The other week marked the 40th celebration of the world’s first mobile phone call. Inevitable, it’s a Motorola employee who completed the historic telephone call and, much more inevitable, the call was made on the Motorola phone (or, in this case, prototype telephone). If you’re taking one thing away from this introductory piece, it ought to be this: Motorola are superior, and when it pertains to communications.

With that in mind, I reviewed the GP340 Portable Two Way Radio, the prevalent in a lingering line of superb Motorola radio devices. The following is what I deliberated about it.

THE SPECS

With up to eleven hours of battery life, signal encryption and a option of VHF or UHF bands, the GP340 hits the ground successively and goes from there. A well-built, somewhat forces-esque design gives the GP340 a professional appearance and allows for important robustness across many environments.

At 137mm high, 57mm wide and weighing just 420g, the GP340 is also naturally moveable, which adds to the overall feel of this two way radio as an ‘action’ radio, possibly better capable than most two way radios to more working use.

What is further, you get sixteen audio channels, as well as a ‘channel scan’ operation.

There isn’t a screen to be found here, which is possibly a shame, but I question this will involve the radio in any key way, to be truthful.

THE PRICE

Someplace among £230 and £280, based on where you look. It pays to run a thorough web search here, since there looks to be several offers going on at the moment.

THE PERFORMANCE

The GP340 is absolutely more of a team radio, particularly if that company happens to be posted a significant distance away. To quote frankly from the Motorola website,

“Reorganization operations with 2 way radio communication raises efficiency and can shape part of an businesses health and safety system which is principally significant for individuals who work alone or isolated from the team”.

This is incredibly genuine, as the inclusion of a bright orange ‘emergency button’ as well as an ATEX-approved ‘mandown’ option board competently demonstrates Motorola’s pledge to consumer safety. If you’re a organisation proprietor and seeking to outfit a company (especially one going into a potentially hazardous circumstances) with 2 way radio units, you might do a lot worse than a set of Motorola gp340s.

In addition, the audible ‘low battery’ alerts are helpful and generally self-effacing. However, if you use the modifiable power level function, you can make the battery life last that little longer and save yourself the noise.

The ‘Call Forward’ function is also an conclusive treat, allowing you to, in essence ‘leave a message’ for a user who is otherwise indisposed.

THE VERDICT

This appears like one more great radio from Motorola. The numerous, well-designed and considerate safety features on this one are a real plus point, as is the wide-ranging durability and craftsmanship reputed to virtually all Motorola 2 way radios.

The general feel of this product is one of carefulness and consideration. Workers can feel that their employer genuinely desires to keep them safe at all periods and employers can know that their workforce are always contactable, especially in an tragedy.

It lacks the crystal clarity and audio-level adjustment of the Motorola dp3400, but that’s roughly the only weakness I can discover with it. Even then, the sound is commonly clear and unobstructed. This high level of functioning, along with a bucket load of features to aid everything from user security to battery life, is what makes the GP340 a real winner.