Manufacturer: Pioneer Part number: AVICU310BT
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CNET editors' review
price range: $8.92
- Reviewed by: Antuan Goodwin
- Reviewed on: 07/16/2009
The good: The Pioneer AVIC-U310BT supports digital audio playback from USB storage devices, MP3 players, and iPods. The hands-free calling feature automatically imports contacts form a paired phone. The touch screen is detachable and powered, for destination entry and trip planning outside of the vehicle.
The bad: The preloaded point-of-interest library is severely limited. Multiple menu sources make it hard to find the parameter you want to change. No video playback options.
The bottom line: The Pioneer AVIC-U310BT isn't perfect, but it meets most people's needs for navigation, hands-free calling, and digital audio playback at a very affordable price.
AVIC-U310BT - useless Cheap Nav and bluetooth- Avoid
by chinna_n on September 21, 2009
Pros: I liked the fact this is cheapest major brand Nav and Bluetooth unit. Looks neat and clean and starts instantly. It has detachable screen so you can plan your route.
It also can control iPhone/iPod and USB drive, and audio quality is ok to good.
Cons: 1. Bluetooth hangs and daily basis, and only way to get it working is by hard resetting unit, at which point you loose all your setting, Nav, Audio, Radio, bluetooth settings, and you start from scratch again.
2. Nav also freezes- incorrect location
Summary: This has been frustating experience with this head unit since I bought it. Bluetooth MIC was useless as other party can not here. So replaced with Garmin Microphone and that ...
Summary: This has been frustating experience with this head unit since I bought it. Bluetooth MIC was useless as other party can not here. So replaced with Garmin Microphone and that solved the issue.
Initially Bluetooth freezing, onlyway is hard reset.
Then Nav started freezing randomly. It fly me thru some unknown areas(with full GPS signal as per unit) far away from where I am driving. The TTS is useless as it gives incorrect directions, sometime forgets to do so.
Major Roads, that are laid 5 years ago does not show up. insist on driving on walking trails.
POIs are joke, you do not have Restaurants, or gas stations, but have Cemetary!!?
Pioneer claims there are no issue reported, where as avic411.com forums says otherwise. Units sent to warranty repair came back with same firmware, and has same issues, and nothing solved. So, no use of repair.
In the end you all be warned, it is upto you to experience all this mess, or avoid like any wise person would do.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great Budget GPS Radio
by epa4wd on August 15, 2009
Color Display Custumization, DOES WORK.
Excellent if you plan on keeping stock speakers
Cons: A bit Complex Menu, takes some time to get used to.
Summary: Although this CNET reviews says setting for illumination did not work, they didn't complete the process for changing the color display. After creating a color, saving it to the ...
Summary: Although this CNET reviews says setting for illumination did not work, they didn't complete the process for changing the color display. After creating a color, saving it to the SD card, copying the settings to the radio, press and hold SRC button until all sound comes off, then press the volume knob for a few seconds and initial settings will appear, select illumination color, change from SCAN to CUSTOM. Thats it works like a charm. Read the manual Antuan!!!
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Just not reliable
by FrankSim011 on November 18, 2013
Pros: Still trying to find some (price I would guess)
Cons: Constant battery problem
Useless contact and POI
Summary: I had this unit replace 2 times (3 radio so far) at dealer. Every winter, this unit freeze and unit stop responding to Bluetooth and display stay black. Recharging front ...
Summary: I had this unit replace 2 times (3 radio so far) at dealer. Every winter, this unit freeze and unit stop responding to Bluetooth and display stay black. Recharging front part and keeping it warm help but if my car can sustain Canadian winter, why should my radio can not do the same!?! I will have this radio replace by other brand. I need reliable Bluetooth.
Don't call it a GPS navigation system. But a nice radio
by metzger_mb on March 5, 2011
Pros: If you can find how to change the colors of your GPS navigation system... well, it's the cool thing on your GPS. That's it. No.. I forgot, it's good looking. But that's it! It's not a cool gps at all.
Cons: I know I used to have a Garmin Zumo... which is great. But compare to that, the Avic-u310bt is total ****. I don't understand how can they provide such a gps and pretend it's a gps.
Summary: Not intuitive, not easy to understand, no useful at all... and regarding Pioneer, well no service, no updates provided, a complete waist of time, and money.
Updated on Dec 20, ...
Summary: Not intuitive, not easy to understand, no useful at all... and regarding Pioneer, well no service, no updates provided, a complete waist of time, and money.GPS: Strange POIs available... ?? Excellent hardware but really poor software in it!
Updated on Dec 20, 2011
Many minor fixes would benefits a lot to this radio/gps/cd player.
