Summary: I've been using F500BT with a Pioneer AMP, backup camera, iPod for the last two years. Overall it's a nice unit - it is portable (you can take into a different car, but it's not meant to be operated off of battery. I've integrated my unit fully into the car with the optional ND-G500 amp, so all of the navigation prompts and phone calls are actually made through my car's stereo.
Summary: A bigger sreen makes all the difference...this allows for easy quick viewing while driving with the best 3D mode I've seen. Even others have commented on the clear large screen. Accuracy is has been spot on and once you figure out the controls the system is easy to use. my ITouch doesn't work with it...and that's my biggest complaint so far. Don't think this will solve all your problems but at the price I paid for a new unit $178 all-in it was worth it.
Summary: Pioneer AVIC-F500BT Navigation System with Digital Player and LCD I have used this GPS on 3 separate trips in the past month, and the only problem I have found is the volume is very low, and I have followed the makers directions, and it does not allow the sound to be "turned up" to a level I can hear while moving.
Summary: This GPS has a great screen, easy to navigate, easy to use, but two VERY annoying issues in my opinion. It sometimes takes up to 5 seconds to start up. You will never just get in your car, turn it on, and start out. You have to really hold the "on" button and you wait forever before it is ready for you to put in some destination point. VERY ANNOYING. And second, it is not loud enough. No matter what voice you choose, with volume at MAX, it ain't very loud.
Pros: -Screen Size->It's huge -Accuracy->accurate to within 10 feet -Recalibration->Very fast -Tons of POI -Comfortable transition coloring between night colors and day colors. -2D and 3D map options. -Shows expressway lanes with multiple arrows.
Cons: Sorry see summary to get full explanation of Cons...Not enough room here.
Summary: The product is great. Works really well. Few issues that needs to be addressed by a firmware: Compability with newer devices (Iphone 3g and etc...) Better mapping layout screen - especially cancelling a route Where is the remote control for this? Very hard to drive and change the station even by voice.
Summary: I've been using the F500BT for a few weeks after using a Nuvi 760 for years. I already upgraded to Firmware 2.0. Here is how the F500BT compares to the Nuvi Cons: - Routing engine not as good as the Nuvi. Very prone to give U-Turns when I miss a turn even though I disabled them. Worse is that it doesn't know if the U-turn is illegal or not. Besides the U turn issue, most routes offered are not that bad in "Economical" - Touchscreen not very responsive.
Summary: Been playing with it for a week. Here are my comments: 1 Navigation: Although with 07 map, I found it pretty accurate in the area I tested (Chicago). It has the lane assistance feature of little arrows. Coming turn + the turn after. Programmable nav panel (3 cells for ETA time/distance/speed + many other choices).
Excerpt: "Good quality nav unit - locates satellites very quickly, dosen't come with a case which is disappointing at this price. Will work with iphone but for control only, no audio via unit or video from iphone. The built in TMC is very good but only works if connected to the gateway amplifier, if used as a standalone with the supplied cigarette lighter adaptor then TMC is not available, this seems odd as the amp and the lighter lead both supply 5v to the ...
Summary: Ich habe Mir das Pioneer AVIC-F500BT Navigationssystem zugelegt, weil es für seine Grösse und Ausstattung eigentlich sehr günstig war. Ganz toll ist die schnelle Neuberechnung einer Route wenn man diese verlässt. Grafik und Bilddarstellung sind sehr gut. Bei diesem Navi hab Ich aber auch ein paar neg. Sachen gefunden (bei welchem Hersteller nicht). Der integrierte Lautsprecher ist sehr leise(und wenn man lauter dreht, dann überschlägt sich dieser).