Best Android Car Stereos

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 28, 2019
Do you often wish that your car stereo had many of the same capabilities as your smartphone? If so, you can make this wish a reality by installing an Android car stereo in your vehicle. Read on for our picks of five top models and find the best Android car stereo for your car! ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Type
Playback
Screen Size
Audio Output Power
Tech Specs
OS
Extras
Warranty
 
PROS

The presence of a CD / DVD drive makes it possible to watch movies and listen to music recorded on discs. Moreover, the disc will play stably even if there are shallow scratches, and will also not freeze when driving on rough roads.

CONS

Relatively small screen size.

OUR VERDICT

This model compares favorably with most analogs in that it is equipped with a powerful 8-core processor and 4 GB of RAM: it will work absolutely without “slowdowns” even if several demanding applications are launched at the same time.

detailed parameters
Type

2-DIN

Playback

DVD/CD discs, AM/FM radio, SD-cards, USB-drives, AUX, Bluetooth

Screen Size

6.2" touchscreen

Audio Output Power

4 x 50 W amplifier

Tech Specs

CPU: Octa-core Processor

RAM: 4GB

ROM: 32GB

OS

Android 9.0

Extras

Wi-Fi, GPS, Built-in mic, 3G/4G modem support (via USB-port)

Warranty

18 months

PROS

An external Wi-FI antenna is included in the kit to provide the best Wi-fi signal reception when synchronizing with a smartphone or other wireless devices. An external GPS antenna will come in handy with frequent use of navigation.

CONS

1 GB of RAM may not be enough for some applications.

OUR VERDICT

ATOTO's 2-DIN stereo boasts the installed ATOTO AICE OS 9.4 with a launcher of its own production, so managing all the device’s capabilities will be simple and intuitive. Now driving will be completely safe.

detailed parameters
Type

2-DIN

Playback

AM/FM radio, SD-cards, USB-drives, AUX, Bluetooth

Screen Size

7" touchscreen

Audio Output Power

4 x 45 W amplifier

Tech Specs

CPU: Quad-core Processor

RAM: 1GB

ROM: 16GB

OS

ATOTO AICE OS 9.4 (based on Android 6.0)

Extras

Wi-Fi, GPS, Built-in mic, 3G modem support (via USB-port)

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The powerful FM / AM tuner will be very useful for people who are used to listening to local radio stations while driving. The RDS function allows you to display text information broadcast by the operator.

CONS

Some users complain about the low sensitivity of the microphone.

OUR VERDICT

This car radio will be a worthy replacement for regular models, because it has advanced functionality: thanks to it, you can play music and movies from various sources, as well as monitor the condition of the car through an OBD2 scanner (sold separately).

detailed parameters
Type

2-DIN

Playback

AM/FM radio, SD-cards, USB-drives, AUX, Bluetooth

Screen Size

7" touchscreen

Audio Output Power

4 x 45 W amplifier

Tech Specs

CPU: Quad-core Processor

RAM: 2GB

ROM: 16GB

OS

Android 9.0

Extras

Wi-Fi, GPS, Built-in mic, 3G/4G modem support (via USB-port)

Warranty

1 year (one more year for product registration)

PROS

The screen sharing function will appeal to drivers who often use several functions of the car radio and do not want to spend time switching between them. So, for example, you can simultaneously switch songs and monitor satellite navigation.

CONS

There is no support for a 3G / 4G modem via a USB port.

OUR VERDICT

If you are the owner of a minivan or SUV and want to install several external monitors in the cabin, then we recommend purchasing this car radio: the ability to connect 2 additional screens will allow passengers to have fun on long trips.

detailed parameters
Type

2-DIN

Playback

AM/FM radio, SD-cards, USB-drives, AUX, Bluetooth

Screen Size

7" touchscreen

Audio Output Power

4 x 45 W amplifier

Tech Specs

CPU: Quad-core Processor

RAM: 2GB

ROM: 32GB

OS

Android 8.0

Extras

Wi-Fi, GPS, Built-in mic

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The built-in microphone allows you to answer incoming calls, as well as have voice control of the car radio. If the device poorly recognizes your commands, then you can use an external microphone (supplied).