Great feature set but product doesn't deliver
by gk141054 on November 23, 2010
Pros: Combines car stereo, mp3 playback, sat nav and bluetooth hands free all in one package
Cons: See below for detail
Summary: Bluetooth is bad and very difficult for the person you are calling to hear what you are saying. TMC (Traffic Message Channel) only works about 0.1% of the time ...
Summary: Bluetooth is bad and very difficult for the person you are calling to hear what you are saying. TMC (Traffic Message Channel) only works about 0.1% of the time so basically if there is traffic / roadworks / an accident on your route, you'll never know about it. Would have been good to have DVD / XVID playback but they obviously kept that back for their more expensive models.
Overall feature set interesting but too many flaws.
by dSly on October 17, 2010
Pros: - good sound quality
- good screen
- removable face plate
- good feature set (USB, POIs on memory card, bluetooth, driving log)
Cons: - intermittent GPS hangs
- the bluetooth does not switch automatically between cell phones
- driving log does not have a rolling total, it stops working when it is full and it cannot be erased from within the device
- Pioneer service not adequate
Summary: I have had the device for a year and was generally pleased at the beginning. The 310BT has lots of interesting features and it seemed to work very well. However, ...
Summary: I have had the device for a year and was generally pleased at the beginning. The 310BT has lots of interesting features and it seemed to work very well. However, it is very annoying when it hangs as it can take a while for it to "come alive". It seems that removing the faceplate will also do the trick sometimes. The driving log is an interesting feature especially if one needs to monitor kids who would be using the car. However, having to take the memory card out every time to clear the log is very frustrating; it should have some kind of rolling content where one define the size of the log and where older items get removed automatically when the maximum size is reached. Or, at least, have a way to reset the log from the device's controls. The most annoying flaw though has to be the inability of the device to switch between cell phones by itself; it will accept up to three paired cell phones and will work with all three but the driver has to go to settings to select the appropriate phone (unless it is the same phone as was used the last time the car/GPS was used). If multiple drivers are using the car/GPS with their own cell phones, this is a very annoying problem. I have contacted Pioneer by e-mail and phone multiple times and have sent the device to Pioneer for repair. It came back with no-fault-found and it still does not switch between phones by itself and it still hangs every now and then. Pioneer service has been inconsistent and unreliable; they have actually stopped answering my e-mails. I cannot recommend the AVIC-310BT nor any device that could require Pioneer service.
great nav,bluetooth and ipod control.
by bosshoss67 on December 29, 2009
Pros: imports your phone contacts easily, easy navigation, good ipod control
Cons: lack of POI's, unless you buy the $100.00 sd card from pioneer which negates the initial savings.lack of audio setting for the stereo.
Summary: Over all I am very pleased with AVIC-u310bt. If you want a stereo with navigation, bluetooth and ipod controls that are easy to use and and woln't break the ...
Summary: Over all I am very pleased with AVIC-u310bt. If you want a stereo with navigation, bluetooth and ipod controls that are easy to use and and woln't break the bank this is the unit to buy. A lot of folks talk about the bugs in the system but as long as its updated the system works fine. My only gripe is that there are very few if any POI's in the system .I dont really need them but if I were to buy the SD car that pioneer sells for another $100.00 you could buy a more expensive unit with the POI's pre loaded and some other features like video playback or live traffic for about the same price.
great unit for basic needs
by aguilani on December 25, 2009
Pros: got rid of my bluetooth wireless, and GPS unit which makes for a clutter-free dashboard. The GPS maps are great but I would highly recommend purchasing the additional POI data for $100. Bluetooth function works flawlessly.
Cons: doesn't look like the maps are upgradable for now, so I'm hopping that Pioneer will provide this option later. I originally thought the detachable face plate was an independent GPS unit I could use in my truck... so I'm a bit disappointed
Summary: nothing beats the price when you add up all the features of this unit... it really looks great in my Mazda Protege5 and it cleaned up the clutter on my ...
Summary: nothing beats the price when you add up all the features of this unit... it really looks great in my Mazda Protege5 and it cleaned up the clutter on my dash a lot. My Garmin now resides in my glovebox.
Nav, BT, iPod, etc. For the price, it's hard to beat.
by aaron.m.butler on December 12, 2009
Pros: Provided you've updated it to the latest firmware, the unit works very well. Navigation is as good as any other device I've used, and I've used many. Sound quality is surprisingly good as well.
Cons: The piano black finish doesn't match any interior I know of. Without the firmware update (available free from Pioneer's website), it's buggy. Navigating to something as simple as "pause" is a pain. Clicky feeling in the buttons.
Summary: Bottom line, I'm glad I got the unit. It's cheap but good at what it's meant to do. Did I mention that it's cheap?
Summary: Bottom line, I'm glad I got the unit. It's cheap but good at what it's meant to do. Did I mention that it's cheap?
