Pioneer came out with the AppRadio a few years ago, and it was good. But the AppRadio 2 is even better. It works with both Apple iOS and Android smartphones. The two main things that make it better are safety and a better user experience. You could go out and purchase a head unit that uses your iPhone as the faceplate. Or you could just suction-cup the iPhone to the dash or magnetize it to your HVAC vents using a multitude of mounts. But neither of those features mimic the capabilities of the AppRadio’s capacitive large display. It makes it easy and safe to use while driving. The iPhone- notsomuch.
I got a personalized demo of the AppRadio 2 right at my house, and I could immediately recognize the merits of a system designed to be installed in the vehicle, and communicate with a safely-tucked-away smartphone instead of an ad hoc solution.
After this rebate (below), it should seal the deal! But, it makes me wonder what Pioneer has it up its sleeve since it is trying to reduce AppRadio 2 inventory… AppRadio 3 coming soon?
Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. continues to transform the car into the ultimate “connected car” with its revolutionary AppRadio™ 2 smartphone powered in-dash receiver. Now Pioneer is offering a $120 Connected Car mail-in rebate with the purchase an AppRadio 2 from any authorized Pioneer retailer from today through April 30, 2013; see www.pioneerelectronics.com/rebate.
The AppRadio 2 enhances today’s in-vehicle smartphone experience, providing users with convenience and safer access and control of many compatible apps, ranging from audio entertainment to navigation, through its large 7-inch touchscreen display. Users can conveniently connect their compatible smartphones to their vehicle in multiple ways:
· iPhone® 4 and 4S – Using the included cable that comes with the purchase of an AppRadio 2, users simply plug in their iPhone 4 or 4S.
· Android™ – Pioneer’s AppRadio 2 is now compatible with select Android smartphones. Connecting a compatible Android smartphone requires the purchase of Pioneer’s Android Connectivity Kit (CD-AH200C). For a complete list of compatible Android phones, visit www.pioneerelectronics.com/android.
· iPhone 5 Users –Pioneer’s AppRadio Mode HDMI Interface Cable Kit (CD-IH202) for iPhone 5 and AppRadio 2 is now available. Offered at authorized Pioneer retailers, the kit includes a 2-meter automotive grade HDMI cable, which handles all audio and video transfer between AppRadio 2 and iPhone 5, and a 1.5-meter 17-pin to USB cable for charging an iPhone 5. Consumers must also purchase Apple’s Lightning Digital AV Adapter and Lightning to USB Cable1, as well as perform an AppRadio 2 firmware update that is available (at no charge) here.
For information on AppRadio 2 compatible apps and smartphones, please visit www.pioneerelectronics.com/appradio.