DAY 04

Stuff Singapore - - LONG-TERM TEST -

Phone com­pat­i­bil­ity

iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, 6 Plus

Head unit tested

Pi­o­neer SPH-DA120

Fit­ting

Dou­ble DIN

Dis­play

6.2in WVGA multi-touch

Amp power

4x50W

Other func­tions

Ap­pRa­dio, Mir­rorLink, HDMI, aux-in I was wrong about Ap­ple Maps. Yes, it’s much bet­ter than it was and it will get you where you want to go with very clear voice in­struc­tions, but com­pared to a good ded­i­cated sat-nav app it falls way short. It has traf­fic data, ap­pear­ing as lit­tle red and yel­low ar­eas of snarlage, but once you’re rolling there are no warn­ings and there’s no ap­par­ent traf­fic avoid­ance. So to­day, de­spite my bet­ter judge­ment (and the plead­ing of my TomTom), I fol­lowed Ap­ple Maps onto the North Cir­cu­lar. On a Fri­day. Dur­ing rush hour. Hav­ing Siri as your in-car but­ler should be awe­some, but he’s reg­u­larly mis­hear­ing things and of­ten not avail­able due to loss of data sig­nal. With­out an in­ter­net con­nec­tion, he can’t even place a call to one of your phone con­tacts. The CarPlay pod­cast app has come at just the right time: the peak of my ad­dic­tion to Se­rial. I’m al­most hop­ing for traf­fic so I can lis­ten to more be­fore ar­riv­ing at Stuff Tow­ers. A hid­den ben­e­fit of Ap­ple Maps’ short­com­ings, per­haps?

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