This is my first post on any thread, but after visiting several sites forums, radardetector.net is by far the best I have found.
To give some background, I live in Houston which unlike other cities with a population like ours, this city is very spread out. My driving habits consistently have me at speeds 10-15+ above PSL in city and 10-20ish+ highway. Some city roads here are about as open as a highway which is why I can get up to higher speeds. Work requires me to do a lot of driving, which for Houston is by highway until your exit and then your immediately on city streets surrounded by a bunch of building/strip centers (highway frontage roads are lined like this as well). I will also travel most of the fall for football games which requires long trips on highways.
The purpose for my post is to try and gather as much input as I can to make a final decision on what RD to get. I have narrowed it down to 9500IX, Redline, and V1. Since this is my first time to purchase one, I do not want to go all out with a custom install, laser jammers, etc. I have read and re-read countless forums, flip-flopped my decision multiple times, but have not really come across anything convincing that I feel someone is posting about who is in an environment that has big city atmosphere for stores but spread out to where you are highway/country one minute and city the next like Houston. Houston has recently turned off our red-light cameras, which may be turned on again someday, but doesn't mean I won't encounter them in other cities.
I am torn between the idea of having a RD with great range versus one that doesn't have false alarms like crazy which I imagine Houston would have. If I were in a place like NY, Chicago, etc. 9500IX would be ideal it seems and for smaller towns V1, but I'm faced with my driving being an even mix of city/highway combined. The only time I have been around RDs in a car was in cities much smaller than Houston, but the RD would go annoyingly crazy at times, enough to where the driver just turned it off. My phone is a Blackberry so I would not have the app features available to coexist with a RD (hopefully getting an iphone or android in the fall).
I have been lucky far too long with getting only a few tickets over the last couple of years (not so lucky about 10 years ago with a bad stretch ha), but it is time to make a move to better protect myself. Any advice that can be passed along is greatly appreciated. Thanks for your Help!