The Midland GXT1000 Vs Motorola MR Radio Review

The Midland GXT1000 Vs Motorola MR Radio Review
Written by Alyssia Walmsley


Superb Range: One of the most important things when it comes to two way radios is range, and this product gives you some of the best ranges that you can ask for when it comes to the market average. With a staggering 36-mile range, it allows you to contact people who can send you help from very far away. This makes it perfect for campers and authorities to stay in contact with one another.


Portability: Another important aspect of this product is just how lightweight it is. 2-way radios are the sort of things that need to be taken with you wherever you go, because that is just how their function is meant to be. This product is very easily portable, making it perfect for people on the go. This product isn’t just light, it’s compact as well. This means that you would be able to easily fit it in your hand, and if you place it in a bag you can rest assured that it won’t end up taking an inordinate amount of space.

Durability: When you feel how lightweight this product is you might think that it’s not going to be as durable as you need it to be. On the contrary, this product is very durable. It’s made of waterproof materials that can withstand some pretty heavy falls. Without incurring any serious damage, the casing is weatherproof as well. Meaning that you can use it in the rain and in places where it is very hot or cold as well. This also means that the product is going to last a very long time, something that further increases its overall value as a purchase.


Audio Quality: No matter how good the range of a two-way radio is, you need to be able to hear what the other person is saying. Nothing is more frustrating than a two way radio that gives you a terrible audio quality that makes it difficult to determine the contents of the message that you are receiving. With this product, you will be able to hear whatever is being said in a crystal clear manner, something that is very important indeed when you think of how emergency situations tend to go down. Rest assured that, with this product, your message will get across loud and clear.

Emergency Features: If you are ever in a situation where you need to call for help and the other people with these radios do not have access to them, you can send out an SOS or a distress call that would be picked up by authorities in all nearby areas. This SOS call is transmitted as far as the range of the product would allow, so unless you are truly in some wild area where there is no civilization for dozens of miles on each side this product can help you call for help in pretty much any kind of situation.


Affordability: When you think of all of the amazing features this product offers, it can become easy to assume that it will be too expensive for you to look into. In spite of this fact, this product is very affordable indeed, allowing you to get the best of the best without hurting your pocket too much. Midland is a company that realizes that it does not need enormous profit margins to find success as a company. Instead, it thinks of its customers that rely on it every day and chooses to provide them a service as opposed to making lots of money for no reason.

Battery Life: If you fully charge your two-way radio, you are going to be able to use it for a pretty significant period of time. This can allow you to travel to the very edge of the range that this product has to offer without worrying about finding a place to recharge. It also allows you to freely go to places where you might be left without any electricity, something that is very useful when you consider the nature of the product itself and the sort of things you is going to expect to be able to do with it.

Final Verdict

Ease of Use: While Midland has certainly successfully managed to create a product that is near perfect, no company can create something that is truly without flaws. Suffice it to say that you are simply not going to be able to use this product if you do not already have a lot of experience with two-way radios. It has a pretty lengthy learning curve because of all of the complicated features contained within, so if you are not patient and willing to learn, this is not the product for you and you should go for something a little simpler instead.

It is easy to see why Midland dominates the market. This product effortlessly beats all competition by providing you with nothing but benefits at a price tag that is very reasonable indeed, especially when you consider the features that you are getting. The only real problem you are going to face is getting the hang of actually using this product, but this is very understandable when you take into account the fact that it is primarily meant for experienced users rather than entry level individuals. Overall, this is the product that you should be getting if you have been buying two way radios for a while.

Motorola MR

Motorola has traditionally been renowned for its mobile phones, but these are not the only tools of communication that this company produces. For the longest time, Motorola has also been one of the foremost manufacturers of long range, two way radios that are meant to be used in emergency situations. This product is one of their flagship offerings on the market, and it undoubtedly has some serious benefits to offer. While there may be a few problems that you might face with this product, overall it is a serious contender for one of the most reliable two way radios out there, and there are many reasons why you should consider buying it.

Customizable: Usually, when you buy a two-way radio, you are getting a set number of frequencies that you can tap into. With this product, on the other hand, you get a lot more. You can program your own settings and tap into other frequencies, making this without a doubt one of the most customizable products on the market. This makes it perfect for individuals who want an experience that is specifically designed to cater to their needs. With this product, you can design your own experience according to whatever activities you are intending to take part in.


Privacy Codes: Nothing is more annoying than having other conversations leech into your frequencies. If you are using public frequencies this is a common problem that cannot be avoided, but thankfully this is a product that has privacy codes that are going to make it much easier for you to have crystal clear conversations! You can also use these codes to keep your conversations as private as possible. After all, when it comes to things like two-way radios you can never be too careful, because anyone can listen in on what you are saying if they know what frequencies to start listening to.

