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Cobra iRadar 200 Review

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As we’ve mentioned already, the iRadar 200 is now compatible to work with Android devices, but beyond that, there isn’t anything necessarily new over its predecessor. Well, it’s great that it’ll work independently, as it’ll notify us of any detections during our travel – both audibly in the form of increasing beeping tones and actual verbal description of what kind of radar (i.e. X, K, Ka, Ku, and VG-2 bands). When using it independently, we find that detections can either be hits or misses – so it can be a bit nerve wracking when it’s picking up nothing more than a store’s security radar system.

Conversely, when it’s paired with an iOS or Android smartphone, combined with the free Cobra iRadar app, it truly unlocks the full potential of the radar detector. To tell you the truth, the app’s functionality and features haven’t changed much since we last looked at it with the original iRadar 100. For the majority of time, we’re left looking at the Dashboard, which displays our speed, direction of travel, and the car battery’s voltage. Whenever it detects something, we’re given the ability to either check it off as a false alert or an actual one, which is then stored – meaning, if you come across the same location, it’ll either come up (if it’s saved as an actual alert) or not (false alarm). No doubt, it’s pretty useful that it can save locations you’ve manually selected as verified threats, seeing that basic radar detectors don’t have this feature.

The Cobra iRadar app - Cobra iRadar 200 Review
The Cobra iRadar app - Cobra iRadar 200 Review
The Cobra iRadar app - Cobra iRadar 200 Review

The Cobra iRadar app


Nowadays, many GPS apps provide information on the locations of speed traps and red light cameras, like Magellan’s iPhone app, but with Cobra’s offering, its database is somewhat more accurate, seeing users of the app can flag spots that aren’t dictated as general locations. And of course, it’s more localized than anything else. Also, there’s a map that you can load up and see where users have flagged known hotspots – whether they’re speed traps, confirmed threats, caution areas, and more. Lastly, the settings options allow for some level of customization in how we’re notified. From specific radar bands to even an exceeding the speed limit notification, it’s nice we’re in control of many aspects.


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Cobra iRadar 200 Review
Now if you’re still sporting the iRadar 100 and using your iPhone with it, there’s no big reason to jump ship and pick up this new model – especially when the compatibility with Android devices is the only new feature found with the iRadar 200. However, if you’re an Android owner who waited patiently for a smart radar detector, this is absolutely something you’ll want to check it. Frankly speaking, we still appreciate the fact that false alarms become less over time as we flag certain notifications, but when using it for the first time, just expect a great deal of time seeing plenty of them. At $130, it even makes for a decent entry-level radar detector, but in contrast to them, the iRadar 200 goes above and beyond with the smarter functionality of its accompanying smartphone app.

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Pros

  • Compatible with Android devices
  • Still works perfectly when used independently

Cons

  • No real new functionality with the app
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posted on 23 Jan 2013, 02:42

1. jpmcnown (Posts: 34; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)


Rule number 1 for getting out of tickets......They can't give you a ticket if you don't stop.

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