Review of secure GSM phone and Senseit P8 walkie-talkie

There are not many hybrid devices on the mobile phone market that provide both mobile communication and walkie-talkie operation. Most of what has been offered in previous years is Push to Talk, which works like a walkie-talkie but requires a cellular network. There were no real walkie-talkies operating in the civilian range, although the scope of such devices is quite large. You can come up with scenarios for such devices in a huge number - this is fishing, hiking in the forest, playing sports, walking in forest park areas. The advantage of devices with a built-in walkie-talkie is that they provide communication even where there are no cellular networks, while the declared maximum distance of 2 kilometers in the city is not achieved, but in open areas it is real.

In everyday life, a secure phone with a walkie-talkie is not really needed - it's a device for outdoor activities that can be dropped, filled with dirt - not to be belligerent and not worry about what will happen to it. This is always a second phone, and in the case of a walkie-talkie, it’s completely paired or a phone in addition to those walkie-talkies that you already have. The product is unique, not too expensive, but not very cheap either - it is aimed at those who already know what walkie-talkies are and how to use them. Such a universal solution. Let's see if this device can replace a regular phone and what advantages it has.

Design, dimensions, controls

Protected phone models are easily recognizable, usually due to the color scheme - the body is black with orange accents, but in Senseit P8 it is black with yellow. The size of the phone is 132x68x20 mm, but this is without the installed radio antenna - as soon as you screw it on, the height of the device will increase by 6.5 centimeters. With an antenna, the phone is almost 20 centimeters long, it cannot be hidden in a trousers pocket, but it fits easily in hiking clothes.

Comparison with RugGear P860

On the back there is a clip mount, it is plastic, but quite reliable. The phone cannot accidentally fly off the belt, it is quite easy to remove it - you just need to get used to it. Especially for the clip, a washer is screwed into the case, it is quite large, and the phone rests on it, it can rest in a pocket. If you do not plan to use the clip, then you can arm yourself with a screwdriver and remove this holder, then the case will be smooth, without protruding parts.

The weight of the device is 180 grams, which is typical for such models. But the protection class is only IP56, you cannot heat the device, it is not designed for this. You can drop it into the water, take it out right away - this will not bring problems, but the manufacturer does not give any guarantees.

At the top end there is an SOS button, with its help you can configure the sending of emergency messages to various numbers that you previously enter into the phone. The button is tight, and accidental pressing is impossible.

On the left side, behind the rubber plugs, there is a miniUSB connector for charging the phone, a little lower - a 3.5 connector for a headset. On the right side there are two volume buttons, as well as a radio button.

The back cover is secured with two turn screws that can be opened with a coin. The lid fits snugly, even after unscrewing the screws, you will have to pry it from the side, in the recesses, it is problematic to do this with your finger - you need some kind of object.

Inside you will see an elastic band that protects the battery from water, and if you drown the phone, then there will be no water here. But the absence of the IP67 protection class is not due to the design of the case in this part, there are no GoreTex membranes on the speaker and microphone. Therefore, with a long stay in water, it is these components that will be at risk of breakage.

It is better to remove the battery without turning the phone over, otherwise the rubber gasket will fly out. After removing the battery, we will see two slots for SIM cards, as well as a microSD slot, where a 4 GB card is already installed.

I have mixed impressions of the design of the phone - on the one hand, sacrificing the level of protection, they added a second battery here, which is important for using a walkie-talkie, since it is voracious. On the other hand, opening the case is not so easy, and this speaks against a quick battery change. But there are obvious pluses - the volume of the speaker in the absence of a protective grid is very high, the device is well audible in any conditions. This applies not only to the ringtone, but also to conversations.

There is a 2-megapixel camera on the back, along with an LED flash that can also be used as a flashlight.

Display

The phone has a rather large screen of 2.4 inches with a resolution of 240x320 pixels. Compared to modern smartphones, this diagonal does not produce Equator Wall Hair Dryer impressions , but we must remember that this is a regular phone and such a diagonal is close to the maximum. I liked the screen for its size, as well as fonts that allow you to comfortably read SMS, see menu items. In the sun, the screen fades (TFT), but the information remains readable.

For rugged devices, the screen of this model looks good, there are no complaints about it.

