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Pioneer AppRadio™

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Our take on the Pioneer AppRadio™

by Zak Billmeier
Pioneer

Why replace your factory radio?

Two good reasons - sound quality and cool features. A new car stereo offers power that's superior to most factory radios, along with more sophisticated tone controls. And most car stereos offer built-in or optional features that add safety and fun to life in your car, including inputs for your iPod or MP3 player, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free cell phone calls, satellite radio or HD Radio reception, and connections for building an audio system in your car.

May 2012: You can download the latest firmware for this receiver on Pioneer's site.

If you've got an iPhone® 4, you know how great apps are — they're fun, handy, and easy to use. Wouldn't it be great if you could transfer that experience to your dash? Thanks to Pioneer's AppRadio, you can.

Control apps from the 6.1" screen
AppRadio works a lot like your iPhone 4. Once you've connected your phone, compatible apps fill AppRadio's screen, giving you convenient touchscreen control. Pioneer's free AppRadio app gives you a sleek app interface, and the apps look great on the bigger screen — best of all, you won't have to fumble around with your iPhone while you're running an app.

More and more apps on the way
AppRadio already works with some of the most popular apps available, such as MotionX GPS Drive, INRIX traffic, Rdio, and PANDORA®. New additions, like StreamS HiFi™ and AUPEO! Personal Radio internet radio apps are available for download. So right out of the box, you can get turn-by-turn directions, traffic updates, and tap into Internet radio. In the future, you can expect many, many more apps to become compatible with AppRadio.

Access your iPhone
AppRadio gives you access to some of your iPhone's key features, such as your calendar, contacts, and your music library. Built-in Bluetooth® lets you talk hands-free.

Important note: AppRadio requires input from your iPhone from time to time — most notably when running the MotionX GPS Drive app. It's a good idea to mount your iPhone where it's easy to reach. Check out our selection of Pro.Fit mounts.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • digital media receiver with AM/FM tuner (no built-in CD player)
    • touchscreen control over select iPhone 4 apps
    • built-in amplifier (14 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling
    • 6.1" LCD display
    Audio features:
    • 3-band parametric equalizer
    Expandability:
    • built-in iPod control (cable included)
    • included GPS antenna for boosting signal while using GPS apps
    • inputs: rear USB input for iPhone 4 (cable included — not compatible with USB devices)
    • outputs: 2-channel preamp outputs (2-volt rear/subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

    Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    RMS Power Output
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    14 watts
    Peak Output
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    50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    2-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    Yes
    Video Screen
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    Preamp Voltage
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    2 volts
    Display Color
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    Key Button Color
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    White
    EQ Bands
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    3
    Wireless Remote
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    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Adapter required
    Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    USB Input
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    for iPhone
    Memory Card Slot
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    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    HD Radio
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    Navigation
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    Optional
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Nano
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    Touch
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    Touch4/Touch3/Touch2
    Mini
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    iPhone
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    Phone4S/Phone4/Phone3GS/Phone3
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity
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    17 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Yes
    Seek/Scan
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    Seek
    Radio Data System
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    Product Research
    What's in the box?

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    • AppRadio (Smartphone receiver)
    • Power harness
    • Speaker harness
    • Steering wheel control/Camera input harness
    • USB/Preamp harness
    • 6.5' iPod AV cable (with a iPod dock connector on one end and a proprietary connector/USB connector on other end)
    • Microphone (with attached 13' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
    • Sun-visor clip
    • Self-adhesive mounting bracket
    • GPS antenna (with attached 12' cable terminated by a SMB connector)
    • 8 Pan-head ISO screws (M5 x 6mm)
    • 8 Flat-head ISO screws (M5 x 6mm)
    • Double-sided tape
    • AppRadio Start Up Guide (Eng/Fre)
    • Installation Manual (Eng/Fre)
    • Important Information for the User (Eng/Fre)
    • "Correct" note
    • Warranty Information (USA/Canada)
    • Online Product Registration

    Our Product Research Team

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    System Overview
    Display Features
    App Control
    iPod Audio Playback
    Built-in Bluetooth
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Steering Wheel Remote Control

    System Overview

    The Pioneer AppRadio: The Pioneer AppRadio (SPH-DA01) is an innovative car audio system with a 6.1" capacitive touchscreen display that when used along with the unit's Advanced App Mode, facilitates the use of your connected iPhone 4/4S's applications from Pioneer and other providers in the vehicle. In addition to the basic functions, such as AM/FM radio and Bluetooth hands-free phoning, when an iPhone 4/4S is connected you'll have full access to your music, photos, videos, calendars, Google maps, and select iTunes apps.

    Apple iPhone 4/4S Compatible: The Pioneer AppRadio is designed specifically for the Apple iPhone 4 (iOS 4.2 or later) / 4S (iOS 5.0 or later) & offers audio playback functions for other select iPod/iPhone models. You cannot connect other USB devices, digital audio players, or smartphones. This unit does not contain a CD player, nor does it have CD-changer port.

    AppRadio App (Ver. 1.2.1): The Pioneer AppRadio (SPH-DA01) requires that you download the latest AppRadio app (version 1.2.1) from the itunes app store onto your iPhone 4 or iPhone 4.

    Display Features

    2-DIN Chassis: The Pioneer AppRadio (SPH-DA01) has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as "Double DIN" or size DD), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets.

    Note: As always, please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to verify fit with your vehicle.

    6.1" Capacitive Touchscreen Display: The front of the unit features a clean & simple aesthetic look with only three physical buttons (a home button, a volume up button and a volume down button) combined with a high-resolution WVGA (800 x 480) 6.1" capacitive touchscreen display. This capacitive touchscreen requires less pressure, responds faster, and can recognize multiple touch points simultaneously; all advantages when compared to traditional resistive touchscreen displays. Touchscreen control is used for all functions including the app interface, iPod control/playback, AM/FM radio, and Bluetooth hands-free calling features.

    Note: All of the AppRadio's controls have been designed specifically for in-vehicle operation to promote a safe driving experience.

    Multi-Language Text: The Pioneer AppRadio offers 20 display languages - including English, French, and Spanish.

    Display Adjustments: You can adjust the touchscreen display's Dimmer (on/off), Brightness (1-5), and Black Level (1-5).

    Demonstration Images: If you do not operate the unit for 30 seconds, demonstration images are displayed. You can turn this function Off.

    Screen Off: You can set the time (Off, 10 sec, or 20 sec.) when the screen is blacked out.

    Quick Start Mode: The AppRadio features a Quick Start Mode that puts the AppRadio into a reduced power mode for five minutes when the vehicle ignition is switched to Off. While in Quick Start Mode, if you turn the ignition switch On, the AppRadio will immediately start up. If the unit is in Quick Start Mode and the ignition is not switched to On within five minutes, the AppRadio automatically turns itself off.

