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Parrot Asteroid Smart

In-Dash 6.2" AM/FM/USB Car Stereo Receiver w/ GPS Navigation, Web Apps and A2DP Hands-Free Bluetooth

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Go Anywhere with Parrot Technology

Designed with an open source Android operating system, you can expect many new updates to the Parrot ASTEROID software. This receiver has 4 USB inputs, so have you won't have any trouble connecting all of your compatible devices at once for complete integration of your digital media into this intuitive receiver. With the Bluetooth 3.0, you may stream your music from any Bluetooth enabled portable device. Built-in GPS with an included USB wired antenna will guide you wherever you need to go, whether it be home or across country. You may connect to the internet by using a 3G web dongle, or by pairing with your mobile phones Bluetooth tether. All kinds of pre-loaded apps will give you access to the information you want. To name a few apps that come in handy, you may check the forecast with Weather, use TuneIn to listen to more than 50,000 different radio stations, or use RoadTrip for a Wikipedia description with photos of specific destinations. Connect your iPod, iPhone or iTouch and use the Parrot's jog wheel to breeze through your music libraries. It's time you did something nice for yourself.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Features:

  • In-dash MP3, WMA, ACC Digital Media Receiver
  • Full-color 6.2" TFT-LCD touchscreen display with intuitive multi-touch technology
  • Built-in Android operating system can be updated
  • GPS Navigation with your smartphone navigation App
  • Bluetooth v3.0 Technology for hands-free phone calls and wireless music streaming
  • Download Apps that match your lifestyle from ASTEROID Market
  • Connect to the internet through Wi-Fi, smartphone paring or 3G/4G dongle
  • 2-way iPod control allows control from the iPod or the stereo
  • Detachable, theft-deterrent power button
  • White illuminated button lighting
  • 4 separate USB connections
  • Vocal commands allow music search
  • Power Output:
    • Peak: 55 watts x 4 channels
    • RMS: 23 watts x 4 channels
  • MP3 ID3 Tag Display (Title/Artist/Album)
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

Playback and Audio Features:

  • Playback of AM/FM, MP3, WMA, ACC, WAV, H.264 and OGG
  • AM/FM tuner with 18FM/12AM presets
  • Dynamic Soundstage Organizer
  • Electronic Shock Protection (ESP)
  • 7-band parametric equalizer with 6 selectable tone curves (5 Preset, 1 User)
  • 24bit Digital Analog Converter (DAC) to enhance your MP3/WMA playback
  • SD Card reader for audio playback

Expandability Options:

  • 3 Sets of 6V preamp outputs (front, rear and subwoofer)
  • Built-in Bluetooth technology supports hands-free calling with a compatible Bluetooth phone
  • iPod and iPhone Ready: Standard USB-to-iPod Cable compatible
  • Rear Auxiliary Input: 3.5mm headphone jack allows connection to portable media devices such as CD players
  • 4 Rear USB Inputs: USB port allows connection to digital devices such as flash drives, portable media players, etc.
  • Dedicated Backup Camera Input: Used for universal rear view cameras with an RCA composite input
  • Steering Wheel Control Ready: Parrot UNIKA required and sold separately
  • Rear RCA Audio/Video Output: Used for connection to separate monitors and devices
  • Rear RCA Audio/Video Input: Used for connecting video accessories such as game consoles, video cameras, etc.
  • Software update via USB key

Navigation Features:

  • Maps application offers advanced mapping and geolocation
  • Find your location on the map
  • Give Points of Interest (POI) such as bars, cinemas and restaurants
  • Tells you about up to date traffic information
What's In The Box?
  • Parrot ASTEROID Smart unit
  • ASTEROID GPS antenna
  • Double DIN mounting sleeve
  • Double external Microphone
  • USB extension cable
  • iPod/iPhone/iPad cable
  • ISO vehicle harness
  • Cable zip ties

Bluetooth Features:

