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Sony XAV AX100 6 4 Car Play Android Auto Media Receiver with Bluetooth

Last Updated: 16 Apr 2019 (Refresh Now)
7.5
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Sound Quality
 23
sounds, sound quality, audio, sound, speakers
+91%
-9%
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" ...  I just replaced my factory stereo and the changes in the sound quality is remarkable  ...  "
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" ...  The sound quality is leagues ahead of the stock Hyundai unit.  ...  "
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" ...  You could not adjust most sound options with music playing. ... The sound stage settings really crisped up the sound and the tweeters can now be heard again.  ...  "
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" ...  Screen is responsive, and music sounds great.  ...  "
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" ...  * Built-in amp  ...  "
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" ...  I know that sounds minor, but it makes a difference. ... Sound quality is excellent, with a nice equalizer and other features that you can scroll up and read on the product description because I barely understand them. ... I do understand that my music sounds really good, and in phone calls, at highway speeds, folks tell me that I sound crystal clear.  ...  "
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" ...  Love, love, love this headunit, it sounds wayyy better than any car stereo i’ve heard and for the price, ya can’t beat it.  ...  "
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" ...  More than pleased with the sound quality after the install.  ...  "
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Device Compatibility
 21
apple, apple car play, carplay, car, call
+71%
-29%
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" ...  One of the few "smart" headunit's I've used that's actually worth messing with.  ...  "
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" ...  Apple Car Play & Android Auto are really the future of car phone integration.  ...  "
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" ...  this is where it is at one caveat must use apple music for full integration. ... turns my 1997 car into a modern vehicle.  ...  "
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" ...  I use an iPhone and it works great with it so far.  ...  "
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" ...  Carplay works as it should.  ...  "
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" ...  Apple Car Play works well and is easy to use  ...  "
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" ...  I also have a backup camera hooked to both of my carplay units. ... When i plug in my old iphone 5s, my wife's iphone 5s or my daughter's iphone 5s - it connects every single time!  ...  "
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" ...  Great product, however, CarPlay doesn't automatically connect all the time. ... I would say it connects 95% of the time.  ...  "
Controls
 20
steering wheel controls, button, steering wheel control, small, volume
+55%
-45%
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" ...  The volume knob was a MUST and great that I chose this.  ...  "
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" ...  I would also do some research into the factory steering wheel controls in your vehicle. ... This particular Sony has a programming menu that allows you to set custom steering wheel controls . ... So make sure you do some reading about your car and how the factory steering wheel controls work before you waste time and money only to want to rip your hair out!  ...  "
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" ...  Even my wheel controls works with it.  ...  "
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" ...  i have my steering wheel buttons connected to control volume, activate siri, pause or disconnect phone call.  ...  "
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" ...  I love the manual volume control.  ...  "
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" ...  I pulled the volume knob out slightly while still attached to make things perfect. ... NOTE: This Sony unit has steering wheel control configuration built-in.  ...  "
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" ...  Steering wheel control needs a particular module I found tough to install.  ...  "
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" ...  Installed with steering wheel module to retain steering wheel controls and so far everything is working great.  ...  "
Software Platform
 19
carplay, interface, google, android, simple
+74%
-26%
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" ...  So bust it I never had touchscreen radio before so I'm behind time but this is really good for my android.  ...  "
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" ...  Android Auto is worth every penny, can send and respond to texts with my voice safely.  ...  "
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" ...  I use it primarily with Android Auto.  ...  "
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" ...  Carplay works as it should.  ...  "
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" ...  Switching into and out of Android Auto is seamless, with a similar font. ... The same basic concept (icons on the bottom) in and out of Android Auto produces a pretty seamless experience. ... I can just hold in the knob (or the button on my steering wheel that I've wired with a Maestro SW) and tell Google to navigate me wherever I want to go, whoever I want to call, whatever song I want to listen to.  ...  "
