Hi Guys, new here and with a question. Whats is the difference between the 430 and 730 decks. I Googled it but I must be thick still don't see it. Is there an answer for dummies that you can give me. Thanx, 2katz.
I have a 430n in my 10a and its nice, however, the clarity of the image, especially on the Nav is horrible. The text/images are very fuzzy. I'm comparing this with my Garmin Nuvi portal GPS screen which is crystal clear. Not quite sure what corners were cut, but it's noticeable.
Garmin based navigation
Bluetooth not built in, requires connectivity group
Can upload custom POI's using the Garmin POI uploader
Can not show Nav and radio at same time
Does not have dead reckoning
Shows speed on screen
Does not have a dedicated Nav button on the radio
Can not voice control Nav
Does not have Sirius traffic
Chrysler based navigation
Bluetooth built in (connectivity package for 730 is much cheaper due to this)
Can not upload custom POI's
Can display Nav map and radio simultaneously
Has dead reckoning in the event of lost signal
Does not show speed on screen
Has dedicated Nav button on radio
Can input Nav commands by voice
Has Sirius traffic
Hopefully that helps some. In my case I went with the 730 because my 08 had the older version of it and I liked it. If you want/need the Bluetooth, then the price difference between them is about $500 if you outfit both with the connectivity group. Connectivity group gets you a in console USB port and upgraded vehicle info center in the dash along with steering wheel controls on both. On the 430 it adds the Bluetooth stuff as well. Connectivity is $495 on 430, $160 on 730.
If you are buying those units just for the GPS, I would not buy either. Save your money and buy an external Garmin Nuvi GPS. They do a lot more than those do. Also, I believe you have to flash the memory for a new map update. I think that costs about $80 each time you do it. Garmin puts out maps 4 times a year. Most of the external GPS's now come with lifetime map updates or you can buy it for $59 for life. With these units, you will be paying for it for life. Also, I know that the 430 does not allow you to enter GPS Coordinates. This is a handy feature when you are off-roading and you have your book about the trail with the GPS coordinate. Your database on your 430 will not have that in it. Also, having the ability to put in POI's (points of interest) is a key feature. I belong to a POI community (forum) and I have made many POI's with GPS info all along the trails (Moab for instance). To be able to download the POI's is a great feature. I would save my money and just get the cheapest unit (130). If you must have the big screen like a 430, you can get a better one like some Kenwoods that have better screens, more options on the GPS and the most important, they put out 4 ohms to the speakers whereas the Jeeps Head Units put out 2-ohms. You will find yourself wanting to upgrade your speakers soon because they just plain suck and the jeeps Head Unit uses 2-ohms (not good). And yes, the Kenwoods and others will not effect your steering wheel options or any other features.
I have owned a 2013 Sahara for about 30 days and yes the display on the 430N sucks. It reminds me of the display on my Atari Pong game 30 year ago. I've not had any experience with Garmin GPS devices but have experience with TomTom. I found the Garmin to really suck as far as display and features and mentioned that to a friend of mine this last week. He has owned Garmin for years and told me that the standalone units are far better than the in dash units like in the Jeep. His pointed out to me that the car manufactures require Garmin to disable many of its features because they don't want to be liable if you have an accident while messing with the GPS. I am also frustrated because there is no way to register the unit with Garmin and obtain updated maps (at least I haven't found a way). So I guess I'm going to replace the 430N unit with an aftermarket radio that has Garmin, satellite radio module and backup camera included. I have to admit though that I'm not a huge fan of satellite radio but like its convenience. This is my first ever experience with satellite radio and I guess they compress the music to save bandwidth making it sound much like AM radio.
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