Keyboard

The buttons are made of plastic, quite large in size, with a good move. Accidental presses can be avoided by blocking the buttons, but in a pocket with strong compression, pressing numbers is possible, while the function keys are tougher - a kind of protection against accidental presses. The backlighting of the keys is white, medium brightness, clearly visible in different conditions. The labels on the buttons are bilingual and easy to read. I like the keyboard, it is comfortable and does not cause the slightest discomfort.

Battery

Included are two batteries, each with a capacity of 2000 mAh. Considering that this device is not a smartphone, its operating time is very good - the manufacturer claims standby time up to 400 hours, talk time up to 12 hours. Under conditions of moderate use of the device (30 minutes of calls a day, several SMS, up to an hour of music), it works quietly for 6-7 days.

At the same time, the use of a walkie-talkie in urban conditions dramatically reduces the phone's operating time - in the city it is 7-8 hours, outside the city up to one day. This can be easily explained by the fact that in urban conditions a large number of walkie-talkies are used on the same frequency range and the device spends more energy, and you listen to other people's conversations, albeit involuntarily - this takes battery power.

Battery charging time is about 2 hours.

Camera

An ordinary two-megapixel camera that lacks stars from the sky. You can shoot video at a resolution of 176x144 pixels, that is, there is no practical sense in it. Pictures are taken with a delay of about a second, this is rather a drawback of the platform - you press the button and then wait for the picture, you should not move the phone, as you can blur the picture. Below you can see examples of photos and videos.


Memory, memory cards

The phone has only 19.5 MB of internal memory, which is obviously not much, but enough for contacts and messages. Memory cards are supported up to 32 GB (initially a 4 GB card is installed), this should be enough for music, but you definitely won’t watch video on this device. Hot-swappable memory cards are not provided.

Communications

PC connection. When you connect your phone to a computer, a menu appears on the phone's display where you have to choose the mode in which the connection will be made: memory card, webcam, modem. Connecting the phone in memory card mode does not require any settings on the computer, so it happens without any difficulty. The performance of the device in other modes depends entirely on the availability of drivers on your PC, they must be supplied with the phone.

Bluetooth. Bluetooth Settings: Device Name, Authentication, Audio Path, FTP Setting.

FTP Setup - Select where to save received files. It can be either a folder or phone memory or memory card. You can also set permissions: full or read only.

The following protocols are supported:

  • Headset
  • Handsfree
  • Serial Port Profile (SPP)
  • Dial-up Networking Profile (DUN)
  • Object Push Profile (OPP)
  • File Transfer Profile (FTP)
  • Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)
  • AVRCP

In the network settings, you can select your carrier's network, as well as specify your preferred networks. In this submenu, you can set the GPRS connection mode: if necessary or always.

Menu, interface

An ordinary device on the MTK platform (MT6235), localization is well done in it. The main menu is represented by a 2x4 matrix, this is done due to the orientation of the display. In standby mode, time, pressure and date are shown, as well as a line with shortcut icons. Of the special functions, it is worth noting the pedometer, barometer, altimeter. Unfortunately, the pedometer does not work in the background, which makes it not so convenient to use. Other functions work fine. Below we describe the main features of the device, and let's start with the walkie-talkie.

Radio. The radio operates in the permitted PMR446 range, has 8 frequency channels and power up to 0.5 W. In the settings, you can specify the power (normal or high), the quality of the signal and the distance, as well as the operating time of the radio will depend on this. The SQL parameter affects noise reduction, and CTCSS allows you to specify the channel from which messages will be received (your outgoing messages can be heard by everyone who is tuned to your channel).

In urban conditions, it was a discovery for me that many people use such walkie-talkies - security, sellers in the markets, and so on. The air is littered to the point of disgrace, and the walkie-talkie, when turned on, receives at least five or six other people's messages every half hour. This is a minus for any walkie-talkie in Moscow.

Outside the city, the use of the walkie-talkie is very convenient, it keeps the distance up to a kilometer confidently. While walking through the forest, I talked on the radio - the signal quality is excellent, the sound is recognized well. In general, the quality of this feature is pleasing, especially considering that it does not require a cellular network. Of course, buying a pair of walkie-talkies without built-in cell phones will be cheaper and easier, they will provide exactly the same connection. Let me remind you that this device is compatible with such walkie-talkies and works smoothly with them (it is not necessary to buy two phones, you can connect it to separate walkie-talkies).

