Best Android Car Stereos in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 3, 2019
Do you have an older car stereo that is badly in need of upgrading? If so, then you should take a look at an Android car stereo. Read on for our reviews of 5 of the top models and find the best Android car stereo for your vehicle. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
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Tech Specs
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Extras
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PROS

The built-in microphone allows you to answer incoming calls, as well as perform voice control of the car radio. If the device will not clearly recognize your commands, then you can use an external microphone (supplied).

CONS

The open screen may cover dashboard elements.

OUR VERDICT

If your car has a 1-DIN connector for the car radio, but you still want to purchase a model with a large touch screen and running Android OS, then we recommend purchasing this model from AWESAFE. And it is very easy to mount.

detailed parameters
Type

1-DIN

Playback

DVD/CD discs, 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

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The screen here boasts a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, so even when watching a movie in HD format, the image quality will be at the highest level. The wide viewing angle makes it possible to comfortably watch multimedia content for both the driver and passengers.

CONS

The installation process is very time-consuming.

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 “braking” even when the screen sharing function is activated and several applications are launched.

detailed parameters
Type

2-DIN

Playback

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

Screen Size

7" 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

Warranty

18 months

PROS

The rear panel has AV-in ports so that you can connect a DVR or parking camera. And AV-out will be useful in case you plan to install additional monitors in the car for watching movies by passengers in the rear seats.

CONS

The Android OS version is a little outdated.

OUR VERDICT

If you value high-quality sound and an expensive speaker system is installed in your car, then you will definitely like this model: a powerful 4-channel amplifier and an advanced equalizer will allow you to enjoy listening to your favorite tracks.

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

Android 8.1

Extras

Wi-Fi, GPS, Built-in mic

Warranty

1 year

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

Some users complain about the poor reception of the FM tuner.

OUR VERDICT

ATOTO's 2-DIN radio 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

Warranty

1 year

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

1 GB of RAM is barely sufficient for Android 8.1.

OUR VERDICT

This inexpensive and at the same time functional radio car stereo will become a worthy replacement for the standard models in VW and Skoda cars with a 2-DIN connector. It can also be easily placed in vehicles of other brands, where a dimensional dashboard is provided.

detailed parameters
Type

2-DIN

Playback

DVD/CD discs, 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

Android 8.1

Extras

Wi-Fi, GPS, Built-in mic

Warranty

1 year

awesafe Android 9.0

Great 1-DIN Car Stereo

Most cars nowadays come with double DIN ports for the installation of car stereos. This size of a port is great for accommodating larger car stereos that are packed with features and also include a large display. However, many older cars still use 1-DIN car stereo ports, which is smaller, and therefore harder to include a large screen. Since finding an Android car stereo that is compatible with a 1-DIN port is difficult, this leaves options for those with older cars a bit limited.

The awesafe Android 9.0 Car Stereo Radio is a great car stereo featuring the Android operating system that is made especially for cars with 1-DIN car stereo ports. If your car has a 1-DIN connector for the car radio, but you still want to purchase a model with a large touch screen and running Android OS, then we recommend purchasing this model from AWESAFE.

Despite the smaller size of this car stereo, it is still quite easy to mount, taking no more than just a few moments to connect to the car's internal connectors and mounting in the car stereo port. In fact, it is easy enough for a person to do this on their own, allowing them to save money by not needing a professional to install it, provided they are able to access the 1-DIN port easily in their car.

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All the Features You Need

Just because this car stereo is made for cars with 1-DIN stereo ports doesn't mean it is lacking in any features. This car stereo includes everything that you would expect from a modern car stereo that uses the Android operating system. Despite its smaller size, this car stereo includes a large 7-inch retractable touchscreen display that will show you the easy-to-use interface as well as relevant information in a very clear manner. The touchscreen is very responsive and the interface is very easy to navigate. If there is any negative aspect to it, it would be that the screen may obstruct your view of some dashboard elements while it is up, but it can easily be folded in to allow access.

In addition to the large trouchscreen, this stereo includes a built-in microphone that allows you to answer incoming calls, as well as perform voice control of the car radio. If the device will not clearly recognize your commands due to the high amount of background noise that usually occurs in most cars while driving, then you can use the included external microphone. This will allow you to fully control the stereo by voice without the need to use the touchscreen while driving. If you have a car with a 1-DIN car stereo port and want a fully-featured entertainment system, then this model will be your best bet.
awesafe Android 9.0 Car Stereo Radio in the use

 

Pumpkin SH20294F-UK

High Quality Screen

With most traditional car stereos, the quality of the display wasn't usually very important. Just as long as the information displayed could be read reasonably well, the stereo's display was fine, and most stereo manufacturers tended to not pay too much attention to it. With modern car stereos, though, and especially with those using the Android operating system, the display quality is of the upmost importance. Being able to see everything clearly without needing to focus on it is quite important for any driver, as they need to be keeping their eyes on the road, not on the car stereo. Unfortunately, many of these car stereo manufacturers still haven't made the screens of the highest quality.

The Pumpkin SH20294F-UK Android 9.0 Double Din Car Stereo is one model that seems to be the exception, as the manufacturer has included a high-quality display. The 7-inch screen here boasts a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, so even when watching a movie in HD format, the image quality will be at the highest level. The wide viewing angle makes it possible not only for the driver to view all information easily with just a glance, but also to comfortably watch multimedia content for both the driver and passengers, an important point in being able to get the best use out of this unit.

