It’s been almost two years since the Motorola BPR40 was released. At first, this radio was thought of as a cheap knock off. People were skeptical of its small size and were weary that the “Mag One” label wouldn’t hold up to Motorola’s quality sandards.
After a couple of years, the BPR40 is gaining strength as one of Motorola’s top lower tiered radios. I recently hooked my Uncle up with a set to use at his meat packing plant and for hunting. Granite, this radio is more expensive than the toy radios that most hunters use. But, with 4 watts of power, it is not going to have as difficult as a time transmitting through the thick foliage.
One of the best features of the BPR40 is that it comes with a full magone accessory line of headsets, earpieces and speaker microphones. An even better feature is that the accessories are less expensive than the Motorola CP200. The magone accessories are of cheaper quality, but do the job for most applications. It is common to see bouncers at clubs using the Motorola BPR40 and having a surveillance kit earpiece.
I’ve been working with CommUSA for over two and a half years now and realized that the technology behind two way radios (walkie talkies) didn’t change for a long time. If Steve Jobs or Michael Dell were at Motorola, they would have totally reinvented the product years ago. Motorola changed their approach when they released a new digital product, the MOTOTRBO.
Before the MOTOTRBO, here’s a list of the new radios that have been brought to market since 2006:
- February, 2006: Mag One BPR40
- July, 2007: Motorola EX560
- June, 2008: Motorola CP110
Four radio series! They do release batteries and accessories more often. I think this pattern is going to change with the MOTOTRBO series.
The MOTOTRBO series is almost like a cell phone. It has GPS functionality, text messaging and is water resistant. We tested the water resistance claim in our MOTOTRBO video. The MOTOTRBO series is open source, which is allowing for some really cool applications.
Motorola recently launched the CP110 two way radio into their product line. This two way radio is small, compact and overall a solid communications choice for small businesses. The Motorola CP110 is a good choice for small night clubs, retail operations (Gap, Banana Republic, etc.) and light industrial. It is the replacement for the Motorola CP100, which was basically a glorified Talkabout (family style = junk) radio.
The CP110 has 2 watts of power, which means that signal will not submit as far as more advanced two way radios. If you need the transmission to extend further, then the Motorola BPR40 is a better choice. My favorite feature of the Cp110 is its casing. It is just as durable as other CP series radios.