  • Built-in Bluetooth technology for hands-free talking and audio streaming
  • Bluetooth version 3.0 certified
  • Bluetooth range up to 32.8 ft.
  • Parrot noise reduction NR 3.0
  • Voice synthesis Text To Speech
  • Supports 2 mobile phone connections simultaneously
  • Stores up to 10 Bluetooth device connections
  • Training-free, multi user voice recognition
  • Pairing via PIN code "0000"
  • Supports SMS message notifications and A2DP audio streaming
  • Bluetooth Profiles Supported:
    • HFP: Hands Free Profile allows a hands-free car kit to connect to a compatible mobile phone
    • HSP: Headset Profile enables a Bluetooth headset to connect to a compatible mobile phone
    • PBAP: Phone Book Access Profile allows the car stereo to display the name of the incoming caller, as well as access the contact list of the mobile phone directly from the car stereo
    • A2DP: Advanced Audio Distribution Profile allows high quality audio to be streamed from an audio device to the car stereo
    • AVRCP: Audio/Video Remote Control Profile supports basic remote control functions (play, pause, etc) via Bluetooth
    • OPP: Object Push Profile for sending basic "objects" such as pictures and other virtual material
    • SYNC: Synchronization Profile enables the synchronization of Personal Information Manager (PIM) items
    • SPP: Serial Port Profile provides a wireless replacement for RS-232 based serial communications
  • Works with most Bluetooth enabled cell phones
  • Includes a wired double microphone for clear, convenient talking

Note: Smartphone with data plan required, check compatibility of your mobile phone.

In-Dash Receiver Specifications

Receiver Size

Single DIN: 1 DIN dimensions will work with all single DIN installation kits we have to offer. Single DIN radios are the most common size for after-market stereos.

Single DIN slot with flip-out screen: The DIN stereo includes a retractable, flip-out screen. Before purchasing, make measurements to be sure there is no interference with dash accessories such as A/C vents or shift levers.

Single DIN slot with a larger face: Standard single DIN size, but the display is larger then the standard single DIN size. Due to the nature of the larger face, problems may arise when installing in particular vehicles. These stereos are great for single DIN slots where you want a larger screen.

1.5 DIN: This size is very uncommon in vehicles, however this size opening is most commonly found in Chrysler and Chevrolet vehicles.

Double DIN: Approximately 4-inches in height, this size is becoming more common every year. Prior to 2000, this size was typically only found in Japanese vehicles such as those made by Honda or Toyota. Now, it is becoming more popular for many vehicles to be fit with a Double DIN opening.

Double DIN
Faceplate Security

Detachable / Removable faceplate security: The most common anti-theft feature. It allows you to take the faceplate with you, thus disallowing operation, which deters theft.

Security Codes: Mainly a feature in high end video units which do not have a detachable face / screen. Once the unit is uninstalled (or stolen), a security code (or PIN) is required upon reinstallation. Though you no longer have your unit after the theft, the thief also does not have your security code, which makes the unit useless. The hope is the thief knows which units have security codes and he/she chooses not to steal your unit because of the security code.

Ghost technology: This is not commonly used, but can be found primarily in a select number of 2004-2005 head units. It creates an illusion that no unit is installed by appearing completely black when turned off. Potential thieves may steer clear because it appears as though no head unit is installed.

Anti-theft covers: Similar to ghost and hiding faces because they only create an illusion that the face/unit is not in place.

ESN: Stands for Electronic Serial Number. Allows the disabling of the radio and allows tracking if it is stolen.

Detachable
Motorized Faceplate
Some in-dash car stereos feature a motorized faceplate that moves to expose a CD or DVD slot. This is a convenient feature that allows the front display to be larger and easier to read. The positioning of the monitor gives you control over the angle you would like to view information on the stereo.
No
Remote Control
Allows control of specific features and functions from a remote control. Typically they are used to prevent button wear on your radio, or to allow easier navigation of menus.
No
Peak Power Output
This form of power rating refers to the maximum amount of power an electronic device can handle or output in an instant without damage occurring. Often times this maximum is achieved during a brief musical burst, such as a drum accent, or low bass hit.

