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Our take on the Pioneer SPH-DA100 AppRadio 2

by Ken Nail
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.

Apps move to the big screen

If you love using apps on your smartphone, put them to work in your car. Pioneer's SPH-DA100 AppRadio 2 smartphone receiver lets you enjoy convenient touchscreen control over many compatible apps on your iPhone® 4/4S or select Android™ (optional adapters required for Android). Best of all, you won't have to fumble around with your phone while you're driving — just reach out and touch the screen.

Note: Find out if your Android phone is compatible with the App Radio 2.

Pioneer SPH-DA100

AppRadioLIVE makes it easy

Pioneer's innovative AppRadioLIVE streamlines your app info and functions into one easy-to-use interface. You'll enjoy quick access to your music, media, calendar, and other sources you subscribe to, just by downloading the AppRadioLIVE app and syncing your services. AppRadioLIVE works with your apps to provide visual map guidance and access to points of interest, as well as the ability to search for concerts, shows, and other local events of interest. And you can show several sources of information simultaneously, quickly shifting from one to another with a touch of your finger.

An ever-expanding pool of apps

AppRadio 2 already works with some of the most popular apps available, such as MotionX GPS Drive™, INRIX® traffic, AUPEO! Personal Radio, Pandora® Internet radio, and Pioneer's MIXTRAX. You'll find plenty of apps to enjoy right now, with many more apps coming down the road. You'll have the advantage of a sleek app interface, and the apps will look great on the big 7" capacitive touchscreen, which recognizes all zoom, swipe, and pinch gestures just as if you were using your smartphone.

Talk hands-free and enjoy Pioneer sound quality

Built-in Bluetooth® adds to the versatility of this cool receiver — pair your phone and you'll be able to you talk hands-free, and have access to your phone book from the touchscreen, too. And this full-featured receiver includes Pioneer's powerful MOSFET built-in amp, a 5-band equalizer, AM/FM tuner, and two sets of preamp outputs for connecting outboard amps or powered subs.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver.

Complement your setup with a phone mount

The AppRadio 2 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.

This smartphone receiver will not play CDs. If you want to play CDs in your vehicle, we offer a wide selection of CD receivers.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • digital media receiver with AM/FM tuner (no built-in CD player)
    • touchscreen control over select apps with iPhone®4/4S and iPod®Touch (4th Gen)
    • touchscreen control over select apps with select Android™ phones (CD-AH200C interface cable required for Android phones)
    • built-in amplifier (14 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling
    • 7" capacitive touchscreen display
    Audio features:
    • 5-band equalizer with 7 preset EQ curves
    Expandability:
    • built-in iPod control (cable included — not compatible with USB devices)
    • included external GPS antenna for boosting signal while using GPS apps
    • inputs: rear USB input for iPhone 4/4S, rear-view camera input
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear/subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    Yes
    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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    4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    Yes
    Video Screen
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    Yes
    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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    5
    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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    Rear
    Memory Card Slot
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    N/A
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    HD Radio
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    No
    Navigation
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    Optional
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Nano
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    Touch
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    iPhone
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    5S/5C/5/4S/4
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity
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    17 dBf
    European Tuning
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    No
    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 2 smartphone receiver (SPH-DA100)
    • Wiring harness
    • 7.5' iPod AV cable (with a iPod dock connector/USB connector on one end and a proprietary connector/USB connector on other end)
    • Microphone (with attached 13' cable terminated by a right-angle male 2.5mm connector)
    • Sun-visor clip
    • GPS antenna (with attached 12' cable terminated by a SMB connector)
    • Self-adhesive magnetic base
    • 6 Pan-head ISO screws (M5 x 6mm)
    • 6 Flat-head ISO screws (M5 x 6mm)
    • Plastic bracket
    • AppRadio Start Up Guide (Eng/Fre)
    • Installation Manual (Eng/Fre)
    • Important Information for the User (Eng/Fre)
    • Warranty Information (USA/Canada)
    • Online Product Registration

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

    System Overview

    AppRadio 2: The Pioneer AppRadio 2 (SPH-DA100) is an innovative car audio system with a 7" capacitive touchscreen display that when used along with the unit's Advanced App Mode, facilitates the use of your connected iPhone 4/4S's or Android smartphone'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, iPhone 5/5C/5S (firmware update required), or Android smartphone is connected you'll have full access to your music, photos, videos, calendars, and select iTunes & Android Market apps.

    Note: The AppRadio 2 (SPH-DA100) will require a Firmware Update from Pioneer before it can connect to the Apple iPhone 5/5C/5S.

    Apple iOS & Android Compatible: The Pioneer AppRadio is designed specifically for the Apple iPhone 4/4S (with included Apple cable), iPhone 5/5C/5S (using all three cables - CD-IH202 cable/Apple Lightning-to-USB Cable/Apple Lightning-to-Digital AV Adapter; sold separately), and select Android 2.3+ smartphones (with CD-AH200 cable; sold separately). It also offers audio playback functions for other select iPod/iPhone models. Please view the AppRadio Compatible Device List for the latest compatible iPhone 4/4S and Android smartphone information to see if your iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5C/5S, or Android smartphone is compatible with the Pioneer AppRadio 2 (SPH-DA100).

    Note: Not all Android devices are compatible with the AppRadio 2. 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 for iTunes and Android: The Pioneer AppRadio 2 (SPH-DA100) requires that you download the latest Apple iTunes AppRadio app (version 1.5) onto your iPhone 4/4S/5, or the Android Marketplace AppRadio app (version 1.0) onto your compatible Android smartphone.

    Start-Up Time: The Pioneer AppRadio 2  has a start-up time of approximately 3.9 seconds from Off to the  "Warning" screen. It takes approximately 8.3 seconds to reach the "Launch" screen from the Off position. Once the "Launch" screen is displayed, you must then launch your iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5C/5S, or Android smartphone's AppRadio app (which takes approximately another 7.9 seconds). For a total start-up time of 20.1 seconds. If you launch the AppRadio app on your iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5C/5S, or compatible Android smartphone before powering up the AppRadio 2 (SPH-DA100), it only requires 12.3 seconds to start up.

    Touchscreen Display

    7" Capacitive Touchscreen Display: The front of the unit features a clean & simple aesthetic look with only five physical buttons (Home, Volume up/down, Menu, Back) combined with a high-resolution WVGA (800 x 480) 7" 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.  The AppRadio's 7" capacitive touchscreen offers touch, swipe, pinch, and zoom gestures. Touchscreen control is used for all functions including the app interface, iPod control/playback, AM/FM radio, and Bluetooth hands-free calling features. All of the AppRadio 2's controls have been designed specifically for in-vehicle operation to promote a safe driving experience.

    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.

    Favorites: You can register the desired menu items on the AppRadio 2's "Favorites" menu screen. Registering your favorite menu items allows you to quickly jump to the registered menu item by a simple touch on the favorites menu. Up to 12 menu items can be registered as a "Favorite".

    Widescreen Modes: You can choose from the following widescreen modes when playing back video.

    • Full: A 4:3 picture is enlarged in the horizontal direction only, enabling you to enjoy a 4:3 picture without any omissions.
    • Zoom: A 4:3 picture is enlarged in the same proportion both vertically and horizontally; ideal for a 16:9 screen.
    • Normal: A 4:3 picture is displayed as it is.

    Video Adjustments: You can store numerous video settings for the head unit's video source and rear-view camera; including brightness (adjusts the black intensity), contrast (adjusts contrast) color (adjusts color saturation), temperature (adjust the color temperature), and Dimmer (adjusts brightness).

