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Cobra iRadar Review

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Cobra iRadar Review
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Cobra iRadar Review
Cobra iRadar Review
For the longest time, we haven’t seen a radical shift in radar detector technology, but Cobra is planning on stirring things up with its aptly name iRadar detector. Naturally, radar detectors are primarily regarded as standalone devices that provide useful alerts when various detection systems are located. However, Cobra iRadar is not your average middle of the road offering – rather, it’s being touted as the world’s most advanced, smart detection system available today.  Priced at $129.99 on the average through a variety of retailers, is this smartphone companion capable of making you ditch your old and trusty radar detector? Let’s take a peek shall we? Included with the box is the car charger and windshield suction attachment.


Design:

Not deviating dramatically in form to other radar detectors out there, the iRadar implements a more minimalistic design that most others with its completely piano black plastic exterior. Of course, it’s able to exude an alluring presence with its polished appearance, but it’s easily dirtied up since it’s a magnet for fingerprints. All in all, it’s solidly built for the most part – though, it’s rather hollow and lightweight.


Using the dial found on the left edge of the iRadar, which also doubles as the volume control as well, we’re able to turn it on since it’s accompanied by a noticeable click feel to indicate that it’s accepting power. Also, we find its charging port sitting close-by.

Left edge - Cobra iRadar Review
Dial - Left edge - Cobra iRadar Review
Charging port - Left edge - Cobra iRadar Review
 

Dial

Charging port

Left edge


The sides of the Cobra iRadar - Cobra iRadar Review
The sides of the Cobra iRadar - Cobra iRadar Review
The sides of the Cobra iRadar - Cobra iRadar Review
The sides of the Cobra iRadar - Cobra iRadar Review

The sides of the Cobra iRadar


Being the most prominent thing found on the iRadar, the dedicated mute button is placed conveniently towards the bottom area of its main façade. Not too far from it, we also find the radar detector’s  narrow looking speaker grill, which is used primarily to emit alerts and notifications.

The mute button - Cobra iRadar Review
The mute button - Cobra iRadar Review

The mute button

Speaker grill - Cobra iRadar Review
Speaker grill - Cobra iRadar Review

Speaker grill


Although it’s not visible when it’s powered on, there’s actually a single LED built into the bottom edge of the iRadar that turns red when it’s not paired, or blue when it is.

Lastly, there’s a small slot found on its backside that’s used to connect it with the windshield suction cup attachment. Furthermore, this area is completely clean of anything else because it houses most of the iRadar’s sensors that are used to detect various radars.

The windshield suction cup attachment - Cobra iRadar Review
The windshield suction cup attachment - Cobra iRadar Review
The windshield suction cup attachment - Cobra iRadar Review

The windshield suction cup attachment



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posted on 03 Aug 2011, 10:39

1. box (unregistered)


Interesting device, but shouldn't this be on meetgadget, not phonearena?

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 16:31

4. biscutbob (Posts: 82; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


hey man that site is blocked im at work lol they need to spread some gadget love over on phonearena too haha. plus it pairs with a smartphone which is like the whole value of getting this thing. haha it looks badass and like it would be very useful for driving around town often.

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 10:38

5. rabbit (unregistered)


hell yeah i agree with you man, they block everything

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 11:59 2

2. Roly34 (unregistered)


Great news story. I think this is the perfect web site for the story and it looks like an great devise. "Box" if you read the article, it is not a standalone radar detector but works only with a compatible phone.

I hope you add other news stories that are directly connected to smartphones.
Thanks.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 13:09 2

3. megadirk (Posts: 33; Member since: 28 Jul 2011)


I would like to see speed limit alerts as well, it would be great when travelling to a new city and your not familiar with the stretch of road that suddenly drops the limit by 10 mph. This is the kind of implementation that finally gets me to buy a radar detector.

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 10:40

6. rabbit (unregistered)


what about wp7 or blackberry? cobra

posted on 09 Aug 2011, 14:33

7. bonecrkr (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)


Sounds great, but can you use this and also use your iphone or android for directions at the same time?

posted on 19 Apr 2012, 18:09

8. cstits (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Don't waste your money. I wasted FF miles as they were about to expire. My purpose of getting this device was simply to get an alert from the motorcycle police pointing their radar device at me while on the 71 freeway and Yorba Linda blvd which is almost a daily occurance. Until I had the opportunity to test it with an actual motor cycle cop pointing his radar gun at my car the device did sound off all X alerts (no use to me), and K alerts when I drove past the speed signs displaying your current miles per hour. It sounds off K and KA alerts but I don't see a police car anywhere. Finally I had the opportunity to test it with the motorcycle cop pointing the radar gun at my car two mornings back to back and it didn't make a sound at all! There's no reason to believe it's defective. Brand new unit and i can't return it because I used FF miles to purchase. Very dissapointing. Guess I have to find a real radar detector on the market and buy that one.

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