Phone book. The phone's memory capacity is 250 contacts. For each subscriber, you can enter four phone numbers (Number, Home Number, Office Number, Fax Number), company name, email address, date of birth. In the settings, you can turn off the display of all fields, except for the name and phone number. The entry can be saved by entering only the name of the subscriber.

The first number becomes the default number and will also be used as the speed dial number. In order to call another number, you will have to go to Options, select the desired action (in this case, IP dialing is a call to the subscriber) and after that select the desired number from the list. You can assign a picture (no more than 20 KB) or a video from the phone's memory or from a memory card to a contact's call, with the video having a higher priority. You can assign one of your five melodies (platform limitation) to an entry in the address book, both from the device's memory and from a memory card. The manufacturer also pre-installs standard ringtones, their number depends on the specific phone model.

A subscriber can be added to one of the five groups (Friends, Family, VIP, Business, Other) or not added to any of the groups (None). You cannot add new groups, but you can change the name of existing ones. Just like on contacts, you can put a ringtone, image or video on a group. Entries in the phone book are displayed both from the memory of the device itself and from the SIM card. They can be duplicated both on the SIM card and in the device's memory, limited only by the memory. You can search the phone book in two ways: from the address book itself using five letters or from the Search Entry item using ten letters.

Messages. In the Messages section, you can read and send SMS and MMS messages.

Let's start with SMS. The machine understands messages up to 1224 characters long. You can insert the name or number of a contact or a link into the text of the message by selecting the appropriate item in the options. EMS messages are supported.

Short messages and multimedia messages share the Inbox, Outbox, Sent Items, and Drafts folders. Before creating a message, you need to select its type (SMS or MMS), while creating a message, you cannot change its type.

Template SMS and MMS messages are present in the phone.

MMS messages. In addition to text, you can add a picture, sound or video to the message content both from the device's memory and from a memory card. The message cannot be more than 300 KB. In the message settings, you can specify the maximum resolution of the sent image, as well as a caption at the end of the message. The report on the delivery and reading of the message is configured right there.

Challenges. The phone memory is designed for 20 incoming, outgoing and missed calls. The list itself displays only the phone number, while highlighting the number also shows the number of calls from this number, date, call time and conversation time. Here you can see the cost and time of all calls, as well as find out the number of received and sent short messages. The volume of received and sent data can be found here.

User profiles. The phone can detect 6 profiles (General, Meeting, Outdoor, Indoor, Headset, Bluetooth), they can be configured, new profiles cannot be added.

Alarm type - vibrate only, ring only, vibrate and ring, vibrate then ring. You cannot turn off the sound and vibration at the same time.

Ring type - single, repeat, ascending.

Alarm tones and ringtones are configured here. The number of rings corresponds to that in the address book: you can choose five melodies yourself from a memory card or from the phone's memory, the number of preset melodies depends on the manufacturer.

The number of ringtones for SMS is limited, but you can add your own ringtones to this list or set an mp3 call.

File manager. On the start picture, you see a diagram of the free and occupied memory space of the phone or memory card.

At the top of the screen, service information about the selected object is displayed: for a folder, the creation date, and for a file, the creation date and size. When you hover over an image, its thumbnail is immediately displayed.

The phone organizes media files into folders. So, a video file recorded on the phone will be placed in the Video folder. The same goes for music, ringtones. This is due to a platform limitation: the audio player, just like the video player, does not have access to the entire file system, but only to specific folders on the phone and on the memory card.

The file manager provides today's basic functionality: sorting folders and files by type, name or size, creating, renaming, deleting folders. Files can be moved between folders, transferred to other devices via Bluetooth, E-Mail. The file manager cannot copy or move folders.

Settings. Phone settings are also standard: time and date, languages, display options, text entry modes and speed dialing keys. You have seen all these settings in other devices, and you should not focus on them.

You can find a calendar in the organizer. Display is possible only for a month. You can set up an alarm for a calendar event, as well as repetitions by day of the week, weekly, monthly, or turn them off.

Calendar events are duplicated in the list of tasks, you can see them in this item of the organizer.

World time. At this point, you can see the world map and the location you specified. The transition of the clock to winter and summer time is immediately configured.

