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Parrot ASTEROID Smart

Digital media receiver with GPS navigation

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Our take on the Parrot ASTEROID Smart

by Dominic Devito
Parrot

Why install a car stereo with built-in GPS?

Imagine taking a trip as your car's receiver gives you directions, finds the best restaurant for dinner, and plays movies for your back seat denizens. Navigation receivers cover all the bases, with GPS guidance, DVD playback, and a host of other useful features. You can search through millions of points of interest to locate gas stations, restaurants, museums, and other interesting spots, wherever you are. Most receivers offer Bluetooth capability for hands-free calling, along with the ability to search through your iPod playlists with touchscreen controls.

This digital media receiver will not play CDs or DVDs.

Parrot ASTEROID Smart digital media receiver

Advanced in-dash wireless fun 

Parrot's multi-talented ASTEROID Smart digital media receiver keeps you connected on the road, runs your mobile audio show, and even gets you where you need to go with built-in GPS navigation. This double-DIN receiver features a 6.2" capacitive touchscreen that uses the same technology as current popular tablets and smartphones, so it's really easy to use and it works with nearly every type of smartphone. You can customize this receiver with apps to access all kinds of travel and entertainment options on your journey. Compatible apps include Internet radio, music on demand, points of interest, driver assistance, traffic, text-to-speech for emails and texts, and more.

Parrot ASTEROID Smart digital media receiver

Find your way around with included maps and GPS navigation

GPS guidance

Once you connect the included GPS antenna, the ASTEROID Smart will give you turn-by-turn directions to your destination, and you can follow the action on the big display as you listen to the voice prompts over your car's speakers. You can use some of the compatible apps to find more information about parking or particular points of interest, including phone numbers for making reservations. Use your fingers to manipulate the capactive touchscreen and make the maps appear the way you like.

A wealth of USB inputs

The ASTEROID Smart gives you four convenient USB slots — one is dedicated for your Apple portable device, leaving three free for a variety of media and adapters, like thumb drives or a 3G/4G web dongle. Connect your iPod®/iPhone®/iPad® with the included extension cable, and you can breeze through its music library using the ASTEROID's touchscreen. Advanced voice recognition lets you find your music by artist or album by speaking naturally.

More music control

There's no disc player in the ASTEROID Smart, but you do get a wealth of other music options, like an SD card slot and the aforementioned USB inputs. The receiver also offers a rear aux-in jack for any sort of external audio source. To make it all sound great, you get a 7-band equalizer, a Virtual SuperBass sound enhancement, and a powerful built-in amplifier. If you're into more power, you'll appreciate the three sets of 6-volt preamp outputs that deliver a strong, clean signal to your amps.

Parrot ASTEROID Smart digital receiver

The receiver can manage two phones simultaneously

Bluetooth® versatility

The ASTEROID Smart's ready to connect to your smartphone with advanced Bluetooth 3.0.for convenience and ease of use. You can pair up to ten devices with the receiver, and it can manage two phones at the same time. It'll automatically sync with phones, giving you instant access to your phone book, and you'll see all caller info on the display. The included echo-canceling microphone allows for easy-to-follow conversations without taking your hands off the wheel. Want to stream music? The ASTEROID Smart works with just about any Bluetooth smartphone.

Parrot ASTEROID Smart digital media receiver

Rear view of the Parrot ASTEROID Smart digital receiver

More connections

You'll find a dedicated input on the ASTEROID Smart for a rear-view camera, so you can back out of tight spots safely. It also offers RCA video inputs and outputs for sharing video content when you're parked.

Note: The ASTEROID Smart accesses the Internet using your phone's data connection through Bluetooth, USB tethering, a 3G/4G dongle, or Wi-Fi® (smartphone and data plan required). You won't be able to browse the web, but you can download apps from the Parrot ASTEROID Market online to the receiver. The apps work through the receiver's Android™ 2.3 operating system, but do not control your smartphone in any way. Some apps may require additional purchase or subscription fees.

Note: Bluetooth compatibility with this receiver may vary, depending on your phone and service provider.

iPod Note: If you're going to use your iPod or iPhone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • digital media receiver with GPS navigation and AM/FM tuner (doesn't play CDs)
    • built-in amplifier (23 watts RMS/55 watts peak x 4 channels)
    • 6.2" capacitive touchscreen WVGA display with removable faceplate
    • fits double-DIN openings
    • built-in GPS
    • built-in Bluetooth 3.0 for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • built-in Wi-Fi connectivity
    • Android operating system for apps (3G connection and data plan required)
    Audio/visual features:
    • plays audio files from USB memory devices and SD cards
    • voice control for music selection
    • 7-band equalizer with 5 presets
    • Virtual SuperBass effect
    Expandability:
    • iPod/iPhone/iPad direct control (see "Details" for compatibility)
    • inputs: 4 rear USB inputs, rear RCA and minijack aux inputs, rear RCA A/V input, rear-view camera input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (6-volt front, rear, subwoofer), RCA A/V output
    Other features and specs:

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    RMS Power Output
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    23 watts
    Peak Output
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    55 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    Preamp Voltage
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    6 volts
    Display Color
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    Key Button Color
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    White
    EQ Bands
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    7
    Wireless Remote
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    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Adapter required
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    Labor Warranty
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    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    3.5mm (rear)
    USB Input
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    Rear
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB, SD/SDHC memory
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    HD Radio
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    Navigation
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    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
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    Tuner
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    European Tuning
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    Seek/Scan
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    Seek
    Radio Data System
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    What's in the box?

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    • Digital media receiver (w/ detachable control-panel)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • 8GB Map SDHC card
    • GPS receiver/antenna (attached 58" cable terminated by a USB type-A connector)
    • Dual microphone with bracket (attached 9.75' cord terminated by a 2.5mm connector)
    • Sun-visor clip
    • 7" iPod cable (with a 30-pin dock connector on one end and a male USB type-A connector on other end)
    • 46" USB extension cable (male USB type-A connector on one end and a female USB type-A connector on other end)
    • 58" USB extension cable (male USB type-A connector on one end and a female USB type-A connector on other end)
    • 8' Light-green wire (brake)
    • 3 Wire-ties
    • Wire-clamp
    • Quick Start Guide
    • Registration Guide
    • Asteroid Market sheet

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    At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team — they open the box, verify contents, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.

    Touchscreen Display
    Onboard Navigation
    Internet Apps
    Built-in Bluetooth
    USB/SD/iPod Integration
    Radio Functions
    Audio Section
    AV Connections
    Remote Control

    Touchscreen Display

    6.2" Capacitive Touchscreen Display: The Parrot Asteroid Smart features a 6.2" capacitive touchscreen widescreen (16:9) display. The unit's touchscreen features interactive controls & icons making menu navigation easy. You can adjust the touchscreen's brightness and switch from Day or Night mode.

    Detachable Control Panel: The Parrot Asteroid features a detachable control-panel (power-button) to deter theft. No face case is included.

    Start-Up Time: The Parrot Asteroid has a start-up time of approximately 22.7 seconds from Off to the Main Menu screen, and another 14.4 seconds to the iGo Primo navigation map (for a total start-up time of 37.1 seconds).

    Parking Brake Detection: To prevent the display of video while the vehicle is in motion, the light green wire (within the harness) must be connected to the vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. You cannot view video unless your vehicle's parking brake is engaged. Some advanced menu options and apps are not available, unless parking brake is engaged. While your vehicle is in motion (parking brake off), you can still control music sources, view song/artist information and album artwork from music sources, control Bluetooth functions, and use the navigation on-screen map.

    Note: All functions requiring increased attention should only be used while your vehicle is stationary. Driver & passenger safety, along with the safety of fellow drivers should take priority over phone calls, music, & navigation instructions.

    2-DIN Chassis: The Parrot Asteroid Smart has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as Double DIN or size DD), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets, or Euro-mounted using the supplied mounting sleeve. As always, please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.

    Onboard Navigation

    iGo Primo Navigation: The Parrot Asteroid Smart features built-in iGo Primo navigation software that provides turn-by-turn visual and voice assistance to direct your destination. The built-in software quickly calculates step-by-step directions to any destination available on the included navigation map. The map database is stored on the included 8GB SD-card and contains map coverage of the United States (all 50 states), Canada, and Puerto Rico. *The included 8GB SD-card must remain installed during navigation. If removed, navigation map will be lost.

    Note: Car navigation maps are frequently updated. While this database was judged to be as accurate as possible at the time of its release, a map database can never be 100% accurate. Road information that is maintained in the map databases, such as turn restrictions or road names may change over time.

    GPS Receiver/Antenna: The Parrot Asteroid Smart includes an external GPS receiver/antenna module which plugs into a USB port on back of the head unit. The GPS receiver/antenna module works in conjunction with the unit's built-in navigation and driver assistance apps. The GPS receiver/antenna module should be installed in a unobstructed area along your vehicle's dashboard.

    On-Screen Map: The unit's on-screen map shows your vehicle's current position (a blue arrow by default), the recommended route (an magenta line), the surrounding map area, and your destination as a checkered flag. The on-screen map shows streets, roads, and highways in a way that is similar to how a paper road map show them. A road's width and colors corresponds to their importance, so you can easily tell a freeway from a small street. When navigating a route, the top section of the map screen shows information about your next route maneuver and the next street or the next city/town. When approaching a turn, the map screen will zoom in and raise the view angle to let you easily recognize your maneuver at the next junction. If the next turn is at a distance, it will zoom out and lower the view angle to be flat so you can see the road in front of you. The map also displays data; such as the posted speed limit, your current speed, current time, distance to your destination, time left before you reach your destination, and your arrival time.

