E90Post
 


 
BMW 3-Series (E90 E92) Forum > BMW E90/E92/E93 3-series General Forums > General E90 Sedan / E91 Wagon / E92 Coupe / E93 Cabrio > How bad is using your pod and using your BT phone w/ no Nav screen?



Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      12-10-2012, 11:58 PM   #1
bman5150
Private First Class
2
Rep
149
Posts

 
Drives: 2011 335i XDrive
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Cowtown

iTrader: (0)

How bad is using your pod and using your BT phone w/ no Nav screen?

I am looking hard right now at a 2011 335i with msport package, comfort package, step, Bluetooth, iPod USB port. The only problem is th car doesn't have navigation. Is it a real PITA using your phone, trying to see names and phone #s on the radio screen? Or is it somewhat manageable?

Also, how is it using your iPod thru that same smaller radio screen?

I was pretty dead set on navigation, but the msport package looks pretty great!
__________________
2011 BMW 335i XDrive Msport (auto)
Appreciate 0
      12-11-2012, 12:01 AM   #2
iczz
Lieutenant Colonel
iczz's Avatar
Taiwan
28
Rep
1,753
Posts

 
Drives: E90 / F10 / F80
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: SF Bay Area

iTrader: (23)

no problem here.
Appreciate 0
      12-11-2012, 12:03 AM   #3
BOBKUR
Major
13
Rep
1,350
Posts

 
Drives: 2008 E 90
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: CALIFORNIA

iTrader: (2)

Quote:
Originally Posted by bman5150 View Post
I am looking hard right now at a 2011 335i with msport package, comfort package, step, Bluetooth, iPod USB port. The only problem is th car doesn't have navigation. Is it a real PITA using your phone, trying to see names and phone #s on the radio screen? Or is it somewhat manageable?

Also, how is it using your iPod thru that same smaller radio screen?

I was pretty dead set on navigation, but the msport package looks pretty great!
I have 08 w/o nav and have no problem with bluetooth for iPhone or iPod.
Appreciate 0
      12-11-2012, 12:09 AM   #4
Das_Stig
I don't drink water. Fish fuck in it.
Das_Stig's Avatar
16
Rep
839
Posts

 
Drives: e90 335xi
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Some say he naturally faces magnetic north, and that all of his legs are hydraulic...

iTrader: (1)

i have absolutely zero issues using it without nav... but to be honest i dont know the conveniences of nav towards bluetooth
Appreciate 0
      12-11-2012, 12:20 AM   #5
bman5150
Private First Class
2
Rep
149
Posts

 
Drives: 2011 335i XDrive
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Cowtown

iTrader: (0)

Thanks for the replies. Are you able to download your phone book? Can you access your phone book scrolling via the radio screen? Can you use voice commands to access phone numbers? Sorry if these are dumb questions as I'm not real familiar with the functionality of the 335i 's Bluetooth phone access.

Assuming you can use radio controls to access your entire iPod menu.

Thanks!
__________________
2011 BMW 335i XDrive Msport (auto)
Appreciate 0
      12-11-2012, 12:21 AM   #6
Meeni
Gateropode
Meeni's Avatar
24
Rep
1,884
Posts

 
Drives: BMW 330i 06
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: TN

iTrader: (0)

BT phone works beautifully with Pro Business radio. Phone book through radio screen is working fine, could be more reactive but it does a great job with the limited interface size. Overall its very usable, if not perfect.

Voice command works too but does not sync with phone book (you have to enter yourself the phone book for voice command, clumsy).

Don't have ipod integration, but I do have MP3 CD and it is very good, it has song listed by names, artists etc. The screen is small but sufficient. I suppose ipod integration carries the same features. Doesn't play DVD MP3, which is a bummer.
Appreciate 0
      12-11-2012, 12:57 AM   #7
E90_boostjunky
Lieutenant Colonel
E90_boostjunky's Avatar
27
Rep
1,626
Posts

 
Drives: BMW 335I E90 SGM
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: USA, IL

iTrader: (1)

bmw without navi is like an iphone with no maps.
Appreciate 0
      12-11-2012, 01:10 AM   #8
Meeni
Gateropode
Meeni's Avatar
24
Rep
1,884
Posts

