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Old 03-20-2013, 9:08 PM
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Default UHF transceiver & Android cellphone in one

This is interesting. Android based phones (X1, X2 & X3) with built in UHF 400-470 mhz transceivers that have repeater offset and CTCSS capability. Can be programmed via the keypad/touch screen. Chinese made, but seem to be well built and ruggedized. I'm not a big fan of much of the stuff coming from China, but this has my interest. I've never had an Android phone so I cannot tell if it's any good there or if the current Android apps will work in it.

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Interesring. If they add in DCS, it could be very useful.

I wonder if they would configure the radio as an FRS unit, for the general public, and offer programming options for other services.
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There was a company at IWCE last year that was showing off a similar product. The price was pretty low, somewhere around $200 for them. Power output wasn't much, but it was an interesting little product.
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Power output is extremely low. They are capped at 0.5 watts, at least for the RugGear sets I've seen.
Battery packs are a little dodgy, I was playing with one for a couple of weeks and it died on me for no reason. The supplier that gave me the sets to play with was happy enough to pass me a new battery but then again, it died on me a couple of weeks later.
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