Parrot ASTEROID Smart

Digital media receiver with GPS navigation (does not play CDs)

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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.

Parrot includes an SD card with maps of the entire United States, plus Canda and Puerto Rico. You'll have access to a wealth of points of interest for dining, shopping, lodging, fuel, and more. Text-to-speech voice guidance and lane indicators on the map lead the way so you won't have to worry aobut missing the next maneuever.

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

This digital media receiver will not play CDs. If you want to play CDs in your vehicle, we offer a wide selection of CD receivers.

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.

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.

Parrot ASTEROID Smart digital media receiver

Rear view of the Parrot ASTEROID Smart digital receiver

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.

Product 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 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)
    Navigation Features:
    • Included SD card with built-in maps of the entire United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico
    • text-to-speech announces actual street names at turns
    • lane guidance and junction view
    • speed limit and safety zone warnings
    Audio/video 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
    • 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 Information:

    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.

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    Falls short, not mature yet.

    Written By Kev, Denver, CO on Wednesday, December 24, 2014

    My biggest gripe, and a fatal flaw IMO is there are no dedicated volume controls; you must be in the media player app to turn the volume up and down. So if you're in maps, you have to switch back to the media player to change the volume, and then back to the maps app to continue. There's a lot of little glitches: The iGo app is the default nav app and it's pretty bad. You can't zoom out on a map; your zoom level is set in preferences and that's it. 3rd party map apps like NaviFree won't do turn by turn unless you remain in the app. The volume randomly turns itself down once in awhile. The repeat and random settings will randomly turn on and off. The messaging app is useless, it'll notify you and read you a text message, but the only thing you can do is call the person, you can't reply. The voice recognition for commands are pretty poor, and can't do much. When going to a phone book entry, it doesn't show you which number is which (home, mobile, etc). The phone keypad star, pound and zero keys are off the the right, when you expect them to be underneath. It doesn't show track numbers or album art in the iPod lists. It doesn't show radio frequencies in the presets, just a few characters of the RDS on each button, so you don't know which station is which. The backup camera takes too long to come on - about 3 seconds. I don't get the removable thing on the left, pointless. The power light is too bright. I'm disappointed. I'm trading it for something else.

    Pros: Looks good in the dash. I like the swipe forward/back for next/previous track. Runs android (old version, gingerbread I think) so one could hack it and potentially make it better. The iPod display screen is nice to look at but you can't change the background. Offline map data is nice, it doesn't need the internet to navigate.

    Cons: No hard volume controls. Way too many software glitches. Bad navigation app. The apps are mostly disconnected from each other (they don't integrate.) Rear camera app takes too long to load. Voice commands don't do enough - you can only play music or call a contact. The software feels underdeveloped all around.

    NIce unit

    Written By PaulW, South Carolina on Thursday, November 27, 2014

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    Easy unit to install. Spent most in the installation running wire to the backup camera and to the handbrake. Needed to change the wiring connectors at the headunit. After that,all went well. Spent time trying to configure the unit. Comes with some documentation, but not a lot of detail. Mostly trial and error. The trim piece fit well and has a factory look. I have been trying to make it work with the stock configuration, but have been giving strong thought to rooting the device. It comes with iGO for navigation, but the Parrot app store no longer has this listed and I read that the Tom Tom app is no longer upgrading the maps. I think with rooting to allow for more customization ,this could be a really good unit.

    Pros: Nice fit and finish. Mostly easy install with a few minor issues.

    Cons: Limited to Parrot's app store if you do not root the device

    Works surprisingly well

    Written By Lally, Edison, NJ on Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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    Works exactly as you'd expect. It's a landscape-mode android tablet running an ancient Android. Works well as a stereo, works great for bluetooth (especially with an android phone running something modern). GPS works well for positioning. I just got it working last night and gave it a 10 minute test, so remember that when reading my review...

    I really wish that they'd gotten Play Store support. Google Music (I have the streaming service) and Maps would be wonderful. And Ingress, and a few others. I guess it's time to play with adb...

    Where do you put all those USB cables? Drill holes in your dash? That's the last big question. I might have to hit mouser for a block of USB ports to wire back into this thing. But getting a matching faceplate to fit my care will be tough.

    Pros: Great bluetooth work, easy install, lots of USB ports! Simple face can't really clash with any car interior. Really makes you want to hack your car in a few ways!

    Cons: The mic needs to be shoved in pretty good before it works. Ancient version of Android No Play Store support No Google Maps support Really makes you want to hack your car in a few ways!

    I wanted to wait before posting my review...

    Written By Cristino R., Bayamón, PR on Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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    ...because I read quite a few reports of people complaining about bad radio reception. Most new cars with tiny antennae or 'shark fins' have a signal amplifier in the base of the antenna. This amplifier needs 12 volts for the system to work so it seems to me that some people are forgetting this little detail. I connected mine to the Parrot's blue wire labeled Power Antenna and the reception is as good as the OEM.

    With that aside, I can say that I am quite impressed by the versatility of the Asteroid Smart. It has WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity meaning it can connect to any Nokia, Apple, Android or Windows phone or even your home WiFi (if its signal can reach the Asteroid).

    Installation was a breeze. Setup took me some time, mainly upgrading the firmware and setting up the audio enhancements to my liking. I also 'rooted' my unit and installed the Google Play Store which gave me access to a lot more software than what's available at the official store.

    Audio quality is very good, phone conversations are very clear (its a Parrot!). The capacitive screen is *great* but sometimes it reflects too much. I'll be looking for a screen protector with anti-reflective coating very soon.

    All in all I'm very, very happy with this unit and recommend it wholeheartedly. Also it runs Android so you can customize it to your liking. Even the boot screen!

    Pros: Self Contained Call quality Customizable with little effort Capacitive touch screen

    Cons: Sometimes screen reflects too much light

    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!

    Don't buy Worst GPS ever

    Written By Ahmed, Houston TX on Thursday, June 19, 2014

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    • Not Rated
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    • Not Rated
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    • Not Rated
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    • Not Rated
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    • Not Rated

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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

    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.

    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)

    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.


    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

    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

    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.

    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)

    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.

    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,, 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.

    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

    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.

    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.


    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)

    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.

    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

    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.


    Written By Noel, lehigh acres ,fl on Saturday, October 05, 2013

    I love my super parrot asteroid smart , and my children to thank you

    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

    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)

    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......

    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.

    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

    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.

    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.

    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


    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

    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.


    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).

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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

    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

    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

    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)

    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

    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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    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • 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

    Features and Specs

    CEA-2006 Compliant No
    RMS Power Output 23 watts
    Peak Output 55 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen Yes
    Preamp Voltage 6 volts
    Display Color