Some manufacturers display peak power ratings on the face of their products to increase the appeal to consumers. The RMS power rating is more accurate, and we recommend using it for product comparison.

55 watts x 4 channels
RMS Power Output
The amount of continuous power, measured in watts, that an amplifier produces is called RMS power. The higher the RMS rating, the louder and cleaner your music sounds. The RMS output figure is much more accurate than the peak rating when comparing products.
23 watts x 4 channels
Preamp RCA Outputs
RCA outputs, commonly known as preamp outputs, allow you to connect one or sometimes multiple external amplifiers. An in-dash receiver will commonly have one, two or three sets of RCA outputs that can be used to connect external amplifiers and other components. One pair of RCA outputs will typically provide a full range signal that can be used for most subwoofer or speaker amplifiers. Two pairs of RCA outputs can typically be configured as four full range signals, or also as two full range and two subwoofer signals. Three sets of RCA outputs will almost always produce four speaker signals and two subwoofer signals for use with multiple amplifiers.
3 Pairs (Front, Rear, and Subwoofer)
Dedicated Subwoofer Preamp RCA Output
A dedicated output that has a built-in low-pass crossover for specific connection to a subwoofer amplifier that powers a low frequency driver, typically a subwoofer.
Yes
Preamp Voltage
The preamp output rating is measured in volts (V). The higher the rating, the stronger the signal. This results in less unwanted noise being picked up.
6 volts
Built-In Equalizer
The number of graphic or parametric equalizer bands the stereo receiver is equipped with. The more EQ options, the more you will be able to adjust your music to your liking.
7-band parametric equalizer with 7 selectable tone curves
Display Type
The type of display on your receiver refers to the monitor that is used to display the source information such as song names, radio stations, or track times.

Dot-Matrix Text Display: A simple display which uses dots in specific illuminated color(s) to light up and form letters or numbers that are displayed on the receiver.

Graphic or Motion Display: Typically found in mid to high-end receivers and give your text information and receiver more life by adding motion, backgrounds, or multiple colors to your display. There are types of graphic displays such as 3D Graphic, Motion, and OEL (Organic Electroluminescent) displays. They can range from one color to full color displays and typically allow you to select from one of many built-in animations, background images, screensavers or other graphics to enhance your experience and add an extra bit of personality to your system. Some units also come with software that allow you to load your own customizable pictures or animations.

LCD Monitor Display: Can be as small as 2" or as large as 10". Some LCD displays are motorized for angle adjustment. LCD monitors display full motion video playback as well as your standard text such as track status, radio station information and more depending on the receiver's features.

TFT-LCD Monitor
Display Color
The display color refers to the color of the text and or graphics on the receiver.

Multi-Color: When more than one color is on the display, for example one part of the text is white, while the other part is blue.

Variable-Color: The display colors can be changed by the user. If the default color of text/display is blue for example, the user can change the settings to where the color turns to red. Variable color displays are typically described in detail in the item's description.

TFT-LCD Display: In-dash receivers with a video screen that display multiple colors and often times video such as DVD, navigation or other video sources.

Full Color
Button Color
Refers to the color of the physical buttons on the unit.
White
CEA-2006 Compliant
Amplifiers that have been tested to meet specific standards. When a car amplifier meets these standards, you can be sure that it will be able to produce the amount of power specified by the official CEA-2006 rating. Usually, these rating consist of the following items:
  • RMS Power
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio

This rating applies to both external car amplifiers, as well as the amplifiers inside of in-dash stereos.