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" ...  That's a bunch of negatives, but for the price, it's a great get for Android Auto and CarPlay.  ...  "
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" ...  Love android auto.  ...  "
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" ...  UI is simple to navigate and is quick.  ...  "
Setup
 17
install, easy to install, easy, worth, whole
+94%
-6%
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" ...  I had the unit professionally installed and was completely worth it.  ...  "
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" ...  Installation-wise, it was a snap to install, No issues with it going in.  ...  "
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" ...  Never had an issue with it, and was easy to install.  ...  "
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" ...  Very easy to install with the correct harness.  ...  "
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" ...  For posterity, the wiring was pretty straightforward.  ...  "
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" ...  Much cheaper to buy it here and install it yourself versus CarToys.  ...  "
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" ...  install is no different than any other h/u.  ...  "
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" ...  Easy to install and use  ...  "
Display Clarity
 14
resolution, touch, sunlight, sounds, mirroring
+79%
-21%
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" ...  fit and finish screen color and brightness both excellent.  ...  "
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" ...  The display, despite being lower resolution than most devices we're used to now, is crisp and colorful as is to be expected from a Sony product.  ...  "
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" ...  Screen is responsive, and music sounds great.  ...  "
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" ...  I was then able to view my navigation screen and they could watch their move.  ...  "
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" ...  I really love some features, like screen "mirroring" for certain phone apps such as Google maps, Pandora and waze.  ...  "
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" ...  Ability to dim brightness when headlights are on.  ...  "
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" ...  Screen is nice size and is matte so it’s easy to see in sunlight.  ...  "
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" ...  But once its booted up, it works great, sounds awesome, has really good power, the touch screen is sensitive and reacts quickly, and is bright and clear.  ...  "
Apps
 13
carplay, waze, google, apps, steering wheel
+92%
-8%
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" ...  The same basic concept (icons on the bottom) in and out of Android Auto produces a pretty seamless experience. ... I can just hold in the knob (or the button on my steering wheel that I've wired with a Maestro SW) and tell Google to navigate me wherever I want to go, whoever I want to call, whatever song I want to listen to. ... I can use Amazon Music and Waze (currently the beta version, but it works great) and get great traffic information for my perilous commute through Austin.  ...  "
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" ...  That's a bunch of negatives, but for the price, it's a great get for Android Auto and CarPlay.  ...  "
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" ...  I really love some features, like screen "mirroring" for certain phone apps such as Google maps, Pandora and waze.  ...  "
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" ...  I really like the app control.  ...  "
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" ...  this is where it is at one caveat must use apple music for full integration.  ...  "
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" ...  I have been looking for an affordable Android Auto HU for my 2015 Forester and have had my eyes on this Sony for a while. ... I primarily use WAZE navigation and Google Play Music - and both apps work seamlessly.  ...  "
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" ...  I use it primarily with Android Auto.  ...  "
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" ...  Great GPS and audio apps.  ...  "
Ease of Use
 11
easy, simple, use, easy to install, looking
+91%
-9%
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" ...  Easy to use!  ...  "
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" ...  UI is simple to navigate and is quick.  ...  "
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" ...  Interface is simple and intuitive.  ...  "
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" ...  Interface is clean and modern looking.  ...  "
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" ...  Fantastic and responsive interface. ... Very easy to install with the correct harness.  ...  "
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" ...  Easy to install and easy to set up and use.  ...  "
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" ...  Easy to install and use  ...  "
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" ...  I really would prefer if if that knob extended out, as it would be a lot easier to use. ... The user interface is minimalist and awesome. ... This is an easy DIY project if you get the right accessories.  ...  "
Fit
 11
dash, 2012, sonata, installed, hyundai
+82%
-18%
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" ...  Feels like I got a new car!  ...  "
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" ...  Installed in Honda CRV (2007 - 2011) with CRUX SWRHN-62B harness and HONK817 dash kit.  ...  "
