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I had a Pioneer AVH unit for about two years and it died; won't power up.

Decided to replace it with a low pricepoint Android unit, so I ordered and installed the Volsmart 7" Lollipop Android unit (Amazon). After a week with no responses from Volsmart support and serious performance issues, I decided to nix that unit (sending back), and replaced it with the Pumpkin 2gig Android 5.1.1 unit:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01G6XRGBU/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

What a difference!

Note I simply wired this into the PAC Canbus adapter I installed for the switch from OEM two head units ago. As with the previous two units, the Canbus adapter loses the ability to fade the sound; all speakers and the factory subwoofer do work, so it's not a deal killer for me. Additionally, I do not have steering wheel controls, so cannot comment on that functionality, although it is supported.

The Pumpkin unit starts very fast, around 10-15 seconds from a cold boot, as compared to the last one which took half a minute to boot, and around ten minutes for the unit to be fully operational/usable.

Google Maps is the default nav app, and it loads quickly and has no issue with voice search. Haven't tried Waze yet.

Since it's an Android system, it has all the other functionality I would expect or want from this type of unit. I especially like (needed) the av outputs (for the headrest monitors I installed); as well as tethering, wifi connectivity, a 3g SIM slot, two USBs on the back and a micro usb on the front, and a physical volume knob instead of buttons.

I do have a couple issues, and just sent these to Pumpkin's support...am curious to see how rapidly they respond and if there are solutions and/or firmware updates needed.

the issues so far are:

-cannot change the widgets preconfigured on the home screen (I want to put app icons of my own choosing; the widgets already there take all available space and cannot seem to be deleted)

-The DVR doesn't seem to have any settings for length of recordings or storage location. (the Volsmart unit's DVR had the same app and had these settings)

-I cannot seem to enable the DVR to automatically turn on when the unit starts. I would prefer not to have to start the DVR every time I drive.

Otherwise, for a sub-$300 unit, I am really pleased so far~
will take some pics and vids and add to this thread soon.
 

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The problem with the nav system is that it's android which does not by nature STORE maps in the way a garmin system does.

A garmin system is completely self contained. It holds all North American maps so that you don't need a data connection for it to operate. The Android gps system by default uses your data connection to download the maps on the fly into a temporary buffer. If you don't have a data connection and forgot to download (and store) the maps required for the location you need.... you are dead in the water.

The other thing is that you can only download areas at a time for offline storage and not the entire North American map.

It's not the end of the world, but if you're going off into the boonies then you need to remember to download the area you need BEFORE you go offline.
 

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AutoPumpkin has been responding to my emails, it takes them overnight to reply, which is understandable since they are overseas. Unfortunately, the responses are not helpful.

-Widgets (screen shot attached): "sorry these are not removable"

I have tried three different Android Launcher Apps (Evie, Apex and Action Launcher) but none so far have given me the standard bottom 'dock' bar (which stays the same from screen to screen). Evie did display a translucent dock bar, but nothing I could do would drop an app icon onto it...the icon just seems to 'drop thru' the dock and place itself on the screen grid underneath the dock.

To me, this is very frustrating, since I am accustomed to arranging my android devices as I like. I don't find the factory configured screens very user/driver friendly.


-DVR: "Sorry, this cannot be fixed". Working around this with a 3rd party DVR app which works fine.
 

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I suggest returning that unit and going with a Joying as per this thread. I think you'll have better luck.
 

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I suggest returning that unit and going with a Joying as per this thread. I think you'll have better luck.
Thanks! I have been reading Mike-Mike's thread...The Joying units are nice; but I wanted to go with a larger screen and 2GB ram...so chose the Pumpkin (after returning the Volsmart unit).

The 'issues' I am describing with the Pumpkin are really minor. Just loaded Google Now as a launcher and this is working so far, although I haven't really spent much time 'dialing it in' yet.

One great thing about droid is that there are scores of apps which work around u/i issues.

Cheers!
Don
 
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