    • 2D/3D Map Mode: The Android Smart allows you to view its on-screen map in a 2D (two-dimensional) or 3D (three-dimensional) view. Similar to paper road maps, the 2D mode, shows you streets, roads, and elevation by color. In 3D mode, you can see the altitude and elevations differences. You can distinguish between valleys, mountains, and elevated roads. In selected cities 3D landmarks and 3D buildings are also displayed.
    • Color Mode: The navigation map screen uses different color themes (Day/Night) during the day and during the night for both the map and the menu screen. Daytime colors are similar to paper road maps, and the menus are bright. The nigh color themes use dark colors for large objects to keep the average brightness of the screen low. You can also set the navigation unit to switch between daytime and night color modes automatically based on the current time and GPS position.

    Lane Information & Signposts: The Parrot Asteroid Smart's navigation map offers helpful lane information & signpost guidance.

    • Lane Information: When navigation on multilane roads, it is important to take the appropriate lane in order to follow the recommended route. If lane information is available in the map data, the map screen will display the lanes and their directions using small arrows at the bottom of the map. High lighted arrows represent the lanes you need to take.
    • Signposts: Where additional information is available, signposts substitute arrows. Signposts are displayed at the top of the map. The color and style of the signposts are similar to the real ones you can see above the road or by the roadside, They show the available destinations and the number of the road the lane leads to.
    • Exit Services: While navigation a route, you can find gas, food, lodging, and restrooms near upcoming exits. Services are listed under the following categories - Gas, Food, Lodging, and Restrooms. You must be on a major highway or road to use this feature.
    • Junction View: If you are approaching a freeway exit or a complex intersection and the needed information exists, the map is replaced with a 3D view of the junction. The lanes you need to take are displayed with arrows. Signposts can also be present, if information is available.
    • Tunnel View: When entering a tunnel, the map is replaced with a generic tunnel image so that surface roads and buildings cannot distract you.

    Audible Alerts: The Parrot Asteroid Smart offers various audible alerts and functions to help you get to your destination safely.

    • Voice Guidance (Text-to-Speech): In addition to graphic directions, the Asteroid Smart provides voice guidance and turn-by-turn directions. You can select from English, French, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese audible languages. The volume of the voice prompts can be increased with increases in speed to overcome road noise. Voice guidance can be turned off if you prefer.
    • Safety Alert: This function can warn you when you approach road safety cameras, school zones, or railroad crossings (if available). You can also add your own alert points. Beeps or the spoken type of alert will be heard when you are approaching of these points.
    • Speed Limit Warning: Some maps may contain information about the speed limits of certain road segments. The Asteroid Smart provides an audible warning if you exceed the recommended speed limit.

    Where Am I?: This screen contains information about the current position (or approximately the last known position if GPS reception is not available).

    Destination Search: The Destination Search Menu gives you many different ways to choose your destination or insert a waypoint in your current route. An on-screen keyboard appears to allow you to enter your destination from one of the following categories:

    Destination Search Description
    Find on Map Search for a destination by scrolling the map display.
    Find Address Enter full/partial address, or Search for a city (central location), or Search for the intersection of two roads.
    Find Places Search for points-of-interest (POIs) by name or category near last know position, along route, around destination, or specific city.
    Favorites Store your favorite locations for easy recall.
    History Destinations that you have set previously
    Waypoints You can add intermediate destinations along your main route.

    Route Calculation: The Parrot Asteroid Smart calculates your route based on your Vehicle Type, Route Method, and Avoidances.

    • Vehicle Type: You select what type of vehicle you are driving, so the navigation unit can determine the best route based on your vehicle type (Car, Truck, Emergency, Bus, or Taxi).
    • Route Method: You can choose which route method (Fastest, Shortest, Green, Economical, or Easy) the navigation unit should use when calculating your route.
      • Fastest: give a quick route, if you can travel at or near the speed limit on all roads. Usually the best section for fast and normal cars
      • Shortest: gives a route that has the smallest total distance of all possible routes. It can be practical for slow vehicles
      • Green: gives a quick, but full efficient route based on the fuel consumption data you provide
      • Easy: results in a route with fewer turns and no difficult maneuvers
    • Avoidances: You can tell the navigation unit to avoid certain types of roads along your calculated route, such as - Highways, Tolls, Carpool/HOV, Unpaved Roads, and/or Ferries.

    Automatic Route Recalculation: The unit will automatically recalculate your route if you stray from the navigation unit's previously calculated route.

    Itinerary: You can view turn-by-turn instructions for your entire route and the distance between turns.

    Route Simulation: You can preview all the route information and simulate travel along a projected route.

    Internet Apps

    Android OS: The Parrot Asteroid Smart features an embedded Android 2.3.7 operating system which allows the use of  downloadable Internet applications & navigation services from the Asteroid Market, thanks to its 3G, WiFi, and GPS capabilities.

    Note: Use of the Parrot Asteroid Smart's Internet apps requires the use of a 3G Network USB dongle (sold separately), Bluetooth-enabled smartphone which is 3G compatible, or a nearby WiFi hotspot.

    Internet 3G & WiFi Compatible: The Parrot Asteroid Smart can connect to the Internet using either a 3G Network USB dongle (sold separately) or using a compatible Bluetooth-enabled smartphone's 3G data sharing network connection. When your vehicle is stopped, the unit can also connect to the Internet via its built-in WiFi when in close proximity to a WiFi hotspot.

    • 3G Internet/USB dongle: Click here for 3G Stick Compatibility. To guarantee optimal reception, Parrot recommends you do not connect your 3G Internet USB dongle on the Parrot Asteroid Smart directly; use the USB cable to install your device on the dashboard (or any other open area).
    • Bluetooth-Enabled 3G Smartphone: Click here for compatible Bluetooth enabled 3G smartphones.
    • Built-in WiFi: Built-in WiFi for connection to available WiFi hotspots around your area (vehicle must be stopped).
    Note: Connecting the Parrot Asteroid Smart to the Internet using an 3G Network USB dongle requires an appropriate subscription & may result in large additional roaming fees. Check the terms of use with your provider for more information. Make sure you check regularly your allowance and usage.

    Internet Apps from the Asteroid Market: Several types of Internet Apps (music, geo-location, driver assistance, weather, etc) from the Asteroid Market can be downloaded onto the Parrot Asteroid Smart, using an SD-card. First you will need to create an Asteroid Market account and register your device from your computer. Once you have registered the Asteroid Smart, you can then download applications from the Asteroid Market onto an SD-card inserted into your computer. Once you have finished downloading the apps you want, insert the SD-card into the Asteroid Smart receiver to upload the new applications.

    Note: The Parrot Asteroid is a multitasking device, so several applications can run simultaneously. To ensure that you do not continue to use 3G data, make sure to close applications. The use of some applications may require a fee or need a subscription. All applications may not be available in all countries.

    Travel Apps: The Parrot Asteroid Smart offers several travel type applications to help you along your drive.

    • Maps (free): The Maps application provides you with advanced mapping & geo-location functions, free of charge. Your position is displayed on the head unit's 6.2" touchscreen, which can be zoomed in/out. You can select from various Point-of Interest types (hotels, cinemas, restaurants etc.). The unit will then display points-of-interest (from the selected category) near your current position on the map. You can also enter a point-of-interest manually, by using the unit's touchscreen display. Once you have chosen a specific point-of-interest, you can either call that point of interest from your connected Bluetooth enabled cell phone or have the Asteroid Smart display directions to the point-of-interest from your current position on the unit's 6.2" touchscreen (no audible directions). The application also shows photos and Wikipedia articles of sights in the surrounding area.
    • Roadtrip (free): The free Roadtrip application is a really effective tourist guide, combing information from Wikipedia and Google Maps. It helps you discover nearby points of interest (POI) with the help of detailed information and photos. Launching the Roadtrip application will display a list of nearby POIs. A toolbar shows the POI nearest to where you are as well as your distance from it. The Alert Mode even informs you automatically of any nearby POIs even when the Roadtrip app is not currently being used. Once you have selected the POI, all the information about it is displayed. You can then:
      • View information from Wikipedia about the POI
      • View photos of the POI (if any are available).
      • View the route to this POI (only available with Maps app running in background)
      • Call the POI (if a Bluetooth enabled phone is connected)
      • See what the weather is at the POI (only available with Weather app running in background)
    • Wikango HD US (free download + subscription): The Wikango HD application legally notifies you of the presence of mobile speed cameras, as well as of road traffic incidents and disruptions. Its operating principle is community-based; you are notified of the presence of speed cameras after another Wikango community member (Smartdriver) sees one and then reports it. 6 months of Wikango service is included free of charge. Additional 12 months service is $24.99.
    • Glympse (free): Glympse is the easiest way to safely share your location with someone in real time. No sign-up needed and no new social network to manage. Recipients receive a link allowing them to view your ETA and location in real-time for the length of time you choose. When the timer on your Glympse expires, your location is no longer visible. Best of all, recipients do not need any special software to view a Glympse. Send a Glympse via SMS, email, Facebook, or Twitter and recipients can view it using any web-enabled device.

    Parking Apps: The Parrot Asteroid Smart offers parking apps to make parking easier when you travel.

    • Best Parking (free): BestParking is a free parking search engine that steers drivers toward the cheapest and most convenient parking garages and lots in 55 cities and 80 airports throughout North America.
    • Parkopedia ($1.99): The name Parkopedia is a combination of the words parking and encyclopedia. Born out of a frustration of looking for parking, this application maps out and lists every parking space in the world. To date, Parkopedia has grown to cover over 18 million parking spaces in 25 countries around the world thanks to contributions from other drivers. Use this app to (1) find parking using your current location or by entering and address (2) get directions straight to the space or an entrance (3) see parking space availability in real-time (4) find opening hours, up to date prices, payment methods and more (5) quickly narrow down parking choices using filters such as street parking only, free, credit cards accepted, covered, etc..

