Best 5 Android CarPlay AI Box Review

Today I’ll be telling you my top five best CarPlay AI Box adapters carplay AI boxes are small standalone computers that run an Android operating system on your carplay display you simply connect the AI box to your carplay USB port in your car and the AI box will take over your carplay interface and replace it with an Android tablet operating system from here you can install any app.

that’s available from the Google Play Store including streaming video apps like YouTube Amazon Prime Hulu and Netflix to games like Candy Crush and Call of Duty you can also operate Apple carplay and Android auto wirelessly on your carplay display stream local media files and output to a connected HDMI display so in short they are smart little devices that open new opportunities for your carplay display and they are perfect if you find yourself in the car for a long period of time or whilst you’re waiting for your EV to charge in this video I’ll be focusing on AI boxes that connect to a wired carplay system.

Testing Process

Testing Processlet’s find out which AI box made my top five so I first gathered all the AI boxes that I reviewed on this channel I then checked to see if they were still available to buy because there’s no point in recommending an AI box that you can’t buy anymore if any were discontinued or have been out of stock for a long period of time they were simply removed from the list I then ran each one on a number of carplay systems to test their versatility this included my Pioneer 93 dab receiver.

The alpine x 902d G7 receiver and two Standalone displays from Coral vision and copyright if any didn’t display correctly on more than one of them they were simply removed from this list too and after these initial tests I narrowed 24 AI boxes down to just 11 finalists next I checked their boot up times into their main launcher software some box have animated startup sequences which helps to distract and hide the long loading process and some simply don’t hide it at all and they just get right on in there all.

Top 5 Finalist CarPlay AI Box

Top 5 Finalist CarPlay AI BoxSo after many extensive tests I narrowed down my 11 finalist to just my top five all these AI boxes are worth a look at yet some may offer better connections and features so depending on what you want out of your adapter you might find an AI box in second or fourth place that’s more better for you so without further delay here are my top five AI boxes for Apple carplay systems.

Apple Pie Ultra

Apple Pie UltraSo in 5th place is the Explorer apple pie Ultra this AI box along with many other Ultra brand Alternatives offers a fast Qualcomm 665 chipset SIM card and TF card slots it performed a solid average score throughout all of the tests which meant it earned its place among the top five finalists it’s the only adapter in the top five to feature the newer Android 12 operating system and although it’s launch of software isn’t really 

The best out of the final five it makes up for this with eight gigabytes of RAM or better multitasking and 128 gigabytes of storage for storing more apps media and games it was one of my two finalists to offer your Bluetooth support and although it was the slowest to boot into its main menu launcher it was the fastest to boot into Wireless Android auto however due to its poor Wi-Fi specs

its Wireless experience can be a little bit laggy and less as responsive than the other four finalists it’s priced second highest out of our finalists so this makes it harder to recommend this AI box unless you’re specifically looking for job bluetooth support with more RAM and storage and support for casting and better Wireless options thanks to its z-link 5 app.

Ottercast Picasso 2

Ottercast Picasso 2in fourth place is the ottercast Picasso 2 this round Puck sized AI box carries the same fast chipset as all the other top five finalists it has an older Android 10 operating system them but it makes up for it with one of the better launcher interfaces it has great Wi-Fi specs so expect great Wireless performance in its rather basic multiplayer app It was the third fastest to boot into its main launcher menu.

it was the second slowest out of all 11 finalists to boot into Wireless car play and Android auto it has bluetooth remote support and it is the second fastest performing AI box when it comes to launching apps like Spotify Google Maps YouTube and Netflix costing very similar to the apple pie Ultra if you’re looking for a solid all-rounder with a great looking launcher HDMI output support and a fast performer in launching apps I have less desire to use it for wireless carplay or Android auto then this AI box is worth checking out.

