We just got our new Mazda3 with an onboard GPS/Media Player added in. We’re not impressed. The GPS and Radio/DVD/CD player are all contained in one unit. While the GPS works fine, it is impossible to use it and listen to music at the same time either with the radio or CD player. You actually have to power off the GPS to get into the radio/cd music interface; switching back to the GPS means reloading/initializing the system and punching in your destination again. It is impossible to switch back to the GPS after putting a CD or the radio on. That’s our first complaint.
The music interface is also not impressive at all. The cd player has only the most basic functions lacking both shuffle and repeat and it doesn’t display what is playing. The radio tuner is okay. The USB music interface lists what is on your memory stick/card, but again no shuffle/repeat and the list font is very small making the touch screen control very tricky to select your choice. My cell phone has a better interface.
I realize this sounds a bit picky, but we know what we like. I can live with a simple music interface but sacrificing music for a GPS system doesn’t seem worth it to me. I know we could get a hand-held GPS though we’d rather not. Not being familiar with console models, I’m wondering what our options are. Is the technology just not advanced enough, or do we just need to get a higher end model? If one is available what should we expect to pay for it? Brand suggestions? Other generic functions to look for in a GPS system? (i’ve given up hoping for english gps maps of taiwan, though I’m holding out hope for a model that can switch between Chinese and English Menus even if the maps aren’t in English. Ours can speak to us in English, but I can’t stand hearing my car tell me what to do). What do you look for in a good GPS system?
Thanks again for any suggestions or insights!