CONS

The installation process is very time-consuming.

OUR VERDICT

This model will be the best solution for multimedia tasks, because with the 2-DIN standard, the manufacturer managed to implement here a 10.1-inch HD-display. Ideal for installation in spacious cars with a large dashboard.

detailed parameters
Type

2-DIN

Playback

AM/FM radio, SD-cards, USB-drives, AUX, Bluetooth

Screen Size

10.1" touchscreen

Audio Output Power

4 x 45 W amplifier

Tech Specs

CPU: Quad-core Processor

RAM: 2GB

ROM: 16GB

OS

Android 9.0

Extras

Wi-Fi, GPS, Built-in mic, 3G/4G modem support (via USB-port)

Warranty

18 months

Pumpkin Double Din

CD / DVD Player Included

Many of the car stereos on the market now have done away with most of the old legacy media options. Most of them now don't include any kind of support for optical media such as CDs or DVDs, and, of course, this isn't any kind of surprise. This is simply following a trend that car stereos have gone through over the years. Moving past 8 tracks and cassettes was seen as a natural progression, and doing away with optical media just follows that trend. However, this can be a bit inconvenient for those who still have large collections of CDs and DVDs that they don't want to throw away, but instead keep them for entertainment options while driving.

You won't need to throw those old discs away with the Pumpkin Double Din Android 9.0 Car Stereo. The presence of a CD / DVD drive makes it possible to watch movies and listen to music recorded on discs. Moreover, the disc will play stably even if there are shallow scratches, and will also not freeze when driving on rough roads. This gives you skip-free audio and video from your car stereo no matter what roads you are driving on, letting you enjoy your old media collection at the best possible quality while still giving you plenty of the modern features found on such types of car stereos.

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Powerful Capabilities

Just because this Android car stereo supports legacy media doesn't mean that it is stuck with outdated technology. In fact, this car stereo is one of the most modern and powerful systems that we have seen. This model compares favorably with most analogs in that it is equipped with a powerful 8-core processor and 4 GB of RAM. It will work absolutely without “slowdowns” even if several demanding applications are launched at the same time, giving you instantaneous response to any kind of input. This is very favorable when compared to some other models that seem to have long lags between input and response, making this model one of the most responsive out there.

There is also no lack of features included with this car stereo. It runs Android 9.0, the latest version of the Android operating system, giving you the same features included with it. Along with this, the stereo includes such useful features as a GPS navigation system for finding the best path to your destination, a 6.2-inch full HD resolution touchscreen display, powerful speaker output with 4 x 50 W support, and many of the other standard functions found on similar stereos, including WiFi and SD card support. If you are looking for a powerful and up to date car stereo that still supports legacy media, then this model is going to be the best Android car stereo for you.

Pumpkin Double Din Android 9.0 Car Stereo in the use

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ATOTO A6Y2710SB

Excellent Wireless Support

The importance of wireless support on a car stereo may not seem to be one of its more important characteristics at first, but it really is an important attribute to have, especially for one that is using the Android operating system. Having some kind of wireless connectivity ensures that you can connect other mobile devices to the car stereo, either to use as audio input, or for other reasons. Also, an Android car stereo will benefit greatly from having some type of Internet access through WiFi, either to download updates or to take advantage of many of the functions and capabilities included in Android. That's why wireless connectivity is important to have in any Android car stereo.

The ATOTO A6Y2710SB Double Din Android Car Navigation Stereo was made specifically to take advantage of wireless connectivity. An external Wi-Fi antenna is included in the kit to provide the best WiFi signal reception when synchronizing with a smartphone or other wireless devices, letting you also connect online wherever a WiFI hotspot is available. In addition, the external GPS antenna will come in handy with frequent use of navigation, letting you take full advantage of the built-in GPS navigation features.

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Easy to Use Interface

ATOTO's 2-DIN stereo boasts the installed ATOTO AICE OS 9.4 (based on Android) with a launcher of its own production, so managing all the device’s capabilities will be simple and intuitive, letting you easily control the stereo with simple touch inputs while driving. This custom interface is found by many people to be much easier to navigate than what is found on most other devices, giving you clear markings of the different functions on the large 7-inch touchscreen and letting you quickly and easily choose them. You won't have to read the manual just to learn how to operate the device.

