Should be interesting to see how these Whistler built radios compare to the GRE built models. I have a bad feeling that inferior components as well as cost cutting shortcuts will prove them being less than the originals. When I heard that the sales team and not the engineers were employed by Whistler it sent a message to me which I believe we will see in the coming months. Someone needs to improve on the poorly designed front end of the GRE's and I do not see whistler having the talent or desire to do so. I guess it was kind of nifty to see them pick up the line, but I would advise extreme caution to anyone who expects to find GRE quality in these builds.
Will be very interesting to see the inevitable YouTube side by side comparisons of the WS1080 and the BCD436. I hope Whistler fixed the dodgy front panel paint on these. It is a shame that the 'high end' Whistler scanner employs the dumb iPod shuffle style user interface. If the WS1080 had a full keypad, I might even buy one.
The display is a blue color (see picture). The audio is FANTASTIC. So clear and legible. As Jeff mentioned from the Ham Station the case is glossy. There is no coating to wear off like the early PSR800's. Yes there was a firmware update from ver 2.3 to ver 2.4, although i did not take the time to read the updates (to excited). I also had to update the database. From unboxing, loading the EZ Scan software was very simple, updating the firmware was a piece of cake as well as updating the database. And what I really like is the fact that I built my first system on the WS1080 right from the keyboard in a matter of a couple of minutes. I did not have to hook it up to a computer and build it like the new Unidens (436/536). This is a big deal to me that I do not have to carry a laptop with me to program the WS1080 while traveling like you do with the Uniden scanners, and no the zip code method is not my cup of tea. Yes I have manually built groups with the new Unidens and that was absolutely no fun at all and took a long frustrating time - no thank you. Maybe Uniden will come out with extreme upgrades for them similar to the HP-1. I have recently sold my 436 and will be shipping out my 536 soon in anticipation of the WS1095.
Ill post more updates as I go, but so far the WS1080 is a winner......
If the 1080 is a "clone" of the psr-800 then the firmware updates should work on the psr-800's.
However if they did any changes with the micro chips the 800 might become fried if anyone tries it.
First we would need a website to get the update 2.4 for the 1080.
Has anyone bought a 1080 and updated it? If so please post the site for the update. I'll try it
I'm feeling brave!