Summary: When this unit first came out a little over a year ago the price was definatly outrageous to even think about it at around $700. However being relatevely in the shadows of the big boys like Garmin, Magellan and Tom Tom Pioneer was forced to dramatically lower the price in order to stay in this...
Summary: I have bought a sony gps NV-U83T it was a waste of money, then a garmin, it was not very good at all. 2weeks ago, I order the Pioneer AVIC-F500BT. i'm telling you guys the map is GREAT, accuracy is GREAT, display is fantastic. The unit overall is A+ The mp3 program needs some improvement.
Summary: Pioneer AVIC-F500BT Navigation System with Digital Player and LCD I won't provide excruciating details on what this unit doesn't do. I spent enough time researching online for "all in one" GPS units that can do bluetooth hands free, iPod, and GPS.
Summary: Once I got it dialed in (and hacked a little) I couldn't be happier.The one catch is, you NEED the optional amplifier. I suppose it would work just using the tiny internal speaker but... get real.
Summary: I was a little wary to say the least when I ordered this unit, but upon receipt I was glad that I had taken the chance. The 5.8 inch display is bright and colorful and the IGo maping sofware is pretty much accurate in the Charlotte, NC area.
Summary: Well, what can i say. What a superb device. I was very dubious about buying this as i had read some not so good reviews. I set it up in the states and could not get my ipod connected, no picture on video when ipod was connected. I brought it back to canada and set it up on my kitchen table.
Pioneer Engineers needs to pay a little more attention
Omar Masood, Amazon
2 March 2009
Summary: Pros: Good screen size, excellent blue tooth. Cons: Inability to change 2D North Up only, Not having a split screen. This is an excellent Navigation system. I have used Garmin, Megallen, Pioneer before this one. It has lots of feature for the price. Screen size is excellent.
Summary: I own several GPS systems. Garmin NUVI 660, TomTom 920, Magellan 3450, Pioneer AVIC-D3 (built in) and this. I wait til they get cheaper before I buy them. I just got this AVIC-F500 from Amazon. Its got a 5.8 inch screen, portable and as a GPS system probably better than the others.
Summary: For under $200, this is a great buy. I have used many different portable GPS devices before, including TomTom, Garmin, Mio, Nokia, and Pharos. This is a portable device too, but it's more like a build-in (in-dash) GPS.