Any V1 users jumping to the recently announced R7?

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Uniden isn't beta testing the R7. They have a platform to build off of already. The R3 and R5 were beta tested. They're coming in with experience now.
 

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Uniden isn't beta testing the R7. They have a platform to build off of already. The R3 and R5 were beta tested. They're coming in with experience now.
Of course they are not actually going to label it as such, but from a Valentine 1 owners perspective THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT YOUR DOING. No other (detector) company initially releases such a polished product.

I often feel like I'm actually 50 years older than I am. I feel like I would have fit better in that generation. I do IT work for a living and am constantly stuck with products that need software and firmware updates to be repaired, often times things that the manufacturer would have repaired before the product was sold if they had done ANY R&D and product testing.( yes I know, always security updates too) When I did automotive service for a living, the amount of issues that would have been repaired or redesigned before manufacture if the company had done any product testing in the real world was amazing. I feel like MOST of the items we purchase in this decade are like this. Apparently, I am one of the fewest few who see things this way.
 
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Been a V1 user for about 10 years now and the lack of updates has left me kind wanting more. We keep hearing about updates but nothing ever seems to come to fruition.

As soon as the R7 drops, I think I'll be jumping ship. Anyone else thinking about it?
Not right away. V1 still meets my needs, and the apps are an added bonus.
 

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Not immediately but maybe for testing. For the following reasons:

- Very limited bogey counter
- Inaccurate ramp-up
- Can't connect to a smart device via bluetooth
- 50% more expensive
- HUGE and BULKY with no concealed display
- Not premium quality materials

It's going to be a beast for range but it's also not what I consider an enthusiast level device in other categories.

Fair enough, but my point of view...
Boggie counter is nice but thats just a perk, nothing more
Why do i need to connect it to my device after i set it up to the correct settings? Would be nice though, again just a perk.
More like 33% more expensive if you include buying your bluetooth dongle, and i have extra money anyways, totally worth it for the added range alone.
Bulky? Barley any bigger than the V1, concealed display is a big plus for the few that need it.
Premium materials? ive owned My R3 since it came out and its worked great, very functional. Materials are good enough, i dont need it to look great i need it to do its job, its not a beauty contest.

Is that all the V1 has to offer over the R7? The V1 does not sound compelling at all MO.
 
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R7 does sound impressive. But a couple areas I find critical are.

Not just Auto Lockouts is a huge requirement for me, but a really good Auto Unlock implementation. You can’t have one without the other. Period. That is doable and fairly difficult to test/proove without “debug hooks” (control of lockout and unlock parameters to speed up testing). And capable of visually confirming the database. I have trust issues ;) Escort has proven themselves in this area and that took years (partly because it was such a closed black box). Allowing things like exporting/importing a database (not encrypted) goes a long ways.

Car Audio integration. All I care about is muting my radio during an alert. Because I don’t want to set a detector so loud that it can cut through music at any volume I might be playing at. When it’s integrated, that’s not an issue. And the only way to do that 100% is with “primary” iPhone.

They need to step up their QA as well (IMHO) based on the number of issues I’ve seen posted on R3.
 

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I'm adapting a wait and see towards the R7. Running the V1 with JBV1, it's like I have the V2 already. Maybe I/we should be asking @johnboy00 for color coded ramp ups and arrows similar to the modified remote displays. One of the great features of JBV1 is being look back at an encounter in the Alert Log. I don't have to rely on memory and/or have a dash cam regarding an encounter.

Regarding having to synch with a phone, as many users noted, you can run the apps with the phone in your pocket. Most of the time I don't put it in my pocket. I want to see the extra situational awareness from the CSA/aircraft warnings to augment my knowledge of the road ahead.

I'm not running fast/hot enough to worry about the extra distance the R series might bring. My primary stomping grounds is Chicago land. Plenty of other customers/victims to provide targets for the wolves.

I might consider the R7 for family, but the $$ might still favor the V1/JBV1 combo.
 

