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Old 03-25-2013, 11:37 AM   #1
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Just picked one of these up a couple weeks ago and installed it in my 07 STI. So far I am enjoying it a lot and figured I would share my thoughts so far. Anyone else out there have one yet? (sorry if this is a bit long-winded)

I was originally going to build a small "carputer" for my STI but decided to jump on this instead since it does everything I want it to and it would have taken a while to source all the parts and build something similar to this anyway.

The headunit is completely touchscreen aside from the power button. This worried me a little at first since I am a bit anti-touchscreen for the most part. But after using it for a few days, I got used to it pretty quickly and overall it's something I can live with. The touch option buttons are very large and easy to read and makes navigating around on the unit very easy. The volume adjustment is interesting as well. When you're listening to music you can flick your finger up or down anywhere on the screen to control the volume level or flick left to right to change tracks quickly. The Smart had no problem picking up and indexing my 64GB thumb drive (that's almost completely full of music).

The one thing I like a lot about the Smart is the ability to download Android apps directly to it via the internet (or an SD card). Parrot has it's own "asteroid store" that you get the apps from. There aren't many apps in their store yet but it seems like they are working on getting more ported to it all the time. They just added the VLC player to their store last week which is pretty great even though I haven't messed with it yet. You can sideload other Android apps too but it seems like most unsupported apps don't work very well on the Smart. I haven't had time to mess around with this yet but I will be trying it myself soon.

This brings up one of my other likes about the Smart. Internet connectivity. You can either use a USB dongle plugged into the back of the unit or tether your phone to it to give it an internet connection. Then you can download apps, updated apps, use apps that need an internet connection like Spotify, or browse the internet. If you have a phone that is jailbroken or rooted and you can tether with it without issues, you will really enjoy this part

Bluetooth works fine pairing up with my Note2 and making and receiving calls. You can also listen to an audio source from your phone through the Smart via Bluetooth which works well too.

There are a few things I don't care for with the Smart, however, and some things that people might not like about this unit.

-The built in GPS app leaves a lot to be desired. There's other GPS apps you can download but some cost money.
-Even though I am not really a huge audiophile, the sound quality does leave quite a bit to be desired as well. I will most likely add a small amplifier for the door speakers later on but it's not really a huge deal to me. This could be a dealbreaker for a lot of people though.
-When you turn the car on and the unit boots up, it won't start playing your last song immediately from where you last left off. You have to open the audio program up for it to start playing again. Not a huge deal, but still annoying.
-Boot up time. It hasn't bothered me yet but some people complain about this thing taking forever to boot up. To help with this, the Smart has a shock sensor inside that senses when you close the door so it actually starts pre-booting before you turn the key. So it's pretty much ready to go about 10 seconds or so after I turn the car on. We do live in an instant gratification society so I can see why some people do complain about this but it's really not a huge issue IMO.
-No optical drive. Personally, I haven't messed with CDs in the car for the last 6 or so years and haven't looked back. Some people might still use them though.
-Fully touchscreen. If I can get used to it, almost anyone can. But, I can see why this can be viewed as a big con in the car because of possibly having to take your eyes off the road more often.

4/5 Update:

I started messing around with sideloading other apps to the unit. So far I have tried Waze, Slacker Radio, Pandora, Google Navigation, and Flixster. I was surprised to see all these apps work pretty well on the Smart without too many issues. With that said, the apps don't work perfect. For example, if you don't quit Slacker from its menu and just hit the home button to exit the program, your other audio programs won't work correctly. Also. if you have Waze open you can't control the audio volume at all. It is nice to be able to try out all kinds of other Android apps on this thing and hopefully compatibility gets better with future updates for the Smart.

Here's a pic of when I was installing this thing:





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Old 03-25-2013, 11:40 AM   #2
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nice! looks great.
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:25 PM   #3
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Just ordered one.Did you need to buy a separate blue tooth wiring harness or were you able to use the one that came stock?
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:04 AM   #4
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Just ordered one.Did you need to buy a separate blue tooth wiring harness or were you able to use the one that came stock?
Nice! Feel free to post up your review in this thread when you get it installed.

I didn't have to buy anything else to get the Bluetooth to work. The unit has the Bluetooth built into it. All I needed to run to the back of the unit was the connection for the BT microphone.
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:12 AM   #5
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Can the steering wheel controls be used and is it possible to the connect the armrest USB in to retain it?
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Old 04-05-2013, 04:02 AM   #6
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Just ordered one.Did you need to buy a separate blue tooth wiring harness or were you able to use the one that came stock?
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I didn't have to buy anything else to get the Bluetooth to work. ...
I think Zer0cool42 was really asking whether you used a Subaru-to-ISO harness (since the Asteroid Smart's power/speaker harness has Euro-style ISO connectors).

Subaru-to-ISO harnesses exist, but they're not commonly available in North America. Not worth the effort, IMO. Just cut off the HU's ISO sockets and solder or crimp the wires to a Subaru wiring harness (like you would for any other aftermarket HU install).
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Old 04-05-2013, 04:10 AM   #7
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Can the steering wheel controls be used and is it possible to the connect the armrest USB in to retain it?
Yes, but the Asteroid Smart only works with Parrot's UNIKA SWC module (which also has ISO connectors for its power harness ). ["" because if you were to use all of Parrot's harnesses the way they want, you'd wind up with a dash full of harnesses and connectors]

For USB, see this post.
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:48 AM   #8
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I think Zer0cool42 was really asking whether you used a Subaru-to-ISO harness (since the Asteroid Smart's power/speaker harness has Euro-style ISO connectors).

Subaru-to-ISO harnesses exist, but they're not commonly available in North America. Not worth the effort, IMO. Just cut off the HU's ISO sockets and solder or crimp the wires to a Subaru wiring harness (like you would for any other aftermarket HU install).
I just bought a Subaru wiring harness off Ebay for like 4 bucks and crimped that to the wiring that came with the unit and didn't have any issues. My 07 STI doesn't have steering wheel controls, built in BT or anything like that so I can't answer any questions about wiring those bits up. From what I have read, that stuff is kind of hit or miss for people right now.
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Thanks for the info. So, without cutting/crimping one could use this - http://tinyurl.com/d7noyjw. Then I'll need this - http://www.parrot.com/usa/support/parrot-unika and finally I have to dig out the soldering iron use the armrest USB.
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:08 AM   #10
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I am still deciding between this unit and the AppRadio2...glad I got to read about an owner on here with the headset...there is one from Alpine out too, haven't read much about it though.
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So, without cutting/crimping one could use this - http://tinyurl.com/d7noyjw. ...
Yes, in theory you could (and that harness is a PC2-94-4, manufactured by Autoleads).

However, if it's still being manufactured the same way as the one pictured on your link (on nexxia.co.uk), it omits the illumination and power antenna wires, as well as the SWC wires. Even if they've started including the first two, they won't add the SWC wires. So you would have to tap into your car's factory wires.

As I said, not worth the hassle.
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My WRX 2013 limited hatch will be here in 4 weeks and the Astroid Smart will be going in with a JDM trim panel and unika.

Will post update when I get it all in.
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hows it going?
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Old 08-31-2013, 01:33 PM   #14
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hows it going?
I actually wound up selling the unit and went with a Pioneer unit instead. The Smart is really cool piece but I didn't have the time to sit and really tweak with it, root it, etc. I also was excited to use this in conjunction with my phone's wifi tether (rooted Sprint Note2 phone) but it turns out that my service is absolute garbage (won't be keeping Sprint after my contract runs out) for about half of my commute to and from work so that part became worthless to me as well.
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