No

Playback Features

AM/FM Tuner
Most in-dash CD players have AM/FM playback allowing you listen to your favorite local radio stations.
Yes
FM Presets
The number of FM radio stations that can be stored as presets.
18
AM Presets
The number of AM radio stations that can be stored as presets.
12
Radio Data System (RDS)
Receivers with Radio Data System (RDS) tuners can receive digital broadcast information about the FM radio station including program name, time and station identification. RDS enables your receiver to display text messages that many FM stations include on a sub-carrier signal within their normal broadcast signal. Some RDS tuners can even break in with traffic alerts or emergency broadcasts when you're listening to a CD.
Yes
CD-R/RW Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play finalized CD-R discs and/or CD-RW discs.
No
MP3 Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play discs encoded with MP3 files. To burn a MP3 encoded disc, use the "data" mode on your CD Recorder and finalize the session and/or CD.
Yes
WMA Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play discs encoded with WMA files. To burn a WMA encoded disc, use the "data" mode on your CD Recorder and finalize the session and/or CD.
Yes
DVD / Video Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver will play DVD (or other listed) video disc formats. Unless otherwise noted, the unit is not guaranteed to play recorded DVDs.
No
Dual Zone
Dual zone means the stereo is capable of playing multiple audio or video sources between two separate locations.

Please refer to the item description for more details on how dual zone works specifically to the unit you are viewing.

No

Audio / Video Inputs

USB Input
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver features an input to connect a USB device via standard USB or mini-USB. The USB input may be a connection on the front or rear of the unit with an extension cable for connecting devices to the receiver. Some units have an optional input that allows for a USB adapter to be purchased separately and used with the unit.
Yes
Number of Rear USB Inputs
4
Additional Audio/Video Inputs
These inputs enable the unit to receive an audio or video signal from a separate source. There are many different types of connections and ways to accomplish this. Most common are RCA Composite cables and 3.5mm mini-jack plugs.

RCA Composite Inputs
These are your typical red, white, and yellow RCA composite cables that are common among devices with audio and video inputs. The red and white cables are dedicated for audio. The red cable is for the right channel and the white is for the left channel. The yellow cable is specifically for the video signal. Because this type of auxiliary cable contains 2 channels of audio, it will support stereo sound.

3.5mm
This is commonly referred to as a mini-jack or a headphone jack. It is a 3.5mm plug that transfers audio only. There is a right and left audio channel on the plug which allows for stereo sound playback.

3.5mm AV Input
These plugs look similar to the common 3.5mm mini-jack, however they carry a third channel dedicated for video.

Optional
This means that an auxiliary input is possible, but only with the use of an optional accessory. These optional adapters will sometimes use the CD Changer port or other port on the back of a unit that might restrict the use of other expandability features. These accessories are typically sold separately.

1 Set of Rear RCA A/V Inputs

Monitor Screen Features

Touchscreen
If a unit is touchscreen capable, you can control a majority of it's functions by touching the screen.
Yes
Screen Size
This is the size of the monitor on the unit. It is measured diagonally and in inches. The bigger the number the larger the screen.
6.2"
Monitor Angle Adjustment

Backward:
This means that the unit is able to tilt backwards so that the proper viewing angle can be achieved. On single DIN flip out monitors, this type of pivot means that the bottom of the screen stays stationary while the top of the screen retracts. On Double DIN units this means that the bottom of the screen slides forward while the top of the screen moves down, resulting in a backwards angle tilt.

Forward:
This means that the unit is able to tilt forward so that the proper viewing angle can be achieved. On single DIN flip out monitors, a forward pivot keeps the bottom of the screen stationary while the top of the screen moves forward. On select Double DIN units, a forward tilt is sometimes referred to as a reverse tilt. The bottom of the screen remains in the same position while the top of the screen moves forward.

Left/Right Angle (Horizontal):
Some monitors allow the display to be rotated to the left or right in order to have the best viewing angle possible.

Slide In/Out:
A feature mainly found in select Kenwood units. It allows the entire screen to slide in and out. This is different from a forward/backward tilt in that the entire screen moves forward or backwards as opposed to just the top or bottom.