Mic HDMI Box Gt0464ea

Mic HDMI Box Gt0464eaThe third place goes to the mic HDMI box gt0464ea you can also pick up this AI box I’m branded as the cp508 this Ai box is a good solid performer sadly though it’s difficult to buy outside Europe and Asia but the CP 508 can be shipped in from a few AliExpress sellers if you’re willing to risk it this AI box also runs Android 10 and offers one of my favorite simple launches it has no floating buttons and has a persistent side dock with simple yet functional home and back buttons making it great to navigate apps.

It has great Wi-Fi specs that make it a solid performer for wireless carplay and Android auto and it’s HDMI output Port allows it to connect to an external HDMI display it’s the second fastest to boot into its launcher menu and the second fastest to boot into carplay it only supports a Bluetooth remote and it has an average speed of launching the four key apps.

I tested speeds with as the cheapest of the top 5 AI boxes this AI box is a good all-rounder with solid foundations it’s faster boot as well as launch Wireless carplay it gets the job done without any fuss or Thrills so if you’re on a budget and you’re looking for Speed and reliability then you really can’t go wrong with this AI box

Ottercast Picasso 2 Pro

Ottercast Picasso 2 ProIn second place is the ottercast Picasso 2 Pro this is a new entry AI box that I’ve yet to bring my full review for on this channel but it makes sense to size up alongside all the other AI boxes thanks to its overall performance it managed to easily sneak its way into taking second place in my top five spec wise it is an identical match to the fourth place Picasso 2 ai box the exception of adding a USB a media port instead of an SD card slot.

It has both HDMI output as well as HDMI input ports so with this AI box you have the opportunity to plug in a games console or an HDMI Streaming Stick into this Ai box and have that content displayed on your carplay display as well as pump it through to an external HDMI display in the car it was the fastest AI box to boot into the same launcher menu as its rounded brother yeah I found it had average wireless performance in.

Its multiplayer app for carplay and Android auto it’s launch speed in the four test Android apps was between high and good not the best but you will likely not see a significant difference between the speed of all of the top four AI boxes scoring just two points off the top place winner this Picasso 2 Pro is a great AI box but it is the most expensive out of all the top five finalists so you really have to want HDMI output and input whilst Wireless carplay and Android auto or USB a media playback over an SD card to really choose this adapter over its brother in fourth place.

Carling Kit Cpc 200 T-box Plus

Carling Kit Cpc 200 T-box PlusThe number one carplay AI box is The Carling kit CPC 200 t-box plus this is Carling kits third revision of their t-box branded lineup in this latest revision they have thrown in the same fast chipset as all the other finalists upgraded its operating system to Android 11 and improved its launch of software it’s let down by its shared low Wi-Fi performance and along with the fifth place Ultra and it was the second slowest to launch into.

its main menu but its software it seems to be a little bit more optimized than other AI boxes and as a result it’s the fastest to boot into Wireless carplay and second fastest to boot up into Android auto like the ultra it offers dual bluetooth support for both wireless remote and game controllers and again thanks to its optimizations it was the fastest to boot into all of the four test apps including Spotify Google Maps YouTube and Netflix it’s General performance has helped.

This AI box score the highest out of all of the 11 finalists yetis position is also Justified because of its price costing the second lowest out of the top five finalists if you’re on a budget and want the best bang for your buck then this AI box from Carlin kit is the best AI box for your money right now just as long as you don’t mind it’s rather lackluster Wi-Fi performance in Wireless carplay and Android auto.

Recommended Ai Box

Recommended Ai BoxOtherwise you can spend an extra seventy dollars and you can get a better or rounder AI box with the autocast Picasso 2 which would be my own personal recommendation regardless of how well it scored in my tests so there we have it these are my top five tested carplay AI box adapters I hope you found this Roundup helpful.


give us a thumbs up if you like this content and I’ll see you there as always comments are always welcome if you have any questions about any of the AI box adapters that I’ve covered in this blog thanks for reading and I’ll see you on the next one cheers bye

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