The other week we celebrated the 40th celebration for the world’s 1st cell phone call. Predictably, it's a Motorola engineer who completed the historic phone call and, much more predictably, the phone call was made on a Motorola phone (or, in this case, prototype telephone). If you are taking one thing from this introductory section, it needs to be this: Motorola are boss, and when it relates to comms.
With that in perspective, I reviewed the GP340 Portable Walkie talkie, the prevalent in a lingering line of very good Motorola two way radio devices. The following is what I deliberated about it.
With up to eleven hours of battery life, signal encryption and a option of VHF or UHF bands, the Gp 340 hits the ground running and goes from there. A sturdy, slightly military-esque design gives the GP340 a professional look and facilitates for important robustness across numerous environments.
At 137mm high, 57mm wide and weighing just 420 grams, the GP340 is also naturally portable, which adds to the general feel of this 2 way radio as an ‘action’ radio, maybe better matched than most walkie talkies to more working use.
What is more, you get sixteen channels, as well as a ‘channel scan’ operation.
There’s no display to be found here, that is possibly a shame, but I query this will involve the device in any major way, to be truthful.
Anywhere among £230 and £280, based on wherever you look. It pays to work a thorough web search here, because there looks to be several offers going on at the moment.
The GP340 is definitely more of a team-friendly radio, especially if that company happens to be posted a considerable distance away. To quote frankly from the Motorola website,
“Reorganization operations with two way radio comms raises productiveness and can outline part of an organisation’s health and safety method which is predominantly important for individuals who work on their own or isolated from the squad”.
This is incredibly genuine, as the inclusion of a dazzling orange ‘emergency button’ as well as an ATEX-approved ‘mandown’ option board capably demonstrates Motorola’s obligation to consumer security. If you are a business owner and shopping to outfit a team (especially one going into a potentially unsafe situation) with two way radio models, you could do a lot worse than a group of Gp 340s.
In addition, the audible ‘low battery’ alerts are useful and generally unassuming. However, if you use the modifiable power level operation, you can make the battery endure that little longer and save yourself the noise.
The ‘Call Forward’ function is also an absolute treat, allowing you to, in essence ‘leave a message’ for a user who is otherwise indisposed.
This looks like another great two way radio from Motorola. The plentiful, well-designed and considerate protection features on this one are a real plus point, as is the wide-ranging durability and craftsmanship inherent to virtually all Motorola 2 way radios.
The overall feel of this radio is one of care and consideration. Workers can feel that their employer genuinely wants to keep them safe at all periods and employers can know that their workforce are at all times contactable, especially in an crisis.
It lacks the crystal clarity and audio-level adjustment of the Dp 3400, but that is approximately the only fault I can discover with it. Even then, the sound is normally neat and passable. This high level of functioning, along with a pail load of features to aid all from user safety to battery life, is what makes the GP340 a real winner.