The hardware internals of the device are quite suitable to taking advantage of this stereo's features, as it is powered by a quad-core processor, giving you 16 GB of internal storage. However, the memory of the device is a bit lacking, with only 1 GB included, which may make operation seem sluggish at times, especially when running more than one app at a time. The stereo includes Bluetooth functionality, giving you full hands-free options for controlling the stereo and listening to music, and it also supports additional SD card storage of up to 256 GB in size. For those taking advantage of the WiFi functionality, the stereo also gets frequent firmware updates in order to ensure that it is working to its maximum potential. Anyone who needs a powerful car stereo with a very easy-to-use interface will want to give this model a try.
ATOTO A6Y2710SB Double Din Android Car Navigation Stereo in the use

 

Henhaoro YHT-266

Powerful AM / FM Tuner

What is the most common use for a car stereo? A lot of people would probably answer this question by talking about the various media playback functions of their own particular model, but most people really mainly use a car stereo to listen to the radio. This is why so many morning shows on radio stations are popular. People like listening to the radio while going to and from work, or even checking out the local radio stations whenever they travel to another city. Since most driving actually occurs within their home city, though, their car stereos often spend the majority of the time playing their favorite local radio station.

The Henhaoro YHT-266 Android 9.0 car Stereo was made for those who still enjoy listening to their favorite radio stations while traveling to and from work. The powerful FM / AM tuner will be very useful for people who are used to listening to local radio stations while driving, allowing for the easy switching and scanning of the tuner to easily find and listen to different stations. In addition, the RDS function allows the stereo to display text information broadcast by the operator, which often includes information such as the name of the station as well as the name of the song that is currently playing. Those who always enjoy finding new music will particularly enjoy this function.

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Replace Your Old Stereo

This car radio will be a worthy replacement for regular models, because it has much of the advanced functionality that draws people to these newer models. Thanks to it, you can play music and movies from various sources, as well as monitor the condition of the car through an OBD2 scanner (sold separately). This gives your stereo a prominent place of importance in your car, making it useful for far more than just entertainment.

Of course, the entertainment functions are certainly not lacking. In addition to the radio tuner, you have the ability to play media from a variety of sources, including from the SD card reader, or by connecting it wirelessly to your mobile device through the built-in Bluetooth module. Speaking of which, the stereo also includes a built-in microphone that lets you take advantage of hands-free calling while driving. Just keep in mind that some users report that the microphone isn't of the highest quality, but this is a minor quibble in the grand scheme of things.

Overall, this Android car stereo that is loaded with features and functionality will become your favorite car companion on your daily driving time, keeping you well entertained even during traffic jams.

Henhaoro YHT-266 Android 9.0 car Stereo in the use

 

Corehan COCS-JD-AN-03(2/32)

Perfect for Multitasking

All of the functionality that is included in modern car stereos, especially those using the Android operating system, give a lot of features to users that simply weren't possible before. With this wealth of different features, though, there are also some new headaches that have come along. Probably the biggest one is in being able to utilize more than one feature of the stereo at a time. This makes it difficult to scan radio stations, find your favorite music from your music source, and use GPS navigation all at the same time. Using these features often requires paying a lot of attention to the stereo and not enough to the road, which can cause a dangerous situation.

The Corehan COCS-JD-AN-03(2/32) Double Din Android Car Stereo helps you take advantage of multiple features at a time while still keeping your attention on your driving. The screen sharing function will appeal to drivers who often use several functions of the car radio and do not want to spend time switching between them. So, for example, you can simultaneously switch songs and monitor satellite navigation, without having to constantly flip between apps. This keeps you entertained while still giving useful information at the same time, and also lets you keep your eyes on the road instead of constantly on the screen.

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Connect Multiple Displays

Car stereos aren't only meant for providing entertainment to the driver of the vehicle. They can also provide plenty of entertainment to those who are riding along, and this particular model has a great feature that sets it apart from the competition. If you are the owner of a minivan or SUV and want to install several external monitors in the cabin, then we recommend purchasing this car radio: the ability to connect 2 additional screens will allow passengers to have fun on long trips. This lets you play movies for other passengers, proving particularly useful for children who often easily get bored while on long road trips, without having to rely on everyone viewing the action on just one small screen.