    Backgrounds: You can select from 4 background images (Black, Blue, Sunrise, Space) for the head unit's LCD touchscreen.

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

    Multi-Language Text: The Pioneer AppRadio 2 offers English, French, and Spanish menu text.

    Rear View Camera: The AppRadio 2 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 input jack) when an optional rear camera (130NDBC5, sold separately) is installed. When the transmission is in reverse, the screen automatically switches to the rear view camera (the violet/white wire in the 16-pin harness must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for automatic video switching). Automatic video switching takes approximately 1.5 seconds. Pioneer recommends using a camera with a mirror image (reversed) output.

    Note: Audio from your music source will continue playing, while the back-up camera is displayed.

    2-DIN Chassis: The Pioneer AppRadio 2 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. There is also an optional double-DIN sleeve (130ADTV133, sold separately) available for this unit that will allow you to Euro-mount or custom mount the Pioneer head unit in your vehicle. As always, please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.

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

    App Control

    AppRadio App: When connected to an iPhone 4/4S (using the supplied Apple AV cable), iPhone 5/5C/5S (using the CD-IH202 cable/Apple Lightning-to-USB Cable/Apple Lightning-to-Digital AV Adapter; all sold separately), or Android smartphone (using the CD-AH200 cable; sold separately) with the Pioneer AppRadio application and compatible third-party apps, the full potential of the AppRadio 2 can be experienced. The AppRadio app allows you to access your Calendar, Contacts, Maps, Photos and more from your iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5C/5S, or Android smartphone and display content directly on the AppRadio 2's larger display. Your app content is optimized for use on the AppRadio 2's capacitive touch screen and all touch, swipe, pinch, and zoom gestures are recognized as if you were directly interacting with your smartphone. The app will even recommend and notify you of the latest compatible apps

    Note: The AppRadio 2 will require a firmware update from Pioneer in order to function with the Apple iPhone 5/5C/5S.

    Compatible Devices: The AppRadio 2 is compatible with the Apple iOS and Android mobile devices (as of 6/19/2012).

    • Apple iOS:
      • iPhone: 4/4S (iOS 5.1.1+), 5 (iOS 6.1+)
    • Android Mobile:
      • HTC: Amaze 4G, EVO 3D, Rezound, Sensation XE (Android 2.3.4)
      • LG: Optimus 2X P990 (Android 2.3.4)
      • Motorola: Atrix 2, Droid 4, Droid Razr, Droid Razr Maxx (Android 2.3.6)
      • Samsung: Droid Charge, Galazy Nexus, Galaxy Note, Galaxy S II, Galaxy S II Epic 4G (Android 2.3.6)
      • Sony Ericsson: Xperia arc S, Xperia neo V (Android 2.3.4)
    Note:  The Samsung Galaxy S3 requires an additional adapter from Samsung (sold separately by manufacturer; not available at Crutchfield). Not all Android devices are guaranteed to be compatible with the AppRadio 2. Please view the AppRadio Compatible Device List for the latest compatible iPhone 4/4S and Android smartphone information.

    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 include Navigation, Music, Video, Photo, Contacts, and Calendar apps. The Pioneer AppRadio app and the compatible apps must be downloaded to your iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5C/5S, or compatible Android smartphone, before you can access these compatible applications from the Pioneer AppRadio 2. You can initially select the app you want from the AppRadio screen, or you can launch the AppRadio app successfully by pressing the HOME hard-key while on a 3rd party app. Once you have selected an app, you will continue control of the selected app via the AppRadio's touchscreen controls, or your iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5C/5S, or Android smartphone touchscreen (based on app protocol). Please visit the Pioneer AppRadio 2 site for the latest compatible apps.

    Note: To access compatible apps you must have an Apple iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5C/5S, or compatible Android smartphone with the latest version of the AppRadio application from the Apple's iTunes App Store or Android Market. Your iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5C/5S, or Android smartphone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi.

    Future Apps: The Pioneer AppRadio 2 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 firmware, software, and app compatibility changes. Visit Pioneer AppRadio 2 site for the latest compatible apps & firmware/software updates.

    Navigation Apps: The Pioneer AppRadio 2 (SPH-DA100) supports various navigation apps for the iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5/5C/5S.

    • MotionX-GPS Drive (iPhone 4/4S only): The MotionX-GPS Drive App ($0.99) is available from iTunes for your iPhone 4/4S (not compatible with iPhone 5/5C/5S). This navigation app also requires a $24.99 one time fee for the maps to display on-screen, and a one year $9.99 subscription for Voice Guidance feature. MotionX-GPS Drive is a complete GPS navigation solution, designed and optimized for the iPhone, 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 iOS application. MotionX-GPS Drive Offers full support for the iPhone 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. 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. You can enter the following Destination Searches (Go To) from your iPhone:
      • 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/Intersection/City/Zip Code: 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. Enter a street intersection, defined by two road names, for navigating. Enter a city for navigating; the approximate center of the city will be used for your destination. Enter a US zip code or Canadian postal code.
      • POIs/Airports/Emergency: 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). 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). 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/Frequent Destinations/Favorites: List of all recently found addresses, businesses, and points of interest. List of your most frequently visited destinations. List of all destinations designated as a favorite.
      • Saved Destinations/Parking Spots: List of your saved destinations. List of your saved parking spots.
      • Latitude/Longitude Define a destination by entering the latitude and longitude coordinates.
    • Navfree USA/Canada/Mexico (iOS only): Navfree offers turn-by-turn directions, voice & on-screen instructions, as well as offline map use and address search, along with live search via Google and Microsoft Bing, among many other features. Navfree is a completely free navigation app for the iPhone with no additional monthly charges. It uses map data created by a community of thousands of users around the world. The map gets downloaded to the phone so data connection is not required for navigating. Navigation functions include.
      • Map Display: Navfree provides On-board maps, so no data connection required to browse maps or use the address search. You can select between 2D or 3D map mode in day- or night-time color mode. You're able to browse maps with multi-touch dragging and scrolling. The map will automatically zoom in & out at turns and junctions.
      • Destination Search: Search by the exact address or postcode of your destination. Simple POI search is also available (points of interest: café's, restaurants, museums etc.) or use Google or Microsoft Bing to find millions of local places and then fast route to and from their locations. In addition, instant routing lets you select any point on the map to route to.
      • Route Guidance: Its fast routing engine allows you to calculate long routes in seconds. Routing options include; fastest, easiest, most economical, etc. A demo route  allows you to preview your route in real time before you leave. A direction list allows you to check each step of your journey. If you miss a turn, Navfree reroutes you automatically
    • INRIX Traffic (iOS only): 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) for iPhone 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. 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: The AppRadio 2 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 self-adhesive magnetic pad.

    Driver Assistant Apps: The Pioneer AppRadio 2 (SPH-DA100) supports several driver assistant apps for the iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5/5C/5S.

    • DashCommand (iOS only): Utilizing the built-in GPS & accelerometer sensors of the iPhone 4 /4S, the DashCommand  app ($49.99) 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.
    • Best Parking (iOS only): BestParking is a parking search engine app for the iPhone that steers drivers towards the cheapest and most convenient parking garages and lots in 43 cities & 79 airports. Search results are displayed directly on a map with a cost to easily compare prices. Includes numerous parking facility attributes (Hours of Operation, Phone #, Indoor/Outdoor, Cash/Credit, Self Park/Valet, etc.). BestParking is the only parking application that conducts continuous manual updates of parking rates and locations to ensure the highest level of accuracy.
    • Extra Mile (iOS only): Extra Mile is an all-in-one iOS app for convenient voice navigation that gives audio feedback to improve your driving performance and conserve fuel. Simply start the app when you start your car. It will automatically record distance traveled, fuel expenses, trip duration and driving pattern. When you reach your destination, just press the end button. View the trip details in a log or view every day's total on a calendar. If you forget to start your app, you can always add the trip details manually. Extra Mile features an easy-to-use mileage tracker, gas expense logger, driving habit analyzer, mileage diary for your business or personal expenses, and free voice-guided navigation.

