While I've never held one, I'm pretty sure it's not ideal for firefighters. I doubt it has extremely loud audio either. Well that
It's soooooo not ideal for firefighters. Audio is comparable to a "normal" APX, but there is no way a firefighter in gear and gloves could do anything on that teeny little Android display (change zones etc). /\/\ has been touting the VIQI (pronounced Vicki) voice control feature, but there's not a snowball's chance a firefighter in an SCBA mask will make that
work. I have my doubts that anyone on a noisy incident scene could get it to work reliably 100% of the time; even Siri isn't quite that good (I speak from experience).
I know Moto could probably kill trunk sites from IL if internet connected but even so, having a public safety radio that can be killed by factory if it is internet connected (forgot to pay your subscriber fee??) seems very problematic. I no longer trust anyone. Then there is hacking....
On top of that....
When the NEXT first came out a rep brought a couple by my office. Very pretty, but originally they were intended to be programmed through the Moneyrola Mothership only; I pointed out that this is very problematic for public safety because if you need to program in a hurry and the internet is down, you're screwed.
Some time later I found out that they changed the rules so that you could program locally after the initial cloud program (which they really ought to do at the factory before it's shipped). Guess a lot of people besides me complained about the Mothership-only programming....
I am massively unimpressed with the idea of an internet-connected public safety radio; as you mentioned, what a juicy target for hackers. And it's Android-based to boot!!! Talk about a double whammy!
And it uses different batteries than the rest of the APX family. I hate when they do that. It might be pretty good for an administrator who isn't out on the street very often (and doesn't really do anything physical while out there).
I may still buy one for the office so I have it as a programming test bed; but it sure won't be my primary radio.