Universal 6.2 Inch Touchscreen 2 Din Bluetooth Car Stereo

 

I was looking for a competitively priced car stereo for my car - a ten year old Panda - so didn't want to spend too much. I did think about one of the Android 4.4 head unit but in the end decided to go for this Win CE version.

 
Installation was a breeze, very straightforward. The supplied ISO harness clipped straight into the wiring inside the dash on my Panda and literally within 5 minutes I was listening to music and the radio - make sure you get yourself a radio aerial adapter though if you need one, they're under a pound. The unit doesn't come with a cage so you'll either have to buy one or use your existing one. I used the existing one that was already in my car.
 
The GPS receiver was also a doddle to fit. I stuck my hand up behind the glove box and pulled the receiver through from the open double din aperture in the dash. As it is helpfully magnetic I stuck it on a metal bracket down in-between the passenger and driver foot-wells. Signal strength was great and again within 30 seconds my location was found on the screen.

The interface is a little clunky compared to Android but as it was a lot cheaper I was prepared for that. The screen is fairly responsive but I do find I have to stab at it every now and then with my finger.


The 6.2 inch Win CE head unit plays DVDs fine, not that I'll be doing that too often; CDs too. Playing off a pen drive was also straightforward but it is disappointing that the unit doesn't have a USB input built into the front. There are two USB ports on the rear and you have to use the supplied USB extensions and manually feed it to a convenient position. Mine is Velcroed onto the dash. Playing from SD is also fine and the media player has coped with all the audio I've thrown at it. However, despite apparently being able to play MP4 files none have played so far; I always get a "not supported" message when trying to play an MP4. AVI plays fine. This is a shame as the majority of stuff I have is in MP4 format and I don't fancy converting it to AVI.


Bluetooth works well and I can play stuff from my phone and listen to Spotify without any issues. Also the phone functions work well and it is good to be able to dial a number directly from the unit. GPS has worked OK although the iGo mapping leaves a lot to be desired. 


Overall, for the money I think this is a good unit, however I now wish I'd paid a bit extra and gone for a quad core Android unit. Saying that, I think the Pumpkin units are great, they seem solidly built and I have no doubt they will last for years, It is just the interface and software that lets it down.