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" ...  All of that works wonderfully - it's such a huge improvement from using my phone sitting in a holder on the dash.  ...  "
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" ...  Doesn't look out of place in my older Subaru.  ...  "
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" ...  I installed this with the Scosche HY1625B dash kit in my 2012 Hyundai Sonata. ... This allowed me to use the stock radio mounting brackets and the radio sits in nicely now. ... I didn't need an adapter for my 2012 Hyundai Sonata.  ...  "
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" ...  -plastic installation kit to fit your vehicle dashboard  ...  "
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" ...  The entire headunit sits recessed compared to others. ... This means that rounded bezel sits within the edges of the dashboard. ... It also means the round knob sits recessed instead of out in the open on all sides.  ...  "
Design
 11
looking, car, sits, look and feel, look
+100%
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" ...  Nice look and feel  ...  "
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" ...  So far I love the look and feel of the unit.  ...  "
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" ...  Feels like I got a new car!  ...  "
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" ...  However, I am now more than happy with the look, fit, performance, and ease of use of this product.  ...  "
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" ...  It also means the round knob sits recessed instead of out in the open on all sides. ... Regardless, the headunit looks good. ... This Sony just looks like it belongs in the car, with no added glitter or nonsense.  ...  "
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" ...  It looks good (almost looks factory) and does everything I need it do to.  ...  "
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" ...  Looks like it came with the car.  ...  "
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" ...  Interface is clean and modern looking.  ...  "
Product Reliability
 10
months, 6 months, working, warning message, sony
+50%
-50%
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" ...  But that unit died and I gave to deal with this annoying thing.  ...  "
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" ...  Two days ago it turned off and has not come back.  ...  "
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" ...  I am so afraid of being bricked again.  ...  "
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" ...  I like most other things about the unit, but the warning message really destroys my enjoyment of the unit.  ...  "
FM
 9
fm, unit, stations, reception, antenna
+67%
-33%
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" ...  In love with my new radio.  ...  "
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" ...  Quite an upgrade from factory radio.  ...  "
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" ...  FM reception went from great with factory radio to horrible with this Sony Unit. ... It's 2018 and we should have solved the FM thing buy now and also HD radio should be standard at this price point.  ...  "
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" ...  Radio reception is also dramatically improved.  ...  "
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" ...  I really like this radio.  ...  "
Volume
 7
volume, small, unit, stuck, still
+43%
-57%
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" ...  I've also had issues with the volume getting stuck, and a few other bugs/idiosyncrasies.  ...  "
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" ...  Wish I could adjust Siri volume  ...  "
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" ...  The volume knob is too small on the head unit.  ...  "
Price
 7
best, sale, unit, think, radio
+100%
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" ...  you don’t need for a good price.  ...  "
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" ...  At $349 (sale price around Christmas) this is a great bargain.  ...  "
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" ...  For the money, this unit is great.  ...  "
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" ...  Best stereos for the money  ...  "
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" ...  Expensive, but it's the best after market stereo there is!  ...  "
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" ...  I think this is one of the best radio out there for the money.  ...  "
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" ...  It's bare bones and it saved me a few bucks.  ...  "
Cables
 7
wire, stereo, wiring, usb cable, splicing
+71%
-29%
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" ...  For posterity, the wiring was pretty straightforward.  ...  "
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" ...  Just need two adapters to match with the factory connectors.  ...  "
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" ...  In most installations all you will need is a simple 3.5mm male jack to tie into the appropriate wire from your stock radio interface.  ...  "
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" ...  -butt connectors for splicing wires together ... See youtube for installing aftermarket stereo, specifically wiring. ... Specifically blue and blue-white wires. ... Most common solution (aside from 1000 idiot youtbers) just to screw it around any metal part of the stereo chassy thus forever grounding the wire.  ...  "
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" ...  Video cable for backup camera (optional) ... Honda Civic adapter for wiring  ...  "
Bluetooth
 7
carplay, takes, phone, performance, issue
+71%
