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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