Gadget Reviews

Five Hacks for Car Shopping With Cars.com's App

By Joe Bruzek on Mon Dec 19 06:00:11 GMT-06:00 2016


CARS.COM — A smartphone is a powerful tool and can be extra-powerful to help you find your next car with Cars.com's mobile car-shopping app, available on iOS and Android. The app features a number of tools to help you find… Read More

Five Hacks for Car Shopping With Cars.com's App

By Joe Bruzek on Mon Dec 19 06:00:11 GMT-06:00 2016

CARS.COM — A smartphone is a powerful tool and can be extra-powerful to help you find your next car with Cars.com's mobile car-shopping app, available on iOS and Android. The app features a number of tools to help you find… Read More

Pearl RearVision Backup Camera Review

By Joe Bruzek on Wed Nov 02 08:00:45 GMT-06:00 2016

CARS.COM — The effectiveness of backup cameras is well-documented, so much so that starting May 1, 2018, they'll be federally mandated standard equipment on new cars. If your car doesn't have one from the factory, a quick Amazon search provides… Read More

IPhone 7 Works Flawlessly in These Cars

By Joe Bruzek on Wed Oct 05 05:30:08 GMT-06:00 2016

CARS.COM — Anytime a popular smartphone like the iPhone is updated you hope there aren't issues integrating it with your car. We grabbed the new iPhone 7 with the latest iOS 10.0.1 operating system and dug into Cars.com's current test… Read More

Honda Fit's HondaLink Problem Caused by Faulty Apple Connector

By Joe Bruzek on Mon May 09 05:30:44 GMT-06:00 2016

Our 2015 Honda Fit's confusing HondaLink multimedia system was made even worse by issues including an intermittent display when hooked up via the HDMI port as well as a glitch that kept us from using iHeartRadio. HondaLink uses an Apple… Read More

2016 Volvo XC90: We Dive Into Its Enormous Touch-Screen

By Joe Bruzek on Mon Mar 07 06:00:00 GMT-06:00 2016

CARS.COM — There's no way around using the 2016 Volvo XC90's massive touch-screen. As part of Volvo's Sensus multimedia system, it's the main way drivers interact with media, climate, navigation and car settings. You better believe a lot could go… Read More

2015 Honda Fit Apps Remind Us Why Apple CarPlay, Android Auto Rock

By Joe Bruzek on Wed Jan 27 06:30:39 GMT-06:00 2016

CARS.COM — When it comes to smartphone gadgets in the 2015 Honda Fit, you won't find Apple CarPlay and Android Auto like you will in the 2016 Honda Civic and Honda Accord. Instead, we're stuck with HondaLink NextGeneration in Cars.com's… Read More

Smartphone Docks Don't Have to Suck

By Andy Ihnatko on Tue Aug 04 09:47:27 GMT-06:00 2015

Most people think of dashboard smartphone mounts as a triple threat of badness: poorly made, barely functional and, given the richness of modern factory and aftermarket entertainment and navigation systems, unnecessary. The category conjures images of cheap plastic clips that… Read More

Making an iPhone6 Work With In-Car Wireless Charging

By Joe Bruzek on Thu May 28 08:30:33 GMT-06:00 2015

CARS.COM — For years, automakers have promised in-car wireless phone charging systems and they're finally rolling out at a feverish pace. Toyota, Lexus, Jeep, Cadillac, Dodge, GMC and Chevrolet currently offer wireless charging systems, and more automakers will follow. The… Read More

MapQuest 3.0: Up-Close Mobile App Inspection

By Robby DeGraff on Wed Jul 25 00:30:00 GMT-06:00 2012

What is it? MapQuest brings traditional turn-by-turn navigation into the car with voice guidance, quick destination input and points-of-interest markers Price: Free Platforms: iOS 4.3 or higher; Android 1.6 or higher; BlackBerry and Windows phones Info: www. wireless.mapquest.com App-based navigation… Read More

Up-Close Mobile App Inspection: iOnRoad

By Dave Lee on Wed May 09 19:00:00 GMT-06:00 2012

What is it? A smartphone solution for vehicles without collision detection systems. Price: Free Platforms: Android 2.2 and higher; iOS version coming soon Info: www.ionroad.com Yes, you can have a collision warning system for your car in the palm of… Read More