    Music Apps: The Pioneer AppRadio 2 (SPH-DA100) supports lots of music apps for your iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5C/5S, or compatible Android smartphone.

    • CarMediaPlayer: The Pioneer CarMediaPlayer (for iPhone & Android) allows you to swipe, drag, and directly touch the desired artist, song, or album in your iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5C/5S, or Android smartphone's music library directly from the Pioneer touchscreen with Alphabet Search and Album View functions. The iPhone version of the app even allows you to play and access your iTunes Match collection directly from the touchscreen display.
    • Pandora Radio: The Pandora App (for iPhone & Android) lets you play and control music from the Pandora music service through the Pioneer AppRadio using your connected Apple iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5C/5S, or Android smartphone. 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. This is the only App compatible with the iPhone 5/5C/5S.
    • AUPEO! Personal Radio: AUPEO! Personal Radio (for iPhone & Android) is a free online music radio station that lets you stream your favorite artists, songs, and music live to your iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5C/5S, or Android smartphone. 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.
    • Rdio (iOS only): Get access and control the iTunes Rdio app (from $4.99 per month). Rdio is a new social music service on the web for the iPhone 4/4S . 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 2 will display Artist, Album, and Song information; as well as Album art.
    • Livio Radio (iOS only): The Livio Radio app ($4.99) for iPhone 4/4S lets you listen to more than 42,000 AM/FM and Internet-only radio streams from around the world. The Livio Radio app has been optimized for use in the vehicle with a range of features an controls right from the Pioneer head unit's touchscreen.
    • StreamS HiFi (iOS only): The StreamS HiFi Radio app has been optimized iPhone 4/4S. The StreamS HiFi Radio app ($4.99) 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.
    • MIXTRAX (iOS only): Pioneer's proprietary MIXTRAX app from iTunes analyzes the music in your iTunes library to create custom playlists for non-stop song mixes with added DJ effects.
    Note: The AppRadio 2's music apps can run in the background while you are using a navigation app.

    Videos & Photo Apps: The Pioneer AppRadio 2 (SPH-DA100) supports video & photo viewing from your iPhone 4/4S and Android smartphone.

    • Video Apps: With your vehicle parked and the parking brake fully engaged, additional apps (such as Netflix or 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 or the Android market. You will control the video app with your iPhone 4/4S or compatible Android smartphone, not the AppRadio.
    • Photos: You are able to view photos stored on your iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5C/5S, or Android smartphone on the Pioneer AppRadio's touchscreen display. You're able to access albums and camera rolls, and even view a slideshow.
    Note: Your vehicle's parking brake must be engaged to watch videos or photos on the AppRadio 2's touchscreen monitor.

    Helpful Apps: The Pioneer AppRadio 2 (SPH-DA100) supports additional helpful apps for your iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5C/5S, or Android smartphone.

    • Calendar: You can view your iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5C/5S, or Android smartphone'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, iPhone 5/5C/5S, or Android smartphone, and even route to contacts stored within your iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5C/5S, or Android smartphone's contact list.
    • CarKeyboard (Android only): The CarKeyboard app for Android allows you to input text directly from the 7" capacitive touchscreen display of the AppRadio 2 (SPH-DA100). CarKeyboard is a customizable multi-language keyboard that works in conjunction with the AppRadio app and can also be used as the default keyboard on your Android device.

    iPod Audio/Video Playback

    iPod/iPhone Audio Playback: The Pioneer AppRadio 2 supports playback of music and video stored on your iPod or iPhone, when connected via the supplied iPod AV cable. If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5/5C/5S; you will also need the Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter (sold separately) in order to make connection with the Pioneer iPod cable for audio playback only.

    Head Unit Control: You can control the iPod/iPhone from the unit's touchscreen (your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen will be locked). From the head unit, you can search your iPod/iPhone's audio/video content by Video Playlist, Movie, Music Video, Video Podcast, TV Show, Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, Composer, or Audiobook (your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen will be locked). Once you have selected a category, you can search each category alphabetically (A-Z). In addition, the head unit offers Link Search, which allows you to play songs related to the currently playing song. Link Search lets the head unit create an album list of the currently playing artist, a song list of the currently playing album, or an album list of the currently playing genre. You can also select Random & Repeat functions for a certain song or specific folder.

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

    Battery Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. The AppRadio 2 will also charge your compatible Android smartphone. This unit will not charge the Apple iPad. If your Apple or Android device has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Pioneer AppRadio 2 (SPH-DA100) is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as 9/19/2013):

    iPod/iPhone Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video AppRadio Pandora App Head Unit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info Album Art
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    4 7.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 7.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5** 7.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5C** 7.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S** 7.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y
    3rd 5.0.1 Y Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y
    5th* 7.0 Y N N N Y N Y Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N N N Y N Y Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N N N Y N Y Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N N N Y N Y Y Y Y
    7th* 1.02 PC Y N N N Y N Y Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N N N Y N Y Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N
    2 7.0 Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N
    3 7.0 Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N
    4* 7.0 Y N N N Y N Y Y Y N
    mini* 7.0 Y N N N Y N Y Y Y Y
    Notes:

    • **The iPhone 5/5C/5S  (iOS 6.1+) will require the CD-IH202 cable, the Apple Lightning-to-USB Cable, and the Apple Lightning-to-Digital AV Adapter (all sold separately) for full functionality with the AppRadio 2. The AppRadio 2 will also need a firmware upgrade from Pioneer (coming soon).
    • *The iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), and iPad (4/mini) will require the Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter (sold separately) in order to make connection with the proprietary Pioneer iPod cable. Only audio playback and Pandora app is supported.
    • Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology (powered by Parrot): The AppRadio 2 (SPH-DA100) is equipped with built-in Bluetooth ver. 2.1 + EDR (powered by Parrot) allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver from your iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5C/5S, or Android smartphone (with SPP protocol). 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: In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5C/5S, or Android smartphone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication Profiles - HFP (Hands Free Profile), HSP (Head Set Profile), OPP (Object Push Profile), PBAB (Phone Book Access Profile).

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

    Phone Pairing: Your iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5C/5S, or Android smartphone will need to be initially paired to the Pioneer AppRadio 2, before you are able to make or receive a phone calls from the unit. Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Pioneer AppRadio 2.

    Hands-Free Communication: The AppRadio 2 supports wireless hands-free communication (HFP/HSP/OPP) for your iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5C/5S, or Android smartphone. 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 2 allows you to carry on a phone conversation from your iPhone 4/4S or Android smartphone using the unit's external microphone and your car audio speakers. During a conversation you can adjust the volume, as well as switch to Private Mode (talk directly from phone). Using the AppRadio 2, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:

    • Direct Dial: You can make a call by entering the phone number using the unit's on-screen keypad (0-9, *, #, +).
    • Phone Book: The phone book of your iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5C/5S, or compatible Android smartphone will be transferred automatically when the phone is paired to this unit. After finding the number you want to call in the phone book, you can select the entry and make the call. If a lot of numbers are registered in the phone book, you can search for the phone number by alphabet search mode. A maximum of 1,000 phone book entries can be transferred per cellular phone.
    • 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.
    • Preset Numbers: You can easily store up to 6 phone numbers as preset from the phone book and the call history list.

