GO - i GO 8 or other software, be aware some are just promotional maps.
This is another must have for me... and I won't make any concessions on the quality of the AV. There are some really cheap, limited function bargain basement GPS systems on the market that do a half a** job of navigating you to a destination. For years I drove Hertz rental cars with Neverlost for many years long before GPS came all the rage. I've also owned both Magellan and Garmin GPS systems (currently using Garmin) even within Garmin some of their units outperform others. I must have a reliable easy to follow GPS navigation.
Bluetooth- Another must have for me. My wife loves the handsfree Bluetooth cell phone function in her Rogue and would kill me if I did any type of upgrade that sacrificed that function.
I-Pod (meh)... I have no use for it. I've been downloading and ripping mp3's for 13 years and now have over 260GB of mp3's complete with album art. I started long before anybody could even spell iPod. I tried getting into the iPod groove once... hassled the iTunes registration process etc... but in the end didn't like how Apple and iTunes attempted to control the process, how I filed my selections etc.
DVD Player - As stated earlier... a nice feature but I would be willing to sacrifice this . I already spend enough time in my car.
Radio - Built in AM/FM with Radio data stations(RDS)No argument here... all a must have!
Another important thing to look for is the Steering wheel button support This is another must have for me. No room for negotiation.
AUX input - Another must have for me. Or at least jack for accepting a backup camera. I have no plans to install on right away but will eventually. My main concern is based on user reviews complaining it takes to long for the camera to come online after shifting into reverse. NET: They start backing up even though the camera is not online (displayed on the in dash monitor). The just back up blind... which kind of defeats the purpose of having the camera in the first place! I'm hoping newer systems will switch to and display the rear camera view "immediately" upon switching into reverse.
TV antenna Hopefully the Rogues roof mounted antenna would suffice enough to pull in local TV channels. Although if the system includes a unobtrusive antenna it would be nice. Being able to watch weather and or breaking news if you can 't get near a TV could be a life saver
Heres another contender... the Pioneer AVIC-X710BT. Its not one I'm serious about yet... just one to throw into the competition...
Pioneer AVIC-X710BT In-Dash Navigation Audio/Video Receiver with DVD
$699 (or... buy a open box unit from Crutchfield for $629)
Or... save even more money and get the same Pioneer unit off eBay (being sold as) the Pioneer AVIC-F7010BT for only $529!
Modified by Elton Noway at 3:48 PM 1/14/2010