I haven't had my V1 very long, about two months or so, and I love it. The sensitivity is great, arrows are helpful and so fourth, but I feel that the time has come for Valentine research to put something newer out. I don't have a lot of experiance with multiple radar detectors, but I read a lot about them, and while reading about them, there are many features that they have that I wish the V1 had.
The V1 has had an excellent run, and has been pretty much king for a long time, and pretty much still is king for windshield mounted radar detectors in terms of sensitivity, although escort has drasticly shortend the gap. The fact is, other detectors have features that the V1 doesn't have, and that can't be ignored. I find myself wishing that it had common features that other detectors have. I know the V1 is supposed to be upgradeable and the only detector you'll have to buy and all that, and while that can still remain true, VR needs to get up with the times now, and make another detector with more user friendly features.
I'm sure many purist would disagree with me and say that it does what it was made to do, and they are right to a point, but putting more features in the V1 won't make it any less "raw" on sensitivity. The programming features are helpful, but they are deffinatly still lacking. Everything needs to evolve, and I feel that in the quest for the V1 to be true to there word and just keep up dating the same old unit, they have let the times and technology pass them by. There are other detectors out there that let you customize what you want a lot more. Now there is a dilema for people like myself. Do I go with something that I can customize more and loose a little bit of this, or do I go for something I can customize less and loose a little bit of that?
What do I think would help? I think that the display could be totally revamped. I think a totally digital display would serve better because it would be able to display different things, such as digital arrows, compass, the ramp up, bogey counter, band display, mode, settings, etc. I know escort has the patent on GPS lockout and such, but I'm sure there would be someway for VR to incorporate GPS into there detectors and tweaking it enough as to not infringe on Escorts patents, such as maybe speed muting. While driving under a certain speed, the alerts automaticly get heard for one chirp, then go to a muted level of your choosing, and when over a certain speed, get heard at normal volume. Heck, having just the ability to hear the alert and full volume then automaticly muting would be nice. It would be great to be able to choose which style of muting you like better. There are many ways I think that V1 could incorporate it without infringing on escorts patent. I also thing that Voice alerts would be nice too. I personaly would like them a lot. I don't know why, but I like it when things talk to me. There are other things, but I think you guys get my drift.
I think that VR needs to step up there game or they may be left behind, and I don't want to see that happen. Just being the best at something doesn't always guarantee success, or sustained success (VHS vs. Beta). With other detectors being so close to the V1 on performance, the arrows are loosing some of there appeal in liu of other helpful features, or even creature comforts from other detectors. I'll be the first to tell you that if I didn't need all the sensitivity I could get from a windshield mounted unit because of "competitive driving" I'd probably have a 9500ix. Anyhow, I'm gonna cut this short (er) and just end it here so I don't make this longer than it is, I just wanted to express this. Tell me what you think. Thanks for reading,RTT.