    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 head units. The microphone features a 13' cord that plugs into the back of the radio, and comes with an adjustable visor-mount clip. This unit is not equipped with an integrated front-panel mic.

    Audio Section

    MOSFET50 Internal Amplifier: The AppRadio 2 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)

    2.0-Volt Preamp Outputs: The Pioneer AppRadio 2 features two pairs of 2.0-volt preamp outputs. The unit's rear preamp output can be configured as a fading rear-channel output or a non-fading subwoofer output with a low-pass filter, phase adjustment, and output level control.

    Subwoofer Control: When configured as the subwoofer output, you can select the frequency of the 18dB/octave low pass filter (50, 63, 80, 100, or 125 Hz), select the subwoofer phase (normal/reverse), and the subwoofer gain (+6 to -24).

    High-Pass Filter: The AppRadio 2 features a high-pass crossover for the front & rear channels when your front & rear speakers are connected by the unit's speaker-outputs or preamp-outputs. You can adjust the high-pass crossover from 50Hz, 63Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 125Hz, or Off. The "Off" selection is a full-range setting.

    EEQ (Easy EQ): There are seven stored equalizer curves which you can easily recall at any time. You can choose from - Powerful (low- and high-frequencies are boosted), Natural (low- and high-frequencies slightly boosted), Vocal (midrange is boosted), Super Bass (low-frequencies are boosted), Flat (nothing boosted), Custom 1 (user adjustable), or Custom 2 (user adjustable).

    5-Band Graphic EQ: The Custom 1 and Custom 2 EQ modes allow you to manually adjust the level (+/- 12dB) of each band of the head unit's 5-band graphic equalizer (100Hz, 315Hz, 1.25kHz, 3.15kHz, 8kHz).

    Loudness: The Loudness function compensates for deficiencies in the low- and high-frequency ranges at low volume. You can set the Loudness to High, Mid, Low, or Off.

    Bass Boost: You can easily boost the subwoofer bass level by using the Bass Boost function. The Bass Boost feature allows you increase the subwoofer level from 0 to +6 (12dB).

    Source Level Adjustment (SLA): This function lets you adjust the volume level of each source (AM, Pandora, iPod, Apps) to prevent radical changes in volume when switching between sources. Settings are based on the unit's FM volume level, which remains unchanged. Each source can be independently adjusted from -4 dB to +4 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 2 (SPH-DA100) 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 head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

     

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    1 out of 5

    SPH- DA100 is Junk

    Written By TTS, Cincinnati, Ohio on Thursday, March 20, 2014
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    Only works well if you use the AR Liberator app, otherwise it's just an AM FM Radio. Worked for 10 months and then began to randomly reboot itself. Took to local service center. It's been two weeks and they haven't even looked at it. I'll keep you posted as to how Pioneer handles this mess.
    Pros:
    Works with android phone if you use arliberator app at $30.
    Cons:
    Poor quality. In shop after 10 months of use. Really built for Iphone and just jerry rigged by Pioneer to work with android.
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    4 out of 5

    Love it

    Written By JSB, Indianapolis, IN on Wednesday, December 25, 2013
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    Took a little getting used to but now I love it.
    Pros:
    Very compatible and good picture quality.
    Cons:
    Adds a lot of apps to your phone/
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    5 out of 5

    Incredible

    Written By Trenton, Illinois on Tuesday, June 04, 2013
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    I was looking for an android compatible solution for my car audio needs. This unit not only exceeded my expections but wowed my wife as well ( hard to do ). It takes a little reasurch but it is worth it in the end.
    Pros:
    Great look, easy to install for the do it yourself people, and a great head unit
    Cons:
    None that i can find
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    3 out of 5

    Not quite there yet

    Written By JohnA, Philadelphia, PA on Monday, May 06, 2013
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    My factory DVD Nav system wasn't easy to use and I hated paying to up date the maps every few years. Plus I didn't have an input for my iPhone to stream or play media. So this looked like a cool solution. It works but there is much work with the software to be done on Pioneers part. It warns me way too much not to use video while driving. Opening Pandora, or Waze for example. Also, the integration isn't really seamless there. Limited functionality makes using some things more dangerous than just using your smartphone.

    Maybe the next version will be better. Still better than my old factory Nav from 2007.
    Pros:
    Very cool concept.
    Cons:
    Too many warnings Integration with apps not fully executed at this point Not easy to switch between apps Could use a split screen view of navigation and Pandora for Example.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome, but not by itself

    Written By JoshP, Springfield, MA on Monday, May 06, 2013
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    As an android user, this unit by itself is good for not much more than fm radio. But when the app ARLiberator is used it becomes a unit with the function of one with 5 times the cost. crystal clear audio through hdmi, googe nav in my dash, and access to anything my phone can do but on a 7" screen. Perfect. Pioneer should thank ARliberator for truly showing that this unit is worth the purchase
    Pros:
    great value, screen touch is flawless, great sound quality
    Cons:
    bluetooth mic is below average in sound quality, needs arliberator to improve unit function, screen could use anti-glare, only two sets of preouts
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    4 out of 5

    In an FJ Cruiser

    Written By Village40, Smyrna, TN on Thursday, April 18, 2013
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    This is a fantastic idea, but has fallen short in the implementation phase. There are a limited number of apps to choose from, making the versatility of it somewhat limited, UNLESS your iPhone is jailbroken. The possibilities broaden considerably (as does the reliability) with 3rd party controls. I now thoroughly enjoy the Appradio. It sounds good, boots reasonably fast, and does what I need it too. Also, with jailbroken phones, there is no need to be annoyed by the "allow" the app to start. It does it automatically. Let's hope Pioneer keeps the updates and improvements coming.
    Pros:
    Easy to control, works as advertised, many features on a jailbroken iPhone 4, external GPS greatly improves signal, great range of audio enhancing controls, ability to install backup camera ($15 camera works like a champ). Waze is amazing on this unit.
    Cons:
    If your phone is not jailbroken, the apps are limited to navigation and music primarily (sorry, no video playback on Netflix, HBOGo, Amazon Video, etc.). Boot time is a little slow. Inability to input addresses into the navigation while connected to the stereo. Again, all the bad is counteracted by jailbreaking your device. No way to connect a thumb drive or SD card for stored music.
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    5 out of 5

    Fantastic

    Written By Frank N., Morganville, NJ on Wednesday, April 17, 2013
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    I installed the App Radio 2 in my 2005 Accord and it works as advertised. I have the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the ARLiberator App. The radio mirrors my smart phone. Everything on the smart phone works on the radio. I read a few negative reviews before purchasing this radio, but the negative reviewers must have not connected everything correctly.
    Pros:
    The radio controls your smartphone!
    Cons:
    I like to place my phone in the compartment under the radio. Unfortunately, bluetooth doesn't work well unless the phone is in front of the radio.
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    3 out of 5

    App Radio 2

    Written By Anonymous, Charleston, SC on Sunday, April 07, 2013
     
    Having issues getting Pandora to work on my Samsung Galaxy S3.
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    4 out of 5