You can also find applications here. E-book Reader is a reader for books in *.txt format. Customizable font size and style, encoding, and auto-scroll. The application can expand to full screen. ASCII, Unicode and UTF8 encodings are supported.

The calculator is implemented simply - four basic mathematical operations plus working with memory.

The device's standard player is unremarkable. As mentioned above, it only plays files located in the Music folder on the memory card or in the phone's memory. There are Repeat, Shuffle functions. The phone has equalizers in the Reverb section (Normal, Bass, Dance, Classical, Treble, Party, Pop, Rock). You can also adjust the playback speed, which is interesting for podcasts (five speed options in total).

The player also works fine in the background, with the name of the song being played displayed on the standby screen. The phone supports the A2DP profile, which means that the phone will send a stereo signal to your Bluetooth stereo headphones.

The phone's radio is standard: there is auto-search, there is a memory for the radio station, the radio works without headphones. You can listen to the radio without a radio antenna, but then the reception is worse. There is no RDS function here, so you have to type in the names of the stations manually. To switch between stations, just move the joystick to the right or left. The radio station signal can be stored in the phone's memory or on a memory card in wav, amr or awb format. The recording quality is quite poor. Just like the player, the radio runs in the background and the station name is displayed on the standby screen. The sound can be output both to the headphones and to the speaker of the phone.

The machine's voice recorder can be used to record a telephone conversation. Recording can be paused and then resumed. The recording time is limited only by the storage location (phone or memory card). You can select the codec through which the recording will be made: AMR, WAV, AWB.

Impressions

A very loud ringer that is clearly distinguishable even in noisy environments. The same speaker and good vibration. There are no complaints about the quality of communication with the device. Of the shortcomings, it is worth noting that with an uninstalled radio antenna, the plug of the connector can fly out. A tight cover is both a plus and a minus, it will not work to quickly change the battery, but the presence of a second battery in the kit pleases.

The model is unique in the presence of a walkie-talkie, and it had no direct competitors at the time of its appearance, but a little later, the RugGear Explorer P860 device appeared in Russia, which also has a built-in walkie-talkie. The difference between the models is that the P860 does not have an external antenna, a 1900 mAh battery, the same camera and the same MTK platform. By and large, in terms of functionality, the models are similar, RugGear retained the GPS receiver, but you can’t use it in practice - maps from a Chinese supplier, Russia is represented very schematically on them. You will also not be able to install your applications with cartography.At the same time, there are games in the standard package, which is not on the Senseit P8. On the other hand, both devices support Java and game installation. The main difference between RugGear is that the protection level is IP67, not IP56, as in the device in question. By and large, this is the biggest difference, except for the price. The cost of RugGear is about 8,990 rubles (Svyaznoy, at the time of writing), and the price of Senseit P8 is 7,490 rubles (same store).

The difference of one and a half thousand rubles is quite noticeable, the main question that arises is what level of protection you need - which follows directly from how you are going to use the device. If this is a river rafting, then it is better to choose a model with the maximum level of protection, if fishing, then IP56 will be enough. In any case, devices with a built-in walkie-talkie are not yet in abundance, and the choice is only between two models.

Review of secure GSM phone and Senseit P8 walkie-talkie

There are not many hybrid devices on the mobile phone market that provide both mobile communication and walkie-talkie operation. Most of what has been offered in previous years is Push to Talk, which works like a walkie-talkie but requires a cellular network. There were no real walkie-talkies operating in the civilian range, although the scope of such devices is quite large. You can come up with scenarios for such devices in a huge number - this is fishing, hiking in the forest, playing sports, walking in forest park areas. The advantage of devices with a built-in walkie-talkie is that they provide communication even where there are no cellular networks, while the declared maximum distance of 2 kilometers in the city is not achieved, but in open areas it is real.

In everyday life, a secure phone with a walkie-talkie is not really needed - it's a device for outdoor activities that can be dropped, filled with dirt - not to be belligerent and not worry about what will happen to it. This is always a second phone, and in the case of a walkie-talkie, it’s completely paired or a phone in addition to those walkie-talkies that you already have. The product is unique, not too expensive, but not very cheap either - it is aimed at those who already know what walkie-talkies are and how to use them. Such a universal solution. Let's see if this device can replace a regular phone and what advantages it has.