    Note: The unit has a boot-up time of approximately 30 seconds when the unit is powered up (from the Off position). Once the unit is booted-up, you must then launch your iPhone 4/4S's AppRadio app (which takes approximately another 10 seconds).

    Parking Brake Interlock: This unit has a parking brake interlock system that prohibits viewing of video programming and operating certain controls when the vehicle is in motion. In order to watch video on the in-dash monitor, the vehicle must be parked with the parking brake engaged.

    Rear View Camera: The Pioneer AppRadio (SPH-DA01) is equipped with a composite video Rear View Camera input. The unit features a function that automatically switches to the rear camera image (Rear View Camera In jack) when an optional rear camera (130NDBC4, sold separately) is installed on your vehicle. When your vehicle's shift lever is in the reverse position, the screen automatically switches to the rear view camera (the pink wire in the supplied harness must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for automatic video switching). You can switch between a Normal or Mirror image.

    Installation Angle: For optimum playback performance, the unit should be installed at an angle of less than 60-degrees.

    App Control

    Advanced App Mode: When connected to an iPhone 4/4S (using the supplied iPod AV cable) with the Pioneer AppRadio application and compatible third-party apps, the full potential of the AppRadio can be experienced. The Pioneer AppRadio application (version 1.2.1) enables access to the data and connectivity of the iPhone 4/4S. AppRadio allows you to access your iPhone 4's compatible apps, Google Maps, Calendar, and Contacts directly from the Pioneer AppRadio's 6.1" touchscreen. Compatible iPhone 4/4S apps are optimized for use on the AppRadio's 6.1" capacitive touchscreen and all touch, swipe, pinch, and zoom gestures are recognized as if you were directly interacting with your iPhone 4/4S.

    Note: To access compatible apps you must have an Apple iPhone 4 (iOS 4.2 or later) / 4S (iOS 5.0 or later) with the latest version of the AppRadio application (ver.1.2.1) from the Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi.

    Google Maps: The Pioneer AppRadio (SPH-DA01) gives you the ability to access Google Maps from your connected iPhone 4/4S. Google Maps appear on the AppRadio screen with the same mapping information and features that you see on your iPhone 4/4S. The system enables you to search, route to locations, view route directions, and create bookmarks with the ability to drop pins directly on the map.

    Note: The AppRadio comes supplied with a GPS antenna that features a magnetic base and an attached 12' cable. The antenna screws into the SMB connector on back of the radio and can be mounted on your dash with the included double-sided tape.

    Compatible Apps: Pioneer has initially partnered with several app providers to integrate AppRadio compatibility into a few of today's most popular apps, formatted specifically for safe use and access in the vehicle. AppRadio compatible apps are now available, including the following - AUPEO!, DashCommand, INRIX, MotionX-GPS Drive, Rdio, StreamS HiFi, and Pandora Radio (as of June 2011).

    Note: You can initially select the app you want from the AppRadio screen, or you can launch the AppRadio app successfully by pressing the HOME hardkey while on a 3rd party app (AppRadio app ver. 1.2.1 only). Once you have selected an app, you will continue control of the selected app via the AppRadio's touchscreen controls or the iPhone 4/4S touchscreen (based on app protocol).

    MotionX-GPS Drive Navigation Ready: MotionX-GPS Drive is a complete GPS navigation solution, designed and optimized for the iPhone 4 (iOS 4.2 or later) / 4S (iOS 5.0 or later) , that can be displayed on the Pioneer AppRadio. MotionX-GPS Drive helps you find what you're looking for and provides turn-by-turn directions with optional Live Voice Navigation, using industry-leading maps (including US and Canada). All the functionality of an advanced dedicated turn-by-turn GPS unit is presented in this intuitive iPhone 4/4S application. MotionX-GPS Drive Offers full support for the iPhone 4/4S with multitasking, routing, and live voice guidance instructions continuing in the background; while you listen to streaming music from your car audio system or use other applications from the iPhone 4/4S. The 2D/3D navigation map will be displayed on the Pioneer AppRadio, but you will still control the MotionX-GPS Drive Navigation app from your iPhone 4/4S. You can enter the following Destination Searches (Go To) from your iPhone 4/4S:

    Destination Search (Go To:) Description
    My Current Location View and navigate to the physical address closest to your current location.
    Browse Map Select a destination by choosing a point on the map. Your selection will be geo-coded to the closest known physical address.
    Home Store your home address for quick access. Select from five options: use your current location, pick from your iPhone contacts, use a recently round destination, enter an address, or enter Lat/Lon coordinates.
    Contacts Navigate to an address from your iPhone address book. Scroll to find the contact, then touch the field that contains their address.
    Address Enter an address for navigating. As you start to type the city, state and zip code fields, a drop-down list will appear from which you can select the appropriate entry.
    Intersection Enter a street intersection, defined by two road names, for navigating.
    City Enter a city for navigating; the approximate center of the city will be used for your destination.
    Zip/Postal Code Enter a US zip code or Canadian postal code.
    POIs List of Points of Interest in your current vicinity (Around Me tab). Select the Specify Location tab to search in an alternate location (enter city or zip/postal code).
    Airports List of airports in your current vicinity (Around Me tab). Select the Specify Location tab to search in an alternate location (enter city or zip/postal code).
    Emergency List of physicians' offices, medical clinics and hospitals. Select the Specify Location tab to search in an alternate location (enter city or zip/postal code).
    Recently Found List of all recently found addresses, businesses, and points of interest.
    Frequent Destinations List of your most frequently visited destinations.
    Favorites List of all destinations designated as a favorite.
    Saved Parking Spots  List of your saved parking spots.
    Saved Destinations List of your saved destinations.
    Latitude/Longitude Define a destination by entering the latitude and longitude coordinates.

    Note: MotionX-GPS Drive App purchase ($0.99) and download required for your iPhone 4/4S through iTunes. $2.99 per month subscription fee or $19.99 per year is required for Voice Guidance feature.

    INRIX Traffic: INRIX is a leading provider of highly accurate traffic services. INRIX's strategic partnership with Clear Channel Radio and Total Traffic Network extends the delivery of the highest quality data and broadest coverage available for personal navigation. The INRIX Traffic App ($24.95 per month) provides real-time traffic information and traffic forecasts for all major highways, interstates, arterials and city streets nationwide. Traffic information will be displayed on the AppRadio, while control is still handled from the iPhone 4/4S. INRIX Traffic offers the following benefits.