    Weather App (free): The free Weather application tells you about weather conditions and gives the weather forecast for several days around your location or in a town of your choice. The Weather app provides the weather forecast for more than 2 million towns and cities across the world.  If you have defined Favorite locations, the weather at these places is also displayed. The weather conditions are announced verbally and are presented simply using 26 different icons.

    Internet Radio: The Parrot Asteroid Smat provides access to TuneIn and Spotify online music services.

    • TuneIn Radio App (free): TuneIn is a free Internet Radio music application. The TuneIn application lets you listen to local and international Internet radio free of charge. You can access more than 70,000 on-line radio stations and podcasts from around the world. You can choose the type of radio station or podcast you want to listen to and then select your specific radio station/podcast. You can also manually search for a radio station or a podcast, using the units touchscreen display. In addition, you can create a Favorites Station List. You can even view Radio Name, Radio Logo, & Song/Artist Information on the head unit's display.
    • Spotify (free download + $9.99 monthly subscription): Spotify is a digital music service that gives you on-demand access to one of the largest music libraries in the world (over 15 million tracks and counting). Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage, and share music with your friends.

    Web Browser: The Asteroid Smart's Browser App can be used to browse internet web pages. Simply type in a URL address or keyword search to bring your the web page. You can use slide your finder along the screen to browse different areas of the web page. You can also zoom in and out on a web page. You can open up to eight browser windows. You can even bookmark your favorite web pages.

    Email: You can configure your email account with the Parrot Asteroid Smart, so you can check your email on the unit's touchscreen display.

    Pre-Installed Tools: The Asteroid Smart contains a built-in Clock, Calculator, and Diary app.

    • Clock: Displays time (hr/min) and date (day/month/date) and offers multiple alarm functions.
    • Calculator: Use the calculator keys displayed on the screen to carry out basic mathematical operations.
    • Diary: Use the Diary application to create and manage events, meetings and appointments.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Parrot Asteroid Smart features built-in Bluetooth (ver. 3.0) for advanced hands-free communication & wireless audio streaming. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.5 (Hands Free Profile), HSP 1.0 (Handset Profile), OPP 1.1 (Object Push Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.3 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
    Note: The Parrot Asteroid is 100% Bluetooth compatible with virtually every Bluetooth-enabled cell phone, smartphone, PDA, & tablet (including Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android, and Blackberry). You can visit the Parrot Support Site to confirm that your cell phone is compatible.

    Pairing: You can pair up to 10 devices with the Parrot Asteroid Smart. The Parrot Asteroid allows you to use the telephone & audio streaming functions from two different phones without having to disconnect one of them.

    Hands-Free Communication: The Parrot Asteroid Smart supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The controls of the Asteroid Smart can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. You can listen to phone calls through your car's front speakers & talk through the included external microphone. The Parrot Asteroid Smart can retrieve phonebook contacts, and call history from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone.

    • Receiving A Call: An incoming call is indicated by a ringtone (9 ringtones to choose from). The name of the caller is announced, if the number is recorded in the phonebook of the phone connected to the Parrot Asteroid Smart. When a call comes in, the Asteroid Smart automatically mutes your car stereo and the caller's voice comes through your vehicle's front speakers. All the call information from the phone is displayed on the unit's 6.2" touchscreen display.
    • Dialing A Number: Using Parrot Asteroid, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:
      • Direct Dial: The Parrot Asteroid Smart allows you to directly dial a phone number from the unit's touchscreen keypad.
      • Phonebook Access: The Asteroid Smart allows you to upload your phonebook from your Bluetooth enabled phone, so calls can be launched simply by browsing your phonebook. Each time you add a contact name, the Asteroid Smart automatically synchronizes your cell phonebook. The Asteroid Smart can support up to 50,000 total contacts (5,000 per paired phone).  *Only the contacts stored in the phone memory are synchronized. If your contacts are stored in your SIM card memory, transfer them onto your phone memory.
      • Favorites: The Asteroid Smart allows you to designate contacts from your Phonebook as favorites for quicker access.
      • Call History: The Call History is a list of calls that have originated from and were received by your phone that you can dial from the head unit. You can select Dialed, Received, or Missed calls.
      • Voice Recognition: You can make a call using voice recognition. Simply say the contact's name and type of number (home, cell, work, etc.). The call is then automatically launched if the voice command is understood.

      Note: To follow on your conversation in private, you can switch instantaneously the communication between the Asteroid Smart and your Bluetooth mobile phone. A call is automatically transferred to your phone, when the touchscreen display is removed or after 30 minutes of communication with the ignition turned off.

    Call Waiting & Caller ID: During a call, you can receive another call if your phone supports this functionality. If your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone supports Caller I.D., the caller's name (if in phonebook) will be announced to you over your vehicle's speakers. The Asteroid Smart's touchscreen monitor will also display the name (if in phonebook).

    Double External Microphone: The Parrot Asteroid Smart features an external double microphone with noise reduction (NR 3.0), echo cancellation (AEC), and full duplex operation which provides crystal clear calls at normal conversation level. The microphone features an integrated adjustable mounting bracket with an adhesive backing. The integrated bracket also features a mounting hole to attach the microphone with an optional self-tapping screw. In addition, the microphone comes supplied with a visor clip to mount to your vehicle's sun-visor. The ideal location for the microphone is near the rear-view mirror.  The microphone needs to be pointed towards the user.

    Note: You can mute the head unit's microphone so you can still hear the caller, but the caller cannot hear you.

    Wireless Audio Streaming: The Parrot Asteroid Smart also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The Asteroid Smart will be able to control basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music; such as Play/Pause, Skip Next/Previous, Fast Forward/Rewind and Random/Repeat. The head unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title. The Asteroid Smart also supports audio streaming of music apps downloaded on your smartphone with metadata display and limited control. Advanced music control of your music apps will still need be done via your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. All music files will played back through your car's speakers (front & back).

    Note: When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    USB/SD/iPod Integration

    USB Memory/SD-Card Compatible: The Parrot Asteroid Smart supports playback of USB mass storage class devices and SD/SDHC memory cards.

    • 4 USB Ports: The Parrot Asteroid Smart is equipped with 4 USB (type-A) ports. One USB port is labeled "iPod" and designed for iPod/iPhone use only. The other 3 USB (type-A) ports can be used to connect the included GPS receiver/antenna for navigation, a 3G Network USB dongle for access to Internet apps, and a USB memory device for music playback. The Asteroid is compatible with the majority of 3G Network USB dongles, Android smartphones, portable digital audio players, USB thumbdrives, and external hard drives.. Use the included 5' USB extension cable to make connecting & disconnecting your USB device or Internet (3G) USB dongle easier.
    • SD-Card Slot: The Parrot Asteroid Smart is also equipped with an SD-card slot located behind the detachable touchscreen display. The SD-card slot supports playback of music files stored on SD or SDHC memory cards (up to 32GB). mini SD/SDHC & micro SD/SDHC memory cards are compatible with adapter (sold separately).
    Note: The navigation map SD-card also uses this same SD-card slot. You will have to remove the map card to insert an SD-card with audio/video/photo files. The navigation map will be non-functional.

    Compatible Audio/Video/Photo Formats: The Parrot Asteroid Smart supports playback MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, and OGG music files loaded onto a compatible USB mass storage class device or SD/SDHC memory card (formatted in FAT32). The Asteroid Smart also supports playback of MP2, MP4, H263, H264, WMV, and SPARK video files stored on a SD/SDHC memory card. In addition, JPEG still-image files can be viewed on-screen from both a compatible USB device or SD/SDHC memory card.

    Apple Device Direct Connection: The Parrot Asteroid Smart's rear-panel USB port (labeled "iPod") can be used to connect your iPod/iPhone/iPad to the head unit, via the included iPod cable or the connector cable which comes with your iPod/iPhone. If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit. The Asteroid supports audio playback of stored music from your iPod/iPhone device and music apps from your compatible iPhone.

    Note: Several minutes of loading may be necessary when connecting your audio device (USB/SD/iPod) to the Parrot Asteroid Smart for the first time, particularly if you are using audio peripheral with a large capacity or containing many audio files. This loading time will allow your audio files to be accessible via voice recognition.

    Music Control: You can browse your USB device, SD/SDHC-Card, and iPod/iPhone music files by Artist, Album, Song, Genre, or Playlist. Once you have selected a category, the music content is listed alphabetically.

    Voice Recognition: The Voice Recognition function allows you to select the artist/album you want to hear via voice recognition. You can simply access your music by pronouncing the name of the artist/album stored in your music library and the music will be launched automatically. This function is only available if you are using the Parrot Asteroid Smart with a USB, SD, or iPod/iPhone device.

    Information Display: The Asteroid Smart will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music and music app song/artist information. The unit will also display ID3-tags and WMA-tags from USB mass storage class devices and SD/SDHC memory cards.

    Charging: USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the receiver's USB port (5V/1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On. The unit also charges your connected iPod/iPhone device (but not the iPad). If your device has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Parrot Asteroid is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone/iPad model functions (as of 2/27/2013):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Connectivity Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Dock Bluetooth 3G Audio Video Unit iPod/iPhone Album Art Song Info Track #
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Phone only N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 6.1.2 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 6.1.2 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 6.1.2 Y* Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 6.1.2 Y Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 6.1.2 Y* Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N N Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N N Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N N Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N N Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N N Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N N Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y* N N Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N N Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N N Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N N Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N N Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    2 6.1.2 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3 6.1.2 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 6.1.2 Y* Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    mini 6.1.2 Y* Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    Note:

    • *If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), iPhone 5, iPad 4 or iPad mini; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit. These Apple devices only support audio playback (no video output)
    • Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Software/Firmware Updates (via USB): You can download the latest software/firmware updates for free from the Parrot Support website via a USB thumbdrive. The USB thumbdrive (containing the software/firmware download) is then inserted into the Asteroid Smart's USB (type-A) port. These updates will enable you to receive new features & improve the product's compatibility. The tested Parrot Asteroid Smart contained firmware/software version 2.0.0 (as of 2/27/2013).