    Pioneer SPH-DA100 AppRadio 2

    Written By John A, Thomasville,NC on Sunday, April 07, 2013
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    I really like the Pioneer SPH-DA100 AppRadio 2. I am currently using a Droid Bionic. Only thing I don't like is that you can not use the full function of your phone. But with a app called ARliberator and rooting your phone, your phone becomes your radio. You can do everything on your phone thru the radio and still use all functions of the radio. Texting, video, email( only do while when car is parked and brake is applied) Went to buy a second one for my truck but it shows discontinued
    Pros:
    Screen size makes it easier to see than looking at phone, sounds good, easy installation.
    Cons:
    had to purchase a APP to get full function of my phone thru the radio.Pioneer should of made it that way from the start.You have to tap OK every time you start the radio.
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    4 out of 5

    Pioneer SPH-DA100 AppRadio 2

    Written By David M, Cumberland Va on Wednesday, April 03, 2013
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    Overall a decent head unit for attaching to a smart phone. Pioneer could have done a bit better in allowing the head unit to provide input for the supported apps, and not displaying the screen when using the Iheartradio app is a tad strange. But overall a decent head unit with great sound. The instructions should also indicate that flashing the firmware will require using the included iphone interface cable. Overall pleased with this purchase especially after reading the connection issues other users where having. But they are correct about ARLiberator making this an awesome head unit, the caveat is that arliberator requires a bootloader on your phone.
    Pros:
    Easy to install, great sound, decent interface for radio use, excellent Bluetooth integration.
    Cons:
    No built in navigation functionality, phone book doesn't display properly, need more supported apps
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer AppRadio2

    Written By Torrance R., Harker Heights, TX on Tuesday, April 02, 2013
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    Great Radio!!!
    Pros:
    Touch screen, blue tooth, web browser, etc
    Cons:
    None
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    1 out of 5

    Pioneer SPH-DA100 AppRadio 2

    Written By Anonymous, Pittsburgh, PA on Tuesday, April 02, 2013
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    It's virtually impossible to use this unit unless you have very old phones. I had a Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5. People on the internet have suggested that the unit needs additional cables or HDMI adapters ($70~$100 for each phone). And there is no guarantee that those phones will work properly with the additional adapters. I think this is mostly due to immature firmware in this unit. I liked the nice big touch screen and fast boot-up time, and I would have tolerated its problems with newer phones and waited for firmware upgrades if only it had bluetooth audio streaming capability or AUX input.

    The unit basically reduces to a giant clock and radio receiver. And perhaps a monitor for a back-up camera.
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    2 out of 5

    Not as impressed as I hoped I would be.

    Written By DeanC, Aiken, SC on Thursday, March 28, 2013
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    I was very excited about this product but after installing it into my 2004 Subaru Baja I have had many second thoughts about this purchase. The concept is great but Pioneer's execution is completely disappointing. I am using this head unit with a Samsung GS3. Getting it connected via bluetooth is 5 out of 10. staying connected is less than that. This should be an easy task. Pioneer made it uber complicated! the interface through the AppRadio application is a joke. As is the apps you can add to enhance the experience. The extra connecter that is not included when you buy the radio to connect to an android phone does not work on the (11 Pin) GS3 so I had to buy a Samsung original. That would't be big deal but the manufacture doesn't tell you that so you have to trouble shoot the heck out of it and Crutchfield didn't know anything about the issue with the GS3 so they couldn't help. I have not given up on this unit yet but I am going to have to do some major tweaks to my phone and purchase another app that will cost $ to get it to a level that would make the price remotely worth the hassle. There are other units out there that may cost a little bit more but you get way more functionality with less hoop jumping. My recommendation is to explore other options before buying this unit. You will end up working a lot less for the same or even better result.
    Pros:
    Sound, Crutchfield's install guidance, Price.
    Cons:
    User interface, Bluetooth reliability, Lack of CD/DVD drive.
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    4 out of 5

    Good ONLY if you use arliberator

    Written By rest0fmyl1fe, Cos Cob, CT on Tuesday, March 26, 2013
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    Love this radio have 2 of them easy to use and install is easy would rate 5 star if Poineer fixed it for Android users Apple sucks!!
    Pros:
    AWESOME with Arliberator
    Cons:
    If your going to use Appradios app its worthless and you just wasted your money
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    1 out of 5

    AppRadio 2 disappointing

    Written By Bmreed, Sonoma, CA on Sunday, March 17, 2013
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    I'm on my second AppRadio 2 and it still doesn't work with the iPhone 5. I have the adapter and updated the firmware under Pioneer's direction. The AppRadio 2 thinks my iPhone 5 is an Android and Pioneer doesn't have any answers. I have to return this radio AGAIN. Pioneer will sell you an iPhone 5 adapter but will neglect to inform you that the radio needs a firmware update until you call them because the radio isn't working. Even after the update the radio does not work with iPhone 5. Way to go Pioneer! Customer service is terrible too!
    Pros:
    None that I can see.
    Cons:
    Doesn't work with iPhone 5 with adapter and firmware update. Thinks my iPhone 5 is an Android.
    6 out of 8 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Overall Not Too Bad!

    Written By Cooper G, Bend, Oregon on Thursday, March 07, 2013
     
    I stumbled upon one of these by accident for $ a few months back. I was looking for something that would be an upgrade from my single din JVC head unit that would still have control for my iPhone and had navigation. This actually works pretty well for those. There is a number of different apps you can use for navigation, so if you don't have unlimited data you can use an offline map app that relies completely on GPS (not too bad actually) or use one that uses GPS and data to get you there. It is nice that you can use live traffic apps like INRIX, and have full control of your iPhone/iPod from the deck. It is however, VERY annoying to have to constantly allow every app to open every single time I use it, I hate that part of it. Other than that it is simple to use, my mom drove my car and was able to simply change the radio station and volume and do everything she needed, and she could hardly figure out how to use her new iPad. Very simple interface. I wish it had 6 channel pre-amp out, I'd like to run a 4 channel and my sub, but for now I just get the sub. This can be solved with a crossover though. The unit seems pretty stable and has very fast boot times for an aftermarket deck, much faster than even my old basic JVC! I would argue that this is almost as fast as the stock deck that was in my Subaru. This did exactly what I needed.
    Pros:
    Full iPhone control, Bluetooth, Ease of use, App usage on screen, fairly powerful for speakers, sounds good, 7" screen
    Cons:
    Only a 4 channel pre-out, can't even use basic navigation without a phone, annoyance of the parking brake safety system
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    1 out of 5

    High Potential, Low Execution

    Written By schefferd, Florida on Monday, March 04, 2013
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    This seems like such a good idea, but unfortunately it just seems to suck in every way. First off, it is marketed for Android, but only includes a connector cable for the old iCrap, so if you have a shiny new iThing or an Android, you have to shell out for another cable ($100ish). I did order a generic cable for my Android phone, but the race is on: Cable arrives in the mail, or I get so frustrated that I tear this thing out and send it back. There is a new firmware available from Pioneer (8.30) and they recommend you install it. If you do, the radio becomes more useless. You have to acknowledge a nag screen every time you get in the vehicle before you can use any function, it doesn't time out an go away, and the radio won't turn on until you acknowledge the nag. So, you start you car, hit OK, wait for the radio to come on (Less than 10 seconds), select the radio or the iPod, then tell it to actually play music. This must be done every time you get in the car. If you get a call while you are driving, you must turn the radio or the iPod back on manually after the call is over, which kind of defeats the point of hands free. There are a few hidden menus that the people at Pioneer refused to disclose when I called to ask. If you press the "menu" button and any other button when the unit boots, you can get some diagnostics, but most are useless. You can at least troubleshoot your reverse camera if you find the right menu and hit all the correct invisible buttons along the way.
    Pros:
    Shiny, responsive screen, firmware upgrades (and downgrades, which you'll probably need to do) are easy.
    Cons:
    Poor user interface, poor settings availability, requires considerable more investment in cables/connectors if you want to use all features. As noted elsewhere, the Pioneer APP is useless. Poor customer support. I would not recommend this radio to a friend, I would not give it as a gift and I would advise anyone thinking about purchasing it to avoid it at all costs. It isn't worth the effort of installing it if you received it for free.
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome

    Written By Armand, Port Orchard, WA on Sunday, March 03, 2013
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    A little bit of reading and then you are on your way. Love this product especially for an android phone. All it takes is an app purchase and the connect kit and a little patience and you can mirror your phone to the screen with full touch capability. Of course check local laws to ensure what you are doing is legal. Excellent choice some may want to go with one that has a DVD player but I like to stream all my content.
    Pros:
    Clear and bright screen. Very good sound. Easy to use.
    Cons:
    Wish I would have bought after the rebate.
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    5 out of 5

    amazing head once you purchase ARLiberator

    Written By Goldie, Portland, OR on Wednesday, January 23, 2013
     
    This head unit was nearly worthless with only the functions included by Pioneer but once I purchased the ARLiberator app for Android it became a head unit worth easily double the price.
    Pros:
    Simple and clean design. ARLiberator's added ability to mirror exactly what is on your phone's screen and pass through multi-touch events in real time.
    Cons:
    This unit without ARLiberator is a complete boat anchor. As a stock offering it plays FM radio. With a phone connected it plays Pandora. Little else of interest.
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    3 out of 5

    Appradio2

    Written By Mike, New York on Monday, January 14, 2013
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    Overall, It works. Very sluggish, god forbid you get a message in the middle of anything. I called pioneer, they said it would work with my iphone5, even tried it with the adapter, still nothing.. Downgraded to the 4s, it works ok, but def does need some improvement, should have just spend the extra $200 and got a real radio.
    Pros:
    It looks nice, and instals easy.
    Cons:
    Sluggish, screens jump if you get a message....
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    5 out of 5

    It sucked at 1st, but I now love it.

    Written By Charlie A, NC on Thursday, January 10, 2013
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    When I first got this radio, I found it almost impossible to sync it up to my Droid RAZR. When I finally did, I was very displeased with paltry amount of available registered apps from the Appradio app from the Google Playstore. To use non Pioneer apps from the the radio, Apps have to registered within the actual app from Pioneer.Very useful apps like Google NAV could not be controlled from that app. Then finally somebody created AR Liberator and all my problems were solved. With ARL all I had to do is Root the phone, calibrate the screen and presto. I now had full control of the Droid RAZR from the Appradio 2 screen and access all the phone apps. If anybody buys this receiver, get rid of Pioneer's app and load AR LIberator. Were it not for that app, this radio would have sucked.
    Pros:
    Ability to tailor your custom driving screen with AR Liberator. Droid and Iphone compatibility.
    Cons:
    Poor tech support Very bad Pioneer App Connectivity problems with native app Having to "root" the phone
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    4 out of 5

    AppRadio is pretty cool

    Written By surfcurran, Virginia Beach, VA on Monday, November 19, 2012
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    First, let me say that Crutchfield is awesome. Their support and customer service is without equal. When they send you the product you get installation instructions that are tailored to your car WITH PICTURES, not some generic set of unreadable instructions. When I was having some problems with the installation and thought it was the radio, they sent another one out immediately without waiting for the first one to be returned. They just ask that you return the defective unit within 2 weeks. Very cool business model and along with the technical support, I will only buy from Crutchfield. I installed this unit with the adapter and free face plate, and it all went in fine. My problems began when I read a forum that said don't spend the money on the Pioneer MHL adapter kit, you can accomplish the same with any MHL adapter. Well, there's another forum entry that says that not all MHL adapters are the same- and the latter is correct. I kept getting static and green screen and constant intermittent streaming on Pandora from my Samsung GS2. I think some of it has to do with the crappy GS2 reception and even crappier reception through Sprint, but I will tell you once I committed to getting the dedicated Pioneer MHL adapter kit (CD-AH200C), this radio came alive. Continuous streaming, map display, and movie playback to include Netflix, where the GS2 connectivity allows constant streaming. Many of the gripes about this radio are valid, but overall, I'm pretty satisfied.
    Pros:
    Good radio for a GS2 where so many other radios are slaves to iPhone; playback of stored movies, Netflix, YouTube, etc.; Function is excellent once you get the Pioneer MHL kit or similar
    Cons:
    Screen resolution could be a little better; would like a dedicated volume knob, but can live with the "+ and -" volume controls for now; Pandora will not play with other apps running (i.e. map, etc.) even after trying the "allow with" adjustment; limited aps, hoping for some future firmware upgrades and aps.
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    3 out of 5

    Expected a little better with io6.

    Written By Matthew, Pittsburgh, PA on Friday, November 09, 2012
     
    The way this is marketed I thought I literally could plug my iPhone running io6 and never touch it while driving. Not the case. As with apple products any 3rd party device cannot have control over their products, many screens to allow app radio connectivity. Although the for mentioned issues, Netflix while parked, car browser, car media, pandora all work great. I even downloaded a police scanner app, that allows me to hear Pittsburgh police, fire, ems bands, plays right though app radio. I drive a tow truck and spend 12 hrs a day in it. The addition if app radio has made my time in the truck a lot nicer.
    Pros:
    Beautiful display, great sound quality, use of "some" apps, upgrade able.
    Cons:
    Gets "buggy" from time to time. Having to use iPhone to allow use of apps a pain while trying to drive.
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    4 out of 5

    Great Product Needs Detailed Instruction

    Written By Jimc, Monroe, La on Friday, November 02, 2012
     
    I bought this item with all the bells and whistles, including the rearview camera. I got it at a bargain price, considering the list prices verses actual price. I chose it to go with my new Galaxy S3.

    At first, I was very disappointed. There are no detailed instructions.

    They just ramble on what it will do instead of telling you which buttons to push and in which order to push them. I had to go to Tube to learn how to use the darned thing and even then it took many hours to figure it out.

    I have finally figured out most of it but I am still learning.

    The Radio is great. If is very simple. There are plenty of presets, it is functional and easy to understand. The sound is fantastic and can be adjusted to minute performance.

    The IPod player is great as well. No problems. Same great sound.

    Apps. There are not a lot to chose from if your using an Android device. If that is what you are looking for don't waste your time. However I can use many of the apps in the cell phone mode i just have to use the phone for all inputs.

    Pandora works great but is very dependent of a good signal. I never knew that the signal varies so much. Lose your signal lose Pandora. This will require you to stop, pull up the parking brake and reconnect. Also there are a lot of ads and you sometimes have to let them know you are still listening. This requires you to use the phone which is a pain. So I use it only on the interstate which seems to have good coverage.

