Daily Archives: April 21, 2013

Six aftermarket car stereos for app addicts (roundup)

Look in the comments below any portable GPS navigation device review or news story on CNET and chances are that you’ll find a large number of readers saying something akin to “Why would I buy this when I’ve got an app that’s is better?” You people can’t seem to get enough of your smartphones and your apps!

But while a suction cup mount and an aux-audio cable may be enough for some users, many users could benefit from a phone/app integration solution that makes accessing their smartphone’s navigation and audio streaming apps a bit more solid and a lot less distracting. With that in mind, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite car stereos that help you to (safely) get your app fix on the go.

(Credit: CNET)

Pioneer AppRadio 2 (SPH-DA100) Pioneer’s AppRadio and AppRadio 2 are the first receivers that spring to mind when I think about aftermarket app integration done right. The flagship AppRadio 2 boasts a massive color touchscreen and compatibility with dozens of apps for iPhone and Android devices. It’s not a perfect solution — getting the unit to work with a supported Android phone requires the installation of a hardware module and about 2-3 helper apps — b… [Read more]


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