Summary: Bought this unit to add navigation, hands-free phone & to act as an MP3 source when plugged into an iPod. I wanted to interface with the factory head unit and the Pioneer does exactly that. It does everything well EXCEPT for the voice command/control. Phone functions work well - access to your contact list as well as recent dialed and rec'd calls are available at the tap of the screen. Navigation is average for today's use, since this unit came out in 2008.
Summary: I need a GPS with rear view functionality and bluetooth capability. It has a bit bigger screen than a few other GPS. It is able to connect with rear view camera. Huge and visible volume and a few button on the left of the screen is good. A few better, extra functions than other GPS. Need improvement: POI ( not much on this ). A few places are not on the map of point of interest (POI). Live traffic function is not much showing the actual traffic.
Summary: This unit has a lot of great features. Mainly what caught my attention was the integrated iPod Control and Bluetooth functionality. These features work great. Another reason was the sleek design and large widescreen LCD. The actual GPS works very well too, but lacks some POI's (which can probably updated with the newest maps). The only feature that doesn't work like advertised is the Voice Control, I was never able to get it to work like it's supposed to.
Excerpt: After using the Pioneer AVIC-F500BT for 6 months i can honestly say that i am very disappointed in the unit and pioneer in general. The ipod interface is fantastic but the sound is crippled when you run it through your stereo jack even with the ipod volume up full it still isnt loud enough. The...
Summary: If you persevere so well, this unit is yours. But if you persevere but your wife doesn't, she will beat the shxxx out of you and even curse you. If you don't and your wife deoesn't either, please don't even see this ad. Whatever the reviewers say in here is all correct. My personal opinion? this unit needs at least 1Ghz speed clock CPU processor. Otherwise, Pioneer will be toasted in hell by reviewers. And they should give out the newer firmware(now it's 2.0).
Summary: First of all, Do you really have room on your dash that would easily fit 7.25" wide unit without Blocking your view? If you say YES, then you can take another step. I don;t really have room that big but I dont have $500 to get F700BT, but now I think I just Lost $200. Pre-Amp output is ridiculously LOW. Signal Booster is $40. I have this Animation Equalizer in my car and with the Volume all the way up on the GPS unit, Bars rarely jump.
Summary: The Bad: A little sluggish on the maps, routes chosen by GPS arent the best. AVI and MPEG playback slow, and can only handle around 450kb/sec data throughput. Text to speech voice is terrible. The Good: Ipod interface. You can bypass the bad video throughput using your ipod video. The screen is very large and the map quality is also good. You can install a large SD card to store videos and MP3's.
Summary: I haven't driven much lately to fully tested this PNA. However, based on a few short local trips I can say this much: Pros: - Large 5.8" screen. - Price for a 5.8" screen and all the included hardware and accessories. - 12 millions POI. - Dialing the POI phone with a touch of a button Cons: - Expensive replacements parts.