Google’s operating system was a breakthrough, since it has managed to ensure that everything we have on our mobile is on the radio screen, so we can use countless applications, which gives it great versatility. Some of the functions that all Android Auto users stand out are the great capacity of this system to synchronize the smartphone with the car radio, being able to have our favorite browser on a big screen, the operation of Google’s virtual assistant or the system to answer calls, which is the same as the one we carry on our mobile.
What to look for before buying
The truth is that we have some things to look at and some tips that will come in really handy when deciding on one radio model or another.
1 DIN or 2 DIN
There are two types of car radios depending on the size we have on our dashboard. The calls 1 DIN (180 mm x 50 mm of standard measurements) are those that occupy the space of a conventional radio, but there are also 2 DIN (180 mm x 100 mm as a standard measurement) which are those that occupy twice as much, since the screen is embedded in the car’s own dashboard.
Normally the 2 DIN type already come prepared for specific car models and that’s why they fit so well on dashboards. But this rule is not always met and we can find a car radio that fits well into the gap we have, but we have to buy a frame to suit our car. The 1 DIN type can fit into the hole of a normal car radio, since the screen is hidden and it only comes out when you turn it on thanks to an internal motor. As more and more cars incorporate their own screen on the dashboard, it seems that the specific 2 DIN type are beginning to gain ground, since we will always replace the originals with one of this type.
Another factor to get one model or another is the fact of connectivity. That is, we can have models that bring us several USB to connect, auxiliary input 3.5mm jack, USB Type-C or Bluetooth, also some already have Wifi and even with the capacity to house a SIM card or one microSD card.
In this sense, we must be clear about what we need, since it is useless to buy a car radio with 3 USB if we never use them, to give you an example.
Applications with respect to hardware
The freedom that Android Auto gives us in terms of applications is really high, so we must also take into account how we are going to use these apps that the operating system allows us. That is, if our purpose is basically to use the odd one browser In order for it to show us how to get to certain places, we must look for a radio in which the screen is of quality and allows us to see everything that it indicates without problems. If, for example, our main task is going to be to listen Spotify In the car, the one we should buy is one that can achieve power and audio quality above other types of characteristics.
By this we mean that depending on what the use is with respect to the applications that we are going to give it, so we must worry more about issues such as screen resolution wave sound power, among other things.
Another thing that we must look at is that being with devices that carry Android also have specifications such as RAM, processor, storage, etc.. This is something that we must also be attentive to, because we may see some that are excessively cheap, but that do not have the minimum to move the applications that we want to install. You don’t need as much power as a smartphone, but keep in mind that, for example, we should look for computers with between 1 and 2 GB of RAM, less could be too little.
Let’s see some of the best models that we can find right now of car radios that bring the Google operating system, both with the 1 DIN system and with the 2 DIN system. So there will be more to choose from.
We are facing a 2 DIN model of 7 inch screen and that is compatible with Android Auto and with CarPlay. It is capable of playing video in Full HD format from the USB drive that it brings. It is compatible with Android 5.0 or higher smartphones and iPhone 5 or higher. Also, its Bluetooth is HFP, A2DP and SPP type.
Alpine ILX-702D Multimedia Navigator
We are facing a 1 DIN radio with a touch screen 7 inch LCD and WVGA resolution that is capable of delivering 800 x 480 pixels. It is compatible with both Google and Apple car systems. The USB that it brings can read Mp3, FLAC, Aac and WMA. If we continue with the sound, this model is capable of granting a power of 50 W per channel. In addition to the USB that we have mentioned, it also has an HDMI In, an HDMI Out, two Preamps output, an audio / video connection and a video connection, including Bluetooth 2.1.
The screen of this model is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay It is 7 inches with a sound that reaches 55 W per channel with the system Extra bass built-in, with which you get a bass with more force. have Bluetooth and NFC, something that many of these types of devices do not have. Has a rear view camera to install together with the radio, to facilitate the task of parking the user.
Of course we are facing a model that is compatible with connection systems for radio radios. Apple and Google. has hands-free function, Bluetooth and streaming audio, as well as including expanded AVRCP control. has a power of 50 W per channel with time-corrected DSP system and preamp outputs.
In this case, the screen is as big as the ones we have seen in the previous cases, since it has 7 inches. It also brings Bluetooth 5.0 and is compatible with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink, it also incorporates both Wifi What Gps– Sound is 4 x 50 W maximum.
This example is also compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The screen is of the TFT type with a size of 6.8 inch and we are talking about a 2 DIN system. The audio output power is 4 x 45 W and it is compatible with the audio formats aac, MP3, wma, wav, wav and flac, while in video / photo it can read mpeg1 / 2, wmv, H.264, mkv and jpeg.
ATOTO F7 Series
2 DIN model with a screen of 7 inches which is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It has an HD camera input, in addition to Bluetooth A2DP and you can put an SSD of up to 2 TB. It is compatible with both the Apple assistant Siri, as with the Google called Google Assistant. It has a maximum power of 4 x 45 W.