PROS / It offers cutting-edge iPhone integration.
CONS / Android users won't have the same level of convenience.
VERDICT / The Pioneer 6100 NEX is one of the best values for an Apple user, but an Android user can get a similar amount of functionality for less money.
The Pioneer 6100 NEX is an in-dash navigation system with exceptional connectivity. For its sleek design and premium features, the Pioneer 6100 NEX is our Top Ten Review Silver Award winner.
This in-dash GPS has a host of wireless and wired connectivity options. Its best feature is Apple CarPlay, which allows iPhone users to use iPhone apps on the unit's touchscreen. iPhone users can simply connect their iPhones to the 6100 NEX using a Lightning cable and then use apps like Messages, Phone, Music, Spotify and Pandora.
The biggest weakness of the 6100 NEX is that, unlike some the best aftermarket navigation units we reviewed, it doesn't have Android Auto, which is the equivalent of CarPlay for Android. It does, however, offer Bluetooth connectivity for Android users.
Bluetooth will enable you to make hands-free calls to and from your Android phone. You'll also be able to browse your phone's music library. The 6100 NEX also has simple pairing, which means that if your device has Bluetooth enabled, it will be automatically paired with the 6100 NEX when you enter the car.
This unit also uses Bluetooth to play Pandora internet radio. It will use your cell phone's data, but it will display the Pandora interface directly on the screen.
The 6100 NEX also has a HDMI cable input. Android users can mirror their screen on the in-dash navigation system, but they'll still have to navigate the interface using their phone.
Audiophiles will appreciate the ability to play FLAC files directly on the 6100 NEX. FLAC files are high-quality audio files that have higher fidelity than MP3s. You can load the files on a SD card and play them directly on the 6100 NEX.
It has a 6.2-inch (measured diagonally) screen, with a capacitive touch screen. Cheaper aftermarket GPS units have a resistive touch screen, rather than a capacitive screen. The capacitive screen of the 61000 NEX will allow you to make smartphone-style swipe gestures.
Like all of the aftermarket navigation units that we reviewed, the 6100 NEX has the ability to play CDs and DVDs. It can also play music directly from a SD memory card.
The ability to receive HD radio signals is one of the best features of this radio. Many radio stations broadcast at both standard and high definition and this will enable you to receive those signals and listen to music at a higher quality. It can also receive satellite radio, but you'll have to pay for a subscription.
Help & Support
Pioneer ships the 6100 NEX with a one-year warranty. It also offers phone and email support. Additionally, Pioneer has a social media presence, which can be the best way to get in touch with a manufacturer.
Pioneer has at least one repair center in most major cities. If you have a problem with the receiver, you'll have to go to one of those authorized centers to get the receiver worked on.
The Pioneer 6100 NEX is an excellent value, especially for Apple users, because you don't have to pay for Android integration that you won't use. Its value, connectivity and lifetime navigation make it one of the best GPS navigation units on the market.