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Comparing Pioneer’s Three New Android Auto Head Units

March 15, 2015 - Written By Alexander Maxham

This morning, we reported that Pioneer’s aftermarket head units that feature Android Auto were shipping. Many of us were looking at the AVH-4100NEX, as it’s the cheapest. But I’ve seen a lot of people splurging for the 7100 and 8100 models. So we thought it’d be a great idea to compare Pioneer’s three models that are shipping right now. The AVH-4100NEX is going for $700, the AVH-7100NEX is going for $1200, and finally the AVH-8100NEX is going for $1400. So what are the differences here?

All three models feature a 7-inch WVGA (that’s 800×480 resolution) 16:9 display. Not the best display out there, but could be worse. All three also feature an LED backlight, Motorized Display, and last Angle Memory. Surprisingly, the 4100 and 7100 both feature an Anti-Glare Coating while the 8100 model doesn’t.

The biggest differences here come in the Navigation portion. The 7100 and 8100 models come with Nokia’s HERE maps. The 7100 model comes with 8GB of storage for map storage, while the 8100 model comes with 16GB. The 4100 model has no navigation at all, outside of Android Auto and Apple Carplay.

Getting into the audio section, all of these models feature Bluetooth, as well as Sirius XM Satellite radio, iTunes Tagging and HD Radio Multicasting. All three also have voice control through CarPlay and Android Auto.

The biggest differences between the three models here is the Nokia HERE Maps integration. So if you don’t care about that, and just want Android Auto, I’d suggest sticking with the 4100 model as it is much cheaper. While Nokia’s HERE maps are pretty good, if you’re using Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, then you really don’t need it, and spend the extra money for it.

Great to see Android Auto head units starting to ship, we should be seeing them coming from the likes of Panasonic, JVC Kenwood and others very soon. And as soon as those start shipping, and are available, we’ll be sure to let everyone know. It’s definitely an exciting time right now for those loving Android and wanting it in their cars. If you decide to pick up one of these head units, be sure to let us know in the comments below, how you like the head unit.