    Phone works great





    Pros:
    Great sound from countless sources. Cool.
    Cons:
    Getting the phone to sync to bluetooth and to the radio. Requires a lot of restarts.
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    5 out of 5

    Android Owner's heaven

    Written By JakeS, Palo Alto, CA on Friday, October 26, 2012
     
    Completely awesome!! If you have a compatible Android phone (needs HDMI or MHL), then this stereo is for you. All you need to do is download the ARLiberator app from Google Play, Root your phone and you're in the money. Full touch control of your phone right from the touch screen. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kyle.arliberator&hl=en
    Pros:
    Full control of your Android phone
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    1 out of 5

    Not ready for Android

    Written By PeteH, Silicon Valley, CA on Tuesday, September 18, 2012
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    Android users should run, not walk, by this product. The execution of the user interface on both the head and the Android app are both brain dead. Had they simply enabled the head unit to control the Android phone it would have been a winner. Instead it requires all the apps to be controlled on the phone. Furthermore, the built in GPS is non-available to Android users so you're paying for functionality you can't use. Tack on the fact that the bluetooth phone connection is highly unreliable and you have my full set of grounds for returning it.
    Pros:
    Nice screen
    Cons:
    Terrible apps UI, non-functional GPS, unreliable phone connection
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    2 out of 5

    Someone forgot to write the interface software

    Written By Matt, Raleigh NC on Sunday, September 09, 2012
     
    For its price point you get a beautiful 720P multitouch display, but at the compromise of choosing between Pandora or GPS use. With that being said my expectations were that this radio would provide both functions at the same time. On the Android platform it is a nightmare using the MHL connector. Not only do you need the phone to be awake which in most of the dual core phones means your battery wont charge, but at the same time you must have HDMI mirroring and Bluetooth enabled. If either of these connections break pairing to the reciever it kicks you out to the home screen. These minor annoyances add up quickly and hinder driver saftey when you're trying to repair your phone at 75 mph to continue the use of the GPS function..

    I cannot speak for the iPhone intergration but I am sure it was designed purely for iPhone users since there is no way the Android platform is making use of the GPS antenna. Jailbroken users also have the use of AppRadio Extensions which allows full unlocked control of your iPhone and the apps you choose through the radio.

    Save your money and for a few hundred more get the Z140 or Z150 or if Nav is not your goal the 8400 is a great powerhouse with similar functionality. This doesnt even meet the core expectations of a car radio.
    Pros:
    Double din nav at entry level pricing 720P multitouch HDMI input
    Cons:
    Pandora OR App's not both. Radio is not HD or HD addon capable
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    3 out of 5

    Cool if you can deal with Bugs

    Written By Yoggie, Dallas on Monday, July 16, 2012
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    I have had the SPH-DA100 for about 3 weeks now and I do like it. I use it with my iPhone. This head unit has some quarks that if you can live with you will get along just fine. See my Cons section. If you a gadget persons and can figure things out quickly this is a good pick for you.
    Pros:
    Speedy interface, fast boot up, screen looks great, capacitive touch screen works good, coolness factor of having apps on a radio, iPhone stock map app works awesome.
    Cons:
    -Screen goes back for no reason, just hit home button to fix. -for some reason Pioneer put a button that reprograms all your presets in between the last preset button and the volume down button. I have accidentally reprogramed all my stations 3 times now. -Unit will just flake out for no reason forcing me to unplug and re-plug my phone.
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    5 out of 5

    Great receiver with a great looking design

    Written By AJ, Anchorage, AK on Sunday, July 15, 2012
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    I bought this receiver to replace the factory radio in my 2008 Subaru Legacy. Unlike the factory radio, this radio was able to provide total control over my iPod 2nd Generation as well as my iPhone 4.

    The dimmer and everything works great, and installing it was a breeze thanks to the installation gear provided by crutchfield. After I installed this radio, I decided to go ahead and replace the factory speakers as well as they just didn't cut it with this deck. I ended up going with a pair of Polk Audio DXI component speakers and I couldn't be happier.

    This deck works great and I can't find anything wrong with it, aside from the sometimes annoying warning screen that pops up when trying to get into the App Mode. I wired the deck to the handbrake like you're supposed to, and it works great with no problems.

    As far as iPod integration goes, My 2nd generation iPod touch works great with no problems whatsoever. Seeking and scrolling is very fast and responsive, even faster than my previous alpine deck I had a couple years ago. Overall, you can't go wrong with this deck.
    Pros:
    Beautifully designed user interface Resolution on the display is crisp and looks great Capacitive touch screen is very easy to use and works great iPod integration is superb
    Cons:
    Annoying warning when app mode is used Pandora will sometimes resume playing when iPhone is plugged in, even if iPod mode is selected or the radio is on. Glitchy, but not unusable.
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    5 out of 5

    Appradio 2 with a HTC Sensation 4G

    Written By JasonH, Virginia Beach, VA on Friday, July 13, 2012
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    Since my car stereo didnt come with an AUX jack or bluetooth, I have been wanting to get a radio so I can hear my Droid phones GPS directions through the car speakers. I was looking at a unit from Valor, but then heard the annoucement about the Appradio 2 supporting Andriod phones. I looked on the list, sure enough my phone was listed, since it supported MDI to HDMI. As a reminder to Driod users, the USB connection is just for Video and power, you can't surf your phone like you can with an iPod. Well Like I think you can with an iPod, since I have never owned oine in my life. (Sorry Apple, not a follower) I had mine sitting in my cart on this website before it was available, so when I finally ordered it from Crutchfield, I didn't realize they were giving the Android Connection Kit FREE. So when 2 arrived, I called support, and they set me all up with a return and credit. The head unit works just as I expected it to. Sometimes it is a bit funny, if you disconnect then reconnect again quickly without being shut off for too long. (Quick stops into a gas station) But that has been my only complaint about it. I haven't seen any warning screens on my phone from the radio, so that must just be an iPhone thing. The only warnings are the start-up screen, and the E-brake on while watching video.
    Pros:
    More apps coming out all the time. Dont have to run my phone's GPS when connected, saving battery life.
    Cons:
    Not always syncing after quick cycles of off and on when making multple stops.
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    4 out of 5

    Has changed the way I use my stereo

    Written By chips, Georgetown, TX on Monday, June 25, 2012
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    Works great. I've had it in the car for about a month, and it's changed the way I use my stereo. I hope that more 3rd parties start writing apps, as that will just increase the value of the product.
    Pros:
    Integrates well with the iPhone, and is not very buggy.
    Cons:
    Dimmer doesn't seem to work, so I have to manually dim the stereo at night. Needs more apps.
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    4 out of 5

    Great Idea

    Written By Fitter, Huntington Beach,CA on Friday, June 15, 2012
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    I knew the product shortcomings before purchase and was not surprized. This is a first product of a great idea... So I expect refinements. Overall, it performs as expected and I recommend it to consumers comfortable with new technology. I can use any audio app, regardless of "Pioneer Approved", such as Stitcher, audio books, and music apps. For video streams, the app has to support second-device screens... Netflix and Hulu Plus work great with the parking break on.
    Pros:
    I use the Dash Command app to show detailed vehicle performance. This app is highly recommended. It requires the purchase of an ODB computer device that can be had from Go Point... Inexpensive and plugs in to the vehicle computer port. This is easy and without tech-savy. The Dash Command website clearly explains all. I recommend the Bluetooth version over WiFi since multiple devices in concurrent connection is possible.
    Cons:
    According to Pioneer, the DA100 version is a complete Pioneer build... Unlike the 001 and 002, which were produced by a third-party. Expect more improved firmware and software from the DA100... I'm told a major update is in the offing by 9/12. You need to understand your iPhone connect procedure... Not difficult for those willing to follow instructions... Those who don't will not be happy... but that's life, isn't it.
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    5 out of 5

    Its fine if you don't want a supercomputer.

    Written By Badger G, Clovis, NM on Thursday, June 07, 2012
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    If you use this with a regular iPod, you will be fine. Seems like everyone is freaking out about the phone apps and updates/blah blah. I installed it with a friend and it does what I bought it for. I have the 80GB iPod classic and it works like a charm. I know it has all the crazy features available, but that's not why I bought it. I wanted a large sharp touch screen with some iTunes inspiration for daily driving. The scroll-drag and tap function was a must. If you want an amazing GPS/backup camera/DJ function, there are some better units out there. It's nowhere as sluggish as people led me to believe. Maybe a one second delay in screen randomly b/t songs. Songs didn't skip or delay though. Everything is in the still in the works with this unit and the apps so it hopefully only gets better. For real, if you just wanna chill to some great tunes and drive then this is great.

