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Midland GXT895VP4 42-Channel Mossy Oak Camo GMRS with NOAA Weather Alert and 36-Mile Range by Review Summary ,  Aug 19, 2015

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Midland GXT895VP4 42-Channel Mossy Oak Camo GMRS with NOAA Weather Alert and 36-Mile Range
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 270 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.0
Returned or considering to return: 3.0%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price4.6   above average
Quality4.5   average
Battery4.4   above average
Radio4.0   average
Reception4.0   above average
Communication3.9   below average
Range3.9   below average
Headset3.8   average
Charging3.7   average


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Battery

Battery:
"We used them almost constantly, having regular conversations but I was very disappointed with the included batteries."
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"Spent a fortune on batteries and did not have good reception on the previous radios."
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"Batteries charge and keep charge reasonably well."
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"Like I said, the radios themselves are amazing, love the charging station and battery life, I used these all weekend for multiple events with constant use and even forgot to turn them off overnight in between events and never ran into issues with battery life."
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"Initial inspection was very positive with a good hefty feel to the radios, good screen with easy to read numbers, and a nice set of rechargeable batteries with stand."
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"I use these for racing, awesome range and very good battery life!"
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"It's great having the rechargeable battery pack, but if you run-down you can put in 5 AA batteries in each radio and be back in business ... so it's good to keep some in reserve."
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Charging

Charging:
"Unfortunately, the dock is dumb and will not stop charging."
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"Addendum December 27, 2013: I was disappointed that there was no change in the color of the charging light from red to green on my unit; based on another review, apparently that was a flaw in operation, not design."
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"I have been disappointed with the charger for these radios; there is no change in the LED indicating when charge is occurring or when it has completed."
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"The only problem I have had with this system is with the base charger."
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"Batteries charge and keep charge reasonably well."
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"The manual recommends that you charge only for 12hr at a time to prevent overcharging."
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"The radios lock in with an authoritative click and seem to charge pretty rapidly."
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"The charge lasts a good day while in moderate use, and seems to only take a couple hours to top back off."
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Communication

Communication:
"The volume levels on the 860's are unacceptable for most of our communications."
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"For this the radios are fantastic, I have yet to have any problems with these radios when it comes to communicating within about a half mile to maybe 3 4 mile."
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"Our 23 mile range Motorolas were unable to communicate through the bank walls and sometimes have problems communicating from inside a building to a point half a mile away (in the direction of a solid wall or three)."
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"Sometimes gap between lead car and rear car was over 3 miles and still able to communicate well."
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"These are durable and work for communication in our wood recycling yard with multiple people running equipment and having the ability to communicate."
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"I live in the city and I was able to communicate through bridges, telephone wires, and traffic signals."
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"Clear communication for the most part."
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"At ranges of 1 2 mile the units are clear communicating in any situation we were in."
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Distance

Distance:
"Best for long distances & challenging environments."
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"We both kept our mouths an appropriate distance from the device but it just wasn't working out well."
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"Best for long distances & challenging environments."
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"Great for very short distances like within a block or two but no way it goes anywhere as far as advertised."
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"Great distance range."
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"Product performs satisfactory, but not for the 36 mile distance stated."
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"Radio's have done good in thick woods and fairly long distances."
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Headset

Headset:
"The included headsets I found to be incredibly uncomfortable and I will not be using them."
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"I love the radios for sure, but the headsets are HORRIBLE, I feel like I must cup my hand over the microphone piece and yell into the attached microphone for my partner to hear me."
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"Headsets are not so great, but I didn't buy the radios because of them."
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"The headsets that came with these radios worked but might have been the most uncomfortable thing I have ever stuck in my ear."
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"Headsets arent the greatest but the radios work well."
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"I do not use the headsets so I cannot review them, but they seem to be of decent quality."
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"I love the radios for sure, but the headsets are HORRIBLE, I feel like I must cup my hand over the microphone piece and yell into the attached microphone for my partner to hear me."
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"We used these radios with the Midland AVPH3 Transparent Security Headsets, which I *HIGHLY* recommend, and will be writing a review for as well."
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"i love the headset and the option to turn the roger beep off."
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Price

Price:
"If they did not have the best GMRS radios out there for an otherwise decent price I would have gone to Motorola or Cobra for a new set."
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"For the price, you absolutely cannot beat these.1 11 13 Update: Unfortunately, I've exchanged the second set I've ordered twice."
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"Can't beat them for the price, very happy."
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"Nice radios for the price work well."
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"Great Product , super price ."
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"These radios are great for the money!"
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"don't ask i seem to have a knack for loosing my 2 way radios ... but as walkie talkie's come and go Midland is always the best product for the money hands down !"
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Quality

Quality:
"Not very good quality"
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"The voice quality was not perfect but was completely understandable."
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"Great sound quality and works well over few miles."
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"Good service and quality product."
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"But they are durable and good quality."
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"Good quality and usefully."
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"The audio quality on these radios is absolutely phenomenal."
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Radio

Radio:
"I love the radios for sure, but the headsets are HORRIBLE, I feel like I must cup my hand over the microphone piece and yell into the attached microphone for my partner to hear me."
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"Headsets are not so great, but I didn't buy the radios because of them."
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"I'm in the woods and the radios are camo -- when they fall off they're hard to see!"
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"Other than the ridiculous clip, the radios get great reception, love the on off volume dial on the top versus the button style, and the camo pattern is great."
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"After 2 days of use one radio dead"
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"One of the radios I received had a faulty PTT button."
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"Nice radios for the price work well."
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"Very Happy with these radios they only came with one belt clip I use them in my hotel and they have helped me and my staff and has cut down on back and fourth runs to and from the office by staff."
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"I've had these radios for a while now, and I have been pretty impressed."
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"Good radio and good features, but as with all radios like this- manage your expectations for range."
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Range

Range:
"The range on these is terrible."
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"Terrible range"
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"Terrible range."
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"These are the worst - do not buy them if you're looking for over 1 2 mile range... such a waste."
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"These have terrible range, usually under a half mile in your everyday wooded area."
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"The range was not great, because the house is at the bottom of a hill."
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"bought as gifts for grown kids, they use them a lot, good range and clear"
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"Batteries lasted much longer than expected and the range was great for what we needed."
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"These work great, really love them range meet explications although have not taken them over a mile."
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"Good range."
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"Very well made with excellent reception and range."
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Reception

Reception:
"Other than the ridiculous clip, the radios get great reception, love the on off volume dial on the top versus the button style, and the camo pattern is great."
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"Spent a fortune on batteries and did not have good reception on the previous radios."
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"I bought these mainly because I am always running a machine around my property, and there is not much cell reception and i would not be able to hear my phone if it was ringing, and if the wife needed to get ahold of me she would be able to, without having to track me down and throwing a baseball or rock at me just to get my attention."
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"The reception is great, even inside buildings about a block away."
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"Very well made with excellent reception and range."
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"Other than the ridiculous clip, the radios get great reception, love the on off volume dial on the top versus the button style, and the camo pattern is great."
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"On the main road, we got a good mile of reception, but I did not measure the full range."
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"they get good reception and we really have a good time with them while outdoors."
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