Reviewer: Kpms from USModel:GA5153
First impressions. This coming from a person who has never really dabbed in aftermarket stereos
The devices looks NICE... It's clean and blends in well with my dashboard. I have a 2011 VW Golf and it looks like it belongs in their. The colors match perfectly and the screen is massive compared to the RNS510 I had.
The box did not come with ANY instructions for installing, but in less than a hour the installation is completed.Later I find the manual on the device itself as a PDF.
Overall impression: This device works smoothly and operates just like a Tablet would. There is no lag when switching apps and seems to keep up with different items multi-tasking.
I purchased a Rocket Stick from Craigslist as I had a left over line on my account for $5.00 per month it shares my pool of data (20 GB's) so I am very happy to report that the device sees the Stick. So while in the city and such I will be doing lots of Streaming from apps like D.I. Imported and Google Navigation.
There is no play store when you first get the app but when you're at home in the Garage or have WiFi around you, you can connect and "Google Play Store.apk" and you can have it installed in a few moments.
Last night after I had it installed I was using WiFi Tethering from my HTC Phone and it worked beautifully ( I didn't have the rocket stick installed ) and I was streaming music and the quality was Good! The kind of quailty you would expect when streaming audio through a head unit.
The launcher that came with it has given a few forced closes on certain apps so I am switching over to the Google Now Launcher. The purpose of this is so when I am at the home screen I can just say "Ok Google" and off we go.
I have yet to place or receive a bluetooth call or stream via bluetooth.
It integrates well with my MutiFunction Stereo Wheel Controls. There is a way to remap the keys so again I need to spend some time on that. I also have the upgraded Instrument Cluster and while on the Radio app it will display the Radio Stn. When I was listening to Google Play though the MFD said "VIDEO" not quite sure there.
If you like to Tinker and love the abundance of apps that Google has to offer you will like this Unit. It's nothing lavish or fancy but once you get in there and customize it I am sure you will like it.
Posted on 12/02/2014