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Miro in Windsor, Ontario listens on AM800 CKLW and asked: “I just bought an older vehicle that does not have Bluetooth, so I was interested in getting an aftermarket 7-inch screen radio. Just wondering what the big differences were behind the big names like Pioneer and Kenwood, and some of the off brands you find on Amazon. They seem to have more features because they’re full Android radios as opposed to probably better music on the Kenwoods and Pioneers.”
Miro, the main difference is that Pioneer and Kenwood have something to lose, so the quality is more consistent.
Generic radios can be terrible and if needed the manufacturer will just slap a new random label on them and keep pumping them out.
Android car radios are all about the hardware, since the OS is largely taken care of. We say largely because there may be some customization, but the basic functions should come from Android and should be at least somewhat consistent.
In your search focus on hardware reviews, did it last 4 months? is the touchscreen hard to use? Is it responsive? Are all the buttons working? Are all the speakers that were plugged into the unit still working?
If those things all look good, the risk is probably relatively low and the price difference may be large.
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