Plenty of other functionality is included with this car stereo as well. The powerful 1.4 GHz quad-core processor gives the system plenty of power for handling the different simultaneous functions that you can take advantage of, and the large 7-inch screen lets you easily see the different options as well as read the provided information without needing to focus on it. The stereo also supports rear camera input for those who rely on a rear camera for backing up, an AM/FM radio tuner, and plenty of connectivity options for playing music or movies, including SD card support and Bluetooth. With all of these functions as well as much more, this budget car stereo will prove itself to be a great addition to your auto.

Corehan COCS-JD-AN-03(2/32) Double Din Android Car Stereo in the use

 

Eonon GA2178-Android 9.0-Bluetooth 5.0

True Hands-Free Operation

The biggest problem encountered with any car stereo is in how much attention operating it takes away from the driver. This was always true with traditional car stereos that only had a few limited functions but were often difficult to operate, but it is also certainly true of modern Android operated devices that include a large amount of built-in functionality. With the more options that are included, the more time it often takes to switch between whichever functions you need or want to use, and this distracts from driving. Any stereo that can offer true hands-free operation will let the driver take advantage of the stereo's functionality while still letting them pay full attention to the road.

The Eonon GA2178-Android 9.0-Bluetooth 5.0 Double Din Car Stereo is one model that actually offers true hands-free operation. The built-in microphone allows you to answer incoming calls, as well as have voice control of the car radio while you are driving, letting you keep your eyes on the road instead of on your stereo. If the device doesn't easily recognize your voice commands, then there is still no need to worry; you can use an external microphone that is included with the stereo to place it closer to yourself. This lets you easily operate it with voice commands even if there is a lot of background noise that may otherwise interfere with this process.

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Huge Display

One of the other biggest features of this particular car stereo will be difficult for anyone to miss. This model will be one of the best solutions for multimedia tasks, because with the 2-DIN standard, the manufacturer managed to implement in this unit a 10.1-inch HD-display, making it as large as a tablet. This makes this model ideal for installation in spacious cars with a large dashboard, especially if those sitting in the back seats will still want to see what's happening on the screen. With that said, those in smaller cars with less dashboard space may find that this model takes up too much space.

Outside of the above mentioned features, plenty more are included here. This unit includes Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, allowing you to sync your mobile devices with the stereo, letting you share content between them. You can even connect your Android or iOS device through a USB cable if you so desire. The large screen can also be adjusted to give you or your passengers the perfect viewing angle to clearly see what's happening on the screen. The underlying hardware of this unit is also quite powerful, giving you instant response to your commands. For anyone with a larger vehicle with plenty of dashboard space, this car stereo will quickly prove itself to be the perfect solution for your driving and entertainment needs.

Eonon GA2178-Android 9.0-Bluetooth 5.0 Double Din Car Stereo in the use

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What Is an Android Car Stereo?

Anyone who has been driving for any amount of time knows the importance of having a good car stereo. As a person's eyes need to be focused on the road while driving, having some sort of entertainment during long car trips, or getting news updates while driving to work in the morning, are things that most drivers are quite used to. Most traditional car stereos have had few extra features outsides of an AM/FM radio tuner and some sort of media player, and for most people that's perfectly fine. Whatever entertainment you don't get from the radio can be had from playing your favorite media.

Car stereos have greatly advanced in recent years, and nowhere is this better seen than with Android Car Stereos. These car stereos have many of the same features of older models, but with one big difference: they use Google's Android operating system, the same one that is probably used by your favorite smartphone or tablet. This helps give these stereos a level of functionality far beyond what traditional car stereos are capable of, including handling some important features such as GPS navigation, displaying weather information, and of course, playing your favorite media.

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What Features to Compare

Android car stereos consist of a lot more than just a simple radio tuner and media player. Many of these devices have extended functionality that is far greater than any traditional car stereo. As such, anyone who wishes to buy an Android car stereo is most likely wanting to take advantage of these extra functions. However, it isn't always clear what functions each Android car stereo has. Before purchasing one of these car stereos, it is important to know what functions each one includes as well as which ones you need in the stereo. Below are the characteristics that anyone should be aware of before purchasing one of these devices.

