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Friday, June 2, 2017

Bring CarPlay & Android Auto To Your Car With The Sony XAV-AX100 [Price Update]

Sony announced its first Apple CarPlay and Android Auto receiver earlier this year. The XAV-AX100 touts some nice features but an even better price point which makes is potentially one of the more desired head units.

Here is a quick breakdown of the highlighting features of the XAV-AX100 and an update on the latest price...

Sony XAV-AX100

- Double-DIN head unit
6.4-inch Resistive Touchscreen
- Multifunctional Physical Volume Control knob (toggle sources, sound controls, display on/off)
- Other physical buttons: Home, Options/Voice, Skip/Seek Forward and Back
- Backup camera support
- Customizable wallpapers
- Uncluttered Sony UI and Menus

I got a chance to briefly play around with the Sony XAV-AX100 at my local electronics store recently. When you look at the specifications, the resistive touchscreen stands out as a possible limitation of this head unit. But Sony has done a great job at putting out possibly the best version of a resistive touchscreen.

The touchscreen is very responsive and feels different from traditional resistive touchscreens. Sony's UI on the XAV-AX100 is also a plus point and perhaps makes the resistive touchscreen feel the way it does. The UI is uncluttered and easy to use. It blends really well with CarPlay and Android Auto.

For the record, however, I still prefer a capacitative touchscreen over a resistive touchscreen.

The physical volume knob is a good touch and works exactly as advertised. Using physical buttons for controlling functions is probably safer while driving too as opposed to digital touch buttons.

One drawback on the Sony XAV-AX100 is it does not support wireless CarPlay.


Sony has priced the XAV-AX100 very competitively. Part of it has been possible because of the use of a resistive touchscreen. At $449.99 this head unit is stationed to fight with the best for your hard-earned dollar. And, for that price you get both, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Where to Buy

Amazon has the Sony XAV-AX100 for sale at $448.00 via Amazon Prime. This is the lowest price at the time of this post.

Images' source: Sony

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