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Road Angel Professional Connected - Road Angel Professional Connected

By Riyad Emeran

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Summary

Our Score:

10

There are two ways to mount the Road Angel Professional Connected in your car - it can ether be placed on your dashboard, or suspended from the windscreen. The dashboard mount was a no-no for me, since it involves attaching a sticky pad to your dash, then sticking a mounting plate to that. The second option on the other hand, works brilliantly - the windscreen mount is secured using two suction cups, while the device itself is then clipped into the cradle. You just need to make sure that the Road Angel is properly engaged with the mount in the cradle before driving off - I was a little careless when installing the unit and halfway around a roundabout it flew off the cradle and landed in my passenger seat!

The Road Angel Professional Connected has one last cool trick up its sleeve though. You can also use the device as a tracker, so if you want to keep tabs on your other half (because you're concerned for their wellbeing obviously), you can simply logon to the tracking portal on the Road Angel site and find out exactly where they are in real time. If the Road Angel is switched off, you'll be given the last registered location, which will usually be the location of where the user's car is parked up.

And as if that isn't clever enough, once you've tracked the location of the unit on the Road Angel web portal, you can then type a quick text message and send it directly to the device. This is particularly useful if the user doesn't have a hands-free kit in their car, especially if you just want to ask them to pick up some milk on the way home.

Any product that redefines the market sector isn't going to be cheap, but Road Angel hasn't gone overboard with the Professional Connected. In fact even though the £299 asking price looks steep compared to other high-end speed camera detectors, there simply isn't another device that offers these features. There's a monthly subscription charge of £4.99, which gives you full access to the Road Angel database, and in the case of the Professional Connected, you'll be making very good use of that database with the unit updating regularly without any intervention from the user.

The tracking/text message option carries an additional monthly charge of £5.99, but you do get a month free with purchase, allowing you to try it out and decide whether it's worth that extra cost. Personally I can live without the tracking, but the rest of the package is pretty close to perfect.

Verdict

With more and more speed cameras appearing, it's never been easier to lose your license, even if you're not a speed demon. The Road Angel Professional Connected will protect drivers from the fixed position cameras and, for the most part, mobile vans as well. The accident black spot warnings also give drivers a heads up to particularly tricky stretches of road, allowing them to take more care and avoid any unpleasant incidents.

The real party piece here is the fact that this unit downloads all its database updates automatically, without the need for hooking up to a computer. This means that you're simply always up to date, and you're unlikely to come across a camera that the Road Angel hasn't warned you about. The ability to tell other users when a camera van is parked up is also a great and very satisfying feature.

If you haven't used a camera detector before, the asking price and the ongoing subscription cost may seem a little steep. However, compared to getting a fine, points on your license and an increased insurance premium, that cost is minimal.

Overall Score

10

Scores In Detail

  • Value 8
  • Features 10

Hamish Campbell

September 6, 2008, 12:38 pm

errr... you mean if you're a driver who regularly breaks the law, and wishes to keep you license, then you should get one of these.

ChaosDefinesOrder

September 7, 2008, 4:45 pm

agreed!





"If you're a keen driver and wish to keep your license, don't speed in the first place!

Riyad

September 9, 2008, 5:21 am

Personally I believe in driving safely, and I don't feel that instituting speed cameras as a means of revenue generation is promoting safer driving.





I have never had a single point on my license or a speeding fine, and I was driving long before the introduction of speed cameras or detectors. However, as I wrote in my review, a friend's wife picked up three points and a fine for straying, literally a few mph over the limit while driving her daughter home from school, and she is in no way a speed demon, or menace to other motorists.





The point is, so called "safety cameras" are not there to create a safer environment, they are placed at locations that will generate the most revenue. Try driving around North Wales, where the roads can be very treacherous, especially if speeding and you won't find a camera anywhere in sight. But find a wide, flat, straight, multi-lane dual carriageway and they'll be everywhere.





I live in a small village where myself and the other residents have actually requested the installation of speed cameras, since drivers speed past schools and nurseries and through the village centre, but to no avail. So in a residential village, where children are playing in parks and on greens there are no cameras, but a few miles away on a motorway, there are dozens.





Add to that the fact that many cameras are positioned exactly at the point where the speed limit changes, and are often obscured or hidden (despite legislation saying that this should not be the case) and it's obvious that money making is the key here.





Interestingly, Swindon council recently decided to cease support of speed cameras, since it felt that they did not reduce accidents and instead just generated revenue for central government.





It's very easy to say that anyone who strays above a speed limit is breaking the law and should be prosecuted, but then being drunk and disorderly is also breaking the law, but you don't see the police locking up everyone who rolls out of a pub on a Saturday night. The difference being that motorists are easier targets, and with a camera triggering an automatic fine and points, the police don't have to lift a finger. Arresting and prosucuting people for drunkedness, vandalism and anti-social behavior on the other hand, involves actually doing something, which is why most Friday and Saturday nights, the last place you want to be is in a town centre.

davidinbucks

September 15, 2008, 3:20 pm

I have had mine a couple of weeks. This is an excellent device and works exactly as described on the Road Angel site. It's very useful to see what speed you're doing. My own sports car overstates speed by around 10% but the speedometer in my wife's runabout is pretty accurate. Not cheap and doesn't do satnav, but I don't need or want that anyway. The automatic updates through the SIM card work fine so it's not neccesary to carry it indoors and connect it to a PC for updates.

steven 3

September 16, 2008, 4:05 pm

Its not about whether its right to speed or not. Either through guilt or innocence once you have 6 or 9 points on your licence you are not intentionally speeding though fear of loosing your licence and job....and this device is excellent and helping to remind you to check you speed regularly and at dangerous road junctions or straights where cameras have been installed.

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