Design, dimensions, controls

Protected phone models are easily recognizable, usually due to the color scheme - the body is black with orange accents, but in Senseit P8 it is black with yellow. The size of the phone is 132x68x20 mm, but this is without the installed radio antenna - as soon as you screw it on, the height of the device will increase by 6.5 centimeters. With an antenna, the phone is almost 20 centimeters long, it cannot be hidden in a trousers pocket, but it fits easily in hiking clothes.

Comparison with RugGear P860

On the back there is a clip mount, it is plastic, but quite reliable. The phone cannot accidentally fly off the belt, it is quite easy to remove it - you just need to get used to it. Especially for the clip, a washer is screwed into the case, it is quite large, and the phone rests on it, it can rest in a pocket. If you do not plan to use the clip, then you can arm yourself with a screwdriver and remove this holder, then the case will be smooth, without protruding parts.

The weight of the device is 180 grams, which is typical for such models. But the protection class is only IP56, you cannot heat the device, it is not designed for this. You can drop it into the water, take it out right away - this will not bring problems, but the manufacturer does not give any guarantees.

At the top end there is an SOS button, with its help you can configure the sending of emergency messages to various numbers that you previously enter into the phone. The button is tight, and accidental pressing is impossible.

On the left side, behind the rubber plugs, there is a miniUSB connector for charging the phone, a little lower - a 3.5 connector for a headset. On the right side there are two volume buttons, as well as a radio button.

The back cover is secured with two turn screws that can be opened with a coin. The lid fits snugly, even after unscrewing the screws, you will have to pry it from the side, in the recesses, it is problematic to do this with your finger - you need some kind of object.

Inside you will see an elastic band that protects the battery from water, and if you drown the phone, then there will be no water here. But the absence of the IP67 protection class is not due to the design of the case in this part, there are no GoreTex membranes on the speaker and microphone. Therefore, with a long stay in water, it is these components that will be at risk of breakage.

It is better to remove the battery without turning the phone over, otherwise the rubber gasket will fly out. After removing the battery, we will see two slots for SIM cards, as well as a microSD slot, where a 4 GB card is already installed.

I have mixed impressions of the design of the phone - on the one hand, sacrificing the level of protection, they added a second battery here, which is important for using a walkie-talkie, since it is voracious. On the other hand, opening the case is not so easy, and this speaks against a quick battery change. But there are obvious pluses - the volume of the speaker in the absence of a protective grid is very high, the device is well audible in any conditions. This applies not only to the ringtone, but also to conversations.

There is a 2-megapixel camera on the back, along with an LED flash that can also be used as a flashlight.

Display

The phone has a rather large screen of 2.4 inches with a resolution of 240x320 pixels. Compared to modern smartphones, this diagonal does not produce Equator Wall Hair Dryer impressions , but we must remember that this is a regular phone and such a diagonal is close to the maximum. I liked the screen for its size, as well as fonts that allow you to comfortably read SMS, see menu items. In the sun, the screen fades (TFT), but the information remains readable.

For rugged devices, the screen of this model looks good, there are no complaints about it.

Keyboard

The buttons are made of plastic, quite large in size, with a good move. Accidental presses can be avoided by blocking the buttons, but in a pocket with strong compression, pressing numbers is possible, while the function keys are tougher - a kind of protection against accidental presses. The backlighting of the keys is white, medium brightness, clearly visible in different conditions. The labels on the buttons are bilingual and easy to read. I like the keyboard, it is comfortable and does not cause the slightest discomfort.

Battery

Included are two batteries, each with a capacity of 2000 mAh. Considering that this device is not a smartphone, its operating time is very good - the manufacturer claims standby time up to 400 hours, talk time up to 12 hours. Under conditions of moderate use of the device (30 minutes of calls a day, several SMS, up to an hour of music), it works quietly for 6-7 days.

At the same time, the use of a walkie-talkie in urban conditions dramatically reduces the phone's operating time - in the city it is 7-8 hours, outside the city up to one day. This can be easily explained by the fact that in urban conditions a large number of walkie-talkies are used on the same frequency range and the device spends more energy, and you listen to other people's conversations, albeit involuntarily - this takes battery power.

Battery charging time is about 2 hours.

Camera

An ordinary two-megapixel camera that lacks stars from the sky. You can shoot video at a resolution of 176x144 pixels, that is, there is no practical sense in it. Pictures are taken with a delay of about a second, this is rather a drawback of the platform - you press the button and then wait for the picture, you should not move the phone, as you can blur the picture. Below you can see examples of photos and videos.


