N Kemp "No matter how many believe in a dumb ..., Amazon
8 January 2014
Summary: When I first bought, I charged it and used it on a bike trip. It worked. And yes it is not at all easy or intuitive to use! When home I charged it and set it in the window to squeeze out a bit of a charge each day. When I went to use it again it was dead so I put it on the charger.
Summary: Yeah the interface is beyond bad, it seems to be intentionally obstinate. I have "learned" how to operate it three times now. Each time I come back to it after a couple of weeks away, I can't remember how to operate it.
Summary: I really like this product, as with previous reviews it should be noted that the instruction manual could have been better. The reason I didn't give it 5 stars, and they are 1. Better manual required. and 2. User interface is horrible.
Summary: I purchased this with high hopes and within two weeks, the antenna came off when extended. Amazon happily replaced the unit. However after a month of taking it in my pack everyday to work, outside on hikes, etc, I would have to say I am disapointed in the overall performance of the radio.
Summary: Not bad for the 1st generation version. Navigating the LCD functions is kind of a pain. Improvements would be: fully waterproof (and floatable), flexible antena, hand crank, & better instructions.
Summary: We have tornadoes/hurricanes in the summer and ice storms in the winter and wanted an emergency radio that could be solar charged. It can also charge a cell phone which is very useful for times when there is no landline service. Hope I never need to use it.
Summary: Like most will complain, the user interface is not very intuitive. You could not pick it up and figure it out easily, you would likely need the instruction manual to figure it out... After that point, it is rather easy to configure. The battery is nice and big, giving plenty of runtime.
Summary: This product arrived in fine condition. It has a rugged anodized rubber outside and it is splash-proof NOT water-proof (they do not claim it to be water-proof). Pros: -Great radio with great sound -Compass works accurately once set -Barometer is actually accurate, along with temperature.
Dependence on this device for survival would likely result in quite the opposite.
16 May 2011
Summary: This device is cheaply made. It has a horrible user interface. The manual says it is not to exposed to water or used below freezing temperature. Combine all of this with the lack of GPS, and this device becomes an overpriced toy. I'd pass on it.
Summary: I bought this even though I couldn't find any reviews because I figured it was worth a shot due to all the features it had. I really wanted to like it but I was completely disappointed. Right away I noticed the antenna was loose. I figured ok, not that big a deal and went into the quick setup book.