Review of Pumpkin SH20294F-UK Android 9.0 Double Din Car Stereo

Powerful Internals

The screen of this car stereo isn't the only high-quality item included in the kit. This model compares favourably with most analogues in that it is equipped with a powerful 8-core processor and 4 GB of RAM: it will work absolutely without stuttering or other types of performance issues even when the screen sharing function is activated and several applications are launched. Speaking of the screen sharing function, this model lets you share video content that is played on the device with other smartphones, meaning that passengers who have their own smartphones can watch the same movie on their own device, without having to try to strain to see the screen in the front of the vehicle.

Plenty of other features are included in this stereo. Along with the standard FM tuner, you can play music or videos from USB flash drives as well as whatever is stored in the internal storage. You also get the standard GPS functionality for navigating your way through unfamiliar streets, and it also included some handy control options such as steering wheel and voice control. The built-in microphone even lets you answer calls from your phone in a totally hands-free setting, letting you keep your full attention on the road. This quite powerful car stereo with a high-quality screen is a must for those who want the best Android car stereo system possible.

Pumpkin SH20294F-UK Android 9.0 Double Din Car Stereo in the use

 

Panlelo S1

Supports Multiple Screens

Having an Android car stereo with a large screen can be great for when the driver and front-seat passenger want to watch a film together, but not so much for when multiple passengers in the back of a large vehicle want to join in on the fun as well. Most Android car stereos have screens that are no larger than 7 inches, which means the smaller screen size of the head unit will look minuscule to back seat passengers. If you have a large family or regularly have multiple passengers who go on long road trips, it would be great to be able to connect the car stereo to additional screens in order for the back seat passengers to enjoy watching the film as well.

The Panlelo S1 Car Stereo Touchscreen is the perfect answer for those who want the ability to connect multiple screens, as well as multiple input devices. The rear panel of the stereo has AV-in ports so that you can connect a DVR or parking camera. The additional AV-out ports will be useful in case you plan to install additional monitors in the car for watching movies by passengers in the rear seats. For those with large families who need to entertain children on long road trips, this car stereo is the perfect solution for keeping the kiddos entertained and well-behaved.

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Get the Best Out Of Your Speakers

A full car stereo system consists of more than just the console. Those who want high-quality audio will also tend to have high-quality speakers installed as well, especially if the car stereo has sufficient output power to support them. If you value great sound and an expensive speaker system is installed in your car, then you will definitely like this model: a powerful 4-channel amplifier and an advanced equalizer will allow you to enjoy listening to your favourite tracks, letting you get the best out of your full speaker setup in your car.

This car stereo includes plenty of other features that make it a valuable device in any car. This unit lets you share music and video from your smartphone, whether it be through connecting a USB cable for a wired connection, or using WiFi for wireless. The GPS functionality on this unit also works well, letting you easily navigate your way without getting lost or confused. Bluetooth functionality lets you use the stereo for answering or making phone calls, and the FM tuner lets you listen to your favourite radio stations. The device also includes a powerful processor for letting you utilise the full power of the system, although the low amount of RAM may make it less than ideal for multitasking. Still, though, this car stereo will give you plenty of functionality at a budget price.

Panlelo S1 Car Stereo Touchscreen in the use

Additional Info

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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 in the use

 

MekedeTech V-W02

Play Your CDs and DVDs

Although CD players were one of the biggest features on car stereos for many years, it is getting harder and harder to find units that include CD or even DVD playing functionality. Many car stereo manufacturers have been leaving this functionality out due to the proliferation of digital format music and movies. However, there are still plenty of people who have sizable collections CDs and DVDs, and these people would appreciate having the ability to use them in their car stereos. If you are one of these people, then fear not - there are still a few modern car stereos that support your old discs.

The MekedeTech V-W02 Car GPS Radio Multimedia Navigation would be an excellent example of this. 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 lets you enjoy your music and films wherever you go, providing crystal clear playback, and most likely with higher quality playback than what was supported in your old car stereo. Of course this unit is compatible with plenty of the digital formats that are now popular as well, so you have a greater choice of media to use with this car stereo.

Review of MekedeTech V-W02 Car GPS Radio Multimedia Navigation

Perfect for Volkswagen Cars

This inexpensive and at the same time functional car stereo will become a worthy replacement for the standard models in VW and Skoda cars with a 2-DIN connector. It can also be easily placed in vehicles of other brands, where a dimensional dashboard is provided, so you're not limited to using this stereo only in vehicles made by Volkswagen.

This car stereo includes the same functionality as most of the other models reviewed here. In addition to playing CDs and DVDs, you can also play music and video from your smartphone through a Bluetooth connection, so no need to worry about connecting it through wires that get in the way. The high resolution 7-inch capacitive touch screen gives you a clear image with high contrast that is easy to read in any lighting, all with an easy-to-use touchscreen interface. Physical buttons are also included that let you easily switch to the different functions of the device, letting you easily control it even while keeping your eyes on the road.

This unit doesn't have the most powerful hardware included, so it may lag a bit if you are trying to do a lot of multitasking. However, for those who need the most common features included on modern car stereos while being able to play their CD library will find this model to be ideal.

MekedeTech V-W02 Car GPS Radio Multimedia Navigation in the use

 

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 favourite 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 favourite 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 favourite 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 favourite 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.

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 favourite radio stations. The tuners will often have more presets that most older models, letting you save as many of your favourite 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 favourite 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 favourite 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: 2019-09-25 10:09:32