Memory, memory cards

The phone has only 19.5 MB of internal memory, which is obviously not much, but enough for contacts and messages. Memory cards are supported up to 32 GB (initially a 4 GB card is installed), this should be enough for music, but you definitely won’t watch video on this device. Hot-swappable memory cards are not provided.

In the network settings, you can select your carrier's network, as well as specify your preferred networks. In this submenu, you can set the GPRS connection mode: if necessary or always.

Menu, interface

An ordinary device on the MTK platform (MT6235), localization is well done in it. The main menu is represented by a 2x4 matrix, this is done due to the orientation of the display. In standby mode, time, pressure and date are shown, as well as a line with shortcut icons. Of the special functions, it is worth noting the pedometer, barometer, altimeter. Unfortunately, the pedometer does not work in the background, which makes it not so convenient to use. Other functions work fine. Below we describe the main features of the device, and let's start with the walkie-talkie.

Radio. The radio operates in the permitted PMR446 range, has 8 frequency channels and power up to 0.5 W. In the settings, you can specify the power (normal or high), the quality of the signal and the distance, as well as the operating time of the radio will depend on this. The SQL parameter affects noise reduction, and CTCSS allows you to specify the channel from which messages will be received (your outgoing messages can be heard by everyone who is tuned to your channel).

In urban conditions, it was a discovery for me that many people use such walkie-talkies - security, sellers in the markets, and so on. The air is littered to the point of disgrace, and the walkie-talkie, when turned on, receives at least five or six other people's messages every half hour. This is a minus for any walkie-talkie in Moscow.

Outside the city, the use of the walkie-talkie is very convenient, it keeps the distance up to a kilometer confidently. While walking through the forest, I talked on the radio - the signal quality is excellent, the sound is recognized well. In general, the quality of this feature is pleasing, especially considering that it does not require a cellular network. Of course, buying a pair of walkie-talkies without built-in cell phones will be cheaper and easier, they will provide exactly the same connection. Let me remind you that this device is compatible with such walkie-talkies and works smoothly with them (it is not necessary to buy two phones, you can connect it to separate walkie-talkies).

Short messages and multimedia messages share the Inbox, Outbox, Sent Items, and Drafts folders. Before creating a message, you need to select its type (SMS or MMS), while creating a message, you cannot change its type.

Template SMS and MMS messages are present in the phone.

MMS messages. In addition to text, you can add a picture, sound or video to the message content both from the device's memory and from a memory card. The message cannot be more than 300 KB. In the message settings, you can specify the maximum resolution of the sent image, as well as a caption at the end of the message. The report on the delivery and reading of the message is configured right there.

Challenges. The phone memory is designed for 20 incoming, outgoing and missed calls. The list itself displays only the phone number, while highlighting the number also shows the number of calls from this number, date, call time and conversation time. Here you can see the cost and time of all calls, as well as find out the number of received and sent short messages. The volume of received and sent data can be found here.

User profiles. The phone can detect 6 profiles (General, Meeting, Outdoor, Indoor, Headset, Bluetooth), they can be configured, new profiles cannot be added.

Alarm type - vibrate only, ring only, vibrate and ring, vibrate then ring. You cannot turn off the sound and vibration at the same time.

Ring type - single, repeat, ascending.

Alarm tones and ringtones are configured here. The number of rings corresponds to that in the address book: you can choose five melodies yourself from a memory card or from the phone's memory, the number of preset melodies depends on the manufacturer.

The number of ringtones for SMS is limited, but you can add your own ringtones to this list or set an mp3 call.

File manager. On the start picture, you see a diagram of the free and occupied memory space of the phone or memory card.

At the top of the screen, service information about the selected object is displayed: for a folder, the creation date, and for a file, the creation date and size. When you hover over an image, its thumbnail is immediately displayed.

The phone organizes media files into folders. So, a video file recorded on the phone will be placed in the Video folder. The same goes for music, ringtones. This is due to a platform limitation: the audio player, just like the video player, does not have access to the entire file system, but only to specific folders on the phone and on the memory card.