-29%
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" ...  Carplay and Bluetooth are functioning as they should.  ...  "
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" ...  The stereo does exactly what you think it will do, sounds great and hooks right up to Car Play seamlessly every time.  ...  "
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" ...  Even just using bluetooth audio, the unit looks great.  ...  "
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" ...  The Bluetooth works well with my phone for calls and streaming and the sound is just fantastic even with my stoc speakers.  ...  "
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" ...  Blue tooth connects very well and I really like the Carplay features.  ...  "
Ports
 7
port, vehicle, plug, input, hole
+43%
-57%
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" ...  Description does not say anywhere there is only one USB input on the back of the unit.  ...  "
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" ...  No Aux cable REALLY?  ...  "
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" ...  I have tried several non apple cables and they dont' work reliably to connect.  ...  "
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" ...  The first one I received, the rca front output didn't work.  ...  "
Call quality
 6
phone, calls, voice, radio, music
+67%
-33%
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" ...  In car calling is great too. ... I never have complaints about being able to hear me.  ...  "
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" ...  The voice control is also phenomenal and I haven't had any complaints about the quality of sound on either end of the call.  ...  "
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" ...  the siri works well with the microphone as well.  ...  "
Firmware
 5
update, sony, upgrade, updated, fix
+20%
-80%
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" ...  I have not seen any firmware updates to this unit.  ...  "
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" ...  Really liked the product, but firmware update bricked the device.  ...  "
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" ...  1/2017 update: iOS 11.2.2 completely broke what the Sony firmware update made unstable.  ...  "
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" ...  I also updated the firmware before I installed it in the car, so this one just seemed to have problems.  ...  "
Touch Sensitivity
 5
screen, touchscreen, resistive, instead, responsive
+80%
-20%
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" ...  The touch screen is nothing shy of amazing, extremely responsive.  ...  "
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" ...  Nice receptive touch screen  ...  "
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" ...  The touchscreen, despite being resistive instead of the more common capactive, is surprisingly responsive.  ...  "
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" ...  Touchscreen feedback is very good.  ...  "
Returns
 4
unit
+25%
-75%
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" ...  I want to replace the unit sometimes, and that decision is still not out of the question.  ...  "
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" ...  These are showstoppers for me, sent it back.  ...  "
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" ...  I sincerly hope the release a flash update to fix all these issues or I will be returning it.  ...  "
USB
 4
stereo, plug, iphone, drive, dash
+75%
-25%
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" ...  I might also need a USB adapter.  ...  "
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" ...  I've also occasionally used it to play MP3s from a USB stick, which works well.  ...  "
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" ...  USB plug for dash, see photos (optional)  ...  "
Build Quality
 4
knob, double, din, connectors, car
+100%
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" ...  Feels like I got a new car!  ...  "
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" ...  A little rubber cement and problem solved.  ...  "
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" ...  Just need two adapters to match with the factory connectors.  ...  "
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" ...  It also means the round knob sits recessed instead of out in the open on all sides.  ...  "
Lagging
 3
something, seconds, boot, annoying, 15
-100%
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" ...  To use it I'll have to wait till the ok pops up press it the.  ...  "
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" ...  Wish I could turn the warning off on startup.  ...  "
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" ...  On a more minor gripe, it takes something like 15 seconds to boot up which can get annoying when you want to set something before setting off.  ...  "
Camera
 3
backup, optional, way, turn, like
+100%
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" ...  * Rear camera support  ...  "
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" ...  I use most of the features, including backup camera. ... It takes too long to power up to make the backup camera worth while.  ...  "
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" ...  Backup camera (optional) ... Video cable for backup camera (optional)  ...  "
Comfort
 3
car
+67%
-33%
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" ...  Feels like I got a new car!  ...  "
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" ...  However I found that a thumb grip extender from one of my Ps4 controllers fits perfectly over it.  ...  "

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