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Best affordable Bluetooth car stereo units for your Android, iPhone, BlackBerry or Windows Phone

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Best affordable Bluetooth car stereo units for your Android, iPhone, BlackBerry or Windows Phone
If you can't throw money on a new car with a fancy AppLink, MyLink, Blue Link, Entune, or any other of the myriad "link" infotainment systems or iPhone docks all car makers are integrating these days, and you don't want to limit yourself to the auxiliary jack, or, heaven forbid, the cassette adapter, a new head unit is your best bet for the modernity of smartphones to arrive in your trusted old ride.

These now come with Bluetooth connectivity and are no longer expensive for the features they open in front of you via the Bluetooth radio on your smartphone. You can stream music, take phone calls, manage the stereo, and all goes through the speakers of your car instead of the wimpy unit on your phone, which, save for the HTC One, have proven to be mostly lousy. We are rounding up some of the more affordable Bluetooth-equipped head units that can communicate with your phone gizmo, but don't skimp on features.

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posted on 09 Jul 2013, 08:20

1. buccob (Posts: 1364; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Sony's MEX BT-3100 P/U is really an awesome car stereo... It display phones battery, and also phone's signal strength, so you know if you are able to make and receive phone calls...

Also if you have a Sony Xperia with android 4.1.2 it will show ID3Tag from songs so you can easily recognize what's playing (does not work on 4.0.4).

App remote is very good... but you have to "activate" it everytime you want to use it... and your phone have to be unlocked in order to be launched by the stereo... But I find it useful when I play a CD or radio and then the phone is the one that can act as a remote with screen info and such...

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