None
Display Adjustment
This refers to the many ways that a units display can be adjusted.
Brightness
MirrorLink Compatible
MirrorLink allows connectivity between a smartphone and the aftermarket car receiver. The consumer gets into the car, connects the phone with a cable, and gains access to phone applications through the car stereos controls such as navigation and steering wheel buttons. MirrorLink allows consumers to use their smartphones safely and simply, keeping eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.
No

Expandability Features

Navigation
Built-in navigation is a convenient feature that allows the driver to receive driving directions and guidance.

Some in-dash head units are built-in with the navigation features, while others require an add on navigation box. Other navigation options include portable navigation units that you can take with you or attach to the dash of your vehicle.

Yes (Built-In/Included GPS Navigation)
Compatible Smartphones
Some stereos work with iOS (Apple) or Android smartphone operating systems, while some stereos work with both or neither. Find out here which operating systems this stereo is compatible with.
iPhone (iOS)
Android
Audio/Video Outputs
Audio/Video outputs are typically used to connect an overhead monitor to an aftermarket stereo. This is the number of A/V outputs that the item has. These outputs are usually RCA Composite cables.

RCA Composite Outputs
These are your typical red, white, and yellow RCA composite cables that are common among devices with audio and video inputs. The red and white cables are dedicated for audio. The red cable is for the right channel and the white is for the left channel. The yellow cable is specifically for the video signal. Because this type of auxiliary cable contains 2 channels of audio, it will support stereo sound.

No
1 Set of Audio/Video RCA Outputs
Satellite Radio
This feature signifies whether or not the receiver is compatible with XM or Sirius Satellite Radio. "Optional" means while the receiver is capable of SIRIUS/XM playback and connectivity, you will still need to purchase an additional satellite tuner, adapter, and/or antenna.
No
HD Radio
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver is capable of receiving high-definition digital HD Radio broadcasts by either a built-in HD Radio tuner, or more commonly with the purchase of an optional HD Radio tuner box. Receivers which are HD Radio Ready generally require an additional purchase of a separate tuner.
No
Bluetooth Connectivity
This feature refers to whether or not the head unit is able to connect to a hands-free Bluetooth device. Head units that are Bluetooth ready typically require the purchase of an optional adapter or accessory that connects to the rear of the head unit. This optional accessory allows you to accept phone calls through your head unit and speakers. Some head units have built-in Bluetooth hands free capabilities with an included remote-mount microphone or built-in microphone.
Yes (Built-in/Included Bluetooth Controls, Adapter and Microphone Included)
A2DP Music Streaming
The Advanced Audio Distribution Profile will wirelessly stream music and other audio from an A2DP compatible device.
Yes
Steering Wheel Control Compatible
In order to retain a vehicle's factory steering wheel remote controls, a wired-remote input is needed on the aftermarket stereo.

If "Yes", then the aftermarket stereo is compatible with steering wheel remote controls. If an additional accessory is required for the steering wheel controls to work properly, a compatible piece will be listed.

Universal (Accessory required and sold separately)
CD Changer Controls
This feature signifies whether or not the receiver has the ability to control a CD Changer. If a receiver supports this function, it is usually compatible with a same-brand CD changer without the need for an extra adapter.
No
Rear View Camera Input
Indicates if an in-dash multimedia unit has a dedicated video input for rear view cameras. These inputs allow you to plug the camera to the back of the unit to receive the cameras video signal. Usually the camera signal is transferred through an RCA cable connection.
Yes (Universal)
Memory Card Reader
Whether or not the receiver has a built-in input for removable memory cards such as SD (Secure Digital) cards or MMC (Multimedia) cards.
SD Card

