The decision on buying a car these days is tougher and tougher. Not only do you have to settle on colour and options, but nowadays you need to choose the right car for your phone or the right phone for you car? Whichever way works best for you.
The decisions on systems that seamlessly integrate your phone to your car come down to 2 main rivals. Apple Car Play which supports all IPhone from the 5 onwards or Android Auto which supports any phone running Android 5.0 lollipop or higher which any updated phone should
First of all a general of what both these systems do. Android Auto and Apple Car Play give you the ability to use your phone safely in the car with a number of apps being accessible straight through your cars infotainment system. These include messaging, maps and music.
Both systems have slightly different ways of doing this and we will be looking at that today. Giving you a clear idea on what system suits you best
Display and layout
Apple car play will look similar to your phones home screen with a selected number of apps actually on your infotainment screen. Apps include I Message, Apple Maps, Music, Phone, Spotify, Whatsapp, Podcasts and Audio books all activated through Siri your assistance with your voice.
Android Auto has a system more akin to an Android smartphone where you have a main screen with notifications sitting on the overview screen on your infotainment system or on your phone. You can actually run Android Auto on a phone in a cradle. Notifications include calendar appointments, traffic updates, weather. You then have function buttons which take you to the screen you need for what you want to do. You have Google Maps, Phone, Audio, Car information (dependent on what car you have)Navigation / Maps
This is where Apple takes a Major L. The only Map available to Apple is Apple maps not the most useful navigation system in the world, It also doesn’t give you the opportunity to download the map for offline use.
Android Auto has the ability to use a number of Map app’s including Google Maps and Waze with their live traffic and community based update systems. This gives you a truer picture of the roads
Calls and Texts
Android Auto pulls ahead again is this discipline simply because of its versatility.
Both systems handle calls well. You can use either Siri or Google to find your contact, Dial the number and make calls. Voice recognition also allows you to dictate messages through the system the only issue is Apple Carplay only allows this through iMessage and Whatsapp. Whereas Android Auto utilises Telegram, Skype and a number of different messaging apps.
The car is probably one of the best places to zone out and listen to your tunes to escape the world. There’s nothing like a long drive listening to your favourite album to make things right again. But how do you listen to yours. Gone are the days of CDs and tapes we now listen to our music through various apps on our phone, This means that our phone to car integration needs to be on point. Both systems score equally well in this department with each of the respective assistants able to recognize and play songs that you want. Again versatility puts Android Auto ahead as it integrates with a lot more apps including Android Auto arguably has slight the upper hand: it supports Spotify, Google Play Music, Deezer, TuneIn Radio, Slacker Radio, Beyond Pod, Audiobooks.com, Player FM, Amazon Music and Audible.
So there you have it. Both systems have things that work better for their user but essentially both systems are very similar and give great benefits to people who spend a lot of time in the car. As always Apple does let itself down by limiting the user but its functionality is good enough to make the most vocal opposition pipe down. It will all be down to preference and what phone you have that determines which system you go for but don’t forget to check our guide to see if your car is actually compatible to the system of choice.
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