Escort SmartRadar (iPhone Version)

The Good The stealthy and accurate Escort SmartRadar doesn't attract a lot of attention. A small, remote display allows it to be used without the app. The Escort Live app adds a database of recently reported Live Alerts and red-light cameras.

The Bad Specific hardware for Android and iOS compatibility. High sticker price compared with Cobra iRadar. Installation is semipermanent.

The Bottom Line It's pricey, but the stealthy Escort SmartRadar detector and the Escort Live app proved to be more accurate than the competition and triggered fewer false alarms.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 9.0
  • Performance 9.0
8.3 Overall


Escort SmartRadar (iPhone Version)

There are three parts to the Escort SmartRadar system: the SmartRadar detector itself, a separate display controller, and an app for Android or iPhone devices that is installed on your smartphone.

SmartRadar hardware
Let's start with the SmartRadar detector. The unit itself is a small, unassuming black box that is meant to be mounted near the top of the windshield just ahead of the rear-view mirror. It measures 3.2 inches by 3.5 inches and is 1.2 inches thick. The unit is affixed to the windshield with either a dual suction-cup mount or an adhesive pad, both are included in the box. The unit itself lacks any sort of visual indicators aside from a single, blue LED behind the power button. That power button is located on the driver's side of the device (when it's mounted sensor-forward) and is joined on the unit's edge by connections for the power cable, the display controller, and a data connection.

In the box, the our Android-specific SmartRadar unit shipped with two power cables (one short and one long) that need to be connected to the vehicle's 12-volt fuse box or tapped into 12-volt power. This version did not ship with a standard cigarette-lighter-type 12-volt power cable. When mounted using the strong adhesive pad, the SmartRadar is more or less a permanent installation.

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