Smartphone Integration

iPhone/iPod Features
Head units are equipped with different technology that allows a variety of smartphone integration features. Some stereos are equipped with more features than others, here you will find which iPod/iPhone features this head unit has.
iPhone 5 Compatible
App Compatible
Audio Playback
Siri Control
Pandora Control
iPod Audio Integration
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an iPod and allow for audio control and playback of the iPod through the head unit. Head units that have iPod connectivity allow your iPod to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard iPod-to-USB charging/connection cable. We encourage you to read the description of the head unit to see if an adapter is required or included, or if you can simply use your own iPod-to-USB cable.
Yes (Built-In/Included)
iPod Video Connection
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an iPod and allow for video control and playback of the iPod through the head unit. Head units that have iPod connectivity allow your iPod to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard iPod-to-USB charging/connection cable. We encourage you to read the description of the head unit to see if an adapter is required or included, or if you can simply use your own iPod-to-USB cable.
No
Android Features
Head units are equipped with different technology that allows a variety of smartphone integration features. Some stereos are equipped with more features than others, here you will find which Android features this head unit has.
Pandora Control
Audio Playback
Android Audio Integration
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an Android and allow for audio control and playback of the Android through the head unit. Head units that have Android connectivity allow your device to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard charging and connection cable. We encourage you to read the description of the head unit to see if an adapter is required or included, or if you can simply use your own Android charging and connection cable.
Yes (via Bluetooth Connection)
Android Video Connection
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an Android device and allow for video control and playback of the device through the head unit. Head units that have Android video connectivity allow your device to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard Android charging/connection cable. We encourage you to read the description of the head unit to see if an adapter is required or included, or if you can simply use your own cable.
No

Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
Manufacturer

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
69%
4 Star
23%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
8%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.4
Value
4.5
Features
4.3
Design
4.7
Usability
4.4
Stefan

Canada

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A class of its own

December 9, 2013

Disclaimer: I am a computer scientist and also an unapologetic geek, meaning that I have the necessary computing background and I just love to hack computing systems. Please keep this in mind throughout the review.

Out of the box the Asteroid Smart is a good media player and navigation head unit. The included Music app features a good tuner and a good media player. The audio FX adjustments are intuitive and effective. The sound quality is very good. The included iGO software is nothing to write home about but ultimately does its job. TomTom is available on the Asteroid Market as a paid app and is supposed to be much better (though I have not tried it). Torque is also available on the Asteroid market and works very well. Other than this the Asteroid Market offers a very limited choice of apps. Pairing a mobile phone works as it should and enables the usual goodies such as tethered Internet access and hands free calling.

Most of these features however can be had at a lower cost. The Asteroid Smart should be better than this, as it is after all a full-blown computer (which is what attracted me in the first place), and indeed it is. Here are the steps to make it awesome:

1. Ground the parking brake lead.
2. Root the device.
3. Side load Google Service Framework and Google Play.
4. Use Google Play to install almost any app you desire.

I strongly believe that this is how this head unit is meant to be used. It is pointless to have a computer and use it as a simple head unit! The rest of my review will therefore address the unit after the above steps have been performed.

Most apps on Google Play and other markets install and run just fine. One notable exception is Google Maps (the current Google Play version does not run on Android 2.3), but I side-loaded an older version which works fine. I am by now happy as a pig in a pig stye running various apps including Google Maps and Osmand (navigation), the stock player, Poweramp, Subsonic, and Tunein Radio (music), Torque (real-time and diagnostic vehicle data), Acar (maintenance management and assorted vehicle information), Oi Notepad (jotting down quick notes by keyboard or verbally), as well as assorted tools including Calculator, Unit converter, and my favourite launcher (ssFlicker). I have yet to try alternate launchers and live papers (the latter requires yet another side-load), but both are possible.

In all this is a full blown Android device and is very good at it. Given its location (in a vehicle) it is somehow awkward to connect to it via ADB but an SSH server will serve such a purpose equally well.

The unit is somehow slow but is very robust and perfectly usable. The two biggest downsides are the limited amount of RAM (only 512 MB) and the dated operating system (Android 2.3), though so far most apps are quite happy with both.

I already mentioned that iGO comes bundled with the unit. It is not the greatest navigation app, but it adds some value to the package. Except that said added value disappears as soon as one runs out of space on the included, tiny 8 GB SD card. Indeed, iGO is linked to the supplied SD card, and becomes unusable once this card is replaced. Oh well, is is not that much of a loss for me, as I am happier with 64 GB worth of SD card than the iGO app.

