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Cobra iRadar ATOM Review

0. phoneArena posted on 26 Apr 2014, 12:48

Although it’s been on the market for some time now, the Cobra iRadar ATOM takes everything we loved about the iRadar 200, but condenses it to an even more compact package – saving precious space on the ever dwindling windshield space. Question is, will it be enough to warrant a purchase, especially when there’s a $70 increase in price?...

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posted on 26 Apr 2014, 20:14

1. ph00ny (Posts: 1518; Member since: 26 May 2011)

Um so does this outperform some of the higher end passport or valentine 1 models?
If not then this is merely a gimick where its primary function isn't up to par

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 13:07

8. danbfree (Posts: 6; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)

No, it doesn't outperform really expensive units but Cobra sensitivity is MUCH improved and by offloading the display and settings etc to a smartphone app it gives you solid protection for the $140 I paid for it.

posted on 27 Apr 2014, 10:56

2. smacsteve (Posts: 75; Member since: 16 May 2012)

That would be a resounding no... It will not outperform either a Valentine One nor a Passport Maxx. In fact many offerings from Bel Technologies and Escort are much superior to the Cobra brand of radar detectors.

If you want the absolute best overall range performance there still is no one that touches the Valentine One.

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 13:02

5. danbfree (Posts: 6; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)

The sensitivity of the NEW Cobras is MUCH improved... by offloading the display, settings, controls, etc. to an app, this is definitely an OK choice... a real review of the actual sensitivity gave it an 8 out of 10, which is solid but not quite as good as the very expensive ones... I got mine for only $140 and it does what it should, give me enough warning to slow down when I'm not paying attention.

posted on 28 Apr 2014, 03:14

3. deacz (Posts: 162; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)

this thing baffles me, why doesnt the american police just use laser like the rest of the world?

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 13:05

7. danbfree (Posts: 6; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)

They do in most places, this at least helps when they don't and also uses the user database to know where the police are.

posted on 29 Apr 2014, 10:05

4. johnpa2006 (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 Aug 2013)

My Valentine One jumped out of my car, walked into my office, read this article, giggled a bit then cleared its throat in a distinguished manner and walked back to my car.

I have an older Cobra XRS9930 and used it for years before upgrading to a V1
but the idea of a radar and smartphone, just sounds like a disaster to me.

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 13:05

6. danbfree (Posts: 6; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)

It's actually brilliant... Cobras had a bad reputation for a reason but you have to give credit where credit is due and they are MUCH improved... Still not quite as good as a $300+ unit but I like the idea that my smartphone handles the settings, display, etc and using it's GPS knows where the false alarms are all for $140 that I paid for it.

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