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The Parrot Asteroid Smart is equipped with a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning.

    Preset Stations: The Asteroid Smart lets you store up to 200 AM/FM station presets (in any combination).

    RDS: The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, & album when listening to compatible AM/FM stations.

    Traffic Alert: The Traffic alert option allows the Radio source to be automatically activated a& selected when the current station starts broadcasting traffic information.

    Audio Section

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Parrot Asteroid Smart is equipped with a 23W (RMS) x 4Ch MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit.

    6V/6CH Preamp Outputs: The Parrot Asteroid is fitted with six 6-volt preamp outputs (Front, Rear, & Sub). 

    Subwoofer Controls: You can control the volume (+/-6dB) of the subwoofer preamp output independently from the main volume. You can also adjust a the low-pass crossover frequency from 50 to 200Hz (in 10Hz increments) for the subwoofer preamp output.

    Equalizer: The Parrot Asteroid Smart allows you to adjust low, medium, and high frequencies to your preferences. 10 EQ presets (Off, Vocal, Pop, Club, Punchy, Deep, Crystal, Custom 1/2/3) are available. The Custom presets activate the 7-band EQ  (60, 150, 400, 1k, 2k, 6k, 15k Hz).

    Car Spatialization: For a better sound-stage you can select your optimal listening position. You can choose from All, Front Left, Front Right or Front. You can also manually adjust the fader & balance control.

    Virtual Super Bass Effect: The Virtual Super Bass effect amplifies bass frequencies. The Cutoff Frequency setting allows you to select the bass cutoff frequency for the speakers (the lowest frequency that the speakers can generate naturally). The Virtual Super Bass will then reproduce the frequencies that are lower than this cutoff frequency. The Effect Intensity setting allows you to adjust the level of bass frequencies generated by the Virtual Super Bass effect.

    Loudness: The Loudness function is a dynamic adjustment of bass & treble based on listening volume. This function compensates for the human ear's loss of sensitivity to bass & treble frequencies when the volume is low.

    AV Connections

    AUX Input: The Parrot Asteroid Smart features a rear-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input for connecting an external audio player, such as a CD player. The Auxiliary input must be "activated" in the unit's menu.

    AV Input: The rear-panel audio/video input consists of left and right RCA audio jacks and an RCA composite video jack, allowing you to connect external equipment to this head unit.

    AV Output: The rear-panel Video Output consists of a composite video jack and stereo RCA jacks that allow you to connect an optional external monitor and headphone system (sold separately). You can watch the same video source that is being played back on the Parrot Asteroid Smart on the connected external monitor.

    Rear-Camera Input: The unit features a composite video input for connecting an optional rear view camera (sold separately). The video from this connection can be set to display when switched to this input, or display the rear view camera video automatically when the vehicle is shifted into Reverse gear. The purple/white wire (within the harness) must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for automatic video switching. Automatic video switching takes approximately 1.1 seconds

    Remote Control

    Steering Wheel Control Interface: Retain your original steering wheel controls to manage the Parrot Asteroid Smart, using the UNIKA steering wheel control interface module (333UNIKA, sold separately). Thanks to this additional interface module, you can keep using your vehicle's steering wheel controls to change the sound volume as well as the music tracks or FM radio stations. Besides, with the press of a button, you can answer or reject calls, as well as trigger the Parrot Asteroid Smart's voice recognition. The UNIKA is compatible with over 200 vehicle models from 34 different automotive brands.

    Note: You can also retain steering wheel control by using the Axxess ASWC-1 steering wheel control interface (120ASWC1, sold separately) with the AX-SWC-PARROT steering wheel control harness (120AXSCPRT, sold separately). This combination adapts the Parrot's 4-pin proprietary SWC port to a 3.5mm SWC port.
     

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    5 out of 5

    1 Month Later - Still Love It!

    Written By gr8matt, Lompoc, CA on Friday, June 27, 2014
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    It has been almost a month since I installed the Parrot Asteroid Smart and I would purchase it again without hesitation. I was very concerned with the unit being a couple years old (ancient as far as Android products go) and that it would be laggy and not very "smart". On the contrary, it does everything I want it to do. My main requirements were Waze, Spotify, easy bluetooth sharing, aux in, a backup camera, and mp3 playing for an external device. It does all these very well.

    Only time will tell if all of these apps will be supported in a few years from now. That is my one concern with a "smart" device like this. On the other hand, it will always be able to play mp3's, bluetooth, etc so if worse comes to worse, it will still function as an "older" car stereo.

    I purchased the Torque Pro app for $5 and a $20 BAFX Products - Bluetooth OBD2 scan tool from Amazon and that gets more people impressed than anything else. During trips, I can have the Asteroid monitor every aspect of my engine real time and graph it out.

    Lastly, my super-geek engineer friend tried to talk me out of buying it but now is purchasing one for his own vehicle after seeing how it works. I give it a 2 thumbs up!
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    1 out of 5

    Don't buy Worst GPS ever

    Written By Ahmed, Houston TX on Thursday, June 19, 2014
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    I purchased this unit for my E39. The software is unstable, very bad customer service, the GPS is the worst ever and I had to purchase a Garmin unit. I won't every think about Parrot products again.
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    5 out of 5

    Love it!

    Written By MattL, Pittsburgh, PA on Wednesday, June 04, 2014
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    This stereo does everything I expected and more! It is so nice to have Android in the dash. Startup time is surprisingly fast.
    Pros:
    Freaking android in my dash! Rooted and have all my apps, slingbox, SiriusXM app, email etc IN MY DASH! Also looks beautiful and installation kit was a perfect fit.
    Cons:
    Bluetooth WiFi tethering is not reliable however bluetooth audio streaming is flawless. I am going to purchase a wifi hotspot device and see if it performs better than bluetooth tethering, which i'm pretty sure it will.
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    4 out of 5

    Beautiful indash

    Written By Kyle, Pittston, PA on Monday, April 28, 2014
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    Great features beautiful screen everything I wanted. Firmware is a little buggy at times. After updating it's been fine. Updating the firmware also fixed some annoying bits about the NAV software. Works well with my Alpine PDX-V9 amp. Great sound quality. The bluetooth microphone is probably the best on the market. Call quality is crystal clear.
    Pros:
    Android. Built in nav. Bluetooth. Looks great.
    Cons:
    No satellite radio. App store is fairly empty. Firmware is buggy out of box. Updates required.
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    4 out of 5

    Good Unit

    Written By RCMiller, Florida on Friday, April 25, 2014
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    This is what I have been looking for out of a car stereo. It has been an adjustment from the standard Kenwood and Pioneer, but once you get used to the controls, it's very easy to get around. Get used to it because the other big names are moving to this style of head unit as well. My main interest in the Parrot is the wireless connectivity. I can stream online radio, check weather, and do a google search without plugging in. My previous radio was a Kenwood DDX419 which worked well but I found the wires to be a hassle and although I love Garmin, the plug in feature, which did nothing more than put the Iphone view on the screen was buggy and not very usable.So I found myself just using the bluetooth for phone calls and playing my iphone music. Now I can create a network and use my data from my phone for online content through Wifi or bluetooth or plugged in. The Apps store has some good stuff but hopefully they will get more. I highly recommend it for the Tech savvy user.

    Pros:
    - Looks good - Wireless internet connection with phone - some free navigation apps and Tom Tom for a fee - Phone sounds great on both ends (better than the Kenwood) - Liveradio by Radioline rocks
    Cons:
    - Slow startup (not an issue for me but maybe for some) - no HD radio tuner - no Pandora app (if I had wireless control I would give it 6 stars) - no Garmin app
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    3 out of 5

    Almost there.

    Written By SayNo, Seattle on Friday, April 04, 2014
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    Super cool, minus the interface and minor glitches in usage. They need to address some of the clunky issue concerning interface design and interaction. The basic idea is good, however it is lacking. Really, all they would have to do is mimic any cellular device to get an idea. Shop for apps is weak. Control of the appearance is weak. Just needs some polishing and this thing would be amazing.
    Pros:
    Design. Basic functionality. Simplicity in design.
    Cons:
    Slow. Limited. Lacking.
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    3 out of 5

    Great Product when it boots correctly

    Written By AnthonyM, San Angelo, TX on Tuesday, April 01, 2014
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    I installed the Asteroid Smart into my 2007 GMC Yukon with the Axxess GMOS -LAN 1. Installation worked the first time I powered it up and I was able to retain factory chimes and steering wheel controls. I also put in a rear view camera. Lately, I have been having random trouble when it boots up from a long sleep. Sometimes the unit is frozen and doesn't register any screen touches. Other times it boots up without starting the bluetooth. Both issues require me to reboot the system, which wouldn't be a big deal if you didn't have to pull off the removable face and push a small pin hole button. I haven't rooted or modified the system in anyway, so the system seems half-baked to me. I have the latest firmware and did a factory reset which didn't help.

    When it boots up correctly, I love the system. It responds quickly to touches and people hear me perfectly through the bluetooth. The rear view camera will show even if the system hasn't completed booted up. I downloaded the Tom Tom app to replace the iGo Navigation system. If you connect your phone with personal hot spot you can receive live traffic updates.