    50% off of the G Coupe dash kit was amazing from this site! The quality is good but I wish it had more instructions for the assembly. I managed though.
    Pros:
    Large Screen, works amazing even with an iPod classic, attention grabber, works awesome with bose premium sound
    Cons:
    Apps can be annoying if you use them like crazy
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    2 out of 5

    Good idea, poor implementation

    Written By KP, Philadelphia on Friday, June 01, 2012
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    Concept is nice, wanted a radio that worked with iPhone or android. Radio would not sense parking brake ( unit it replaced didn't have any problems with this). Whenever I would access apps thru the head unit. It would constantly kick on the rear view camera. After talking to crutch fields support and all testing ws good they recommended speaking to pioneer as unit was so new it may be a specific issue with firmware. Called pioneer - first person I spoke to advised it wasn't compatible with an iphone4 ! After about 4 transfers I finally got someone who know of the backup camera issue. He had me upgrade firmware. It didn't help. We finally found that the problems only happened when pioneers iPhone app was running and the camera was set to battery polarity. The only thing he could advise then was to uninstall the app or live with it until they upgraded the software but he couldn't give a time frame for that. Ultimately decided to return unit - if I didn't need the backup camera I probably would have kept unit. Just a note from when I was talking to pioneer this unit uses the gps to sense vehicle motion so you can't view non compatible apps on the head unit while moving - safety feature to keep people from watching videos while driving, but it affects all the apps including the other gps programs unless they get on board with pioneer 's app radio venture.
    Pros:
    Looks nice, good sound
    Cons:
    Pioneer Apps terrible, cause more problems than solutions. Firmware is still glitchy. Only way to adjust screen brightness is while a video is playing. Parking brake interlock (on-off-on) is a pain.
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    5 out of 5

    Appradio2 Rocks

    Written By bmiller, Las Vegas on Friday, May 18, 2012
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    This is by far the coolest headunit out there. If you have an Android phone and want integration like iPhones this is the real deal. I got this installed a few days ago and I am still learning all the features but so far this is way cool. Thanks Pioneer for giving us Android users something that integrates just as well as an iPhone. For everyone that has trouble with theirs it's probably your install. I got this installed by a real professional who knew what he was doing. There were several glitches during the install but my installer knew exactly what to do. Everything works using my Galaxy S2.
    Pros:
    Large screen and integrates well with Android phones. Touch screen works well and it's quick changing apps and scrolling through song lists. Costs way less than any navi system and has all the features plus more as any navi unit. And it's just down right cool!
    Cons:
    Doesn't stream music through blutooth. Takes a little too long to connect via the wired connection.
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    5 out of 5

    App radio 2

    Written By Dantoine, Baton rouge, Louisiana on Tuesday, May 15, 2012
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    I love my new radio, I saved money buying it from Crutchfield with the fee harness and antenna they have me. The adapter was half off too. Other places wanted 600 just for the radio and like 300 more for the parts to get it hooked up
    Pros:
    It was shipped n a timely matter n came very discret so I was satisfied
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    1 out of 5

    Not compatible with listed Android

    Written By lykos, Chesapeake VA on Saturday, May 12, 2012
     
    Spent an hour troubleshooting with install team. This product is not compatible with Motorola RAZR Maxx as listed on pioneer website. Link was buggy, no Google maps, and no video. Works well with iphone but not the latest Android. First generation glitches. Also even if it was compatible you have to spend extra money for the Android cables. Try again Pioneer.
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    3 out of 5

    Pioneer SPH-DA100 AppRadio 2

    Written By dtran, pomona, california on Friday, April 27, 2012
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    I love it. Everything works fine except the Video. I own a iphone 3gs and 6th gen ipod. Video doesnt work on the radio even with the ebrake engaged. Apps wont show up on the phone either. Let me know if anyone knows what the solution is.

    Other than that, the screen is very fast and large. I love it! I just wish I could figure out how to get the video to work. Crutchfield and Pioneer dont seem to be familiar enough about the new radio to know how to help me out.
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    3 out of 5

    Pioneer SPH-DA100 AppRadio 2

    Written By Dan N, Smithtown, ny on Friday, April 27, 2012
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    Only problem I have is the cable for the iPod won't stay in my iphone
    Pros:
    Cheap for a double din with gps
    Cons:
    Not as many functions as I was led To believe
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    2 out of 5

    Nice idea, terrible execution

    Written By KenR, King George, VA on Sunday, April 22, 2012
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    Thought this would be a nice simple way to enjoy fullscreen navigation powered by MotionX on my phone, along with all of the audio choices on the phone as well (Pandora, Audible, etc.) Well, it works, but it doesn't work well. To begin with, before you can launch an app on the phone via the radio, the AppRadio app has to be running on the phone. So you either have to manually start it on the phone, or tap "allow" on the phone when prompted. So much for removing unneeded distractions from the driver. Also, you cannot control MotionX on the radio screen without purchasing a $25 add-in from the app store. Further, once MotionX is running, if you switch off the phone's screen or change to another app, you lose MotionX on the head unit until you switch back to it on the phone. Now, that may be a limitation of the phone and not the head unit, but regardless, it's terribly inconvenient. In short, you can't simply connect your phone and forget about it. You will have to interact with both the phone and the head unit to do just about anything. Then there's the bugs. For example, sometimes if music is playing and you switch to the iPod or Pandora app on the head unit, the audio pauses for a second or two. Why? Also, MotionX or the head unit sometimes "forgets" that I purchased the add-in to allow interaction via the head unit, forcing a restart of the head unit to recover it. Unacceptable.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth integration was easy. Touchscreen is usually very responsive and quick.
    Cons:
    Poor interactivity with iPhone. I don't have an Android device so I can't comment on that. Firmware bugs.
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    4 out of 5

    Don't expect perfect here, but good.

    Written By BrianJed, Savannah, GA on Friday, April 20, 2012
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    I installed this radio in my 2011 VW Golf TDI. The stock radio was actually pretty good, but I knew the speakers were missing something. I wanted a cool radio, sounds great, and doesn't cost $1000+. This gave me all those. First Pioneers build quality looks greats. 7" screen would look nice in any car, picture quality is awesome too...my daughter loves to watch it. Sound quality brought my speakers alive. Pandora and the other music apps sound soo much better on this deck. The screen is pretty easy to figure out. The installation was straight forward when I read the instructions. Phone call quality is good, sometimes you will sound a little hollow. Connecting your iPhone is very easy. Now the bad side of this radio. The Warning Screens. They come up when you start the car and every time you enter a new or existing app. Oh wait, there are even warning pop-ups on your phone if the radio isn't enough for you. I know it is to make the driver aware of the potential problems, but I got the point in the first 5 minutes. Next issue, it is glitchy...sometimes. They are not consist, but happy from time to time. Doesn't bother me now, but the radio is only 24 hours old for me:) There was no manual with the deck. I thought it was my box but I see that it wasn't part of the packing. I know most people don't read it, but there people like me that do.
    Pros:
    7" screen (fills the hole in the dash very well) Quick response on the screen Good picture quality Sound quality is actually very good (made the speakers come alive) Love the apps!!
    Cons:
    Glitchy sometimes (not as bad everyone talks about) Warning screens (once when I start the car makes sense, but again and again is terrible) No operator's manual
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