GPS in head unit or stand alone?

Discussion in 'Audio, Video & Gadget Tech' started by Jamm3r, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. Jamm3r

    Jamm3r Member 2 Years 100 Posts

    Contemplating some electronics upgrades. I have always used the GPS in my phone and have a mobile dock for it in each of my trucks and that's worked out ok. Up until I got the smart phone I had a standalone GPS.

    Wondering what the pros and cons are of the double DIN units that have a GPS built into them. Better deal overall than a phone GPS or not?
  2. donyms

    donyms Epic Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    I have the Kenwood radio with built in Garmin GPS and I love it. After much research I found that Garmin is the most accurate GPS and Kenwood is the only one that has it built into there head units. Pros are bigger screen and the music automatically mutes when it gives you turn by turn directions. Cons are........................ I'll let you know when I find one. Good luck. :neutral:
  3. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    I, too, am running a Kenwood double DIN head unit that was chosen specifically because Kenwood integrated Garmin GPS. Having used most commercial aftermarket (and a number of OEM vehicular) GPS systems, I've found Garmin to be the most intuitive and accurate.

    The biggest pro to having an in-dash unit is that it's not stuck on the windshield screaming 'steal me' to every passerby.

    The ONLY con to a Kenwood in-dash unit with Garmin GPS integrated into it is that you cannot subscribe to a Garmin lifetime map update for the unit. Maps updates sold for the Kenwood unit are sold for about 75 clams (give or take 5 clams) on micro SD card ... and you must buy one each year if you intend to stay current, each year. Personally, I update once every 2-3 years ... i.e. only when I find an area that's not properly mapped.

    There are ways for me to load the maps without paying a dime, of course, ... but I value Garmin's time and effort and recognize that map updates are how it makes its money off this integration within a Kenwood unit, so I monetarily reward them from time to time for providing what I consider a superior product.

    I actually called Garmin, last week, to find out when the 2013 map updates would be out ... but they gave me no ETA. :(
  4. Billiam

    Billiam New Member

    Hello, which kenwood in dash unit with Garmin did you choose? I am looking for a unit since my Captiva did not come with GPS and really would prefer an in dash model..

  5. MotoCARR

    MotoCARR Active Member 2 Years 100 Posts

    Kenwood that others have mentioned is also a great choice, but I personally have had all Pioneer units in the past. The last few years I have just used Google maps, or the Waze app on my iPhone.

    An inexpensive route I have advised people who want to upgrade on a budget is to go with a headuntit that allows bluetooth streaming audio. While streaming audio from a smart phone via bluetooth(iPod, Pandora, iHeart, Sportify, etc.) and you run a GPS program, the audio is lowered and you can hear the navigation voice through the car speakers. My Garmins have sat in the glovebox used for about 2 years now :)

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