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107 of 111 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2011
Some of the other reviewers obviously are new to radar detectors. No, this thing will not detect radars that are not being used at the moment so, yes, sometimes it will alert you only when you approach a speed trap and it's too late. That has always been a problem with detectors: They are not perfect.
But this is the first one that actually takes a very good stab at "detecting" those speed traps where you get "shot" just as you round the corner. The user is allowed to report speed traps using the bluetooth connected smartphone. That feature saved me just this morning. The radar part of the actual detector never went off but as I traveled down the interstate I received a "user reported speed trap" (or something like that), made sure I was doing the correct speed, slowed down about 5mph and THEN saw the cop. He did "zap" me with his radar and it was detected. But I already knew he was there thanks to some anonymous person who reported the trap earlier.
Yes, ALL radar detectors will go off when there are no cops around. That is what the "city/highway" setting is for (accessible only though the smart phone when connected). Automatic doors at businesses are the usual culprit. It's a byproduct of the times we live in and not Cobra's fault.
So far, it seems to be a admirable detector all by itself without even connecting it to a smart phone. But adding the smart phone turns it into a beast of a detector that no geek worth his salt should be without.
Oh, and one thing I might mention: The iPhone and Android units are NOT interchangeable. The one made for the iPhone will ONLY work on the iPhone. The Android will only work with an Android. I learned that the hard way. ;)