Escort Tablet-style Radar Detector for Nerdy Drivers

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house70

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The Passport IQ is NOT a tablet; it is a stand-alone GPS system with built-in radar/laser detection. As simple as that. Portraying it as a tablet is akin to saying a netbook is a desktop-replacement laptop (and even so, that comparison would be even more appropriate for the netbook, given that it runs same OS as a regular PC). This is not a fair portrayal of this device.
People who use a stand-alone GPS unit in their vehicles (Garmin, Tom-Tom, Magellan) will recognize the add-on benefit of a radar detector added to that, because it cuts down further on the clutter and you can display it without cops taking immediate note that you have a radar detector in your car. That alone makes it worthwhile, although the price is a bit steep (however, a standalone radar detector from the same company can run up to USD400, so you get what you pay for).
The author's skewed view of this device as a tablet (implying that it should be what other tablets are), along with his opinion on radar detectors, makes one believe that he has a beef with radar detectors themselves; this is OK as his opinion, but be frank about it instead of hiding it in a "review".
 

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This is actually a very nice idea, though as house70 said, this is no tablet but a GPS system with Radar Detector. I absolutely love my K-40 undetectable system with laser diffuser because if you do get pulled over with a radar detector in the dash you've basically admitted to the cop that you speed all the time and just got caught, at least this is more discrete, especially the rear-view mirror but i would like to see a little more effort put into the touchscreen because at their price premiums, come on.
 

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The Japanese have had rear view mirror radar/laser detectors forever. I had one when I was over there and it saved me many a times. It had GPS to give you an estimate of how far the cop is away from you and would pick up the cameras they had on the highways too. It only cost me about $250. This is a nifty product but for the price I wouldn't buy it.
 

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Why not make a screen-less base unit with all the sensors installed in the car, and than let the customer slide in his favorite tablet in a custom adapter, maybe blue tooth connected ?
 

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[citation][nom]freggo[/nom]Why not make a screen-less base unit with all the sensors installed in the car, and than let the customer slide in his favorite tablet in a custom adapter, maybe blue tooth connected ?[/citation]

Thats exactly what i mentioned in my first post. I have a K-40 with Laser Diffusers

http://www.k40.com/rl-series---new----pages-20.php

Though a bluetooth phone interface would be very interesting/appealing
 

house70

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[citation][nom]Classzero[/nom]No kidding the author states:[/citation]
So, what's the point of this:
"The catch is that it's going to feel terribly clunky for users used to elegance of smartphones and tablets. Though small, it's thick, almost resembling something from 1990s-era Star Trek rather than a modern tablet, and it has a crummy 480 x 272 resolution.".
Keeps comparing apples to oranges and complain that they don't look/feel like oranges. Got my point now?
OTOH, nevermind. You can read the article however you want.
Peace to you.
 

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The thickness I'm sure is in relation to the backlighting. I know on a five hour drive my garmin get's hot in the back but it has never had issues with being washed out.
 

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Tablet-like. I said tablet-like. And it's a touchscreen interface shaped like a tablet that has multiple applications. Hence the comparison. Apologies for any confusion. -Ross
 
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