Gadget Reviews

Honda Fit's HondaLink Problem Caused by Faulty Apple Connector

By Joe Bruzek on May 9, 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

Honda Fit's HondaLink Problem Caused by Faulty Apple Connector

By Joe Bruzek on May 9, 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 March 7, 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 January 27, 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 August 4, 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 May 28, 2015

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 catch is,… Read More

MapQuest 3.0: Up-Close Mobile App Inspection

By Robby DeGraff on July 25, 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 May 9, 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

Gas Buddy: Up-Close Mobile App Inspection

By Dave Lee on April 17, 2012

What is it? Gas Buddy allows users to report gas prices at fueling stations across the United States and Canada. Price: Free Platforms: iOS 3.0 or higher; Android 1.5 or higher; BlackBerry and Windows phones. Info: www.gasbuddy.com With the national… Read More

Vlingo: Up-Close Mobile App Inspection

By Dave Lee on March 20, 2012

What is it? Voice-to-text assistant that lets you speak phone, text and navigation commands. Price: Free (with ads) Platforms: Android 2.0.1 or higher; iOS 4.0 or higher Info: www.vlingo.com I’ve always wished that my 2008 Toyota sedan had some kind… Read More

Road Ninja: Up-Close Mobile App Inspection

By Dave Lee on February 20, 2012

What is it? A location-based app that finds food, lodging and other attractions at upcoming interstate exits. Price: Free Platforms: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch; requires iOS 4.2 or later Info: roadninja.mobi Road Ninja is designed to show what points of… Read More