My V1, which I've had for about a month, had just served me extremely well on a 400 mile road trip, as its warnings' came well in advance of any actual encounter. The numerous Ka alerts I received came miles ahead of the source, to which I responded by slowing, as the traffic I had just passed whizzed right by me and past the speed trap. The frantic braking of other drivers to slow to the speed limit did not save them from a ticket, it was instead the officer's desire for a "bigger catch" which did. Thanks to the V1, I got home safe, fast, ticket-less, and smugly proud of my recent purchase.
It was, however, the next day that I realized just how much better the V1 is than every other radar detector. I left my house, and proceeded on my normal route, which includes a long, straight stretch of road which goes up a hill and down to an intersection. As I climbed the hill, before I crested it, I received a Ka band alert ahead, then, an instant later, the bogey lock sounded and I received a K band alert, also ahead. This is an area in which there are no false alarms. Two bogeys straight ahead, one Ka and one K. I slowed as I crested the hill, and saw a state trooper waiting at the stoplight in the opposite direction, the one spewing his constant-on Ka. Beyond him, in a gravel area with overgrown brush beside the intersection, I saw the top of a local sheriff's car, transmitting K. This incident affirmed the intuition that led me to purchase the V1 rather than other, some even more expensive, radar detectors. Before I even came over that hill, I had a dead-on mental picture of what the intersection looked like. No other radar detector provides such a level of situational awareness.