Walkie Talkie Review

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Why Walkie Talkies?

With cell phones so prevalent in today's society, you may wonder why you would ever need a walkie talkie. These hand held devices can allow you to instantly chat with another person without having to dial a phone number or rely on spotty cell service. Suppose you are having a family outing at the beach. The family decides to take split up, taking some out on the boat and leaving others at camp to cook lunch. When lunch is ready, it would be easier to call the family with one click of your walkie talkie than to dial your cell phone and wait for someone on the boat to answer. Some walkie talkies are even water resistant, making them an even smarter choice to take to the beach.

Using the criteria listed below, we found Uniden GMR1838-2CK, Motorola TalkAbout MB140R and Midland LXT114 to be the top-of-line-products in the basic best two-way radio category we considered. Each of these provides a list of important features and a nice offering of help and support.

Walkie Talkies: What to Look For

There are several different categories of walkie talkies on the market, from toys for kids to heavy-duty units for industrial uses. For the purposes of this review, we focused on basic units for the casual or weekend user. On this site, you'll find a side-by-side comparison of basic handie talkie radios as well as detailed reviews of each product we considered and articles about walkie talkies.

Features
When searching for a quality set of basic walkie-talkies, you should first consider what you'll be using these 2-way radios for. If you are using them to keep track of your kids while camping, you'll want something that can reach through interference such as trees. If you’re going to use them to communicate with another car on a road trip, range is going to be an important consideration for you. However, if you are going to use them for talking to family members in different areas of your house, you won't need one that is quite as powerful. Other important considerations are the number of channels that are offered, and the number of privacy codes. The more channels you have available, the less likely you will be to run into someone else's conversation. Privacy codes enhance the ability of the unit to block out background noise, and ensure that your conversations are as clear as they possibly can be. Another important consideration when researching walkie talkies is type of batteries they use as well as the method used to charge them.

Ease of Use
If you are searching for a casual way to keep in contact with others, you want something that will perform well with only a few touches of a button. If you choose models that are too complex to use, they won't serve the purpose for which you purchased them. A good walkie talkie will have buttons that are easy to locate on the front of the unit. When Buttons are located on the sides, it is much easier to accidentally hit the "call button" when you don’t mean to. Volume control buttons should also be simple to manage and located on the front of the device for quick access.

Help & Support
Manufacturers of good walkie talkies will offer you quick and easy access to FAQs and will provide a nice warranty. You should also make sure that any walkie talkies you're considering come with a user manual. While the operation of these radios may sound simple enough, there is always bound to be a question that will come up sooner or later. There should also be an email address and a telephone number available for technical support.

Walkie talkies can be helpful for finding a lost party while on a hike or keeping track of the kids in the neighborhood. These devices are great because they are instant and several people from the same group can communicate with each other using the same channel. Regardless of how you plan to use these devices, our review will help you find the best one to fit your needs.

 
 
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Uniden GMR1838-2CK Motorola TalkAbout MB140R Midland LXT114 Motorola FV300 Cobra microTALK CXT-85 Cobra microTALK CTX125 Uniden GMR1235-2
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Features
Backlit Display
  
 
GMRS
Headset Jack
Keypad Lock
Battery Meter
 
Low Battery Indicator
  
Range in Miles 18 miles 10 miles 18 miles 10 miles 16 miles 16 miles 12 miles
Different Call Tones
 
 
Channel Scan
   
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Rechargeable Battery Pack
 
 
 
Vox Operation
    
Runs on Disposable Batteries
 
Keystroke Alert
 
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Emergency Weather Alert
      
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