 
Drives: BMW 330i 06
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: TN

iTrader: (0)

Plenty of reviews say the iDrive has been clunky and difficult to use up to 08-09. All I know is that the Pro radio does a great job at being useful, even if it is not pretty.
Appreciate 0
      12-11-2012, 01:34 AM   #9
VTECaddict
Where'd my VTEC go?
VTECaddict's Avatar
47
Rep
4,628
Posts

 
Drives: 06 330i 6MT
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Bakersfield, CA

iTrader: (4)

It works fine, its just more annoying seeing 1-2 lines at a time. With iDrive you can see a lot more at once.

But if you're trying to convince yourself to "settle" for a car without iDrive, then don't. You'll regret not holding out for one later. If you never considered or wanted iDrive to begin with then it's a different story, but it sounds like you were already set on getting it.
__________________
AW/Terra | ZSP | ZPP | ZCW | iDrive | CA
Mods: BC BR | OEM Blacklines | M-tech rear | custom dual exhaust | M3 steering wheel | BMW SSK | ZHP shift knob | BMW Performance rep spoiler
Varrstoen ES1 19x9.5+20 Front, 19x11+25 rear
Appreciate 0
      12-11-2012, 07:46 AM   #10
gpb
First Lieutenant
3
Rep
393
Posts

 
Drives: 335i Cabrio
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Atlanta

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Meeni View Post
Plenty of reviews say the iDrive has been clunky and difficult to use up to 08-09.
Yes, from what I've read the CCC iDrive wasn't the best. The newer CIC from 2009 onward is easy to use. Since bman5150's looking at cars in the 2011 model year range, shouldn't be any issue.

bman5150: seriously, if you have nav on your wishlist, hold out 'til you find the right car. M-sport is nice, but I suspect you'll wish you'd had the full iDrive experience. Then you'll take a bath financially getting out of that 2011 and into one equipped how you wanted it originally.
Appreciate 0
      12-11-2012, 09:34 AM   #11
e92oholic
Banned
United_States
14
Rep
854
Posts

 
Drives: 2013 MINI JCW GP
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Buffalo NY

iTrader: (6)

Quote:
Originally Posted by E90_boostjunky View Post
bmw without navi is like an iphone with no maps.
well its like an iphone with apple maps, google is so much better .
Appreciate 0
      12-11-2012, 10:16 AM   #12
bman5150
Private First Class
2
Rep
149
Posts

 
Drives: 2011 335i XDrive
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Cowtown

iTrader: (0)

All great thoughts and advice. I appreciate it. I originally did not want nav but have since been second guessing myself. My Honda pilot has nav with BT and it really nice! I'm really on the fence...partly because I love the msport look and also because I think the one I'm looking at is priced aggressively-likely because it is rwd and has no nav!

I'd be keeping the car for a while. I think it's a dealer demo car....I do have some reservations about this but it has the balance of the factory warranty left.
__________________
2011 BMW 335i XDrive Msport (auto)
Appreciate 0
      12-11-2012, 10:34 AM   #13
jakobv84
Private First Class
United_States
1
Rep
184
Posts

 
Drives: 2009 E60 525xi
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

iTrader: (1)

Garage List
2007 E90 335i  [0.00]
Since you're looking at '11 I'd go with iDrive if it was me. But if you end up paying an insane premium for it then skip it. Phone is very doable without navi (I have a '07 and the CCC was so clunky I just got one without it entirely).
__________________
'09 525xi | Comfort Access, Moonroof, Softclose, PDC, CIC upgraded

'07 335i E90 (sold) // '03 Porsche Boxster (sold) // '07 Alfa Romeo GT 2.0 (sold) // '06 325i E90 (stolen) // '99 Alfa Romeo 156 (sold)
Appreciate 0
      12-11-2012, 11:00 AM   #14
Ecko51
New Member
0
Rep
18
Posts

 
Drives: 2011 Jet Black 335i
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: NewJersey

iTrader: (0)

I just went through the same thing. But when I came across a 2011 335i e90 CPO, w/ Sport, Premium, & Conv. package and less than 8k on it I was willing to sacrifice the NAV.

