R3 GPS Database

Michael R

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Hey guys. I've been an Escort guy for the past 15 years, but I've just made the switch to the R3. I was very happy with the accuracy and frequent updates of the Escort Defender GPS database. How is the Uniden's GPS database?
 

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Up front, I'm not exactly sure how Defender works If it's a static database that you download and then import to your detector and/or how you get notifications for updates. Understand that Uniden's database is static; it's not cloud based or crowd sourced. Uniden has sent down 3 updates since the unit was released back in June. I know that some speed cameras here were shut down (state court order) last year, and the database update a few weeks later had them removed. One of the local municipalities added a couple of K band speed cameras in their 25mph speed trap and they got added on the next update after that. Overall, I would say that the Uniden database is good, and it's *free*. But overall Waze is going to be your best friend; even better IMO than Defender and Escort Live because the Waze user base is the biggest of all.
 

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I had an Escort 9500ix for almost 8 years, then upgraded to the R3 last October. The last two years I subscribed to the defender database ($50/year IIRC), which looking back on it was a waste of money. I know they update the database every Monday, but realistically, how many updates are actually in there? I mean, how many speed/RLC cameras get added around the country on a weekly basis? Probably not many. I think you will be pleased with Unidens database, in the last 5 months I have not come across any RLCs etc which were not in their DB. In my opinion, updating the database every few months is fine, plus it’s FREE.
 

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