    Overall, they system is just ok for the price. If it wasn't so buggy on boot up I would give it a perfect 5.
    Pros:
    Great bluetooth, smooth touch response, improved loudness over factory system, great EQ and bass response. iPod connectivity is awesome. Plenty of USB ports.
    Cons:
    Buggy bootup, difficult to reset while driving. Can not use iTunes radio while bluetooth internet is connected to unit. Plenty of glare on sunny days. Limited app store without rooting Will not display contact photos when synchronized with iPhone (Apple restrictions not Parrot's fault)
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    5 out of 5

    Highly recommended

    Written By StevenH, Clovis, NM on Friday, March 28, 2014
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    I'm not sure why some people are giving negative reviews. This unit works great. It isn't perfect but it is definitely going in the right direction as far as after market head units go.
    Pros:
    Smooth responses while using the touch screen. It's like using a android tablet as a stereo. Easy interface, very intuitive.
    Cons:
    It does sometimes run into software problems, like any phone or tablet. A quick power off and on will fix all of your problem.
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    5 out of 5

    awesome!!!

    Written By ivanttttg, Summerfield, TX on Saturday, March 22, 2014
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    This stereo is great
    Pros:
    Able to connect to bluetooth with any phone very customizable after you root it
    Cons:
    None what so ever as i believe the lil errors can be fixd with errors
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    5 out of 5

    Smart WAY TO GO!

    Written By JustaBowla, Grand Island, NE on Thursday, March 20, 2014
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    If you are thinking about the android tablet install in your car, stop! This headunit is 100x easier, will cost less in the long run, and mount with a simple kit. Yes you could be the only person in town with a 10" touchscreen in their dash. But it's going to be no fun. I researched and priced out exactly what I would need to do a simple 7" tablet and it easily would have cost a lot more that the Asteroid Smart. Plus it has a built in radio, so when you get in and turn it on you have music, doesn't need to link up to a hotspot or get internet connection just to have some music on a five minute drive. I went with the provided kits and overall install took about 3 hours. But I soldered every connection and did it all right. The people I call with it do sometimes say I sound weird, but speaker phones all have issues from time to time, could just be reception on either end. That is the extent of the issues I have had. You can find ton of info on this device in different forums and somewhere there is a usb volume knob that works with it too. Smart is the way to go!
    Pros:
    Radio built in It's android in your dash. Endless options with developers working on android upgrades all the time
    Cons:
    Speaker phone a little quirky
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    5 out of 5

    Great product.

    Written By David N., Monroe, LA on Monday, March 17, 2014
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    The product works great. All functions and aspects are as advertised and you can download aptoid to the device to get Apps not included in parrot market. The GPS works great. Auto dimming for night mode is a real plus. The bluetooth voice works perfectly. The installation was very easy I did it all myself. I have netflix, youtube, zedge, firefox, pandora, and various other apps running on it. Syncs up to my galaxy and ipod flawlessly.
    Pros:
    Everything works as advertised and if you are familiar with android you will do just fine.
    Cons:
    Parrot market is limited but if you download aptoid you have no problems.
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    4 out of 5

    Not too bad

    Written By E. Cobb, Lynnwood, WA on Saturday, March 15, 2014
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    I bought this receiver to upgrade my 2007 Toyota Tundra. Overall it's awesome. I don't think I could have picked a better receiver.
    Pros:
    Music sounds great, love the touch screen, and think it's great that I can access the internet and all that from my car's radio.
    Cons:
    I have trouble with the navigation system. Unless I have an actual address, I can't find anything. (type things like Mc Donald's, total wine, etc.. get no results even though I know it's less than 5 miles away)
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    5 out of 5

    Just what I was looking for

    Written By BProctor, Kannapolis, NC on Thursday, February 27, 2014
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    This has to be the coolest system I have installed. I like having all the apps I used for my car through the phone now in the dash. I installed this into my 2014 Ford Focus SE without any issues other that the Unika. I haven't rooted this thing yet and as long as the apps I want can be side loaded without root I probably won't bother. I am using Torque Pro with the "Yongtek ELM 327 Bluetooth Obdii Obd2 Diagnostic Scanner, Elm327 Wireless OBD 2 Scan Tool Check Engine Light CAR Code Reader" from another retailer and also installed the "HDE E336 Waterproof Rear Vehicle Backup Camera With 170 degree Viewing Angle" . I ran the GPS behind the HU in the dash and it works great. I also have cables ran to charge my note 3, my wife's Iphone 5c, an extra ran for the USB modem I ordered, and one to connect it to my computer (future use?). Everything is working great except I am waiting on my last cable to arrive so I can complete the installation of the steering wheel controls. I bought the axxess aswc-1 and had to order the axxess aswc-parrot adapter. I just hope it works for the volume controls. All the apps I have tried so far from the asteroid market are working flawless so far and I plan to side load Pandora next.
    Pros:
    Great looking display at half the cost of most other units I was looking at.
    Cons:
    Radio would shut down when trying to us with Ford Sync. This isn't much of an issue for me so I haven't looked to see if there was anything to do in order to resolve. I just unpaired my phone from Sync and it is no longer an issue.
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    All I can say is money well spent!

    Written By bswoll, Los Angeles on Sunday, February 23, 2014
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    This unit kicks butt! I got it installed in my 2013 370z along with the aswc-1. To bridge the aswc with the parrot asteroid smart I got the AW-SWC-PARROT. Installation was a breeze. I had to manually program my swc buttons as the aswc did not detect all of them and that was a breeze as well. I even got a rear view camera and hooked that up to the parrot smart as well. I was going to keep the HU without rooting but after 3 days I had this baby rooted with framaroot. I sideloaded the googleframework.apk, vending.apk, google maps 6.14.4.apk, libsearchvoice.so, Keyboard for android 2.3. I installed youtube and waze from the play store. The unit functions flawlessly! Google voice search works like your phone. Just tap the voice icon and say navigate to ... You'll need to tether data from your phone. I recommend switching to a reliable 4g network to have a good experience with this HU. I don't really get a glare from the screen since the HU sits low in the center of the dash. All in all I would recommend this to anyone who wants to tinker a little and have a good reliable cell phone provider to tether data over to the parrot smart.
    Pros:
    Works like a phone Works with Metra ASWC now and makes hooking up the swc a breeze (unlike the unika) This HU will make you smile in appreciation after you install it.
    Cons:
    No physical buttons but no need. SWC works flawlessly.
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Parrot asteroid smart

    Written By Parrot asteroid smart, Lindenhurst, Nee York on Monday, February 10, 2014
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    Cheap to install and easy to learn. The parrot system isn't complicated one bit. It was a gift to my boyfriend and the sound quality when I'm on the phone with him in the car is crystal clean. The GPS navigation works like a charm as well. It's always updated so never gets you lost. I love the way when your on Igo and I tells the speed limit and also how fast your going and it's very accurate and on point.
    Pros:
    It's worth the money. Clear quality. Easy and cheap to get installed. I love the way when your on Igo and I tells the speed limit and also how fast your going and it's very accurate and on point.
    Cons:
    The only thing I don't like is there's no dial for the sound. You always have to go to Igo to have the speaker on screen to control the volume
    4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Parrot Asteroid Smart

    Written By ArTofTx, El Paso, TX on Saturday, January 04, 2014
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    Receive product witch was delivered in a timely fashion and all is working great and have to say this unit looks very good in my 98 Honda Prelude
    Pros:
    Radio has good sound and many features that make it customizable. Screen looks good and pre out to amp sounds good.
    Cons:
    Very limited and apps selection but can side load some apps that make it more fun.
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    4 out of 5

    i love this unit

    Written By j m, Rochester NY on Monday, December 23, 2013
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    I just installed this unit in my 2006 Ford Escape & I love it. I grounded the green wire so all functions work, then rooted it and got the google app store working.

    That allowed me to dump the awful igo gps app, install a 32 gig card and get both google maps & CoPilot working.

    My Verizon Galaxy Note 3 plays both music and video perfectly on it through an HDMI connection and the Parrot tethers to my unlimited data plan through WiFi. I have a killer multi-amp sound system and this unit works well with it.

    About the only negative I can think of is the FM tuner reception is very weak, but I hardly ever use it anyway so that's not big deal. I can get perfect FM from iheart radio through my phone anyway when I want it.

    ~John
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    4 out of 5

    Overall, this is a really nice Head Unit

    Written By Tommy, Long Island, NY on Thursday, December 19, 2013
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    This unit replaced a JVC KW-NSX700 in my Chevy Colorado. The JVC was a real disappointment, mostly because the MirrorLink connection didn't have enough power to keep my phone charged while I was using it.

    The Smart, on the other hand, is already an Android device and only needs the phone for a data connection. The GPS works great with the antenna installed under my dash and I've never had a problem with it finding the satellites. It's faster than my S3 in that way.

    Waze works great with this and the sound quality is on par with what I got out of the JVC and much better than what I had with the factory radio.

    It's possible to run the Android Market and download any app that is compatible with Gingerbread, but you'll have to root the radio to do that. The XDA Developers Forum has great instructions if you want to take that route.