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Having to send it in and not only pay for the update but also pay for the shipping REALLY got on my nerves. I'll pay for the update, but let me just plug it into my computer and do it from the comfort of my house. I think I will keep mine also just in case, but who doesn't want a smarter, improved detector?
When we send our V1's back to the "Mothership" for an update I think they check it out for proper functionality, but I'm not sure.

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My V1 meets my needs and it's extremely easy to use. I love having JBV1 running over Waze on my phone so it's integrated perfectly. Ramp up/alerts/display/etc all are perfect for what I need.
 

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Not everyone wants to go through all of that headache of buying 10 different parts downloading the app, and changing a bajillion settings. When I'm commuting, I want to plug it in and just work. I don't want to deal with all of that headache. Like I said, I'll buy the new Valentine when it comes out, but I personally have been waiting for a new Valentine for four years now. I was so committed that I bought the Blendmount for my V1. Then Uniden pulls this out of nowhere.
I LOL at this. It's not a headache at all. I'm not sure if its intimidation or exaggeration when people make that claim. Just like configuring your detector of choice, that's all you do with the V1. Except you can have different settings depending on where you drive (profiles). When driving a V1 in Pennsylvania, I simply select my PA profile that I initially set up to adjust the settings. With my R3, I need to go through the menu to disable X and Ka bands and adjust the K filtering. It's really no different.


That being said don't be surprised if Uniden does an app or gets someone to program one for them. @johnboy00 has slowed down his releases of JBV1 lately. Maybe a coincidence or maybe.......
 
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...maybe I've been battling the Flu since Sun. I'll be back on track soon.

@midd, didn't you know you can have your PA profile auto pushed when you drive into PA, and then your previous profile auto restored when you drive out of PA? Try that with any other RD.
 
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It's all about the casing and heat tolerance for me...

I had Qty. 2 - R3 burn up due to the high heat in South Texas.
Couple times the Escorts would power down for temp but were fine - and my V1 has never had a heat issue.

I also am not paying $600 for anything till it proves itself in testing.
 

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I have a V1, an R3, and an Escort Redline - I switch back and forth but still prefer the V1 with the JBV1 app. The R7 is tempting, but not for that much $$$.

Saving for an anniversary trip to Italy in the Fall so I'll wait a while and maybe get one next year if I sell my Escort Redline and R3 to build up some cash. If I spend any more on another RD, there might not be another anniversary :D
 
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The R7 has me interested me for the first time in getting a Uniden. I don't have a solid use case for a detector that is super long range. I commute in a dense suburban jungle rife with stationary false alarms and the roadways are a BSM blizzard. The added situational awareness of the arrows intriques me enough to take a serious look at ADDING the R7 for a long range option when the need presents. It would NEED to have an app with similar features / capabilities as JB or V1 driver to fully replace my V1/APP solution I drive with now, and then, only after it has proven to be as reliable.

I am really excited that the industry had produced a new option. I just wish it wasn't a middle ground solution solution.
 

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It's not a new product though. The R3 and R5 were new. Undiden is using that experience with the R7.
Sure it is, they never had a duel antenna before. Its not the same in any way to the R3-R5, the duel antenna completely changed it (its not as simple as adding an antenna). Sure in spirit its the same and utilizing what they have learned and used from previous models, but it is going to be a very different RD for Uniden.

Its no Escort regurgitation of the M4. And that's a good thing. But it will take time to refine just as any RD needs refinement.

I'm going on 7+ years with my V1, I want a RD with arrows that can still do that with no issues or updates that kill the RD. So i will let you all test and refine for me.
 
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Okay, just about caught up on all the R7 news and I finally feel like I can speak knowledgeably here. :)

I'm all for trying out an R7. I do not want to lose JBV1's features though so I hope JohnBoy00 might consider a version that doesn't rely on a V1 connection by that point. :) No pressure buddy! :)

JBV1 is one of the greatest things to come along but I don't think it's correct to say that it's the only thing that saved V1. Valentine's own app does quite a bit by itself as a remote display. JBV1, previously YaV1, and V1Driver are icing on the cake.

