As I have written before (1, 2, 3, 4) , I am would like to get a single-DIN GPS head unit that is able to control an iPod, satellite radio tuner and can be used for hands free phone calls. Yesterday, I was just browsing around and I found The Eclipse CD5100.
This head unit has some pretty cool features:
- HD radio ready (with an external tuner)
- iPod control capable (with iPod adapter cable)
- Satellite radio ready (with an external tuner)
- USB port, to allow playback of WMA and MP3 files.
The one feature that I wasn't sure of is called Area Shot GPS. After looking into it, I know that I wouldn't want this head unit.
If you are using Area Shot GPS, you have to log onto E-iSERV web site to enter the starting and destination points. Then you you can download the route to your computer. You then either burn this routing file to a CD-R or copy it to a USB thumb drive.
Now the head unit will display these directions in a static text display. The directions do not advance when the car follows the route.
With the Eclipse GPS-105, actual GPS capabilities are added, so the directions are synchronized with the location of the car.
But I do think that there are some things that will not work with this solution.
- Rerouting around traffic congestion/construction
- Entering new additional destionations
- Finding Points of interests near a particular location
Each of these things are possible, if you have access to a computer with a internet connection. So if you are on the road, you could use a laptop with an EV-DO card to update the head unit.
With these limitations, I don't think that the Eclipse CD5100 is worth the money.