    Crutchfield Tech Support was extremely helpful throughout the relatively easy installation process and gets my thumbs up!
    Pros:
    Price, Connectivity - Screen Quality (much better than the JVC) - ease of installation, lots of input ports. Easy extension due to it running on Android.
    Cons:
    No built-in Satellite Radio connectivity (had to use a portable Sirius XM radio - Lynx - and FM Direct connection)
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    4 out of 5

    Great unit with a few rough edges

    Written By AaronL, Sterling, MA on Friday, December 13, 2013
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    Out of box, the Smart was functional and very easy to install. The media player app isn't perfect, but it's fine. It was simple to get Waze running, tether it for data, connect an OBD-II reader, and more. If you root it and install the Google Play store, it gets far better than it was stock. The unit sounds much better than my factory radio and was easy to hook up to the factory amplifier. I'm currently very happy that I purchased this, and would buy it again.
    Pros:
    Sideload any app you want, very easy to root, full Android device, excellent sound.
    Cons:
    No hard buttons for volume/track change. Asteroid Store is rather limited. Rooting was required to get the Play store to get access to most apps. The volume on-screen soft-button doesn't work in Waze. It runs an old version of Android (2.3) and the hardware is a little slow compared to what's out today.
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    5 out of 5

    Parrot ASTEROID Smart

    Written By Daniel, Brooklyn, NY on Monday, November 25, 2013
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    Very nice system
    Pros:
    Everything: Price, Navigation, Bluetooth, Sound
    Cons:
    NONE
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    2 out of 5

    Video Firmware Issues

    Written By Mike F., Temecula, California on Friday, October 11, 2013
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    At first reading all of the positive reviews made me buy this unit but after installing it, it has some serious firmware issues. This unit doesn't play video not very well or at all like it advertises. You can only play videos off of the smart card and even then, the video is jittery. At the rear of the unit it has video inputs but you can't add anything to it to play video. The operating system doesn't support video eventhough they are video inputs; go figure and this was confirmed by Parrot's tech support. Plus, the volume cuts out sometimes and you have to do a reboot to get it to work again. So if you are driving and listening to music, and it cuts out, you wull have to pull over to turn the unit of and on again. What a pain. In my opinion, the unit wasn't ready to be sold at retailers until they have fixed all of the bugs and qwerks.
    Pros:
    Nice sound & RMS power, bluetooth works nice and voice commands work nicely.
    Cons:
    Little to no video playback and when it plays, jittery. Volume cuts out completly without any warning, must reboot unit to get the volume back. Smart card limitations and very little applications available for download.
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    5 out of 5

    PARROT ASTEROID SMART

    Written By Noel, lehigh acres ,fl on Saturday, October 05, 2013
     
    I love my super parrot asteroid smart , and my children to thank you
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    4 out of 5

    Pretty good

    Written By MoogVO, NC on Monday, September 30, 2013
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    This unit is probably the best "Android Powered" offering out there at the moment. It works well and is reasonably responsive. It is a bit laggy at times. It is a bit high priced for what it is but it does produce plenty of good audio. Better than any other aftermarket units I have used in the past. It runs a stripped down version of Android but can be customized like any other android device.

    I am not sure I would buy it again, but I don't dislike it enough to return it.

    I also bought the Unika steering wheel control adapter. It was not very intuitive and required some engineering to make it work.
    Pros:
    capacitive multi-touch screen, Good audio quality, easy installation, plenty of USB ports, good GPS ability
    Cons:
    Old version of Android, A bit laggy, not very functional out of the box. Limited steering wheel control adapter
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    4 out of 5

    this bird can fly, but....

    Written By Anonymous, 24073 on Saturday, August 31, 2013
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    This unit is pretty cool, but its not as intuitive as other android based systems. It has good features but it take too many actions to use them(IMHO). Its got great sound and power which can be improved by side loading dsp apps...
    Pros:
    Affordable, sq, ability to side load apps
    Cons:
    Boot up time, app market is very limited, have to side load apps(time consuming)
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    5 out of 5

    Very Happy with the Asteroid

    Written By MikeO, yorktown, va on Thursday, August 22, 2013
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    Love this little unit......iGo was a bit frustrating, but solved that by buying/installing TomTom USA......Does everything i want it to do, music through iPod and tuner, nav using TomTom and BlueTooth telephony......not to mention you can do a lot more with the network connectivity, the SD card and USB inputs.....I would recommend running a cable from the microUSB/computer connection in the back before installation, as I didn't do that and could have already used it....not going to tear apart my dash again, but I should have run a cable in the first place.....Thing works as advertised and was cheap compared to many of the alternatives......Got it in my 93 Fleetwood Brougham and it will serve me well on long distance drives.....haven't done any sideloading of apps yet, but that'll be done in the future....
    Pros:
    Like the pretty easy interface and like i said does exactly what i need done for my uses. Love the non-tethered Navigation capability and the iPod interface....Bluetooth works well and clear.
    Cons:
    Only had two small issues, had a couple of calls dropped for no reason and the USB through the add'l extension cord doesn't allow you to load images. I would assume it is only for USB music......
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    5 out of 5

    Wonderful stereo!

    Written By Wil A, Houston, TX on Tuesday, August 06, 2013
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    I absolutely love this stereo. I was a little worried after reading about all the bugs, but I've actually encountered very few. The stereo is one of the fastest responding Android devices I've seen. It's slick, it's beautiful. I would definitely recommend the Parrot Asteroid Smart!
    Pros:
    fast, pretty, Android, works offline, convenient
    Cons:
    slow to start, can't upgrade SD card without losing iGo maps.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Radio for a Great Price

    Written By Cameron, White Plains, NY on Thursday, July 18, 2013
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    Love the radio! Does everything I wanted it to do, and has a very user-friendly interface. It is very responsive, has easy to navigate windows, and boots up fairly quickly.

    Cons: Needs more Apps; voice search for a specific song (it only allows by Artist or Album); and needs Pandora!

    Otherwise awesome radio
    Pros:
    Very user-friendly interface, very responsive, clear bluetooth sync (for phone, music/audio, and data connection), connects to my iPod within the first 10 seconds of boot up, very good voice recognition, decent audio effects, haven't tried the VLC app yet, but the Waze app is unbelievable!
    Cons:
    Needs more apps (not much of a selection) like Pandora, and the free version of Spotify. Needs voice recognition by song name (only allows by Artist or by Album). Would be cool if it could read texts to you, or you could at least send texts. Doesn't start audio from the same spot in the song if the radio/car is turned off mid-song
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    1 out of 5

    Stay Away

    Written By Anonymous, Staten Island, NY on Monday, July 08, 2013
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    I bought this radio to update my current factory radio on 2007 Jeep GCSRT8. Radio looks great but its a big disappointment, I have already returned it back to Crutchfield. It freezes randomly, requires hard reset, application market is empty, you have only few applications to download. Rear backup camera is not working with OEM camera unless you buy aftermarket, bluetooth doesn't work properly, popular application such as WAZE is malfunctioning, sound disappears randomly and the last thing which was playing on my nerves, it doesn't remember where you left off with your music, it always plays FM at the boot even though you were using iPhone or Auxiliary Input few minutes ago. I was testing this radio for 2 weeks and everyday something went wrong.

    I did apply latest update and I was hoping that it will fix all the issues people had but it didn't change anything.
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    4 out of 5

    parrot asteroid smart

    Written By Anonymous, Ashland, KY on Friday, June 28, 2013
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    This product was a little time consuming to install in my 2010 Chevy Silverado. Overall about 2 hours. However its a great stereo for those who prefer Android over the iPhone. It downloads app very quickly. And has great Nav software. Looks great. The crutchfield team made it easy to order and provided me great support.
    Pros:
    Sleek and very vibrant. Great performance. Awesome looking stereo and very user friendly.
    Cons:
    Takes time to load up when first turned on. Doesn't have the Pandora app but does control Pandora using Bluetooth streaming from my Razer Maxx HD.
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    1 out of 5

    Stay Away

    Written By mellemel, New York on Saturday, May 11, 2013
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    Had this unit for a little over 30days brought from Crutchfield and what a huge disappointment. This unit has been a nightmare from the time I had it installed. First, Parrot has one of the worst tech support in the world. They hang up on you and do not provide much help. It is like you are bothering them. Second, The Unika steering wheel control did not work. Third, frequently the unit had no sound even though nothings on mute and hours later the sound would come back.

    Spoke to Manager of the tech support he said he would send me another unit but thought about it and opted out all together going to return this unit to Crutchfield. This unit will be great if it worked!
    Pros:
    Wifi,
    Cons:
    microphone sound is bad, no volume button, not Pandora friendly you have to pay for Spotify
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    1 out of 5

    Disappointed

    Written By Paul, Seattle, WA on Wednesday, May 08, 2013
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    I wish I had more than 1500 characters to really review this head unit. In essence, I would not recommend this to anybody who wasn't going to root it and do their own thing. ALL of the software that comes with the PAS has serious flaws. Some examples: Navigation lacks zoom in/out functionality, music playback software won't play through a set of folders (it just stops at the last song and sits there), music playback software won't turn itself back on if you leave the car for 5 minutes, then come back, music playback software picks on spot to resume music play in an album I have never selected to listen to.

    The Bluetooth microphone comes unglued from its adhesive pad, but the pad stays stuck to the windshield. The GPS receiver did not come with the adhesive pad.

    The SD slot has to have the iGo card installed for nav. use, and the USB ports can't power a 2.5" hard drive. One extra 5V linear power regulator (these cost about $1) built into the PAS could've fixed this.

    The real killer for me is the whole tuning scenario you run into with this unit. There is no satellite radio, and no HD radio, so I expected a very good FM tuner. The FM tuner is the worst I have ever used. Every head unit I have installed in the last 15 years pulls in stations better than the PAS, and while you are listening, a message will pop up that says "Searching" and it won't go away unless you press the back button. You also can't name your stations.

    I will keep this HU and root it, sad.
    Pros:
    Crutchfield support, pretty appearance when installed, delivers adequate output power to speakers
    Cons:
    Software, accessories, functionality, tuner, tuner, tuner, support forum is pretty vacant
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    1 out of 5

    Maybe I'm just a perfectionist

    Written By Will, Albuquerque on Saturday, April 27, 2013
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    I love the idea of a car stereo running Android. I wanted to load my favorite apps on it, run whatever navigation software that I wanted, and stream music. At the same time, I love car audio. I love the idea of a car stereo fully integrated in a vehicle. No visible wires, just full function and clean sound. The Parrot ASTEROID Smart falls short in nearly every respect, and here's why:

    The screen is a reflective, capacitive touchscreen. Most car audio touchscreens are resistive and anti-glare, with a fingerprint-resistant coating. You're touching it All. The. Time. The ASTEROID Smart needs constant wipedowns. Also, it is advertised as 6.1" but it has Android nav buttons on the left and a status bar across the top--reducing the effective screen size to 5.5" (a noticeable difference).