I would love to have a unit with 1 GB of RAM or more and running Android 4.*. Problem is, such a unit does not exist! This is so far the only purely Android head unit. I highly recommend such an awesome device; a class of its own indeed.

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Clyde

Albertville, AL

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Great Deal

June 22, 2014

I Purchased for my fully restored 1994 BMW 325 ic because it was the only Double Din that I could use in my car without cutting into the HAVC system. Of course it does not have DVD or CD capability which is fine since you can load all the music, movies and videos on USB or SD card and play through the system. I am using a 32 Gig SD card. Very happy with sound and picture quality, Yes there are some draw backs straight out of the box, Their Video stinks therefore I did some research and downloaded and installed [ROOT] Framaroot 1.9.3 and Asteroid Tweaker this allowed me to fix some short comings in the system, This allowed me to install MX Player and Pandora. There are a few other things I intend to install but I have all I really need for my car.
My biggest problem with the system is there needs to be 2 SD card capacity or direct load onto the system for Maps. If I need to travel and need maps I have to change SD cards. I haven't been able to keep the volume at a consistent level when switching from device to device example going from Sirius radio to the turner the volume difference from one to the other is substantial.
Overall I had rather have this system over any other Double Din on the market as it has more potential to personalize to your own needs and preferences.

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steve

MOORE, OK

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Do your research!

June 6, 2014

Easy install due to the shallow depth.

The only app that works and you don't have to pay for is tune in.
No pandora no I heart radio

When I got the unit, it didn't have the sd card with the "included gps - I go primo". So, I had to contact parrot to get it.

I would NOT reccommend this product!

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Ryology Labs

Fort Worth, TX

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Best head unit on the market for tech addicts like me!

April 10, 2014

I recommend the Parrot Asteroid to anyone who loves Android. It's fully customizable and is basically like having a really nice tablet as a head unit. Parrot may not be as well known as Kenwood or Pioneer but this product could be a game changer for them. Stop reading this and just buy one already!

P.S. You won't find it anywhere else for cheaper~

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Sergey

Russian Federation

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Great Value!

January 17, 2014

I am satisfied with the speed of delivery and the price of the goods.

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Сергей

Russian Federation

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Very good In-Dash 6.2 "AM / FM / USB Car Stereo Receiver w / GPS Navigation, Web Apps and A2DP Hands-Free Bluetooth

January 15, 2014

Excellent technology, high quality, quicker shipping to Russia, easy installation.

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Sergey

Russian Federation

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Nice, fast, but...

December 9, 2013

Get it wery fast for Russia
Parrot is wery cool, but it is wery hard to install it by yourself.

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Szilard

Romania

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Good service

November 25, 2013

Good product. Sonicelectronix's was the best price. Recommended, but make sure you get the product for your region, or SD card and the navi maps will not work.

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Maksim

Russian Federation

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I am delighted with the purchase!

September 22, 2013

The device simply .... 10 out of 10!

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Ryan

Canada

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Good product

September 20, 2013

Pros
- updates just like a phone.
- sound quality is good
- easy install
- menus and controls are nice
- from when I start my truck I can have a USB stick playing, in about 12 seconds
- lots of outputs in the back

Cons
- glare
- doesn't tilt

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Adam

Canada

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September 17, 2013

Only android car stereo on the market, but it's a solid first entry.
Apps are well developed, and if you have the know how, you can easily customize further.

Needs a faster / more responsive CPU and then it will be near perfect.

Cant imagine driving without the Parrot Smart Asteroid

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Chris

Coffeyville, KS

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Parrott Astroid

September 17, 2013

Received my Astroid from Sonic in a very timely fashion, The delivery time was very fast. The receiver is great and has more functions than you should probably have access too in a car. Unfortunately, the first device I received was not functioning properly. ( Not Sonic's Fault) Dealing with Parrott SUCKS. The customer service is lacking, After about 4 phone calls and 8 hours on the phone A new system was sent to me and it work amazingly.

