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. but it's so so.
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. Amazingly, it looks like there are a lot of GPS units that do GPS very well, and most have hands free included, but it doesn't seem like there is much that can also offer iPod control. Enter Pioneer.
Summary: Pioneer AVIC-F500BT Navigation System with Digital Player and LCD 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. I have owned Garmin, TomTom and Navigon units in the past and this Pioneer unit stands with the best of them.
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. Everything worked like a dream, Then, i plugged it into my car charger and exactly the same,it worked like a dream. Ipod connects every time, Movie quality is excellent.
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 market. I gotta say that this is the best GPS I have owned (previous garmin, magellan and navigon owner) by far.
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. The ND-G500 not only integrates the media audio with your existing stereo, it also enables some of the coolest features. Phone calls and navigation directions are output through your speakers while it automatically mutes the stereo. Very slick.
Pioneer Engineers needs to pay a little more attention
Omar Masood, Amazon
19 February 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. I did not use IPOD connection.
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. When I saw them go down to $200 I really thought that was a good deal. Even though I have an avic built in GPS in my newer car I could use this in my 20 year old car.
Summary: I received my AVIC F500BT yesterday, and I spent the longest 30 mins of my life waiting for the battery to charge just so I can turn it on. It is an absolutely amazing device as far as I have seen. I registered my Blackberry Curve with it and made a couple test calls. Perfect! I connected a SDHC 8gb card as well as a 2gb Usb drive to test out the Music and Video capabilites. Perfect! It actually plays much more video file formats than documented.
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. Pioneer throws in a "fat" cable which you can connect to your car, and it'll function like those GPS comes with car.