    My first ASTEROID Smart stopped reading the reverse wire signal. Camera was verified as working and input wire signal tested good, at 12V. Crutchfield replaced the faulty unit and the new one reads the backup signal, but constantly loses Bluetooth connection to any smartphone.

    Native Spotify app extremely glitchy.

    The stereo has an SD card slot with an included 8gb card, pre-loaded with iGo Navigation software. But don't try swapping out for a larger capacity; even if you copy all the contents of the smaller card to the larger one, the iGo app will not function.

    Parrot UNIKA is the only steering wheel control adapter which is compatible, and doesn't support GM, most Toyota, etc.

    Disappointed.
    Pros:
    Concept is awesome. Good looking unit. Plenty of connectors. Shallow depth, making for easy installs. 23wrms=nice power. 6v pre-outs=great for running amps.
    Cons:
    Screen size compromised. Questionable quality control. Fingerprints. Useless SD card slot (can't upgrade included card). Half-baked Asteroid Market apps. UNIKA steering wheel control adapter is the only way to integrate steering wheel controls and it is compatible with a small fraction of cars. No physical volume buttons. No support for Google Apps or Framework. ALSO--when powered on, it does not auto-resume last audio source (more annoying than it sounds).
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    4 out of 5

    So far, so good!

    Written By Scott S, Alabama on Thursday, April 18, 2013
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    I replaced the OEM Factory original Nissan Versa (2012) radio (Double DIN) with the Parrot Asteroid Smart. The installation went smoothly using the existing factory installed brackets and the Crutchfield supplied antenna adapter. So far, the unit has performed flawlessly. The display is great, and the WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity work without any problems. My only (minor) disappointment is the relatively limited "Asteroid Market" of downloadable apps. I had the *impression* that I would be able to download and run ANDROID apps on the receiver. That's simply not the case, since I do not already have an ANDROID device, I cannot download the ANDRIOD apps from Google or Amazon (both require a registered ANDRIOD device for downloading). If you have an ANDRIOD devise, you may find that it is easy to transfer the application onto the SD card used by ASTERIOD. Other than that, I feel the unit as a great value.
    Pros:
    PRICE - WiFi - Bluetooth - performance - voice control - screen quality - ease of installation - iPhone support / control via a dedicated USB port. The "promise" of a vast library of additional apps from the ASTEROID Market place.
    Cons:
    No CD/DVD player - Rather limited number of additional apps CURRENTLY available on the ASTEROID Marketplace.
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    5 out of 5

    Cool system

    Written By Will, NY on Sunday, April 07, 2013
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    This is basically a tablet for your car. It comes preloaded with a number of apps including iGo Navigation, which I happen to like better than Garmin. Setup was easy. I paired my iPhone in just a few seconds and I was able to make calls right from my phone's contact list on the Asteroid. Voice recognition does fairly well considering. Music sync'd and I was listening to songs on my phone while it was still in my belt holster. There are a lot of options for adjusting the radio as well. Sound overall seems pretty good.

    Installation was pretty straight-forward with only one item that needed Crutchfield's tech support to clear up. The head has a number of connections - 2 video inputs (1 for rear camera). A/V output. 4 USB ports (1 used by GPS). Audio in. The head actually terminates with a standard vehicle ISO 10487, which makes any splicing straight-forward (just Google the standard for pin out).

    The system boots up pretty fast. I connected it to wifi and updated the code with no problem.
    Pros:
    -- Seems pretty configurable. As long as the app market continues to produce this can be a trendsetter for the market. -- Fast bootup -- Small/compact design -- Lots of inputs/outputs -- Fast screen response -- Integration with Apple i{devices} was simple -- Simple/easy to use while driving
    Cons:
    -- Screen is shiny/highly reflective. In certain sunny conditions, it is hard to see -- No HD radio -- Concern about app development/availability -- Parrot support never responded to my online ticket, but Crutchfield was able to contact them. I shoul state they have a decent forum with folks willing to help.
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    4 out of 5

    Excellent Idea, has some quirks.

    Written By Steve B, Columbus, OH on Saturday, April 06, 2013
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    Firstly, if you're simply going to be using this for GPS/NAV, music and blue tooth calls you'll have a good experience out of the box. This HU sounds great, way better than I had expected. There are EQ controls however it is an overall EQ control (i.e. you have no SEPARATED EQ for subs, which shouldn't be a problem for most people to begin with.)

    The screen can get a pretty bad glare are times, I am not too sure why companies are still manufacturing these glossy screens. The display is bright enough that you may be able to use a glare-free screen protector to help. It has not been a huge issue, it's still plenty visible. The GPS works extremely well and is fast to obtain a signal, the bluetooth tethering for media/phone calls works very well and the blue tooth calling has excellent quality on both ends using parrots supplied microphone. The interface is pretty well executed, when inside of a media app provided by parrot you can swipe up and down for volume and left to right to switch tracks so the lack of hardware buttons has not bothered me.

    The install was quite easy, if you've never installed an in dash NAV/video unit you may get a bit confused on some of the wiring. All of your standard connectors are the same. There is no wiring diagram for parrots harness in the manual but there is a pin out diagram on the back of the headunit

    I would buy another one of these HU's, and I may order another for my truck.
    Pros:
    -Easy install, -Easy to side load android applications as well as root, -Has been able to use all USB mass storage media i've tried.
    Cons:
    No separate crossover/EQ control for subwoofer, screen glare.
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    3 out of 5

    Great Idea, Mediocre Execution

    Written By EricM, Jacksonville, FL on Wednesday, April 03, 2013
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    I had high hopes for this radio, but it failed to deliver in several areas (see cons below). It is still a cool device and is much better than what I had. Hopefully the issues can be resolved through software updates. For now I would only recommend the device for early adopters.
    Pros:
    Easy to install, tons of connectivity options for your devices and Internet, can side load most Android apps
    Cons:
    Poor customer support, device shipped with buggy software even after the 2.0.1 update, SD card difficult to remove (need needle nose pliers), no USB support for video playback, needs a physical volume control, crashes periodically and makes a very loud pop when it hard reboots, the iGo navigation is not the full version so it is limited in functionality, long boot time, does not remember the last audio source in use before power down, and there is an RDS issue that causes FM channel bleed over
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    5 out of 5

    Parrot Asteroid Smart

    Written By t3dward, Houston, TX on Saturday, March 30, 2013
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    Unit is pretty much what you see on paper, screen is bright, UI is easy to use, works great with ipod and iphone. The 4 USB ports is great, possibly the best feature of the unit. I was able to stash an old ipod in my glovebox to have my entire library of music, and keep the ipod charged all out of sight. Wifi works well, bluetooth also works well, and having a browser on the dashboard is kinda cool, since the screen is certainly larger than my phone.

    There are a couple issues though, the volume control could really use some physical buttons, instead it's a virtual slider which must be brought up from a menu selection. And the boot up time is kinda long, and won't remember the device you were listening to on your previous drive.

    I'm sure I'll get used to both of the issues in time, and they will not stop me from recommending the unit to my friends.
    Pros:
    Great screen, well designed UI, wifi capable, tons of USB space
    Cons:
    Volume controls are hard to access, boot up time is slow
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    5 out of 5

    Best AFTER Market

    Written By Charles, Bakerton, WV on Sunday, March 24, 2013
     
    The best
    Pros:
    Working and sounds like it should
    Cons:
    Nothing at this time
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    4 out of 5

    Well executed Android-based car stereo

    Written By TimD, Redondo Beach, CA on Sunday, March 17, 2013
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    The Parrot Asteroid Smart is a well-executed Android-based car stereo with good integration of GPS navigation, bluetooth capabilities, and a nearly limitless potential for expandability. It is an Android tablet integrated on the front-end of what seems to be a quality car stereo. This product is for early adopters of technology since most people don't need (and probably should not have) access the internet while driving. But there is little doubt in my mind that all cars will be highly networked moving forward and this is just a glimpse and portal of where it will be going.
    Pros:
    Good-looking high-contrast & responsive touchscreen, a lot of expandability options, native iPhone 5 support, very easy to sideload (non-native Asteroid) Android apps, should/will work with Torque to show ODB-II info on screen
    Cons:
    No volume knob or physical buttons, limited native Asteroid apps at launch, AM radio sensitivity issues, no HD Radio built-in, not Android 4.0 (ICS)
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    4 out of 5

    Very good!

    Written By Yuri B, Bellevue, WA on Tuesday, March 05, 2013
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    Very good unit, highly responsive compared to competition. Being that it runs Android, if you're tech savvy you can sideload all sorts of apps and override the user interface.

