Summary: I had high hopes for this receiver. It is beautiful. I love the capacitive touch screen. I've installed several aftermarket stereos before -all with great sound. This one for some reason doesn't sound all that great. I hate the 5 band equalizer. It would be better off with separate bass and treble controls. It has an annoying warning screen that you have to agree to when you start your car. iPod sync lags. I was half tempted to put my factory stereo back in.
Pros: Aesthetically pleasing
Cons: Too expensive for what you have to deal with.
Summary: Pioneer did a wonderful job with the look of this unit, it's beautiful! Installation and set up was a breeze. The only complaints that I have that are really bugging me is I wish that when you did things in landscape mode on your iPhone it did the same on the big screen but it doesn't. The big killer for me is that I no longer use iTunes due to the fact that I use Rhapsody because it's a much better deal!
Summary: Really excellent unit with great sound and capabilities. A little hard to follow the instructions but a call to customer support helped out. So far we've enjoyed the unit and it looks cool in our dash. Taking a trip so we'll see how the navigation does.
Pros: Attractive unit basic features easy to use.
Cons: Directions for the use of apps can be difficult to follow.
Summary: I was really looking forward to having an App Radio; just a little disappointed with the interaction required between the radio and the phone..becomes a little distracting while driving. I use this with an IPhone 5 which, as far as I can tell does not have the ability to mirror the phone on the display. The response time between app selection and display/response is extremely slow. Overall, for the price it's an OK alternative to the factory radio.
Pros: Easy installation, great concept
Cons: Slow App response, too much physical interaction required between phone and radio,
Not impressed at all. Should be named AppRadio BETA
1 October 2013
Summary: Value - I feel I overpaid for the radio, for what it does and how it does it. Sound Quality: Good for me. Ease of use: First of all the amount of cables needed to sync my iphone is absurd. An HDMi cable that connects to a HDMi adapter, a USB cable that needs to be connected to a lightning cable that goes to the same adapter as the HDMi that then connects to the phone.
Pros: Overall look and design of the radio is pretty great. Good video and sound quality. Good amount of apps that are compatible. Love Waze since I'm always on the road. Bluetooth is great. Great video quality for a camera.
Cons: Not many customizations, cant add many stations to the radio. Slow when changing functions. You get a beta feel out of all the functionalities for the radio. iphone 5 sync is awfull. (And this is its main feature)
Summary: Upon installation I discovered that in order to use the mirroring for my iPhone 5, I not only needed an adapter from Pioneer that I bought, but also an apple AV converter, and unless you want a really sloppy assemble you need another short USB to 8pin adapter. Then, unless you want the whole tangled mess a junk dangling out, you need another lightning male to female extension.
Cons: Too many expensive adapters, aftermarket apps are junky that you have to use, have to plug into to sync bluetooth, can't sync dissimilar devices without major adapters and time investment, glitchy, complicated, lame
Summary: The App radio 3 is a nice sleek looking unit, but thats about all it has going for it besides the low cost.
Pros: Sleek Cost DVD player.
Cons: majority of original smartphone apps are not compatible. You have to PAY to get compatible apps on your phone. only Pandora and Ipod Apps display on App radios screen, everything else is NOT compatible, so you have to pay for compatible apps. Bluetooth range sucks (occasionally while pumping gas while phone is in my pocket it loses connection) Only two preamp outputs, either Front & Rear or Front & Subwoofer Channel.
Summary: There is a lot of disinformation on the Internet about this product. Specifically that it doesn't work with iPhone 5 and/or IOS 7. Not so. It requires extensive cabling and you MUST read the owner's manual but after that everything works as claimed. I find myself using it mostly with Bluetooth and use Siri extensively to read and answer texts with hands on the wheel. I also use Siri to make calls (to people in my Contacts List).
Pros: Overall I'm happy with this solution (thanks to Siri) and it improves my driving experience (and safety) while using the Bluetooth features. When I use the GPS (Waze app) it works very well with the caveats mentioned.
Cons: The point of connection needs a more completely engineered solution -- a Lightning cable extension, a dock, something.... If that problem were solved I'd be totally happy. I wish Bluetooth allowed transfer of album artwork. It would make a more interesting display. But that is neither a Pioneer nor an Apple problem -- it's the Bluetooth spec.