Top positive review
Liked it enough to buy a second one for the other car - 4 star product + 1 for the price.
on February 16, 2015
I bought this radar detector for my girlfriend after she came home crying because she got her first speeding ticket. I was surprised at how well it worked / kept silent when paired with a phone. Of course it's a bit of a battery drain to have maps and bluetooth up, but at the time we weren't traveling many places where there were false alarms, so there really was no need to pair it; and I figured at some point we could dedicate one of our old phones to it. Recently I got tagged and my 6 year old whistler detector never went off (it probably didn't have the version of laser the CT cop used), so I decided it was time to upgrade the one in my car as well and I got the i230 model. Recently, the powers that be seem to have deliberately added in a ton of radar interference to rt 15 and 95 in CT to the point where it's unbearable to use the detectors unless they are paired with a phone. Fortunately, the big box stores are now selling new contract free android phones for $10, I picked one up to dedicate to the detector so I wouldn't have to worry about battery drain on my primary device (who's internet I can share with the other phone).
While I was pleasantly surprised by the volt-meter and warning system they built into the software, the rest of the software package leave something to be desired. There's no way to distinguish between stray signals, and one of those moving radar signs that may actually alert an undercover behind you to your actual speed. Further, it doesn't run well in the background if you have google maps up. It would be much nicer if it just integrated reporting into ways or just overlayed another more useable mapping app (google maps?), but again a second phone is now so cheap it's not really a problem to just run a separate instance of it (and it probably runs find on a multi-core phone).