Hi i'm really interested in this headunit but considering the price compared to say, a song equivalent, I've always been skeptical.
Do you notice a drop in quality design or user interface at all? does it switch between inputs (aux to cd for example) slowly or anything like that?
Any advice is much appriciated as it's much MUCH cheaper to buy an android than the branded equiv.
youre right to be skeptical. i was before i bought it.
there is no branded equivalent. well apart from the parrot asteroid smart which was my original intention before i bought the car.
at the price point (i paid £280 delivered inc taxes/fees) youd be looking at a sony/kenwood/pioneer which had a cd player/dvd player, ipod connectivity bluetooth etc, but thatd be it. no android os, no installing apps, low resolution screen.
the app radio by pioneer is terrible. thats around £320.
the parrot asteroid smart is stuck on android 2.something, has a smaller screen, outdated cpu and ram, and limited apps unless you root it and install playstore but by that point the thing slows right down.
this thing has gps, bluetooth, a decent screen, quad core cpu, 1 or 2gb ram and it has a massive user base on xda. hardware wise it cant be beat atm. the build quality is pretty good. my only real negative is that the the front face is slightly larger than standard double din units.
this unit has its faults, but atm its one of the best android options out there. no lag between switching inputs (theres no cd btw), and because its android the UI is whatever you want it to be (some might see that as a negative tbh).