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Car Bluetooth Audio vs. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in a Car Stereo System: Which is Best for Me?


Explore All Stereo Depot Has To Offer with Car Audio Installation In San Diego


Your car stereo system is a vital part of your vehicle, and it’s important to understand what you expect out of your audio system.


There are many different options out there, so you should research your options to find what works best for you and your own personal car. Our friendly and knowledgeable professionals at Stereo Depot can help you with your decision-making when it comes to smartphone connectivity options.


Upgrading Your Car Stereo


Auxiliary cords just don't do the trick anymore, plus they get tangled up and interfere with your driving. Thankfully, many cars support more advanced car stereo options that can easily be installed. Our professional car stereo installation, coupled with the latest smartphone connectivity, whether it’s Basic Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, or Android Auto, can take your car stereo system to the next level.


There’s nothing better than investing in a new car stereo system, rolling down the windows, cranking your favorite tunes, and driving around southern California. You may be wondering where to begin in the process of revamping your car stereo system and asking yourself the difference between your options for smartphone connectivity.


  • Basic Bluetooth gives you the option to play music directly from your smartphone, no cord needed. Once you install a car stereo system with Bluetooth connectivity, you’re able to pair your phone with your car, allowing you to participate in phone calls hands-free, ultimately keeping your focus on the road as much as possible. You will still need to use your phone’s voice assistant to dial for you, however.

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, depending on what cell phone manufacturer you prefer, lets you access your personal device’s apps straight from your ride. Your apps are accessible directly on your dashboard and link with voice assistant, making it easy to use without picking up your phone. These systems allow you to listen to your text messages, make phone calls, learn what’s on your calendar and in your reminders, and access other useful apps.


Deciding Which Is Best For You


Determining which route you want to take when it comes to upgrading your car stereo system can feel like a difficult, overwhelming decision. There are a few things to consider before making your final selection.


  • Price range. When considering adding Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, or Android Auto to your vehicle, it’s important to think about how much money you’re willing to spend. Installing Bluetooth is often less expensive than adding a more advanced, smartphone connectivity system. Before making a decision, take a look at your expenses to discover what you can afford right now or in the future.

  • Convenience. Save a little extra time by installing Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, which connect reliably to the smartphone you own. Also, Siri and other voice assistant functions are great at sending and reading texts, just by using your voice. This function helps you keep your eyes on the road while also staying in the loop. Lastly, these smartphone connectivity systems are overall extremely responsive and run a bit smoother than Bluetooth.

  • Functionality. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto can perform a lot more actions than Bluetooth. Basic Bluetooth is great for connecting your smartphone with your car stereo system and listening to music cord-free. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto also allow you to sync your device, but give you additional access to your iPhone or Android directly on your dash, including text messages, phone calls, and other third-party apps, like Waze and Google Maps. It’s like having built-in navigation, without paying extra for it.

  • Complexity. Take into account how elaborate you want your car stereo system to be. If you’re looking for nothing too fancy and are just wanting the basics, Bluetooth could be just enough for you. But if you want something to wow your passengers and make your life a little easier, you may consider adding Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Taking a moment to reflect on how complex you want your car stereo to be could give you an answer of which one is for you.

  • Sound. If sound quality is extremely important to you, you may want to install Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. It has been found that Bluetooth loses some of the sound quality, potentially causing it to be flatter and less dynamic.


Car Audio Installation Near You


Allow our professional installers at Stereo Depot to properly set up your new car stereo system with smartphone connectivity. We want to work with you to create your own personal installation plan, ensuring to meet your needs and expectations for quality. You can also visit us any time after the installation to guarantee that your car stereo system is continuing to work flawlessly - that’s our warranty promise.


Visit us at one of our stores in San Diego or El Cajon to begin upgrading your car stereo system with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto today.

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