Ever since I was a little kid, I always wanted walkie talkies. I remember begging my
Dad for a pair and one day he came home with two that he had picked up at a garage sale. I
had to then coerse my kid sister to play army or cops and robbers with me outside so I
that could test them out. This consisted of about 15mins of:
"Amy, do you read me?….Over"
"Amy, what’s your location?… Over"
"Hey, are you there?!"
"If you went back in the house, I’m telling Mom!"
All this was followed by the wonderful sound of static. Back then, walkie talkies were
oversized units with long antennas and crappy performance. They usually ended up in the
reject toy pile under your bed.
But times and electronics have changed. Enter the Motorola TalkAbout 250. The
Talkabout is a rugged portable two-way radio. Here’s the specs:
Size: 4.5" tall (without antenna) x 2.5" x 1.2"
Weight: 7 ounces
Range: Up to 2 miles range* with .5 watts of power
Power: 3 AA batteries (up to 30hrs talk time)
The Talkabout is made of a thick high impact plastic. It
The front of the unit has a large volume dial that is easy turn with
There are 4 other buttons on the front that allow you to scan, lock and
monitor the channels. The antenna is short and flexible. A beltclip comes with
the unit that you can attach to the back. One the left side of the unit is an
audio accessory connector so you plug in an earbud receiver, earbud with
push-to-talk mic, flex ear receiver, or remote speaker mic. The built-in voice
activation feature will let you use the earbud with in-line mic or headset
totally hands-free talk.
The Talkabout 250 really works great. It has a nice loud speaker that is
clear and easy to hear. When you’re not talking, the speaker is quiet. You don’t
hear that annoying white noise sound. The radio is also easy to use. Even my 6
yr old niece was using it like a pro in about 2 mins. These radios are great for
using in the woods, in the mall, a work sites etc. There are fourteen,
no-licensed required Family Radio Service (FRS) channels and built-in codes that
block out unwanted chatter. You can use channel scan to monitor all fourteen
channels and keep in touch with more than one group.
I really like the Talkabout. I had a lot of fun testing them out and didn’t
find any problems with them. They would
be great for anyone that is into camping, or other outdoor sports.
Price: $89.99 (from Ringing.com)
Clear, loud audio
Buildings and terrain can cause interference