    One thing that it's missing is a nice hardware volume knob and a couple of music control buttons. Touchscreen can be tough to use if you're in a sports car with stiff suspension.
    Pros:
    Highly customizable, good bluetooth/iPhone integration (better than what I've see in other units, including Ford Sync)
    Cons:
    Lacks hardware buttons, non-standard steering wheel control adapter
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    5 out of 5

    very nice system

    Written By WillOfTexas, Bridgeport, WV on Wednesday, February 27, 2013
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    very nice system. did not take too long to install. easy to use. nice 6.2" display. sounds great. lots of apps on launch day.
    Pros:
    --nice big display --easy to use --easy to setup --lots of ways to get internet to the system --text to speech --bluetooth connectivity --touch screen controls work great --voice commands are easy to use --sd slot for more expansion --4 usb ports on the back (1 of them for ios devices specifically) --gps is very accurate --input for backup camera as well as input from external video source and output for additional displays --android-based system
    Cons:
    --haven't found any so far
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    will it work with my factory cd changer I have a 2005 gmc Yukon denali ? [ Lamar  Jul 08, 2014 ]
    1 answer
    • You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Krissy Staff  Jul 08, 2014 ]
    Has anyone connected a 160 gb ipod to this unit? If so, did you run into any lagging problems with displaying artist lists? Also, how easy is the ipod navigation? Say I have 200 artists in my ipod and want to go from Abba to Zappa, is that something easily accomplished or do you have to keep tapping a down arrow on the screen? [ Eric D  Jun 09, 2014 ]
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    • I have connected my 32 gig IPad with no issues but I dont have that many files to display. [ JERRY   Jun 10, 2014 ]
    • I've got a 120gig ipod permanently hooked up to mine, it pulls the XML list of artists/albums/whatever and dispalys them as expected. You flip through the artists like you would on a smart phone, so navigation is pretty natural. It's pretty easy for me to get Adrian Belew to ZZTop (Zappa starts with F dude :P) There is sometimes a problem skipping songs, if the album art hasn't yet loaded for the new song, i can't skip past it. Kindof annoying when it's on shuffle, but if I'm progrockingout to an album there's no issue. [ TEDDY   Jun 10, 2014 ]
    • I didn't have an ipod but did use an 8 gig mem chip. Navigation was fine and quick. What I didn't like about the Parrot was its limited APPS. Yes you did have to scroll down. [ DAVE   Jun 09, 2014 ]
    I have a Toyota 4Runner. The displays in the car have amber as the background light color. Does the Asteroid let you choose the background light color? [ Kevin  Apr 05, 2014 ]
    4 answers
    • Not that I know of, it a light blue graffic wallpaper on the main menu. The applications all use different backgrounds and might have settings to changed the background color.. [ JERRY   Apr 07, 2014 ]
    • Yes. I have a 4Runner as well. But this stereo system has many, many problems that prompted me to return it. [ WILL   Apr 06, 2014 ]
    • It will let you change your wallpaper. The actual lights will not change. They are a white color. [ Brian   Apr 06, 2014 ]
    • Hi, You can change the background picture by rooting, however this unit is unique. It's not like a pioneer or sony or whatever where you can change the button colors. It really looks nice. I've got a jeep wrangler with green lighting, but it just looks sleek. Trust me, I've tried everything and although this unit is different, it's the closest thing to an android or iphone or ipad in the dash you can get. I love it. [ BRANSON   Apr 06, 2014 ]
    My vehicle has an integrated bluetooth microphone already installed. Will I be able to use the vehicle's OEM mic instead of using the mic that comes with this ASTEROID unit? [ Shaun  Mar 25, 2014 ]
    1 answer
    • You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Krissy Staff  Mar 26, 2014 ]
    This product states it will use Android Apps. Has anyone tried or know if you can connect to bluetooth OBD-II readers and use compatible Apps? Such as OBDlink or Torque. Thanks for any feedback. [ David  Feb 28, 2014 ]
    10 answers
    • Yes, it can use torque with a bluetooth obdii [ Nick   Apr 05, 2014 ]
    • Yes, you can find it on asteroid marketplace: https://www.parrotasteroid.com/asteroidmarket/?contentRef=263 [ DAVID   Mar 04, 2014 ]
    • Yes, I use a bluetooth OBDII dongle and torque. You will have to enable the option to use 2 bluetooth connections at once and I have heard that some of the cheaper dongles can be a bit finicky. regards. [ WILLIAM   Mar 03, 2014 ]
    • Yes, I've been able to successfully pair and use an OBDII device via bluetooth and monitor using Torque on the Parrot Asteroid Smart. You may want to make a special note, however, that some of the less expensive OBDII devices will not easily pair. If the pairing code for the device is something other than 0000, it may still possibly pair but is much more difficult and you will need to install an additional 3rd party app to manage the pairing process directly. [ JASON A   Mar 02, 2014 ]
    • It will use most apps on the appstore. Some say they don't work but if you can find the apk outside the appstore, sideload the app or find an application to spoof your device id they will install. Some work well, some are a little quirky. Its a trial and error thing. [ HURELL   Mar 02, 2014 ]
    • I was able to get the google play store loaded on it after finding a procedure online and installed the torque app. But I haven't had any luck pairing my OBDII scanner to the Smart. It wont pair to my kids Bluetooth game controller either. It doesn't have an issue though pairing with my iphone or android phone. Some people may have had better luck with the Bluetooth then I have. Other then the Bluetooth issues, the unit works great and if you don't want to go through the trouble of getting the google play store working, you can always side load android apps. [ MICHAEL P   Mar 02, 2014 ]
    • Yes you can. You can side load any app including torque. You can use any good Bluetooth reader for your car. Hope that helps! [ MATTHEW   Mar 02, 2014 ]
    • Crutcfeild made it VERY simple to order....and return. The parrot looked great. But soon found that it was very limited on its capabilities. It's apps are only provided by the company that made it. It's GPS was very non user friendly. My droid max HD...A GREAT phone had trouble connecting to it. The Bluetooth was weak and took forever to connext. Sounded great. Has SD card insertion for storage of app's and music which was nice. I installed it in my 2010 Chevy Silverado but eventually returned it and bought the Kenwood series DVD/GPS deck and absolutely love it. I would rate the PARROT a 2 out of 10. However like I said Crutchfeild made it super simple, I wouldn't buy my electronics from any other company. The Parrot needs more work. I wouldn't recommend it for you needs. Dave May. [ DAVE   Mar 02, 2014 ]
    • Hi, I have only had the unit for just a little bit, but that is one of the reasons I wanted it. I have not used one yet so I cannot personally comment, but I have read all over the web about people that have been doing that. I think the reader that people have been using is online for about 18$. Hope that helps. Branson [ BRANSON   Mar 02, 2014 ]
    • It will indeed run standard android apps. I rooted my parrot and side loaded Torque however Parrot has since released a version of Torque on their proprietary app store. [ STEVEN M   Mar 02, 2014 ]
    does the unit have to be connected to my phones internet for the gps navigation to work? [ richard  Jan 24, 2014 ]
    12 answers
    • No deffenietly not. it is powered from the satellites same as if you had a tom tom or a garmin device [ DEON   Feb 25, 2014 ]
    • No it does not need to be connected to your phone for the GAS to work. It comes with a GMC receiver for that action. I do believe that you can use your phone for certain functions though. I was not able to get mine to connect to my phone. It also has a USB port for a separate 3g connection. It also has wifi to connect to your home wifi setup. [ JASON R   Jan 25, 2014 ]
    • No the unit have its own connection to the satellites [ CARLOS   Jan 25, 2014 ]
    • No, it all depends on what app you are using for the navigation. The iGo app for example doesnt need the Internet but uses the maps it comes with. If you want to use waze or something else on the head unit though you would need an Internet connection. [ CHARLES   Jan 25, 2014 ]
    • The answer is "No"....but the iGo app can use your phone's internet connectivity for POIs, traffic and stuff.....I didn't really like using iGo, so I sprung for the TomTom app which is totally offline and works better than the pre-installed app.... I am pretty happy with the device though....use it with BT phone connectivity, radio, iPod interface and Nav mostly.....it has alot of other features that are cool, but those are the ones i use the most.....it works extremely well for me.... [ MICHAEL   Jan 24, 2014 ]
    • @Richard P - The unit comes with a offline Navi (iGo Primo) that is pretty darn good. Weak on the POI, but it is updated from time to time through the Parrot updates. For something like Google Maps "Online" Navi, you cannot even easily install. It takes some work. The iGo works great though. [ BART   Jan 24, 2014 ]
    • No it has full offline maps, no internet connection necessary for the nav to work. [ STEVEN M   Jan 24, 2014 ]
    • Nope! Works with the software that comes with the device with no internet connectivity [ WIL P.   Jan 24, 2014 ]
    • No But I would highly recommend you go with something else. I would not recommend the parrot asteroid to any body that wants a gps enabled stereo. [ DAVID   Jan 24, 2014 ]
    • I have this unit. It does not have to be connected to use GPS. I live this unit!! It uses and app called igo. [ Brian   Jan 24, 2014 ]
    • Hey Richard , it does not have to be connected in order for the gps app to work.. Joe [ JOSEPH   Jan 24, 2014 ]
    • The GPS navigation has its maps loaded onto an SD card, and a GPS receiver to keep track of its location. Therefore, it does not need any assistance from your smart phone to navigate. [ PAUL L   Jan 24, 2014 ]
    Will this unit work with my factory bluetooth and steering wheel control? If not what additional items do I need to get to make it work. [ Barry  Dec 27, 2013 ]
    1 answer
    • The ability to retain steering wheel controls with aftermarket receivers will be determined by the receiver you are using and the vehicle you have. For full information on this type of integration (including the parts you will need) please contact an Advisor by phone or online chat. [ Jeff Staff  Dec 29, 2013 ]
    I am looking at this item for my 07' Hummer H3, it seems like you have all the fit items covered. The local installer doesn't sell them and they are looking to get 250+ for the install. First question... I am very hands-on very technically literate and have taken the car apart looking for leaks, Do you think I can complete the install? Also, I am looking for this unit solely for the Spotify App. Does that App download local files, or will there have to be a connection to play the music. If there are no local files, can a hard drive be connected in one of the USB ports for a small hard drive to hold local songs for playback? Thanks. [ Jim B  Dec 21, 2013 ]
    2 answers
    • Jeff, I'm a doit your selfer to. I have a 2010 Chevy Silverado. You can do this just take your time and make sure you get the on star kit for your hummer too. Took me about 2 hours with navigation too. Of course I returned because it's apps were limited and the nav software was not the greatest. Pandora also will not run on this unit. Better off with the Kenwood unit. [ DAVE   Apr 08, 2014 ]
    • For details on installation please contact an Advisor by phone or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Jeff Staff  Dec 22, 2013 ]

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