Battery Life: This product has possibly the best battery life on the market, able to last so long that you might forget it needs to be charged in the first place! Usually, products like this take a long time to charge which can be a major inconvenience, but Motorola has done well to create a product that does not give you so much grief. Instead, this two way radio charges very quickly indeed. Hence, you can travel as far as you like and stay in contact with people, not needing to worry about your only source of communication running out of power.

Motorola MR350R

Weather Resistance: A product like this is certainly going to be used in inclement weather. Motorola knows this, hence, they have tested it out in a variety of different conditions. All of which it managed to get through without incurring serious damage. There is no point to a two-way radio that is not going to be usable when it is pouring rain. Or when the cold might make the wiring less efficient than it is supposed to be. Thankfully, there is finally a product out there that is truly meant to be used in pretty much any kind of situation imaginable.

Price: While this product does have a lot of good selling points, the price tag is a little steep. It is understandable that a high-quality product is going to involve expensive components, but there are equally good products out there that cost less so Motorola needs to address this issue. The benefits provided are stellar without a doubt and can arguably justify how expensive this two-way radio is, but the fact remains that this is not a product that beginners or people without a lot of money would be able to buy without putting a dent in their wallets.


Portability: Durability is a very important thing. But it cannot come at the cost of portability. If you carry this product around with only your grip strength for a while. You are soon going to grow tired of how cumbersome it can be. While it is relatively compact, there is a fair amount of weight packed into it. Which is going to be something that you have to deal with when you are out on an expedition. Lack of portability is a serious issue. It’s perhaps the biggest problem that you might have while you are using this product.

While not quite managing to reach the dizzying heights of Midland’s finest offering. Motorola regardless manages to provide a very dependable 2 way radio that has numerous features. All that can come in very handy if you are in a tight spot.

BaoFeng BF

BaoFeng is one of the newer companies that have started making two way walkie talkies in recent times. So the company does not have history and reputation to bank on like Motorola and Midland. This means that they need to provide a solid product that you can rely on. This radio is a good example of the sort of product that is currently allowing this company to quickly rise through the ranks and give better established brands a run for their money. Provided below is a balanced account of what you can expect when you buy this two way radio.

Price: This is a Chinese company, and if there is one thing that Chinese companies do best it is make products that are startlingly cheap. Hence, this two way radio is one of the cheapest out there when you are comparing it with high-quality products. This makes it perfect for people who want uninterrupted communication but don’t have the sort of budget that would allow them to get some of the more expensive products on the market. It is important to note that in spite of the low price point, this product still has some pretty solid benefits that it can offer you.


Built In Flashlight: This is a handy tool that you won’t find in every two way radio. BaoFeng is well aware of the various emergency situations that you might get into. While you have your two way radio on your person. Providing you with this handy flashlight for just this purpose. The great thing about the flashlight is that it does not impact the overall battery life all that much, allowing you to enjoy extended usage even if you are using this feature extensively. The light is bright and clear and come in very handy when you are trapped in the dark somewhere.

Hands-free Use: Emergency situations often require you to use both hands just to survive. So BaoFeng has done well to offer you some stellar hands-free usage. This kind of usage is often not very easy to get the hang off. But with this product it is intuitive and simple. Allowing you to communicate even if both of your hands are occupied. The voice-controlled commands are state of the art. Which is surprising when you bear in mind how affordable this product is. This feature is perhaps the defining characteristic of a truly respectable product that the market has to offer.

Pro’s and Con’s

Durability: Once again, this is a Chinese company. If affordability is the benefit that you are certainly going to get when buying products made in this country. Fragility is the inevitable downside. The company has not used very good products to make the casing. So you are going to have to be rather careful while you are using it. Dropping it one too many times can result in irreversible damage. If you are experienced, you would know that this could mean some pretty dangerous situations. If this ends up happening at the wrong time. This seriously affects the dependability of this product.

Below average range: Another downside to this product that you will have to contend with is the below average range. While still respectable, the range of this product is not quite as impressive. Compared to that of two way radios manufactured by better-established brands. This is an aspect of their product that BaoFeng is going to have to seriously work on. If they want to be able to compete with the likes of Midland and Motorola. Still, the range is quite reasonable for beginners. And the fact that the product is so affordable makes this downside a little easier to bear overall.

This product is proof that BaoFeng is a company to be reckoned with. If it continues to improve its products in this manner, BaoFeng can soon equal Motorola. Becoming a serious competitor for the likes of Midland as well. This product is perfect for entry-level users. Who want something affordable, easy to use and, above all, reliable.

About the author

Alyssia Walmsley

Alyssia is a Cornell University graduate of 2003 and a former lead technology development manager for Microsoft and Cisco Networking Systems. Between writing on her blog, Blubbr, she likes adventures and chocolate sprinkles.

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