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.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.
Not right away. V1 still meets my needs, and the apps are an added bonus.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 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.
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.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?
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.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.
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.It's not a new product though. The R3 and R5 were new. Undiden is using that experience with the R7.
Yes I did know that. Just trying to prove a point.
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.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.