Think you can’t afford an Android Auto or CarPlay stereo for your car? Think again. Quick backstory: Two years ago I bought a midlife-crisis 2008 Mustang convertible. It came with a pretty decent aftermarket stereo, though the screen was kind of scratched up and it didn’t play particularly well with my iPhone. I really wanted to swap it out for a CarPlay stereo, but I wasn’t about to spend $400 or more for the privilege. Then I found this Kmoon K5980 7-inch double-DIN car stereo with Android Auto and CarPlay for $136.99 shipped. Way, way, way too good to be true, right? I decided to roll the dice. Needless to say, this will work only in vehicles that have room for it. Luckily for me, it was a perfect fit in the Mustang. I worked with a local car-audio guy who charged me $125 for installation (painful given the cost of the stereo itself, but to be expected). It’s possible you could do this yourself if you know your way around cars, but I needed a pro. I must admit I was a little nervous about it, because it’s not the kind of thing you can easily undo if it’s a poor product — not without spending another $125. Good news: I’m happy with the stereo, though there are definitely a few caveats. This was my first exposure to CarPlay (I haven’t really messed with the Android Auto functions), and I like it a lot. All in-dash infotainment systems should… [Read full story]
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