Radar Beep informs about inspections and radars within cities and also on highways, based on Google maps and information from its own database. See in my test if the app really does its job.
Functions & Usage
When starting the App, it starts running in the background and scans the region’s radars and inspections. In order for the information to remain current, the application downloads, along with the first activation, a package of files with the radar positions of the chosen country. Brazil has more than 23,000 identified radars, and next to the USA is the country best served.
Your exact position is determined by GPS. A map shows the blitz, radars and inspections in the vicinity, with icons corresponding to each type of control. When you approach one of the marked points, a beep alarm is activated, which intensifies as the distance decreases. On the smartphone screen there is also a dial with the speed limit allowed on the street or highway you are on, in addition to the current speed of your car.
In my test the warning about potential inspections and radars worked very well. Whoever has not connected their smartphone with a browser via Bluetooth will receive many audible warnings about nearby radars, even if they are not yet on the same street or road. With the browser connection, a more accurate selection is made. Unfortunately, this does not apply to Google Maps, and an external device must be connected via Bluetooth.
In most cases, these are possible inspections. This means that a lot of information is no longer current, but still possible. In addition, for the newly installed radars you will need to download the most current file package.
Screen & Controls
The Radar Beep user interface is very simple and intuitive. Google Maps can be used as in the original app, zooming in on a specific region to see possible control points in advance, and the speed is highlighted on the display. The warnings also appear very strikingly, displaying all the necessary information. In the settings, you can determine what type of notification should be activated. In addition to fixed speed cameras and mobile blitz, there are also other notification categories, such as section radar, traffic light or dangerous point. The symbols most often shown on maps are those of possible mobile speed cameras.
Notifications can be configured individually according to each category. You can silence them completely or activate the audible alarm only for dangerous points, for example. The voice message can also be activated. The application can be configured very quickly and worked without fail in the test. For quick access, you also have the corresponding widget.
Speed & Stability
In my test the Radar Beep worked precisely. Most of the radars marked were no longer current, but the app helps to regulate your speed at points where there is or was surveillance, which is always a good thing. For its use you need a stable internet connection and a GPS signal. Battery consumption and data transfer were not above average, and your plan will not be overloaded with moderate use.
Price / Performance Ratio
The application can be downloaded for free, and it features an advertising bar at the bottom of the screen. To remove it, you can donate an amount between $ 1 and $ 100 to the developers. Even without this donation, advertisements are not invasive.
The Radar Beep fulfills its role of displaying an accurate map of the region with the possible radars and inspections, as well as dangerous points on the road. Unfortunately the app has no way of informing you if a certain camera is still active, but you will still receive a notification. The user interface convinces by its simplicity and organization. I missed a notification for traffic jams, for example, already integrated by competing applications. Likewise, a connection to Google Maps navigation would be highly desirable, making it necessary to connect with an external browser to receive notifications about specific blitzes. In general, the application delivers what it promises and therefore receives five stars.