The Delphi SKYFi3 comes with everything to start enjoying XM in any vehicle equipped with an FM radio. A low-profile car dock with direct channel and preset-favorites access allows for both horizontal and vertical mounting options. With 30 minute Pause/Replay, ability to store unlimited MP3s, the Delphi SKYFi3 XM satellite radio will keep you entertained. SKYFi3''s orientation flexibility, bright 2.8-inch display screen and ease-to-access car dock buttons offer improved readability and control for safer operation while driving.
Customer Reviews of Delphi SkyFi3 XM Satellite Radio and Car Kit
Nice features but freezes up5/22/2008
The Skyfi3 has some nice features and reception is great with the included Sureconnect. Unfortunetly, the unit locks up about once a day in the "checking media" mode. I can usually get it going by resetting it several times but this is a hassle. Also, it takes a while to fire up so there is about 10 - 15 seconds of static if you left the radio on when you left the car. Since I like the radio otherwise, I sent it back today and will try another one. Don't plan on using it without the car plug or USB plug, the batteries have a life of less than 10 minutes.
Great for XM, poor for mp34/18/2008
If you're looking for a great XM player, this works. The nice big screen with variable orientation (portrait or landscape) allows you to see artist and song info at a glance and the replay/pause and recording features are excellent. When you switch over to mp3, however, things get more interesting. The UI is severely lacking. If you want to play songs in a specific order, even an album you have loaded on the microSD card, you have to create a play list. You can't just play The Wall, for instance. The closest you can get without creating a play list is to go the the Pink Floyd artist area where the songs from all albums are commingled and in no order whatsoever. This is the buggiest device I have ever had. I'd question if they did any kind of testing on it. * the aforementioned unable to power up issue * the channel list scrolls by itself sometimes * the inability to set a recording date other than today's date * inconsistencies in the favorites lists * when the unit is pulled from the car cradle it shows paused but the current position pointer keeps moving forward so when you play again, it's either later in the song or on to one of the next songs. * when you start the unit in the car cradle in mp3 mode, there is quite a bit of background white noise. However, if you switch over to Live XM the noise goes away and you can switch back to mp3. I've had the device for about a year and figured they'd come out with an updated firmware rev, but I just checked and it's still the same one I updated to when I bought it. Other notes: * Battery life is acceptable - I can usually get a full day of listening at work before it dies. * Sound quality is really good, esp. with headphones. * Car mount (I'm using the vent mount) is good * If you use the FM transmitter, get the antenna adapter that hooks between the car antenna and your stereo.
Does what it needs to do BUT....9/27/2007
I bought the Skyfi3 as a replacement for my Skyfi2 which didn't survive a drop from the fourth floor of my apartment (bad catch on my part). I like the elegant black and gold finish and the unit's ability to save and record music, particularly when equipped with an inexpensive micro SD memory card. It is not without some shortcomings. Why did they have to use a different PS and connector from the SA2? It would have been easier to upgrade without such an unnecessary change. A bigger complaint is the occasional unresponsiveness of the controls on the unit AND the remote. Finally occasionally the unit becomes unable to power-up. The remedy, pressing the Mode and volume switch is easy enough - but this happens enough to give it a more prominent place in the instruction manual. All in all I like the unit - but it is not perfect.
i bought this about a month ago as of 9-25-07 it is a great item and would recommend it to anyone in the market for a satellite radio!!!!