The file manager provides today's basic functionality: sorting folders and files by type, name or size, creating, renaming, deleting folders. Files can be moved between folders, transferred to other devices via Bluetooth, E-Mail. The file manager cannot copy or move folders.

Settings. Phone settings are also standard: time and date, languages, display options, text entry modes and speed dialing keys. You have seen all these settings in other devices, and you should not focus on them.

I would like to note the function of scheduling the phone on and off.

It's a bit confusing here: in the first field you need to enable this feature, in the second field you need to specify an action (enable/disable), and finally in the last field you need to specify the time. In my opinion, it would be much easier to get by with two fields: on/off. and time.

Organizer. The phone has five independent alarms that can be set to repeat by day of the week, weekly, once a month and once a year. The melody and the type of signal are immediately selected: call, vibro, vibro + call.

You can find a calendar in the organizer. Display is possible only for a month. You can set up an alarm for a calendar event, as well as repetitions by day of the week, weekly, monthly, or turn them off.

Calendar events are duplicated in the list of tasks, you can see them in this item of the organizer.

World time. At this point, you can see the world map and the location you specified. The transition of the clock to winter and summer time is immediately configured.

You can also find applications here. E-book Reader is a reader for books in *.txt format. Customizable font size and style, encoding, and auto-scroll. The application can expand to full screen. ASCII, Unicode and UTF8 encodings are supported.

The calculator is implemented simply - four basic mathematical operations plus working with memory.

Currency and unit converter is standard. You can convert kilograms to pounds and ounces, and learn how kilometers, yards, miles, feet, inches, and centimeters relate to each other. Before you know the amount you need, for example in US dollars, you will have to enter the currency ratio.

The stopwatch is also nothing interesting. With it, you can cut off both the intermediate result and the result for the circle.

Media

This section, you guessed it, contains multimedia features such as a video player, ringtone editor, camera, video recording, radio, and voice recorder. We will not dwell on these functions in detail, there is nothing to describe there.

The device's standard player is unremarkable. As mentioned above, it only plays files located in the Music folder on the memory card or in the phone's memory. There are Repeat, Shuffle functions. The phone has equalizers in the Reverb section (Normal, Bass, Dance, Classical, Treble, Party, Pop, Rock). You can also adjust the playback speed, which is interesting for podcasts (five speed options in total).

The player also works fine in the background, with the name of the song being played displayed on the standby screen. The phone supports the A2DP profile, which means that the phone will send a stereo signal to your Bluetooth stereo headphones.

The phone's radio is standard: there is auto-search, there is a memory for the radio station, the radio works without headphones. You can listen to the radio without a radio antenna, but then the reception is worse. There is no RDS function here, so you have to type in the names of the stations manually. To switch between stations, just move the joystick to the right or left. The radio station signal can be stored in the phone's memory or on a memory card in wav, amr or awb format. The recording quality is quite poor. Just like the player, the radio runs in the background and the station name is displayed on the standby screen. The sound can be output both to the headphones and to the speaker of the phone.

The machine's voice recorder can be used to record a telephone conversation. Recording can be paused and then resumed. The recording time is limited only by the storage location (phone or memory card). You can select the codec through which the recording will be made: AMR, WAV, AWB.

Impressions

A very loud ringer that is clearly distinguishable even in noisy environments. The same speaker and good vibration. As for the quality of communication, there are no complaints about the device. Of the shortcomings, it is worth noting that with an uninstalled radio antenna, the plug of the connector can fly out. A tight cover is both a plus and a minus, it will not work to quickly change the battery, but the presence of a second battery in the kit pleases.

The model is unique in the presence of a walkie-talkie, and it had no direct competitors at the time of its appearance, but a little later, the RugGear Explorer P860 device appeared in Russia, which also has a built-in walkie-talkie. The difference between the models is that the P860 does not have an external antenna, a 1900 mAh battery, the same camera and the same MTK platform. By and large, in terms of functionality, the models are similar, RugGear retained the GPS receiver, but it cannot be used in practice - maps from a Chinese supplier, Russia is represented very schematically on them. You will also not be able to install your applications with cartography.At the same time, there are games in the standard package, which is not on the Senseit P8. On the other hand, both devices support Java and game installation. The main difference between RugGear is that the protection level is IP67, not IP56, as in the device in question. By and large, this is the biggest difference, except for the price. The cost of RugGear is about 8,990 rubles (Svyaznoy, at the time of writing), and the price of Senseit P8 is 7,490 rubles (same store).