    • Avoid delays with real-time traffic info from the world's largest traffic network.
    • View traffic incidents on your route such as accidents, police, constructions, and other events.
    • Know your best time to leave based on predicted traffic conditions.
    • Compare your current traffic conditions from what is normal.

    Note: iPhone 4 (iOS 4.2 or later) / 4S (iOS 5.0 or later) is required to use the INRIX Traffic App with the Pioneer AppRadio.

    DashCommand: Utilizing the built-in GPS & accelerometer sensors of the iPhone 4 (iOS 4.2 or later) / 4S (iOS 5.0 or later), the DashCommand  app displays advanced vehicle and driving statistics. When connected to a compatible vehicle's OBD-II data port (optional OBD-II interface sold separately from Palmer Performance Engineering), advanced data monitoring, logging and analysis are enabled. Users can create and display up to 27 virtual dashboards with many styles including digital gauges, analog gauges, indicator lights, and more, which can all be accessed on the AppRadio screen. Compatible with more than 13 OBD-II compliant interfaces, the app can also be used as a scan tool to read vehicle trouble codes.

    Note: The DashCommand app costs $49.99.

    Rdio: The Pioneer AppRadio lets you access and control the iTunes Rdio app (your iPhone 4/4S controls will be locked). Rdio is a new social music service on the web for the iPhone 4 (iOS 4.2 or later) / 4S (iOS 5.0 or later) . Rdio give you access to over 8 million songs. You are able to search and find any song, album or artist, and start listening immediately. You can search music by new releases and chart toppers. You can also check out what other listeners have been listening to the most, or look at your own recent listening history. In addition, you can even create your own music collection or make your own playlists. Rdio will even recommend music for you, based on your previous music listening. The AppRadio will display Artist, Album, and Song information; as well as Album art. An Rdio Unlimited subscription is $9.99 per month.

    Pandora Radio: The Pandora App lets you play and control music from the Pandora music service through the Pioneer AppRadio using your connected Apple iPhone 4 (iOS 4.2 or later) / 4S (iOS 5.0 or later) , via the supplied iPod AV cable. The Pioneer AppRadio provides control over your Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information; as well as Album art (your iPhone 4/4S controls will be locked). You can select Pandora stations from your station list and skip song tracks within a station. You can search your stations by date or alphabetically. You can also give songs a thumbs up/down and bookmark songs/artists. Best of all, Pandora is a free app.

    AUPEO! Personal Radio: AUPEO! Personal Radio is a free online music radio station that lets you stream your favorite artists, songs, and music live to your iPhone 4 (iOS 4.2) or later/ 4S (iOS 5.0 or later). With more than 120 Internet radio stations available, users can search for their favorite music by artists, songs or AUPEO!'s "Mood-Tuner." Users can also choose to "love" or "ban" songs directly from the AppRadio screen, enabling the app to adjust content to the user's personal taste.

    StreamS HiFi: The StreamS HiFi Radio app has been optimized iPhone 4 (iOS 4.2) or later/ 4S (iOS 5.0 or later). Using the StreamS Internet radio directory, the Streams HiFi app provides access to more than 4,000 live Internet radio stations from across the globe delivered in AAC/HE-AACv1/HE-AACv2 at 32kbps for high fidelity listening. The StreamS Hifi Radio app is available for $4.99 from the iTunes app store.

    Video Apps: With your vehicle parked and the parking brake fully engaged, additional apps (such as Netflix, Hulu+, & YouTube) featuring second screen video output can be viewed on the AppRadio screen. You can also watch movies & TV shows you have downloaded from iTunes.

    Note: You will control the video app with your iPhone 4/4S, not the AppRadio.

    Future Apps: AppRadio will recommend and notify you of the latest 3rd party applications that are AppRadio compatible. As the library of AppRadio compatible applications grows, users will be automatically notified via Pioneer's AppRadio iPhone application, with a link to the respective app(s) page within the App Store. Additionally, the AppRadio software itself is updatable offering e, software, and app compatibility changes (via MicroSD card).

    Note: The unit has a front-panel MicroSD card slot for software updates only. Visit the Pioneer AppRadio Site for the latest compatible apps & firmware/software updates.

    Calendar: You can view your iPhone 4/4S's calendar on the AppRadio's LCD monitor, so you can keep track of your scheduled events.

    Contacts: From the AppRadio Advanced App Mode, you can make Bluetooth hands-free phone calls from your iPhone 4/4S, and even route to contacts stored within your iPhone 4/4S's contact list.

    iPhone Camera: You are able to access and view all of your photos and videos shot with your iPhone 4/4S's camera.

    iPod Audio Playback

    iPod/iPhone Audio Playback: The Pioneer AppRadio lets you listen to your iPod's or iPhone's stored music, when connected via the supplied iPod AV cable.

    iPod/iPhone Control: You can control the iPod/iPhone from the unit's touchscreen (your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen will be locked).

    • Music Browsing: You can browse your iPod/iPhone's music library by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, or Composer. The contents of each category is then listed in alphabetical order
    • Random & Repeat: You can randomly playback songs or repeat a specific song.

    iPod/iPhone Display: The Pioneer AppRadio will display the following iPod/iPhone music information - Track #, Time Elapsed, Time Remaining, Artist Name, Song Title, Album Title, and Album Art.

    iPod/iPhone Charging: The unit's USB connection will power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone battery when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position.

    Note: If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Pioneer AppRadio (SPH-DA01) is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of December 2011):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Apps  Headunit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N N
    clickwheel
    color
    4th N/A N N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N N
    2nd N/A N N N N N N
    video 5th 1.3 N N N N N N N N
    classic 80GB N/A N N N N N N N N
    120GB N/A N N N N N N N N
    160GB N/A N N N N N N N N
    nano 1st N/A N N N N N N N N
    2nd N/A N N N N N N N N
    3rd N/A N N N N N N N N
    4th 1.0.4 N N N N N N N N
    5th 1.0.2 N N N N N N N N
    6th 1.1 PC Y N N Y N Y Y Y
    touch 1st N/A N N N N N N N N
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N N Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 5.0.1 Y N N Y N Y Y Y
    4th 5.0.1 Y N N Y N Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N N Y N Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N N Y N Y Y Y
    3GS 4.3.5 Y N N Y N Y Y Y
    4 5.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 5.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y

    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the AppRadio and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until a newer software update is available.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The AppRadio (SPH-DA01) is equipped with built-in Bluetooth ver. 2.1 + EDR allowing to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver from your iPhone 4/4S. Bluetooth Technology is a short-range wireless radio connectivity technology that was developed as a cable replacement for mobile phones and other electronic devices. Bluetooth operates in 2.4 GHz frequency range and transmits voice and data at speeds up to 1 megabit per second.

