Amateurish UI and missed opportunities
2011 Nissan Altima
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Ease of Use
This is last year's model, but the software interface and hardware is very similar to the 2014 model. I've been using it for 5 months, so I have a good sense of the UI problems. Overall, the hardware is good. The resistive touchscreen is responsive but some of the on-screen animations are choppy. But it's tolerable. The screen resolution is adequate for a HU and connectivity is very good. Bluetooth is solid and it syncs quickly. However, it's the software that needs refining. The UI is amateurish. The backgrounds, animations, and color choices are unpolished and gimmicky. The font size while using a flash drive is larger than the font used with Sirius. And the on-screen list of song title, artist, etc. is out of order compared to Sirius, it should be consistent. When muted, the mute icon overlaps the preset buttons. The X box, used to close windows, is offset from the main window, a graphical mistake. When using Sirius, there is a big empty space to the right where they could have the channel logo. The FM signal maxes out with 4 bars but the satellite signal maxes out with three bars (it's not a reception problem). The on-screen phone features, are on the right side, away from the driver. Voice control is clearly half-baked. When using a flash drive, the HU doesn't recognize playlists. If I knew that, I wouldn't have purchased the HU. I wish Pioneer would clean up the interface, until then I wouldn't recommend buying the AVH series.
Pros: Solid hardware, great connectivity
Cons: UI is unpolished, doesn't read playlists