I got the AVIC-f500bt today. Purchased on ebay for $320 and I think its a good deal. I wanted the f500bt vs the 700 and 90/900 because I don't care for CD loading or DVD watching, really. After all, in a few years, all of our movies are going to be in digital files anyway so you won't need the DVD/CDs, right? =)
I opened the box and whoa, I've never seen more cables and accessories! You can see whats included in my pic below; the unit is in the corner. Unit looks good really. Comes with a CD-ROM that gives you the installation diagram and user manual. I'm still putting the unit through its paces so if you want me to try anything, let me know. Here's a couple initial observations:
1.) You cannot
turn on the unit until you first put in the battery and switch the "unlock" cover position to "lock" position. I thought I had a DOA unit when I was pushing the on button for X minutes until I realized it won't power on until you put it into lock.
2.) The overall unit dimensions is right about a double din size. And I don't think the lost real estate of 5" screen vs 7" is not really noticeable.
3.) Screen contrast is very good at night (mentioned earlier). I think the pixel quality and touch response sensitivity appears fairly good. On par with the Tom/toms (which was my previous PND).
4.) The dash mount is a freaking tower. I would say that you can elevate the unit a good inch off the dash with this thing. Its tall and adjustable up/down and pivots up/down as well. The sticky baseplate that you attach to the window or dash could use a better epoxy.
I'll post more info as I put it through its paces, and attach pics as they are available.
In the box you get:
1. The PND Unit AVIC-F500bt
2. The tower mount
3. The base plate with sticky surface
4. An AC wall charger
5. A car charger (Cigarette lighter end/5V power plug on other)
6. A big, multi-connector cable. This is the cable used to connect all the inputs/outputs (rear view camera input, parking brake, audio out, battery cable (always on power), reverse gear signal input).
7. mini-USB to USB cable. (used for connecting to a USB mass storage device)
8. the rechargeable lithium ion battery
9. a plastic plate that attaches to the rear of the device that is used to connect the mounting tower (kinda hard to explain)
10. CD-ROM and warranty paperwork