    Bluetooth Profiles: This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles - HFP 1.5 (Hands Free Profile) and PBAP (Phone Book Access Profile).

    Note: The AppRadio does not support Bluetooth Audio Streaming (A2DP/AVRCP).

    Phone Pairing: Your iPhone 4 will need to be initially paired to the Pioneer AppRadio, before you are able to make or receive a phone calls from the unit.

    Hands-Free Communication: The AppRadio supports wireless hands-free communication (HFP/HSP/OPP) for your iPhone 4/4S. The unit will display the caller's information and an audible ring tone will be heard through your vehicle's speaker during an incoming call. You can manually answer an incoming call or have the unit automatically answer the call. The AppRadio allows you to carry on a phone conversation from your iPhone 4/4S using the unit's external microphone and your car audio speakers. During a conversation you can adjust the volume. Using the AppRadio, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:

    • Entering a Phone Number: You can make a call by entering the phone number using the unit's on-screen keypad (0-9, *, #, +).
    • Phone Book: Your iPhone 4/4S's phone book can be synched to the AppRadio. Up to 1,000 contacts and 4,000 phone numbers can be transferred. After finding the number you want to call in the phone book, you can select the entry and make the call. Phone numbers are listed alphabetically by Contact Name.
    • Call Log: The most recent calls dialed, received, and missed are stored in memory (up to 100 for each call log). You can browse them and call numbers from these lists.

    External Microphone: During your wireless phone call, you can talk into the unit's included microphone, and listen to the other party through the vehicle's speaker system. The external microphone provides better performance in noisy environments than an integrated microphone found on the front-panel of many other in-dash headunits. The microphone features a 13' cord that plugs into the back of the radio, and comes with an adjustable visor-mount clip.

    Note: This unit is not equipped with an integrated front-panel mic.

    Audio Section

    MOSFET50 Internal Amplifier: The AppRadio is equipped with a 50 watts x 4 (peak) MOSFET amplifier for low distortion, high power output. The amplifier is strong enough to power small subwoofers to moderate volume levels in compact cars and pickups. For higher volume levels from subwoofers, an optional amplifier may be connected to the preamp outputs.

    CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the Pioneer AppRadio are compliant with the CEA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers. The power output specs are as follows:

    • CEA2006 Specs: 14 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Continuous Power Output: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 50Hz-15kHz, 5% THD)
    • Maximum Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels (or 50 watts x 2 channels at 4 ohms + 70 watts x 1 channel at 2 ohms for subwoofer)

    EEQ (Easy EQ): There are seven stored equalizer curves which you can easily recall at any time. You can choose from - Powerful, Natural, Vocal, Super Bass, Flat, Custom 1, or Custom 2.

    3-Band Parametric EQ: The Pioneer AppRadio (SPH-DA01) employs a 3-Band Parametric EQ to customize the sound.

    Band Frequency Q-factor Gain
    Bass 60, 80, 100, or 200 Hz 1.0, 1.25, 1.5, or 2.0 -15 to +15 dB
    Midrange 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, or 2.5 kHz 0.5, 0.75, 1.0, or 1.25 -15 to +15 dB
    Treble 10, 12.5, 15, 17.5 kHz Fixed -15 to +15 dB

    2.0-Volt Preamp Output: The Pioneer AppRadio features one pair of 2.0-volt preamp outputs. The unit's preamp output can be configured as a fading rear-channel output or a non-fading subwoofer output with a low-pass filter and output level control.

    Subwoofer Control: When configured as the subwoofer output, you can select the frequency of the 18dB/octave low pass filter (80, 120, or 160 Hz) and the subwoofer gain (+/-12dB).

    Source Level Adjustment (SLA): This function lets you adjust the volume level of each source (iPhone, Hands-Free, Radio) to prevent radical changes in volume when switching between sources. Each source can be independently adjusted from -6 dB to +6 dB.

    Switchable Rear Channel/Subwoofer Speaker Output: The rear speaker outputs can be set to provide full range output with full fading capability, or they can be set to provide non-fading subwoofer (low-pass) output. When the rear speaker outputs are set to subwoofer mode, the rear preamp outputs also switch from full range to subwoofer outputs. When set for subwoofer operation, you can connect the rear speaker leads directly to two small 4-ohm passive subwoofers or a dual voice coil sub with 4-ohm voice coils. If you prefer to use a single 2-ohm subwoofer, you can connect the woofer to one set of speaker leads, leaving the other set of rear leads disconnected. The maximum output provided when a 2-ohm load is connected to one set of leads is 70 watts.

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The Pioneer AppRadio (SPH-DA01) features a built-in AM/FM tuner with RDS text information display.

    RDS: The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible AM/FM stations.

    BSM (Best Stations Memory): BSM lets you automatically store the six strongest stations under presets 1-6 of the currently tuned band. The AM/FM tuner has 3 FM banks and 2 AM banks. You can store 6 presets for each bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 12 AM presets.

    Direct Tuning: You can enter an AM/FM frequency directly, using the unit's on-screen keypad (0-9).

    Local Tuning: Local seek tuning lets you tune in only those radio stations with sufficiently strong signals for good reception.

    Steering Wheel Remote Control

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit to allow you to keep your vehicle's radio steering wheel remote controls when used with the optional PAC SWI-PS Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (127SWIPS, sold separately); or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (120ASWC, sold separately). This unit allows you to assign functions to your vehicle's steering wheel controls.

    Note: Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.

     
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    1 out of 5

    Terrible Product

    Written By 98Accord, San Diego, CA on Sunday, July 07, 2013
     
    This radio is the reason I will NEVER buy a Pioneer ANYTHING again. I purchased the radio and the install went fine. Two days later the touch screen stops responding to touch. I restarted it and noghting, so I had the pleasure of hitting the reset button for the first time. Now it has gotten so bad that there is roughtly a 50:50 chance that the touch screen part won't work, try controlling your touchscreen radio with out being able to et it to respond to your touch. I mostly plug in my Iphone and listen to Pandora so I do that and let it play and avoid ever having to touch the screen. Then just recently the front right speaker in my car stopped working with my radio. so that wonderful cable that is around $80 to replace died in something like six months. This radio was poorly built, and in recent Pioneer fashon, TERRIBLY programed. I haven't found one App yet that ísn't a complete joke. I have absolutely nothing good to say about this radio, so don't be foold by a good price like I was. Finally, why is it that instead of coming out with a head unit that is worth while in the first place, or updating the software for your current customers, Pioneer sees it fit to just keep designing new pieces of junk and tricking people into buying them?
    Pros:
    It will probably keep the papers on my desk in place.
    Cons:
    Terrible software design. Terrible functionality. Terrible Reliability. Worst app functionality of anything I have ever seen. Last but not least, it was built by Pioneer.
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    1 out of 5

    Awful Product

    Written By Justin, New York, NY on Thursday, December 20, 2012
     
    Awful Product. Pioneer has completely disappointed with this product. I had the product installed and 6 months later after a "software update" it no longer worked. Then after shipping back to pioneer under warranty they claimed to fix the problem. Low and behold i get the product back and it still does not work. This is a car stereo that requires labor to install and uninstall yet they would not cover the cost of installation. I will not buy another pioneer product after this experience.
    Pros:
    it looks cool and for the short period it worked it was handy
    Cons:
    everything since they started software updating. and it doesn't work with the new iphone
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    5 out of 5

    GREAT PRODUCT!!

    Written By Edgar, Chicago on Saturday, July 14, 2012
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    What a great radio!! Works great and looks better!! The Crutchfield install kit, made install almost too easy!! Great job guys!!!!!
    Pros:
    Easy to install, easy to use, looks amazing!!
    Cons:
    Not sure how the radio 'actually' turns off. Minor inconvenience.
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    2 out of 5

    Didn't Like It

    Written By Toyota Owner, Arkansas on Monday, April 02, 2012
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    Outstanding concept ! I would purchase this again if I had not already tried it. Turns out it is a great idea and terrible implementation. The cable that plugs into phone is huge and awkward. The touch screen works ok, but the interface is not even close to that of the iPhone. Not pleased
    Pros:
    Great idea. Who needs a cd or dvd player?
    Cons:
    It just don't work. Maybe the next generation.
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    4 out of 5

    Pioneer AppRadio™

    Written By Oddysee, Lansing, il on Sunday, March 25, 2012
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    Needs atleast 3 sets of pre outs
    Pros:
    Good overall quality. Really do like it
    Cons:
    Rough install in a lil 91 toyota mr2
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    2 out of 5

    great unit with one HUGE flaw..beware

    Written By excelon72, lafayette , nj on Saturday, March 24, 2012
     
    YOu can see i think highly of the unit, but i gave it away as it has one MASSIVE flaw . Pionner must have assumed we all have actual unlimited contracts with flawless reception to not allow us to use Sirius or XM, that is a HUGE flaw in my opinion. i have an unlimited contract and sirius on the phone take up soooo much bandwidth that i ended up getting knocked down big time in speed. No satellite radio is a HUGE flaw it is a really big ball dropping for pioneer. and i had preordered the app radio 2 and im going to cancel that as it seems not to have it either. Seriously how much does it cost to include the ability to have sirius/xm i can get sirius with a 99.00 headunit why not with a 400-600.00 unit . so yes it is such a major flaw that it really should be one star. BAD PIONEER!!!
    Pros:
    Beautiful, functional, amazing capabilities. sounds great
    Cons:
    NO SATELLITE RADIO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    4 out of 5

    AppRadio

    Written By Anonymous, Hawaii on Sunday, March 04, 2012
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    Great radio! Easy to use interface. Best car touchscreen I've seen. I don't need a lot of whiz bangs, so this is perfect for me!
    Pros:
    Easy UI. Touch screen responsiveness.
    Cons:
    Startup a pain with the warnings etc you have to go through. iPod function should have smooth scrolling like the apps function does. Have to scroll through playlists/songs/artists using up/down arrow instead of just touching/sliding like you are able to do in some of the apps. Should get fixed in an update.
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    1 out of 5

    Garbage Car Receiver from Pioneer

    Written By RubenL, Gurabo, PR on Sunday, February 19, 2012
     
    I buy this radio for my Toyota RAV4 2011 that have the space for a double din radio. I am very upset that this radio have problem with boot, it's take about more that a minute to you begin listen music. It do not support using other kind of iPod like classic ones, it only can be used with iPhone and iPod Touch. A Car Receiver the first purpose is to listen to music, other extras are become, but I do not know what happen to pioneer with this radio that do not think about it. Remember iPhone and iPod Touch have limited storage, I have a iPod Classic of 160GB with 18756 songs. I can not believe that with this radio I can not connect my iPod Classic and have my collection excitided me when on the road. Also it do not have a CD player and have so much bugs, for example sometimes you have to go back to main menu and select again iPod to get the title, front cover and time elapsed to appear (sometimes to have to do this two to three times). I am so angry with this radio that prever to buy a JVC KD-R520 (single din) that Cruchfield have on sale including the bluethoot adapter. Take off this peace of garbage and through to the basket. I still wating for my $50.00 refund that is taken very much time, I am believing that Pioneer will not sent it (I do not why, there pass a lot of time since I buy this radio) For all these reason I do not recommend it to nothing, go to others receivers do not buy this one.
    Pros:
    My review as you read do not find any pros with this receiver.
    Cons:
    Read the review and see all cons that this radio have. Is a garbage, do not waste your money with it, look for other. Do not, do not, do not buy this garbage.
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    2 out of 5

    Returned

    Written By Chris, Illinois on Sunday, February 19, 2012
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    I gave this unit just about the full 60 days of the Crutchfield eval period, finally returned it. Simply put its a pain in the butt to use, buggy operating system, firmware updates reset everything, boot up takes 30 sec or so if it boots, hooking up your iPhone must be done in the right sequence. The latest firmware update is horrible, the bluetooth sound quality is bad, app selection is minimal. Pioneer makes some good units, just not this one, look at their AVH series which is app friendly and user friendly.
    Pros:
    None
    Cons:
    Operating system Minimal apps Difficult to use Too many warning screens
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    4 out of 5

    Works for me

    Written By Jimbobengineer, Prescott, AZ on Monday, February 06, 2012
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    The App Radio went into my 2010 Challenger with only the normal issues. Had to cut off some tabs inside the dash that kept the double din from fitting. The GPS module is under the dash in the middle optional speaker location. The Mic cord is off the visor. I wired the parking brake to simple switch on the dash and it works great, it just needs to be grounded, when the unit prompts. Reverse camera works as designed. The App Radio is the source for a 600w amp and JL Stealthbox. Turn-by-T Navigation works with Pandora. About $2000 for everything.
    Pros:
    Pandora sounds great, drives my stock speakers well, clear display.
    Cons:
    No iphone rest, the Iphone cable is big but it tucks in my console. (i'm not using an extender)
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    4 out of 5

    AppRadio, Quirky but good value

    Written By TWC, Boston,MA on Thursday, February 02, 2012
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    Very "first generation", but does most everything I wanted it to do,GPS, Bluetooth phone, good sound.
    Pros:
    Charges the iPhone, great GPS apps available for minimal cost, great for Pandora listeners.
    Cons:
    The phone is quirky, by the time you hear people talking on the other end, they have already said hello, for some reason there seems to be a delay when you start a call. I could be doing something wrong? Also when you turn the vehicle off you loose your call.
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    4 out of 5

    Pioneer AppRadio™

    Written By Anonymous, Fairfax, Va on Sunday, January 29, 2012
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    very fast, touch is very responsive. Apps work well.
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    4 out of 5

    AppRadio

    Written By K.C., Queens, N.Y. on Sunday, January 29, 2012
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    I had the unit installed by a professional. I like the unit, and everything pretty much works as advertised. Sound quality for the music apps is good. Personally the only problem I've encountered is that the (regular), radio reception is not good, unless I'm in Manhattan.
    Pros:
    Cool factor, clean and neat. nice touch screen.
    Cons:
    I think it could be a little cheaper being that over 50% of its functions are brought to it by the user.
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    4 out of 5

    Does just what it says, which is a lot.

    Written By thwalker, Campbell, CA on Friday, January 27, 2012
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    The last head unit I bought for my car was rife with features I never used -- AUX IN on the front panel, removable faceplate, adjustable subwoofer volume, you name it. It was also a beast to use with only two knobs and a handful of buttons. It's hard to believe that I kept the thing as long as I did.

    When I decided to get the Pioneer App Radio, I was inside an inquiry for my life in general that I call "Less Is More." I tried to examine what I really thought I was important and get rid of everything else. So I was betting on not missing the above features or the CD player. But to be honest, I thought if it wasn't quite what it was cracked up to be that I could live with that.

    I have to say that this deck really exceeded my expectations. It does have the occasional quirk, and it takes quite a while to start up, but the UI is easy to navigate and the iPhone integration is very well done. Everyone comments on how fetching it looks, and I use the GPS integration constantly. The mic for the bluetooth connection is a bit on the quiet side, but that's my only real complaint.

    I would highly recommend this deck to iPhone enthusiasts; you won't be sorry you purchased this.
    Pros:
    * large, bright screen * decent app integration (Motion-X GPS especially) * video out (Netflix, YouTube, etc.) to the screen * highly configurable EQ * easy-to-use UI
    Cons:
    * long startup time * quiet bluetooth microphone (mine is located on my visor) * occasional startup glitches (need to kill the engine and restart to reboot)
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer AppRadio Digital

    Written By Anonymous, Hollywood, MD on Friday, January 20, 2012
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    We purchased this for our 16 year old grandson for Christmas. He finally got to install it in his truck and it looks great and works absolutely wonderful. He is very pleased with the product so I guess that is all that matters.
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    4 out of 5

    If your iPhone is your world you will love it

    Written By Scott, Wisconsin on Thursday, December 29, 2011
     
    OK, you have to know what you are getting into with this one. If you use your iPhone for everything this is the unit for you, it acts as an extension of your phone. If you want to play cd's (what are those?) or plug in other devices this is not for you. Its not meant to add a bunch of amps there's only one set of pre outs for a sub. But for what I was looking for, a way to hook up my phone and play music, nav, pandora, etc, all while charging and Bluetooth for making calls, it's perfect. Hooked it up to a rear view camera and works with no problems. Mounted the phone via a proclip next to the head unit and it makes a perfect set up. It will only get better as the software continually gets updated. To top it off it makes my stock speakers sound better!
    Pros:
    Great display, features, charges my iPhone, excellent nav for a whopping $0.99, Pandora, works great with my backup camera. Straight forward installation.
    Cons:
    Bluetooth phone connectivity is sketchy. Switching between apps takes getting used to, parking brake activation to use certain features is a pain.
    5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    1 out of 5

    Do not buy

    Written By Garet, Atkinson, NH on Thursday, December 01, 2011
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    Loved the concept. After finally determining something was wrong with the unit (this is after being transferred back and forth between the Pioneer's warrant and support departments several times) and being told to use the reset button to solve all the problems with the unit, I was then informed just to ship it back - no RMA number, no support number, no reference number - the only tracking method is the shipping companies tracking number. Pioneer's support / warranty departments encounters were unhelpful, had poor attitudes and at times seemed to be anti-customer. It would seem to me that a firmware upgrade that was available for a couple of months would have been easy to communicate to a customer but instead I left with my encounter with Pioneer wondering exactly what they were doing in trying to win customers over.

    After having to research the issue myself I found out that Pioneer provided a firmware upgrade from it's website. I downloaded the firmware and followed the instructions and upgraded the AppRadio. The problems with the AppRadio - lockups, issues with the clock running ahead by at least 6 - 10 minutes a month and some other bugs were fixed. In addition sound quality improved and a couple features were added as well.

    For the upgrade you'll need a micro HD drive (the ones you use for cameras to expand the number of pictures you take and not the USB drives you can use on computers). Note to Pioneer - recommend design change on this; I believe if you contact Pioneer they may provide the upgrade on the micro-HD drive - but I'm not sure on this and I hope you encounter a better experience than I did. Also, the firmware that you download is compressed, you'll need to uncompress it and then copy it to the micro-HD drive. The intructions that Pioneer provides are fairly good. There's one fuzzy part that for a novice and non-computer literate person may confuse and may challenge but the firmware upgrade solved all my ills.

    As another note for Pioneer this is a big plus for AppRadio, you really should plug this as a big feature as well.
    Pros:
    Great idea, poor engineering
    Cons:
    At 20 degrees large cable doesn't bend easily, shouting at the mic isn't a lot a fun, constant locking up at inappropriate times, clock ran fast every month 6-8 minutes/month, lousy support from Pioneer with bad attitudes
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    4 out of 5

    So far so good.

    Written By johnnie O, Albany, NY on Thursday, November 17, 2011
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    great radio to get if you don't use CDs or DVDs anymore. Stream video and music straight from your iPhone.
    Pros:
    Seamless integration with my iPhone4. great app integration
    Cons:
    Must have bypass to enjoy it. If you don't get the bypass, it will drive you insane!! Microphone on the phone system is not great. No way to get out of Pandora and a couple of other apps unless you shut down on phone.
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    4 out of 5

    No Suprises

    Written By Anonymous, Charleston, SC on Tuesday, September 13, 2011
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    This is a great radio and does exactly what Crutchfield and Pioneer says it does.

    Positive: The equalizer works well with dialing in the precise sound you are looking for in your vehicle, and the selectable RCA outputs are very handy if you have a factory sound system or subwoofer system . I see other reviews that talk about the trouble with the bluetooth feature, but i placed the mic on the side of my steering column of my truck, and everyone says they can hear me fine. All of the apps on the radio work very well with the iPhone. The GPS extender seems to work well with the iPhone maps and MotionX.