I had a little buyers remorse for a few days. But now that I have settled into it. It's all
good.
Appreciate 0
      12-11-2012, 12:33 PM   #15
John 070
Lieutenant General
157
Rep
11,517
Posts

 
Drives: 335i cpe
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: ZSP/ZPP/ZCW

iTrader: (0)

huh? It's perfectly fine.
Appreciate 0
      12-11-2012, 12:40 PM   #16
ryan stewart
Private First Class
1
Rep
113
Posts

 
Drives: 2008 328it
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Atlanta, GA

iTrader: (0)

My phone fits in the little tray in front of the console quite well at about a 45 degree angle. I use the audio over bluetooth (which is excellent) and I can glance down occasionally to look at the map if I really need to. Although I dont have to most times because im using Google Maps/Nav and its great about being very descriptive about distances, screen names, etc.

If it really bothered me I would get a windshield mount but 99% of the time I can go just on the audio because the software is that good. Since I am not concerned about resale I would pass on it even if I ordered a car because those systems quickly become out of date and are usually crap compared to what is built into Android.
Appreciate 0
      12-11-2012, 12:52 PM   #17
andybui82
Colonel
andybui82's Avatar
United_States
42
Rep
2,474
Posts

 
Drives: 335d
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Blop PNW branch

iTrader: (4)

thats a tough decision you got there. M sport no nav or nav no m sport....if it came down to it....Id say nav no m sport cause you can do all that stuff later.
__________________
Cars: SGM 325i (Retired) l BSM 135i (Retired) l SS to Gloss White S2000 (Retired) l Arctic White RS4 (Retired) l White GTi (retired) l AW 335d M-Sport
Appreciate 0
      12-11-2012, 01:02 PM   #18
Dark_Knight_335
Came to the N55 Darkside
Dark_Knight_335's Avatar
United_States
156
Rep
10,705
Posts

 
Drives: 2011 335 E93 M-Sport
Join Date: May 2010
Location: NY/NJ

iTrader: (27)

Why not hold out and get what you really want?
Appreciate 0
      12-11-2012, 01:55 PM   #19
techwhiz
Lieutenant Colonel
techwhiz's Avatar
United_States
20
Rep
1,672
Posts

 
Drives: e90 335i Sedan - Arctic
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Bay Area, Ca

iTrader: (3)

I don't have Nav.
Voice works with BT.
The phonebook shows on the screen broken down by first letter.
USB works and so does iPod.

Works for me.
Appreciate 0
      12-11-2012, 02:00 PM   #20
Meeni
Gateropode
Meeni's Avatar
24
Rep
1,884
Posts

 
Drives: BMW 330i 06
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: TN

iTrader: (0)

Another point to consider is that maintaining Nav and maps up to date cost often a little fortune, much more than having an independent GPS device.

To summarize, like Techwhiz, I don't feel like something is missing from the car. It just performs the function well and practically. The iDrive looks better and more eye candy, that has some value, but it does not change the way you live with the car.
Appreciate 0
      12-11-2012, 02:07 PM   #21
e92oholic
Banned
United_States
14
Rep
854
Posts

 
Drives: 2013 MINI JCW GP
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Buffalo NY

iTrader: (6)

Don't forget you cant see the screen of the radio w/o nav if your wearing polarized sun glasses. that was the big deal breaker for me
Appreciate 0
      12-11-2012, 02:08 PM   #22
335BBS
Brigadier General
Canada
42
Rep
3,607
Posts

 
Drives: 2009 335 coupe.
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Toronto, Ontario

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by bman5150 View Post
I am looking hard right now at a 2011 335i with msport package, comfort package, step, Bluetooth, iPod USB port. The only problem is th car doesn't have navigation. Is it a real PITA using your phone, trying to see names and phone #s on the radio screen? Or is it somewhat manageable?

Also, how is it using your iPod thru that same smaller radio screen?

I was pretty dead set on navigation, but the msport package looks pretty great!
I've never been a fan of nav. Overpriced toy in my opinion. My BB has nav if I get lost...rarely.
Appreciate 0
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:59 PM.




e90post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST