WiFi Stereos…Useful? Or a Battery Draining, Data Eating Gimmick?
In the last year, Pioneer and Kenwood have locked horns over the battleground for Wireless connectivity, whether it be Apple Car Play or Android Auto. Both brands offering a Navigation option with WiFi. These examples have proven very popular, but is the WiFi feature really worth it?
Using your phone as a WiFi hotspot kills the battery, period. It doesn’t matter if you’re watching a 20 minute episode of The Big Bang Theory or a 2 hour Ted Talk. Both scenarios drain the battery (obviously, one more than the other).
Data Usage is another issue, where as it isn’t much for such journey, but for those treks around Europe and America without roaming packages could cost you a lot of money.
Mobile hotspot data usage examples
|Activity||Data per 30 min||Data per hour|
|Web browsing||Approx. 30MB||Approx. 60MB|
|Sending Email||Less than 1MB||Less than 1MB|
|Streaming music||Up to 75MB||Up to 150MB|
|Netflix||From 125MB||From 250MB|
|Approx. 40MB||Approx. 80MB|
|YouTube||Approx. 150MB||Approx. 300MB|
|Approx. 360MB||Approx. 720MB|
|Zoom (High quality group call)||Approx. 405MB||Approx. 810MB|
So before you buy a WiFi stereo, please consider the above!