    Negitive: Like everyone else, i feel that the cord that connects to the iPhone is unnecessarily bulky. This can be solved with a cord extension. Overall, this radio has great potential if Pioneer will hold true to their word and produce more apps (such as Rapsody) and updates. And for those of you wanting to know, it WILL play Rapsody. Hope this is helpful!
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    4 out of 5

    You need to know what you're getting ...

    Written By BM, Washington, DC on Saturday, September 10, 2011
     
    Crutchfield support has been great! I had to have the unit replaced and they sent it the next day without a hitch.

    To read my full review of the AppRadio, check my blog:

    blog.chargerchronicles.com/archives/373
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    2 out of 5

    Appradio

    Written By Steve K, San Pedro Ca. on Sunday, August 07, 2011
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    I took my time and did the instalation in my 2007 Ford Ranger in 3 hours. It fits fine and looks great with the large screen filling the dash. I was a little disappointed with the interface between the appradio and my IPhone 4 you have to switch back and forth between the radio and the phone to change apps and keep re-launching the appradio app. If you look at the radio as a screen to view some of your IPhone apps and most video then you wont be dissapointed, once you have the apps running on the radio they work well. Some of the screens looks could be improved with a software update and the interface cord could be less bulky. It is a great concept, I hope they iron out the proplems. Maybe I am just spoiled by how easy the Apple products are to use and its frustrating when it is not so intuitive. Apple should make their own media center for auto use!, I would buy one even if it cost twice as much.
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer AppRadio™

    Written By JMello, Orlando, FL on Thursday, August 04, 2011
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    This radio is fantastic but it is made for a very specific type of person. First of all you must have an iPhone 4 and preferably unlimited data plan.

    I noticed that the App Radio app on the phone is pointless. The best way to use this unit is to have a good phone holder and operate from the phone specially if you want to use Pandora and have the Motion X app running at the same time.

    GPS works great and it's not too bad of a deal at 0.99 for the app and 19.99 a year for voice guidance. Pandora works perfect and if you are not running the GPS controlling it thru radio screen is awesome.

    The screen on the radio it looks so good. It's glass and very responsive. Feels just like the iPhone with just a little bit of lag.

    I found that some other apps will work with this. Vevo it's a free app and you can watch music videos on the screen. Also mentioned by others Netflix works well with this unit.

    Now Slacker, iHeart Radio and many other audio streaming apps will play thru the unit but you will need to use the iPhone to control them.

    I had absolutely no problems with the Bluetooth call quality. The interface is great. I installed the mic right behind my steering wheel and everyone I talk to say they hear me just fine.

    The iPhone cable is bulky and very thick. I fixed that by buying an iPhone extension cable.

    So basically if you are looking for a good unit and you will keep your iPhone forever this is a great option.
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    3 out of 5

    Needs updates urgently!!!

    Written By Reinaldo, Miami, FL on Monday, August 01, 2011
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    I knew it was going to freeze and have all problems everybody else said, and its true, but i will wait for pioneer to work in softwares updates to solve all this issues.
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    5 out of 5

    Realist Review

    Written By JJ Striker, Dallas on Tuesday, July 19, 2011
     
    I have been running this unit for 2 weeks now with no issue and could not be more happy with the performance.

    First let me say this. If you expect the app radio to sling everything from the iPhone up onto the dash. That is not going to happen. You need to approach it how the product was intended. The best explanation for that is think "DUEL MONITOR" set up on your computer. Your menu is on the iphone, and App Radio displays the apps.

    That said, it does a lot. Netflix, Youtube, Ipod UI, on screen phone dialing, GPS, Google maps, Pandora and others. If that was all it did, it would be well worth the price. However, with this being more like an upgradable computer in dash. The expandability is huge here. If you have an Iphone then it is endless what you can make the unit do.

    As for Sound. It Rocks. I replaced a stock system in a 05 f150 supercrew with this and 4 Pioneer TS-A6874R 6" x 8" 3-way Speakers. It sounds Awesome. They is a fully functional digital EQ you can completely customize.

    I Do have 2 gripes, and I see them being fixed fairly easy in the next few months with up grade. 1. The UI in parts is not visually designed to the best. but that is an easy fix. 2. The cord it is shipped with is bulky, but by adding an extension, it fixes the issue.

    Over all I am very happy.
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    4 out of 5

    A realistic look from a humble enthusiast...

    Written By Chris R., Stafford, VA on Monday, July 18, 2011
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    Purchased my AppRadio through Crutchfield last week. Installation took around three hours with GPS Antenna and hands-free microphone placement not including the foul-ups with the Scosche converter I bought in conjunction.

    Yes, there are some flaws inherent to the AppRadio. But for $399 look at what you're getting. It's not going to be as amazing as a $1200 AVIC but it performs well for its price. I'm hopeful that it will be updated in the future by Pioneer to remedy some of the quirks. Otherwise, unless you're a mouth-breathing simpleton, the AppRadio works EXACTLY as promised. Motion-X GPS integration is nice, and even lets you control your iPod based music from within the application. People have claimed that the hands-free calling is lacking, but I've received a few calls and with the microphone mounted in the stock Evolution microphone location (near the overheard map lights) I am told I can be heard perfectly. Lastly, I would like to say that it works with nearly any app that makes use of the TV Output connector. Tested with AirVideo and it worked very well though control is done through the phone only. Overall, I'm VERY happy with the product. The one star that's missing should be there with a good fine-tuning update from Pioneer.
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    1 out of 5

    Locks Up

    Written By Locks up, Baton Rouge, LA on Thursday, July 14, 2011
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    It would be great if it worked but it has too many bugs! It locks up all the time.

    I also hate the ipod/iphone cable. Its 2 large cables all the way till about 3 inches from the end then goes to a single cord for the remaining 3 inches.

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    2 out of 5

    poor execution

    Written By Eli, Loveland, CO on Tuesday, July 12, 2011
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    This was a great idea but it was poorly executed.

    Where to start... First of all you MUST have an iphone 4 for this stereo to work. It doesn't work with older iPhones. My wifes iPhone 3GS didn't control anything so we had to upgrade her phone to an iPhone 4.

    The user interface requires you to use the iPhone and car stereo at the same time. If you want to switch between apps you need to manually close the app you are using in the iphone and then change the app in the stereo. This is very complicated to do while you are driving.

    The cable that connects to the iPhone is clunky and splits into two cables 6 inches from the iPhone. The two cables look messy and get tangled. They should have made it a single cable all the way to the head unit.

    The bluetooth connection connects well, but the microphone is a piece of junk. The person on the other line can't hear you unless you are 6" away from the mic and are yelling.

