It may be around for a generation, however the GP340 is still going strong

Last week celebrated the 40th celebration for the world’s 1st cell phone call. Unsurprisingly, it is a Motorola engineer who made the historic telephone call and, even more unsurprisingly, the call was made on a Motorola phone (or, in this instance, prototype telephone). If you take one thing away from this introductory part, it ought to be this: Motorola are superior, at least when it comes to communications.

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

THE SPECS

With up to eleven hours of battery, signal encryption and a selection of VHF or UHF radio bands, the Motorola gp340 hits the ground successively and goes from there. A well-built, slightly forces-esque device gives the Motorola gp340 a specialized look and facilitates for significant durability across many environments.

At 137mm high, 57mm wide and weighing just 420 grams, the Gp 340 is also naturally moveable, which adds to the overall feel of this device as an ‘action’ device, maybe better capable than most 2 way radios to more involved use.

What’s further, you get 16 channels, as well as a ‘channel scan’ operation.

There is no display to be found here, which is possibly a shame, but I query this will influence the device in any key way, to be honest.

THE PRICE

Anywhere among £230 and £280, based on wherever you look. It pays to run a thorough web search here, because there appears to be several offers going on at the moment.

THE PERFORMANCE

The GP340 is definitely more of a team walkie talkie, particularly if that company transpires to be posted a sizeable distance away. To quote directly from the Motorola site,

“Streamlining operations with 2 way radio communication increases efficiency and can shape part of an organisation’s health and safety procedure that is predominantly vital for those who work on their own or remote from the squad”.

This is incredibly genuine, as the inclusion of a intense orange ‘emergency button’ as well as an ATEX-approved ‘mandown’ option board ably demonstrates Motorola’s obligation to user protection. If you’re a organisation owner and looking to outfit a company (especially one going into a potentially hazardous circumstances) with 2 way radio models, you might do a lot worse than a set of GP340s.

In addition, the audible ‘low battery’ alerts are useful and mostly unobtrusive. On the other hand, if you use the changeable power level use, you can make the battery life survive that little longer and save yourself the sound.

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

THE VERDICT

This appears like another great two way radio from Motorola. The numerous, well-designed and considerate safety features on this one are a real plus point, as is the universal sturdiness and craftsmanship inherent to nearly all Motorola 2 way radios.

The general feel of this radio is one of carefulness and attention. Workers can feel that their employer genuinely wishes to keep them secure at all periods and employers can recognize that their workforce are at all times contactable, especially in an urgent situation.

It lacks the crystal clarity and audio-level adjustment of the Dp 3400, but that is about the only weakness I can find with it. Even then, the signal is commonly neat and unobstructed. This high level of presentation, along with a pail load of features to aid all from user safety to battery life, is what makes the Motorola gp340 a real winner.