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June 4, 2011 Perhaps a little too ahead of it's time.
Review by
Tyler from Round Rock, Texas
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I purchased this unit to use as many functions as possible. I have the Sony back up camera, too. The unit was professionally installed by a great fellow at B*** B**.

The iPod USB and the need for in-dash navigation were the catalysts for choosing this unit. As stated in the other reviews of this deck, the iPod menu is maddening. I hate, Hate, HATE that I have to go back to the top search menu when selecting music. Why couldn't they integrate the Voice Control as the blue tooth phone link uses? I either have to pull over, wait for a traffic light, or risk a collision to use the touch screen and it's very small function fields, in addition to the constant need to press twice or three times before the command takes. Ugh!

DVD sounds and looks great (when the parking brake is applied). Tom Tom is awesome...but since this is my first car navi, is it common for the unit to lock up waiting for a "valid GPS signal". This has become more common after a month of ownership and I am having quality concerns. The backup camera is cool, but, once again, I hate, Hate, HATE that I have to ask the damned unit's permission to view by pressing a "usage agreement" button, BEFORE I can see my rear view on the monitor. BTW, the startup of the unit and subsequent agreement buttons take longer than starting the car, putting on seat belt and waiting an addition few seconds so I can use my expensive, fancy piece of showy tech. The awesome Tom Tom also requires a usage agreement before you can use. SUGGESTION: Once I install the navi-deck that I purchased and have used daily for several weeks, how about the first time I agree...that's it? Why must I ask constant permission to see where I going? Jeez! Also, you have to remove the iPod or USB music memory every damned time you shut off the vehicle!!! The music with appear on the touchscreen just as when you left the car, but will have no sound until you turn the unit OFF and ON and THEN plug the iPod/USB music back in in order to hear. Ugh, UGH!

So, in short, the unit has a number of electronic gremlins that come and go. The stereo sounds amazing, once the ladder menu gets me to my selected tunes. The radio interface is great, but Sony should make better use of all that screen space. Very dull. I'm not looking for a distraction, but a wallpaper, or something akin to a screen saver graphic would serve the technology and consumer better. Even $150 units have active electronic EQs or graphic using only LED screens. What gives, Sony?

This was a unit that was clearly rushed to market without adequate testing. I look forward to future models that speak to these glaring oversights that I found after only a few hours of use. I would rather navigate my music through my iPod. Do you know how embarrassing it is to try and impress a girl on a date when your glitchy car audio/navi system is requiring all your attention?

Don't get me wring, I like this unit, and hope it won't screw me over on my summer road trip across the desert SW. I'll still take my Road Atlas, but that kind of defeats the purpose. There is still trust to be earned by this unit. We'll certainly see.
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