I do not personally get the, "I don't want to pair with a device" mentality because I still have to get my phone out and plug it in to get Android Auto to connect, and to use VVaze, etc. I do not ever have to move my V1 at all. It's high and tight up against the headliner.

The downfalls that I have seen in the R1/R3 Unidens still concern me.
1) OLED screen burn in. (I drive 5,000 miles per month, I'd wear that screen out.) Why not just standard LED like my new phone has?
2) Heat issues (Again, I never have to remove my V1 from the car and it always works)
3) Unexpected total loss of sensitivity (This is huge! I might as well have a possibly narcoleptic co-pilot.)
4) Power cord issues (This should not be happening. I've used the same V1 cords for 5-10 years each)

[Edit] I really like having main and muted volume knobs! [/Edit]
I also want more info than the new Uniden screen provides.
I'm not excited about a plastic case. I'd much rather have a harder material like my Uniden RD9-XL had and my V1's have had.
I DO NOT want the detector to light up for any reason. I really would like to see a remote option for the R7. (Preferably a phone screen)

I have come to believe that V1s are sort of like higher end european cars (Refined) and Unidens are sort of like some newer Japanese imports. (Lots of options and features, but sort of buggy.)

Having said all of that, I still will probably try one if reports are good on it. :)
 
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...maybe I've been battling the Flu since Sun. I'll be back on track soon.

@midd, didn't you know you can have your PA profile auto pushed when you drive into PA, and then your previous profile auto restored when you drive out of PA? Try that with any other RD.
Yes I did know that. Just trying to prove a point.
 

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Okay, just about caught up on all the R7 news and I finally feel like I can speak knowledgeably here. :)

I'm all for trying out an R7. I do not want to lose JBV1's features though so I hope JohnBoy00 might consider a version that doesn't rely on a V1 connection by that point. :) No pressure buddy! :)

JBV1 is one of the greatest things to come along but I don't think it's correct to say that it's the only thing that saved V1. Valentine's own app does quite a bit by itself as a remote display. JBV1, previously YaV1, and V1Driver are icing on the cake.

I do not personally get the, "I don't want to pair with a device" mentality because I still have to get my phone out and plug it in to get Android Auto to connect, and to use VVaze, etc. I do not ever have to move my V1 at all. It's high and tight up against the headliner.

The downfalls that I have seen in the R1/R3 Unidens still concern me.
1) OLED screen burn in. (I drive 5,000 miles per month, I'd wear that screen out.) Why not just standard LED like my new phone has?
2) Heat issues (Again, I never have to remove my V1 from the car and it always works)
3) Unexpected total loss of sensitivity (This is huge! I might as well have a possibly narcoleptic co-pilot.)
4) Power cord issues (This should not be happening. I've used the same V1 cords for 5-10 years each)

I also want more info than the new Uniden screen provides.
I'm not excited about a plastic case. I'd much rather have a harder material like my Uniden RD9-XL had and my V1's have had.
I DO NOT want the detector to light up for any reason. I really would like to see a remote option for the R7. (Preferably a phone screen)

I have come to believe that V1s are sort of like higher end european cars (Refined) and Unidens are sort of like some newer Japanese imports. (Lots of options and features, but sort of buggy.)

Having said all of that, I still will probably try one if reports are good on it. :)
I disagree about the v1 app from Valentine. To me with the exception of the ability to run custom sweeps it doesn't bring anything I need or would use. Jbv1 brings gps lockouts, gps speedcams, history etc. Jbv1 is the only reason I am even considering updating my v1. It has been great but bsm and mrtc/d are issues. Right now most Mr** is stationary but I don't expect that to last. At the very least valentine could give us a heads up on if anything is coming. I would love to stick with a valentine but I need something updated.


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