So I have finally had my new “Entertainment System” installed in my Prius. A Kenwood DDX4038BT. Toyota were kind enough to throw it into my purchase agreement for my Prius. The original system which came standard was one of the worst in-car-systems I have ever come across. The bluetooth functionality is useless and the radio was always losing signal. I would definitely not recommend you buy a Prius and keep the existing system.
So I thought I would tell you what I think of the new Kenwood system…..
My iPhone connects to it via bluetooth and it calls up all my contacts. Not rocket science nowdays as most in-car-systems can do this. The phonebook is very clumsy and very slow. You can set up presets for quick dialling – however the presents only display a number and not the actual contact – so you have to have memorised peoples numbers in order to use the preset otherwise you have no idea which number belongs to whom. If you use the phonebook – you have to have patience – it takes a while to call up and then you have to have more patience while you scroll down screen by screen – there is no quick way to call up contacts starting with H for instance. It handles incoming calls quite efficiently so can’t complain there.
It accommodates voice dialling (using my iPhones voice dialling functionality). So I thought I would give it a try this morning while I was dropping the kids off at school and it went something like this:
I say: Call Home
System says: There are multiple Peters – please try again
I say: Call Home
System says: calling Claire x (x denotes a surname)
I say: Call Anthony x (x denotes a surname)
System says: Facetime with Cormac (and calls up facetime on my iPhone)
So I had a really good giggle and laughed that functionality off.
It streams music from my iPhone as well, however no track information is displayed. I have to plug my iPhone into a cable which connects to the system to see track information displayed (a little clumsy having a cable). But this works very well. Kids like to plug their iPhones in and listen to their music most of the time.
The Sat-NAV system is a Garmin so quite happy with that end.
It plays DVD’s – again the system is slow to respond and it does not keep your place when you switch the vehicle off – you have to start the DVD up all over again and go through the notices etc. Not that this is an issue as I don’t spend enough time in the car to watch a DVD nor will I ever want to watch a DVD whilst driving – so this is an obsolete function.
Have yet to try playing a CD or plug in a USB thumb drive – will try this later.