Overall the system is really cool. There are some considerations. There is no Disc player, so you do have to take that into consideration. If I'm not using the tuner, I have music loaded to a thumb drive that carries about 18 hours of music. The hands-free is great, Internet connectivity is also great however can be a distraction. There are some apps in the market and hopefully more will appear but for now your limited to a very few, Facebook and email are included. You can download your own pictures and run them as wallpaper or a slide show. The sound is customizable and very clear. Over all it is a good product that is recommendable if you can live with a few shortcomings. Hopefully those will be resolved as the system is further developed.

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John

Mesa, AZ

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Great Concept - Average Execution

June 12, 2013

I really want to love the Parrot Asteroid Smart (PAS). I think this is the first head unit I've ever purchased that is a work in progress. In the past I have purchased Alpine and Kenwood decks. Usually what you get out of the box is it. The PAS however is being updated constantly! I've only had it a couple weeks and it's already had two updates. It's a little rough in some areas.

There are very few apps for this unit as it is Android based but does not have the Google Play store, it uses it's own store front with apps. On top of that the apps are buggy. Waze for example has voice input as a option, but does not use the PAS built in mic. So it sits there waiting for a command without any way of actually doing so. That's one example but the list goes on! Many of the features don't do anything if you check the box, like using GPS for night mode. Before the last update the equalizer wouldn't take effect until you launched the equalizer app, flat eq until then (very annoying).

Pros
-Good sound quality (6v out w/sub)
-Great potential if you root and install play store.
-Price for a unit with built in navigation.
-Bluetooth phone calls are clear (when working)
-Sleek look, not buttons on face
CONS
-Very unpolished old version of android
-Every app I've used has bugs
-Slow boot
-No satellite radio or HD tuner
-Most features work intermittently like mic, equalizer, fade, Bluetooth etc...

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Sonic Electronix Store
It's the best car stereo with Android.
Alexey Y on Aug 18, 2014
My friend has one and it work great, fast, customizable & has the capability to root
Evan G on Aug 2, 2014
Great set of features for the price and future expandability.
Frank A on Aug 4, 2014
Unika it is universal device for all supported cars, yes?

Can you help me that i need buy, for installing "parrot asteroid smart" in nissan juke?

I know that i need buy:
1) Parrot Asteroid Smart
2) Parrot Unika

What "installation accessories" i need buy else?
A shopper on Jul 31, 2014
Best Answer: You will probably want an SD Card, but that's about all. They shipped mine without the Navigation System, that comes on an SD Card. Sonix told me that it wasn't suppose to come with it, but it is. I went through Parrot Tech Support and they mailed it to me (took about 3 weeks).

I had high hopes for this unit, but I honestly hate it! The Apps are extremely limited, generic, and even cost money! You can "side load the apps", but it's VERY difficult, and they don't alway work (they crash). My I Heart Radio (that I side loaded), works about 20% of the time. They show the volume working with just a swipe up or down, this only works in over the air radio mode. This thing is extremely difficult to operate while driving.

I'm begging you, look at something else. At least see one of these in operation, and look at the very limited apps available.

Good Luck,

Steve
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will this unit fit a 2008 Pontiac Montana SV6 with OnStar?
Ozzie L on Aug 26, 2014
Best Answer: Hello Ozzie,

Unfortunately the U.S. Spec 2nd Generation Pontiac Montana was only available between 2005–2006. Of which, the final year DID accept a Double Din Headunit. However, we cannot guarantee for vehicle offered outside of the U.S., and I'm afraid we cannot confirm that the '06' dash kit will accommodate your vehicle's location.
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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

Asteroid Smart

UPC

3520410010491

Weight

4.75lbs

Internal SKU

asteroidsmart

Internal Product ID

62009

Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

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Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

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