Overall I'm pleased with it for an audio device
by A7thson on September 29, 2009
Pros: Double din
Cons: No mute button
Clock only displays on gps screen
GPS is not user friendly
Gas mileage calculator is a joke
Summary: Basically I bought this unit as a head unit for XM radio. I needed a double din unit for a factory install that I was having removed from a truck ...
Summary: Basically I bought this unit as a head unit for XM radio. I needed a double din unit for a factory install that I was having removed from a truck and didn't really want a filler plate. Personally I thought I'd get more use out of a GPS than a dvd player so I went with this one. Overall the the sound quality is good, the XM works well, The Ipod hookup works well. I'm not much of a cell phone user while driving, but I did try it out and it worked as described, but as other users stated connection was lost later, but I didn't mess with it to get it back. The GPS is not user friendly, especially when trying to get POI's into it. There are no clear instructions and it took several trys before I got the process down, I'll take my Garmin over it any day. Some other minor complaints are there is no mute button, which makes it kind of a pain when you pull up to a drive through. Though the phone does mute automatically I guess. The other thing is the clock only shows on the GPS screen, so if you are using any other input screen you have to switch back to see the time. How difficult would it have been to have the time show on all screens? And the last thing is the gas mileage calculator. I had thought this would be a nice useful feature to have, but it has a little quirk where it wants you to keep track of how far you have travelled since your last fill up. So unless you remember to set your trip meter every time, or you write down the milege every time you fill up, it becomes useless. Again how difficult would it have been to program it where you simply put in your current mileage at fillup and it calculates it for you? Maybe there are settings for all of these like the one to stop the cycling lights and put them on one color, but I've yet to find them.
- Manufacturer: Pioneer
- Part number: AVICU310BT
- Description: The AVIC-U310BT is provides the ideal solution for those who are ready for a fully integrated in-dash solution and want the full-featured navigation for which Pioneer is known. Out of the box, this system comes with large points of interest directory and an extensive map database to help you find your next destination. The built-in text-to-speech engine clearly pronounces turn-by-turn direction and street names to ensure smooth travels.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Navigation system
- Width 7 in
- Depth 6.2 in
- Height 3.9 in
- Weight 3.7 lbs
- Form Factor In-dash unit
- Enclosure Type Double-DIN
- System Control Bus IP-Bus
- Supported Devices Digital player,
Satellite radio receiver
- Functions GPS navigation system,
- Media Content Source USB-host,
Flash memory card
- Media Type CD-R,
- Supported Digital Audio Standards AAC,
- Supported Flash Memory Cards SD Memory Card
- Controls Balance,
- Control Features Touch panel
- Security Features Detachable faceplate
- Features ID3 tags support,
- Audio Specifications Radio - Response Bandwidth - 30 - 15000 Hz - SNR - 75 dB,
CD - SNR - 94 dB
Digital Player (Recorder)
- Device Type Digital player
- Supported Digital Audio Standards WAV,
- Type LCD monitor
- Technology TFT active matrix
- Diagonal Size 4.3 in
- Image Aspect Ratio 16:9
- Resolution 480 x 272
- Features Touch screen
- Radio Radio tuner - AM/FM
- Total Preset Station Qty 24
- AM Preset Station Qty 6
- FM Preset Station Qty 18
- Response Bandwidth 30 - 15000 Hz
- Signal-To-Noise Ratio 75 dB
- Type CD player
- Compatible Media CD-RW,
- MP3 Playback Yes
- Playback Modes Random play / shuffle,
One track repeat,
All tracks repeat
- Signal-To-Noise Ratio 94 dB
- Max Output Power / Channel Qty 50 Watts x 4
- Continuous Power / Channel Qty 22 Watts x 4
- Amplifier Output Details 22 Watt - 4 Ohm - 50 - 15000 Hz - THD 5 % - 14.4V DC - 4 channel(s) ( Main ),
14 Watt - 4 Ohm - THD 1.0 % - 14.4V DC - 4 channel(s) ( Main )
- Crossover Active crossover
- Low Pass Frequencies 125 Hz,
- High Pass Frequencies 125 Hz,
- Type Parametric
- Equalizer Band Qty 3 bands
- Equalizer Factory Presets Super Bass,
- Equalizer User Preset Qty 2
- Type GPS receiver
- Receiver 20 channel
- Voice Navigation instructions
- Antenna External
- Trip Computer Avoid freeways,
Avoid toll roads,
Street address search,
- Maps Included Puerto Rico,
- Included Accessories Mounting kit,
- Type 1 x SD Memory Card
- Connector Type USB ( 4 pin USB Type A ) - Rear,
Front channel output ( RCA phono x 2 ) - Rear,
Rear channel output ( RCA phono x 2 ) - Rear,
IP-Bus - Rear,
Remote control - Rear,
Composite video/audio input ( Mini-phone 3.5 mm ) - Rear
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