    The stereo only has one audio output for an amp and doesn't have any audio inputs. This is a pain because my car has Bose factory speakers with amplifiers and now I don't have rear to front fade. These are basic features that I expect in every car stereo over $200.

    I feel like a beta tester for pioneer. They should have refined this product before releasing it. It's not ready for the market. Maybe the next version will be worth buying, but stay away from this one.
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    3 out of 5

    joekozlo

    Written By joekozlo, Milwaukee, WI on Friday, July 08, 2011
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    I installed this unit about a week ago with little difficulty. The unit is good, but as usual pioneer has released it unrefined.

    The biggest issue is moving from app to app. I use an iphone 4 for the unit. You have to double click the iphone's home button and select the appradio app to go back to the app menu on the appradio unit. This will allow you to run apps in the background but I think Pioneer could have wrote code to do this when you click on the appradio unit's home button. They emphasize limiting usage for safety, but it is more unsafe to have to continuously resort back to the iphone to change apps.

    The second issue is occasional lock ups. A few times the phone function has locked up and I was unable to go back to the main menu. To reset the unit you have to turn off the car for more than 5 min, because there is a function that keeps power to the unit for 5 min after shut off so it does not have to reload after the car is off for a short period of time. There does not seem to be a way to reset on the fly.

    The up side is the apps work really well. The screen moves very smooth compared to the other touch screen units I have had in the past. This is a good start. I can't wait for more apps to come out.
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    3 out of 5

    Ok but not great.

    Written By Brett, Northern Va on Friday, July 08, 2011
     
    The unit is ok, but there are some issues with it. The radio only works when you are on the radio tab or the main screen. You cannot listen to the radio when using the apps like motion gps or inrix. You should be able to click the home button to get back to the apps page when listening to pandora, but you need ot launch a different app from the phone to get to the other apps. The bluetooth sounds like you are in a tunnel to the other end of the call. The clock is very difficult to see when you are not on the main screen which is a problem because this is the only clock in the car now. Hopefully they will release updated software since there is an sd port on the front of the unit. It has a fairly slow startup, about 6-10 seconds. The cable for the ipod is thick. I don't know if it is necessary to have such a thick 2 piece cable, I think if they were going to split the cable it should have been closer to the head unit and not right after the connection to the phone. For me the radio fits what I use since I stopped using cd/dvd's a few years ago, so all i have is my iphone and the radio. I use other radio apps and they play fine through the radio which is a plus, but they are not designed for the app radio so they don't perform like Pandora.
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    1 out of 5

    Poor Execution

    Written By Mike, Florida on Wednesday, July 06, 2011
     
    The User interface is slow, lags, not anywhere near enough adjustements in the audio section such as no crossover filters for HPF or LPF. The UNIT only has 1 set of RCA preout. This is a killer because now I am not able to add aftermarket amps to accomplish a good sound quality system unless adding an external processor.

    The screen has such a glare on it I am not able to view or use the unit at all even with tinted windows on my vehicle.

    The user interface is nothing like the IPHONE, and I am not able to pull up any apps or anything on the head unit when I am using my IPHONE 3gs! So what now I have to buy an IPHONE 4 for it to be compatable?

    This is NOT a unit I will be keeping, I feel they had great intentions trying to make an "app radio" so customers are able to intergrate and use our IPHONES and make our radio look like our phone.

    This was just a total fail, and I wish they would have waited and took their time to make more features and more user friendly.

    Maybe next time Pioneer....
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    4 out of 5

    Good Start

    Written By AntwanD, Riverside, CA on Tuesday, July 05, 2011
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    I bought AppRadio the first day it came out, had it shipped from Crutchfield and installed it pretty easily in a 2005 Nissan Altima 3.5 SL with Bose, had a few minor hiccups. I also installed the optional rear-view camera, I had one from a previous head-unit that easily plugged into the AppRadio.

    Since AppRadio is based on iPhone functionality I'ts my hope that pioneer will continue to support it and get more apps supported. The interface works okay, I have had no problems there. The contact sync is pretty annoying, outside of 'AppRadio' the stored contact list doesn't allow you to easily jump to contacts by last name initial. Audio quality is great as long as you tweak the EQ beyond the standard presets, I've gotten it to sound much better than my stock Bose system and I'm pleased with the overall quality of the sound using .mp3's at 320kbit/s. If you use 96kbit/s .mp3's you won't get great quality. The user interface is okay, it could use a bit of a face-lift and a few extra features. I enjoyed using Motion X, I like it much more than the Tom Tom App that I have been using and all my trips have been rather accurate. The included GPS antennae works great to extend the iPhone's GPS capabilities. One area that needs to be addressed is ability to view time when inside of AppRadio apps and features.

    After about a week with AppRadio, I am very happy. The cost is great, no need for CD's or DVD's since I rarely use either medium.
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    1 out of 5

    My excitement was for nothing

    Written By RobbieH, Dallas, TX on Wednesday, June 29, 2011
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    I was really excited to finally get the AppRadio. I took my time and made sure I didn't make any mistakes, just wanted everything to be just right. I got it all working and tested before buttoning up the dash, was really pleased with the way the Inrix maps looked on the display, the way the phone interface worked, etc. Was doing some more testing, and the unit got stuck in the iPod app. Took the unit back out of the truck and let it sit to reset. Put it back in and now it is in a constant reboot cycle and won't stop. Ironically, my Pioneer VSX-1020-K receiver just died at 1 year and 10 days of ownership. I think my Pioneer days are over.

    I was surprised to find this unit is powered by Windows Mobile. Not saying that's the problem, but some of the pre-release info I read made me believe it was somehow iOS powered.
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    1 out of 5

    Poor execution of a good idea

    Written By Bad Robot, San Diego, CA on Friday, June 24, 2011
     
    I bought this from another site but wanted the Crutchfield customers to know how bad this design is. I spent a couple hours bench testing this unit and I am sad to say that I will be returning it. Everything that it shares with standard radios works fine (radio tuner, audio, EQ ect...) but its selling points fall short, way short. You have to use the iPod screen in conjunction with the radio touchscreen, very distracting. No way to switch apps without using the iPod screen. Appradio app has to be running to use apps BUT it does not run in the background. If you hit the home button on the iPod the radio stops. The iPod cable is ridiculously heavy duty and stiff and the unit only has 1 set of pre-amp outputs. I recommend you buy a DVD or Navigation radio with a decent user interface.

    [Editor's Note: Our product research tested to confirm information about background apps contained in this review. During the test they were able to play Pandora, hit the home button on the iPhone 4 and switch to the Motion GPX maps App, and Navigate and listen to music at the same time]
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