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Pioneer AVIC-S2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 44 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the design and screen are generally positive. The performance and usability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the route planning and value for money.

usability, performance, screen, design

value for money, route planning

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Pioneer AVIC-S2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

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Pioneer AVIC-S2 GPS Personal Navigation System Introduced

 

Pioneer have introduced the AVIC-S2 GPS personal navigation system. The compact technology convergence device offers GPS route guidance and includes an MP3 player. The onboard Bluetooth v1.2 technology provides hands-free mobile phone operation

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Give it a Chance

 

Very good GPS system for the tech forward crowd. Keeps it simple with some unexpected features. All said very good gift GPS but this is not the newest kid on the block.

Gives clear detailed directions and will even let you avoid roads if that's not the route you want to take. Small and pocket friendly. Many languages to chose from if that's what you need. Very accurate in placement on the map

Map is on an SD card, if you want to use the music feature you need to close the navigation program. Battery life is short no more than 2 hours. Navigating the menu may be challenging to some who don't learn very fast

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Good Portable GPS

 

This is my second portable GPS Unit.. My previous GPS unit, the Navman iCN510 worked well, but lost signal frequently and required map downloads. Many state maps were missing from the software. The AVIC S2 suffers from none of those issues. The...

Excellent Signal Acquisition, Nice packaging

Clunky Software, Poor Online/Phone Support

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Good Portable GPS

 

This is my second portable GPS Unit.. My previous GPS unit, the Navman iCN510 worked well, but lost signal frequently and required map downloads. Many state maps were missing from the software. The AVIC S2 suffers from none of those issues. The Pioneer...

Excellent Signal Acquisition, Nice packaging

Clunky Software, Poor Online/Phone Support

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Good Portable GPS

 

This is my second portable GPS Unit.. My previous GPS unit, the Navman iCN510 worked well, but lost signal frequently and required map downloads. Many state maps were missing from the software. The AVIC S2 suffers from none of those issues. The...

Excellent Signal Acquisition, Nice packaging

Clunky Software, Poor Online/Phone Support

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Better than the AVIC S1, but still needs improvement

 

I owned an AVIC-S1 for almost a year (thank goodness it was still in warranty) when the speaker went out. I had other problems before this occurred, which I overlooked, such as 1) frequent freezing causing me to have to reboot the device, 2)frequent...

Easily readable screen w/ multiple viewing options, quick route recalculation, and bluetooth phone connectivity

Software issues can be frustrating, also takes quite awhile sometimes to get an initial signal

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GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

I had the JVC model and this blows it out of the water. JVC always recaculated and took forever. The AVIC-S2 responds almost instantly. The only shortcoming is the volume control. It only works for the audio player not the navigation. It is way to low.

Quick response, good picture

Volume Control

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Amazon review summary for Pioneer AVIC-S2

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 user reviews of Pioneer AVIC-S2 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 2.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on Amazon.com.

performance, usability, value for money

56% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Pioneer AVIC-S2 Portable Smart GPS Navigation with 3.5" Touch Display

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avic s2

 

bright screen black gloss design looks nice and has great functions...box came with 3 chargers (home outlet/usb/and in car)

alittle lag when changing between menu's/did not come with a stylus for touch screen/ Not sure but I dont think you can play the mp3 while using the gps...only has slot for 1 sd card...only way it seems u can insert one for the mp3 is if you remove the...

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Pioneer AVIC-S2

 

Pioneer has jumped into the portable GPS market in Australia with the launch of their AVIC-S2 unit. Sporting Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free mob...

Bluetooth, good maps, excellent volume scroll wheel, music player, safety camera warnings

Chunky and heavy, confusing map display at times, battery life

The AVIC-S2 is well equipped and despite a somewhat confusing map experience, it remains a recommended, if not outstanding purchase.

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Product Specifications

In a package equivalent to the size of a wallet, users get map coverage of the entire U.S. and Canada along with 1.7 million restaurants, shopping centers and other points of interest via the TeleAtlas database preloaded in the included 1 GB SD card. A built-in SiRF Star III GPS module and antenna make the system more accurate so drivers get where they need to go without stopping to ask for directions. The 3.5-inch touch panel provides a colorful and easy to read map. Innovative graphical user interface and 2D and 3D view modes give users a clear understanding of expected turns and exits. Furthermore, advanced map compression technology allows for effortless scroll and zoom of the map. On each trip, the system presents a route overview and allows users to change the route itinerary. This is particularly helpful when the user wants to avoid certain roads or areas. The AVIC-S2 has Bluetooth v1.2 technology, enabling hands-free operation of cell phones. Users with Bluetooth-enabled phones can store their contacts in the system and make and receive calls through the AVIC-S2's built-in speaker, microphone and touch screen, eliminating the need to pull the phone out of a pocket or purse to make a call. It also functions as an audio player. MP3 music files stored on an SD card can be plugged directly to the side of the unit. The system displays all music information and let users customize their sound through its built-in 10-band equalizer with presets for 10 different genres of music.

Battery

Run Time (Up To):4hour(s)

Built-in Display

Diagonal Size:3.5"
Diagonal Size (metric):8.9 cm
Resolution:320 x 240

Digital Player (PF)

Digital Player: Yes

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.7in
Height:3.5in
Weight:6.3oz
Width:4.1in

GPS Software

Maps Included:Alaska / Canada / Hawaii / USA

GPS System

Connectivity:USB
Receiver:8 channel
Recommended Use:Automotive
Type:GPS receiver

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Manufacturer:Pioneer
Model:AVIC-S2
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Pioneer