Type

The first thing to check for is the type of connector that the car stereo utilizes. The vast majority of Android car stereos use the 2-DIN connection, which is the common standard used by most vehicles. You will want to make sure that your vehicle supports this type of connection before purchasing your car stereo of choice.

Playback

The playback capabilities of any Android car stereo will indicate which type of media is supported by the system. The vast majority of these stereos at a minimum include AM/FM radio tuners, as well as support for some type of removable media such as SD cards, or even CDs and DVDs. Many will also include wireless connectivity through Bluetooth, for playing your music collection from your smartphone. However you wish to give access to the stereo for playback of your favorite media, you will want to make sure that whichever system you choose supports the media you wish to use.

Screen Size

As Android car stereos use the Android operating system, they all use some type of touchscreen for controls, in which case you will want to be aware of the screen size of the device. Keep in mind that larger screen sizes will require more space in your vehicle, and ones with very large screens just may not fit properly in a smaller car. Knowing the size of the screen will help you determine whether or not the stereo will properly fit in your car.

Audio Output Power

The audio output power of any car stereo is important to know, as you will want enough power output to properly power your car speakers without blowing them out. It is best to know the maximum power output of any stereo you choose as well as what is supported by your car speakers.

Extras

One of the most important things to know about any car stereo that you purchase is what extras are included. These extras are what really show off the added functionality and capabilities of an Android car stereo beyond what most traditional stereos have supported. Such things as GPS navigation, WiFi connectivity, 3G or 4G modem support for Internet access, and even a built-in microphone that can be used for various purposes are common features included with these stereos.

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Main Advantages of an Android Car Stereo

In the above reviews, there has been plenty of text dedicated to some of the extra functions that Android car stereos have. Many of these functions have simply not been possible to have on older car audio systems, giving you an unprecedented level of control and entertainment options for your road trips. While some of these functions may seem great, many people may still think they're not really necessary to have. But is that actually the case? Below are some of the additional ways that you can use your new Android car stereo, showing just how much more flexible these systems are than most traditional models.

  • AM / FM Tuner

It is hard to find a car stereo that does not have a basic radio tuner. However, Android car stereos tend to add a lot of functionality to these tuners, giving you more precise control over finding and saving your favorite radio stations. The tuners will often have more presets that most older models, letting you save as many of your favorite stations as you want, and the tuners let you zero in on the exact frequency they use, giving you the clearest sound quality possible. In addition, some car stereos will be able to display digital data that is broadcast by radio stations, which often includes the name of the station as well as the name of whatever song is playing at that moment, all on a large, easy to read display. The simple radio tuner of your old car stereo has been supercharged in these newer models.

  • Media Playback

Car stereos that have the ability to play MP3 files have been around for quite a while now. However, Android car stereos let you play not only these files, but a whole lot more, including from various media sources. Most stereos include SD card slots that let you put your favorite music on them for hours of playback, or even will connect with your mobile device to use music from there. Plenty of older models may have had this functionality as well, but one thing most of them didn't have is the ability to play videos. Although watching a video isn't practical for a driver, it's a great way to entertain children on long road trips, letting them enjoy their favorite cartoons instead of being bored. This, in turn, lets you drive peacefully and with fewer distractions.

  • GPS Navigation

A lot of people tend to use either their smartphones or dedicated GPS devices to help with navigating their way through unfamiliar streets. While many of these devices work fine for that purpose, dedicated GPS devices tend to have smaller screens that make it harder to see the necessary information, while smartphones can be difficult to mount in a way that lets you use them easily for this purpose. Furthermore, getting a phone call will often interrupt GPS navigation. Having this functionality on your Android car stereo will often give you a bigger screen for displaying the navigation information in an easy-to-read manner, while letting you keep your phone free for incoming calls without it affecting your navigation.

  • Voice Control

Although this isn't present in all models, some Android car stereos let you control them via your voice, letting you concentrate on your driving while still being able to take advantage of the additional functionality of the stereo. This provides for a much safer driving experience, both for you and your passengers!

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Publish Date: 2019-08-28 11:35:26