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Cobra iRadar Atom

Written by Chelsea Woods. Posted in Reviews

For years, drivers have tried to find a reliable way to monitor the road for speed traps and detect the places where traffic enforcement officers are. With the aid of the Cobra iRadar Atom, you can eliminate the risk of getting a speeding ticket, and you can reach your destination without dealing with any inconveniences. However, this is one of the simplest devices that you can find on the market, and you can only use it with the aid of your smartphone. So, combining Cobra's  technology with the capacity of your phone, you will obtain a reliable instrument for detecting speed traps and road hazards. Efficiency In order to operate effectively, your Cobra iRadar Atom must be connected to your smartphone through Bluetooth. That means that you need to use a device with a fast processor, because an old, slow smartphone will not provide accurate results, and you might get frustrated. If you are not warned about a certain speed trap in advance, you might not get enough time to adapt your speed accordingly, and your radar detector will prove to be useless. However, if you connect it with a reliable phone, you can be confident that you will obtain the desired outcome. The iRadar Atom uses your smartphone's GPS to locate all the places that pose as risk areas, but the best advantage that you will get by purchasing this unit is that you will be able to stay in touch with other users, who offer a large number of traffic reports per day. The community sharing feature allows you to stay informed about speed cameras, speed traps, red-light cameras, safety issues and active police speed monitoring. Moreover, if a user discovers a LIDAR on your trajectory, you will get an alert, and based on the fact that laser guns can't be detected in advanced, this feature is very effective. The Cobra's AURA database includes speed trap alerts, camera alerts, and when somebody receives an alert, he can confirm Live Police presence by pressing a specific button in the application and uploading the location to the database, which is shared instantaneously with other Cobra users. Alerts The network of Cobra's database provides information about speed traps that are outside the detector's range, and these alert sounds are delivered by the iRadar Atom's speaker, allowing the driver to keep his eyes on the road. The iRadar Atom has a high sensitivity, which means that you might get a considerable number of false alarms. Furthermore, it might beep for automatic doors and for pretty much anything that comes with a signal. Still, after installing the Cobra iRadar application, you will be able to get rid of annoying sounds, because all you have to do is pair your detector to your iOS device and teach it the difference between real and false alarms. Therefore, when you will get a false alarm, the unit will remember the radar band, the GPS position, and the frequency, and it will…

Summary

Features - 55%
Frequency Range - 80%
Sensitivity - 75%
Ease of Use - 65%

69%

POOR

The Cobra iRadar Atom is a reliable radar detector, but it can only function properly when it is connected to a smartphone. However, if your Android phone or iOS device has a fast processor, you'll have nothing to worry about.

User Rating: 4.22 ( 7 votes)
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For years, drivers have tried to find a reliable way to monitor the road for speed traps and detect the places where traffic enforcement officers are. With the aid of the Cobra iRadar Atom, you can eliminate the risk of getting a speeding ticket, and you can reach your destination without dealing with any inconveniences. However, this is one of the simplest devices that you can find on the market, and you can only use it with the aid of your smartphone. So, combining Cobra’s  technology with the capacity of your phone, you will obtain a reliable instrument for detecting speed traps and road hazards.

Efficiency

In order to operate effectively, your Cobra iRadar Atom must be connected to your smartphone through Bluetooth. That means that you need to use a device with a fast processor, because an old, slow smartphone will not provide accurate results, and you might get frustrated. If you are not warned about a certain speed trap in advance, you might not get enough time to adapt your speed accordingly, and your radar detector will prove to be useless. However, if you connect it with a reliable phone, you can be confident that you will obtain the desired outcome. The iRadar Atom uses your smartphone’s GPS to locate all the places that pose as risk areas, but the best advantage that you will get by purchasing this unit is that you will be able to stay in touch with other users, who offer a large number of traffic reports per day. The community sharing feature allows you to stay informed about speed cameras, speed traps, red-light cameras, safety issues and active police speed monitoring. Moreover, if a user discovers a LIDAR on your trajectory, you will get an alert, and based on the fact that laser guns can’t be detected in advanced, this feature is very effective. The Cobra’s AURA database includes speed trap alerts, camera alerts, and when somebody receives an alert, he can confirm Live Police presence by pressing a specific button in the application and uploading the location to the database, which is shared instantaneously with other Cobra users.

Alerts

The network of Cobra’s database provides information about speed traps that are outside the detector’s range, and these alert sounds are delivered by the iRadar Atom’s speaker, allowing the driver to keep his eyes on the road. The iRadar Atom has a high sensitivity, which means that you might get a considerable number of false alarms. Furthermore, it might beep for automatic doors and for pretty much anything that comes with a signal. Still, after installing the Cobra iRadar application, you will be able to get rid of annoying sounds, because all you have to do is pair your detector to your iOS device and teach it the difference between real and false alarms. Therefore, when you will get a false alarm, the unit will remember the radar band, the GPS position, and the frequency, and it will learn to ignore alerts of that specific type. Giving that this device doesn’t have a display, you have to rely on your smartphone’s display, so keep in mind that if your Android phone or iOS device is dead, you will only receive audible alerts.

Overall performance

The Cobra iRadar Atom is the best example of what can result from combining the social reach of smartphones with radar detectors. The radar itself is small and simple, and it only recognizes radar and laser signal. Depending on how you choose to use your device, it can serve you great, or it can represent a big distraction. Therefore, we advise you to opt for a dashboard mount for your phone, because that way you will have it within your reach, and you won’t need to constantly pull it out to verify alerts. Besides using the application’s preloaded locations for speed and red-light cameras, the GPS allows the driver to know the exact place of an alert, which means that you can find out the distance to the radar gun, as well. Furthermore, you will know if a threat is on a side street, behind you, or on the road’s left side.

Ease of use

The Cobra Atom is a tiny device that was designed to sit atop the dashboard without distracting you from the road. Offering comprehensive information about the band, signal strength and frequency, the iRadar application enables you to customize your detector by disabling all false alerts for a more relaxing ride. Furthermore, although the only controls on this unit are for the mute option and volume, they are all that you need to disable voice prompts and make other adjustments. The volume button doubles as a power switch, and on the right side if the detector you will find an input for the power supply. If it weren’t’ for the small display that can be hard to read, we would definitely conclude that this device is very easy to use, but based on the fact that it depends entirely on your smartphone, you might discover some inconveniences.

Technical details

It costs $170.96, and it comes with a 1-year warranty. Furthermore, the product measures 3.3 x 2.2 x 1.2 inches, and it weighs 4 ounces, so it can be seen as a tiny device that was designed with workability in mind. The iRadar Atom has a glossy design that features a matte-black plastic with silver panels on the sides, and it comes with an adapter that can be plugged into your car’s 12-volt power point. The integrated USB port prevents your phone from running out of battery, which is very useful when you are planning a long road trip.