The AVH-4100NEX belongs to the new range of infotainment CarPlay compatible systems showcased by Pioneer during the CES 2015. Back then, Pioneer announced that they would ship the first units somewhere this Spring and today, early May, they are shipping the very first ones. Let’s to recap what this aftermarket CarPlay system is about.
The Pioneer AVH-4100NEX offers a great versatility: it’s not only supporting Apple CarPlay but also Android Auto. The Pioneer AVH-4100NEX can be connected with an iPhone 5, iPhone 5s or 5c, an iPhone 6 or an iPhone 6 Plus. Once your smartphone is plugged to the Pioneer AVH-4100NEX, you can browse through your device content with your finger on the 7″ touchscreen interface. You will then have access to apps like Google Maps or Google Play Music, or the possibility to achieve most of the tasks you can do with your iPhone through vocal commands like sending text messages, look for information on the web or place phone calls. The Pioneer AVH-4100NEX is made of a double-DIN format which includes a 7″ resistive touchscreen interface. This resistive touchscreen is THE bad news of this aftermarket CarPlay Pioneer system. Really, Pioneer would have nailed it if they had designed it with a capacitive touchscreen in order to stick to the iPhone multitouch interface. I really wonder why the engineers did keep the touche screen that way.
The Pioneer AVH-4100NEX is the entry level model among Pioneer CarPlay compatible devices. This version is sold $700, when the AVIC-7100NEX and AVIC-8100 will respectively will be priced $1200 and $1400.