I picked up Whistler's Red Light Camera alerter a couple of weekes ago and that little bugger is impressive and for only $80. It has already alerted me to almost a dozen speed 'n redlight cameras in the nearby state and one in my state.
Downloading the updated database was a breeze which needs NO DC power supply as in the case with the EscorBel gps units. The USB connection provides enough current to power the unit. By the way the USB cable is even included. Voice files and firmware can also be updated.
Whats even more impressive is its gps sensitivity! It'll gps lock most of the time even when my vehicle is in the garage. Its speedometer function is dead on and hasn't missed one of my user locations yet.
The voice alerts were at first a little hard to understand out of that tiny speaker but it has got much better as time went on. Maybe the speaker was stiff and needed breaking in. The volume level can be dialed up extremely loud something i wish Whisltler would incorporate in their RDs.
The digital display is extremely bright and can be read in the brightest sunlight. The downside however is that it has no dimmer feature which can make the display annoying at night.
The display will default to the speedometer function when moving and clock when the vehicle is stopped. During an alert, two bright LEDs flash not unlike the periscopes, and the display will count down the distance to the location.
Some other features include date, time, trip odometer, etc.
One more thing i like about this unit is its size, very small size which allows it to be mounted stealthy with its magnetic base.
Gonna order another one for my other vehicle!
Some things that i'd like to see added:
-a display dimmer feature is sorely needed.
-a display off except when an alert occurs. I think this can be done with just a firmware update?
-more user flexibility as to what function is displayed.
-stealthy all flat black case. Under the right sun angle and mounting conditions, the shiny top of the case can reflect blinding sunlight. It was so bad one time, i had to cover it with a paper towel.