First off, i would like to stay around the $500 range so the STI-r would be off limits. From what I have read the front runners would be the V1, Redline, and 9500ix. I do have a smartphone so the ESCORT LIVE seems kind of appealing. But more importantly, many agencies in my area use laser predominantly, so I/O detection must be good. I believe the V1 has the best detection in this category, but I am wondering whether the I/O detection for the ESCORT is updated through hardware or software. In other words, if ESCORT bumps up there detection, will it be available by a simple firmware download? Also are the different versions of the V1 I see in these threads software or hardware revisions? I live in CA so laser jammers are illegal. what are my best options here? And one more thing...does anyone know if the companies will be coming out with any new detectors, or are the ones that are out now here to stay for awhile? The same question applies to radar technologies...are the cops going to keep using lasers and Ka or will they be switching bands/ technologies soon? I am new to this so any help is appreciated.