The usefulness of a walkie talkie is not just one thing you can shove aside. It is something that demands full embrace, and I wouldn’t say this if the Motorola MT350R hasn’t proved it to be so.
The first time I had my hands on this radio (Or any at all) was at a movie set with my friends. We went straight into the jungle trying to take some shots, and since we already knew there would be no network coverage, the only communication device we all got for ourselves was this.
And with the experience I had with this notable, I feel compelled to write a review on it, even before I was asked.
Motorola MT350R Review| What I Like And Dislike
The walkie-talkie has some extra aesthetic consideration added to the communication purpose it’s supposed to serve. There is always something that catches one’s interest outside the orange and black communication device’s beauty.
It is about ‘8’ ‘inches long, ‘3’ inches wide, and over one and a half inches thick. It has easy to operate buttons right where on the front panel where you need them. It has an LCD screen.
It has a handy shape that allows you to grab the radio without fall even when you’re just holding it casually. It locked straight into my hand when I had first held one. So much I felt like not even leaving it.
The MT350R has a built-in flashlight that helps not only add to the design. But also to give you a sense of safety during unexpected power outages and emergencies. It is located right at the bottom of the radio, where you can see it for ease of access.
Right on top of the device is the on/off switch that also serves as the volume button. Bulging out opposite the on/off switch is the antennae, and in the middle of this is the red emergency alert button.
The PTT button is located at the top of the left button on the radio. With the flashlight right under it. On the radio’s left side, you have the accessory port to attach your enhancement devices like the mics, earpiece, and headsets.
One essential thing about this side of the receiver is the function of the iVOX that acts as a speakerphone and allows you to reach out communicating while still busying your hands with something else, or even keep moving, driving, or doing whatever it is you are without stopping to answer a call.
The pack was said to come with two radios, 2NiMH rechargeable battery packs, two belt clips, 1 Y cable wall adapter with two mini-USB connectors, one user guide, one accessories sheet, and an emergency contact list.
If the radio has nothing in common with a phone, we’re trying not to consider its rechargeability! There are a lot of ways by which you can charge the radio.
The radio is provided with a mini-USB charger that can be used anywhere. In your room, the hotel, even in the car! We (In my crew) used the mini-USB with a car charger.
Not just that, you can (just like I do) use a mini-USB PC cable to charge from your PC when there is no power outlet. This doesn’t weaken the durability of your PC battery life, nor does it affect the radio.
Or you could use a desktop charger if you find using your PC disturbing. We tried every possible way of charging it the way it was said to be charged, and it proved to be true.
And, if you can’t get your hand on those, you can use 3 AA batteries as a backup. That should do.
Performance of the Motorola MT350R
We charged it something like 9 hours for the first time to use the radio straight from the box. I really can’t say what exact hours it took, but it was more than 8. After that, it decreased the charging time, and all it took to charge from zero to charge is about 6 hours.
When you switch it on, it displays an orangy-red backlight on its LCD screen. This goes off when the radio goes too dormant, or in a simple word, ‘sleeps’ and comes on again when you press a button.
Then you hear an audible beeping tone to indicate the radio is on and working. When you release the PTT button, it beeps to let the receiver know you have stopped talking.
The transmission power of the MT350R is quite impressive. Unlike other walkie talkies, once the PTT button is pressed, your voice goes out straight and clear.
I bet the 35-mile range is too over ambitious to be tested with. Though we went a long-range since we were a crew, we couldn’t stay apart for more than 5 miles.
Though I disengaged myself for 15 miles, and for that, the transmission was apparent though that may be unattainable in a hilly country with many obstructions.
The actual test time we had the first time was 12 hours of work, and it wasn’t anywhere low because it wasn’t on all through the set except on specific times.
But after trying it out some morning at a function with some friends, it started its transmission work around 7 pm, and it gave the low battery alert 5 am.
That is nine hours of straight work. As I heard from a friend, the radio could work around an hour after the first low battery signal. But there’s a way the battery life could be cut short. And that is switching to high power.
It is common among all the walkie talkies, and users are generally advised to use low power mode to conserve battery life. That function, however, might be necessary when transmission and reception becomes a problem.
It worked perfectly well, and I could receive communications clearly when I tried it first, but what use was draining a battery with high power mode when I could still hear and send messages clearly under low power mode. So, I can’t say what time it would spend using high power mode.
Other features of the Motorola MT350R
The MT350R has an IP-54 rating, which means the radio has tolerance for all weather with its rugged design. It could work under harsh weather conditions like dust, snow, drizzles, light rain, and water splashes.
So it could be held underarm during skiing or inside the rain.
It has 11 NOAA channels that provide emergency alerts including, earthquakes, tornadoes, winter storms, flash floods, severe thunderstorms, emergency evacuation, and Amber warnings.
The keypad lock feature embedded in it helps to lock your settings to prevent accidental changes to them.
It is like all other walkie talkies an FRS/GMS. It has 22 channels and 121 privacy codes that enable users to connect faster and easier no matter the area’s Radio Frequency.
A built-in flashlight shows unexpected electricity outages and dark areas.
It has a noteworthy feature called the Vibra call Alert, which makes the radio vibrates when out with the crowd, around a mechanical noise, and can’t hear or at a location where a call can be intrusive.
It has several call tones and additional confirmation tone to signal when you have finished talking.
What I Like
- It works while charging.
- Kids friendly.
- Requires no license to operate.
- Long transmission range.
- Silent call.
- Has VOX function.
What I Dislike
- Range in real-life conditions degrees due to obstructions in transmission.
- Some may find it quite expensive.
- NOAA is not available in all areas.
Well, If anyone were looking for a walkie talkie with additional features to all radios’ essential functions, I’d strongly recommend Motorola MT350R.
It has this flexible communication ability as its features like the free NOAA emergency channels, weatherproof, rugged design, and a lot more you would see for yourself.
Writing a whole epistolary wouldn’t be able to picture the ease and functions of this radio. Using Motorola MT350R as the first radio would give you a great liking for all radios until you meet with some familiar radios.
And those that have fallen into the track of one of those know what it’s like. I wish I could see the expression on your face as you explore with this walkie talkie.