Parrot Asteroid Mini Review

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Parrot Asteroid Mini

Parrot Asteroid Mini Review

 

After what seemed like months of hunting around and reading reviews on various makes and models of car kits, including a visit to the Gadget Show in Birmingham.. I finally settled on the Parrot Asteroid Mini.

This is one powerful piece of kit, I have always been a fan of the Parrots, working my way up through the models. However this has been my first with a colour screen, with support for Android market store apps.

One of the biggest selling points of the Asteroid mini for me was the ability to install and use Waze a free community-based GPS navigation system.

The Mini sports a 3.7 inch full colour display, and a wireless remote (with the option of hard wiring it if required) – although the screen on the mini is not touch screen the controls on the remote make navigating and text entry fairly straight forward.. Granted, a touch screen would be quicker – and perhaps a little less frustrating at times. However the amount of time I spend typing on the device, the jog wheel is sufficient.

The mini can access the net using a  compatible Smartphone or a 3G/4G USB dongle, supported operating systems include Android, iOS, RIM, Symbian, Bada.

The ability to be able to search for music via voice is pretty neat, however I find this can be slightly hit and miss if traveling on noisy road surfaces.. The device is capable of accessing music from a whole range of devices including iPod/iPhone, USB, SD card, Bluetooth, line-in. Whats more the Android app store also has a whole raft of music apps to download, such as Shazam and Deezer

The good:

  • 3.5″ Full Colour display
  • Wireless remote control
  • Back lit remote control (if hardwired)
  • The Android App store

The bad:

My only main complaint about the Asteroid is that the speed it takes to cold boot can sometimes feel like an eternity.. We are talking 2-3 minutes from power on to a usable state.. This is something which maybe resolved in future android releases.

Also the lack of touch screen, or qwerty keyboard may bother some people.

Rating:

 

Mike Hudson

Mike Hudson is a Infrastructure Analyst living and working in Kingston Upon Hull. With extensive experience in Microsoft and Apple technologies, ranging from desktop OS’s to Server OS’s and hardware. By day working as part of an infrastructure team, and by night ridding the world of IT issues through blog posts..

  • Steven Tischler

    In my oppinion is the Asteroid mini total crap.
    1. You have to watch the silly source screen that your radio is on, instead of a beautiful large clock what you can manage on a screen if you press unhook a phone button. But then your radio mutes!!! Why?!
    2. If you want to hear the sound from a phone then when you start ot from the phone you still have to select a source from the asteroids remote. Instead it could pick the source of its own as it is on a 10 years older Nokia kit.
    3. It does not support HDD
    So it is crap in my opinion

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