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    Question 2 Din cheap GPS

    Hi,

    The stock radio in my car (Mitsubishi Verada) is not working (well, the volume nob is broken and can only be controlled with steering wheel buttons) so I've been looking at upgrading but don't wan't to spend more than 400AUD. Two systems on ebay have caught my eye, the Eonon G2201A and a chinese no name The no name has a higher res screen (800x480 vs 480x234) and digital TV and the eonon has a higher wattage (does not specify RMS or peak) and pictures of the GUI which looks ok compared with some other models I've seen and just more info on the unit (more pics and a manufactures website). Has anyone used either of these units or something else cheap that works?

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    Matt

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    i have one eonon E1062 for my mazda3 for nearly one year, it is very decent and worth the money.

    but the E1062 dose not come with a built-in GPS function, i have to add an external GPS box to have the function. but it is a special car dvd series, perfect match with my dashboard. I love it.

    Choose a product with a brand is very important, it means the quality care. i found eonon on eaby like u, however,finally, i bought it on eonon.com official, cuz it provide free shipping and 2 year guarantee while ebay doesnt.

    hope it help~

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    Ended up getting the eonon G2201A for 295AUD. Have not seen any feedback on this device except manufacturers website so I'll post a short review when it arrives.

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    this forum is primarily for installing computers in cars, so most won't bother with dd all-in-one solutions, but it is always nice to have more reviews on products that might fit the bill for some!

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    Well, I'll start off by saying DHL is the worst shipping company in the world; taking 2 weeks to express deliver a package which was conveniently "sent to incorrect facility" about half a dozen times.

    First up here's the before and after shots (taken with a nokia 6110 so sorry for the poor quality)
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    I haven't got much chance to use the G2201A but the sound quality is great and the units GPS kicks the living daylights out of the Nokia phone. Today I had to make a one hour journey through the city to buy a wire harness to connect the new system. During which time my phone was stuck on "Getting posistion..." the whole way. People aren't exaggerating when they say the Nokia aquisistion time is longer than the battery life. Anyway, plug the unit in for the first time and it gets a lock in under 1 minute and I used it to navigate home. Thats the longest the unit ever took to get a signal, now it locks on within 10 seconds of turning the car on.

    I've tested the bluetooth calling feature and it works well. The only quirk I've noticed with this unit thus far is that when listining to music and the GPS cuts in to give a direction, it's a bit slow in muting the music and announcing the next direction. When I was driving the music would stop and the GPS would anounce things like "Kilometers, turn right" and "the road" which was quite commical, driving with the music blasting away then it pauses and anounces "[follow] the road" before resuming the music. Your left driving going "What???" but it turns out to be quite a meaningless instruction and only gives it when crossing the harbour bridge. My phone gives a similarly stupid message when crossing by saying things like "in 100 meters, go straight ahead" followed by "go straight ahead" when your halfway across the bridge.

    The unit made an anoying beep every time I touched the screen but that proved to be easy to fix once I found how to access the main access screen which is done rather unintuitively by pushing the "esc" button on the radio screen. The radio does not have anywhere to plug my steering wheel volume control in but does feature a nifty remote.

    The unit is TV capable but does not ship with a TV antenna. It has an iPod connector and plays music from my iPod Classic with controls on the touch screen but I find the jog wheel much faster for selecting songs. The iPod does not appear to charge when plugged in and when videos or photos are selected they appear to only display on the iPod unless there is a setting I missed. I am yet to test the other features such as DVD, USB, SD card ect

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    You mount it where your existing car stereo is. You need a 2din rack to mount it. If your car has 1 din then you must go for a smaller unit. Some cars have the radio built into the dash and will need a new dash to replace the factory unit.

    iPod works with playback controls on screen. Unfortunately, the iPod does not charge with this system and won't play photos/video on the screen without a separate iPod AV cable connected to the Aux in.

    BT has large touch screen buttons for calling and mutes the music when a call is made. It displays caller ID but only as a number and not as a name in you contacts list (At least with my phone it did this).

    The USB feature allows you to browse music and play it from a USB (max capacity 4GB) but I have not gotten around to testing this feature as my iPod syncs with iTunes and has more capacity than any USB this system is capable of (80Gb vs 4GB).

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattpb99 View Post
    Well, I'll start off by saying DHL is the worst shipping company in the world; taking 2 weeks to express deliver a package which was conveniently "sent to incorrect facility" about half a dozen times.

    First up here's the before and after shots (taken with a nokia 6110 so sorry for the poor quality)
    Before:

    After:






    I haven't got much chance to use the G2201A but the sound quality is great and the units GPS kicks the living daylights out of the Nokia phone. Today I had to make a one hour journey through the city to buy a wire harness to connect the new system. During which time my phone was stuck on "Getting posistion..." the whole way. People aren't exaggerating when they say the Nokia aquisistion time is longer than the battery life. Anyway, plug the unit in for the first time and it gets a lock in under 1 minute and I used it to navigate home. Thats the longest the unit ever took to get a signal, now it locks on within 10 seconds of turning the car on.

    I've tested the bluetooth calling feature and it works well. The only quirk I've noticed with this unit thus far is that when listining to music and the GPS cuts in to give a direction, it's a bit slow in muting the music and announcing the next direction. When I was driving the music would stop and the GPS would anounce things like "Kilometers, turn right" and "the road" which was quite commical, driving with the music blasting away then it pauses and anounces "[follow] the road" before resuming the music. Your left driving going "What???" but it turns out to be quite a meaningless instruction and only gives it when crossing the harbour bridge. My phone gives a similarly stupid message when crossing by saying things like "in 100 meters, go straight ahead" followed by "go straight ahead" when your halfway across the bridge.

    The unit made an anoying beep every time I touched the screen but that proved to be easy to fix once I found how to access the main access screen which is done rather unintuitively by pushing the "esc" button on the radio screen. The radio does not have anywhere to plug my steering wheel volume control in but does feature a nifty remote.

    The unit is TV capable but does not ship with a TV antenna. It has an iPod connector and plays music from my iPod Classic with controls on the touch screen but I find the jog wheel much faster for selecting songs. The iPod does not appear to charge when plugged in and when videos or photos are selected they appear to only display on the iPod unless there is a setting I missed. I am yet to test the other features such as DVD, USB, SD card ect
    It is very kind of you to share those photos and your experience! Just wondering which model to buy, i would like a 1 din model. But it seems that their 12% off discount will be ended soon. I need to make up my mind asap~

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