The difference of one and a half thousand rubles is quite noticeable, the main question that arises is what level of protection you need - which follows directly from how you are going to use the device. If this is a river rafting, then it is better to choose a model with the maximum level of protection, if fishing, then IP56 will be enough. In any case, devices with a built-in walkie-talkie are not yet in abundance, and the choice is only between two models.

Review of secure GSM phone and Senseit P8 walkie-talkie

There are not many hybrid devices on the mobile phone market that provide both mobile communication and walkie-talkie operation. Most of what has been offered in previous years is Push to Talk, which works like a walkie-talkie but requires a cellular network. There were no real walkie-talkies operating in the civilian range, although the scope of such devices is quite large. You can come up with scenarios for such devices in a huge number - this is fishing, hiking in the forest, playing sports, walking in forest park areas. The advantage of devices with a built-in walkie-talkie is that they provide communication even where there are no cellular networks, while the declared maximum distance of 2 kilometers in the city is not achieved, but in open areas it is real.

In everyday life, a secure phone with a walkie-talkie is not really needed - it's a device for outdoor activities that can be dropped, filled with dirt - not to be belligerent and not worry about what will happen to it. This is always a second phone, and in the case of a walkie-talkie, it’s completely paired or a phone in addition to those walkie-talkies that you already have. The product is unique, not too expensive, but not very cheap either - it is aimed at those who already know what walkie-talkies are and how to use them. Such a universal solution. Let's see if this device can replace a regular phone and what advantages it has.

Design, dimensions, controls

Protected phone models are easily recognizable, usually due to the color scheme - the body is black with orange accents, but in Senseit P8 it is black with yellow. The size of the phone is 132x68x20 mm, but this is without the installed radio antenna - as soon as you screw it on, the height of the device will increase by 6.5 centimeters. With an antenna, the phone is almost 20 centimeters long, it cannot be hidden in a trousers pocket, but it fits easily in hiking clothes.

Comparison with RugGear P860

On the back there is a clip mount, it is plastic, but quite reliable. The phone cannot accidentally fly off the belt, it is quite easy to remove it - you just need to get used to it. Especially for the clip, a washer is screwed into the case, it is quite large, and the phone rests on it, it can rest in a pocket. If you do not plan to use the clip, then you can arm yourself with a screwdriver and remove this holder, then the case will be smooth, without protruding parts.

The weight of the device is 180 grams, which is typical for such models. But the protection class is only IP56, you cannot heat the device, it is not designed for this. You can drop it into the water, take it out right away - this will not bring problems, but the manufacturer does not give any guarantees.

At the top end there is an SOS button, with its help you can configure the sending of emergency messages to various numbers that you previously enter into the phone. The button is tight, and accidental pressing is impossible.

On the left side, behind the rubber plugs, there is a miniUSB connector for charging the phone, a little lower - a 3.5 connector for a headset. On the right side there are two volume buttons, as well as a radio button.

The back cover is secured with two turn screws that can be opened with a coin. The lid fits snugly, even after unscrewing the screws, you will have to pry it from the side, in the recesses, it is problematic to do this with your finger - you need some kind of object.

Inside you will see an elastic band that protects the battery from water, and if you drown the phone, then there will be no water here. But the absence of the IP67 protection class is not due to the design of the case in this part, there are no GoreTex membranes on the speaker and microphone. Therefore, with a long stay in water, it is these components that will be at risk of breakage.

It is better to remove the battery without turning the phone over, otherwise the rubber gasket will fly out. After removing the battery, we will see two slots for SIM cards, as well as a microSD slot, where a 4 GB card is already installed.

I have mixed impressions of the design of the phone - on the one hand, sacrificing the level of protection, they added a second battery here, which is important for using a walkie-talkie, since it is voracious. On the other hand, opening the case is not so easy, and this speaks against a quick battery change. But there are obvious pluses - the volume of the speaker in the absence of a protective grid is very high, the device is well audible in any conditions. This applies not only to the ringtone, but also to conversations.

There is a 2-megapixel camera on the back, along with an LED flash that can also be used as a flashlight.

Display

The phone has a rather large screen of 2.4 inches with a resolution of 240x320 pixels. Compared to modern smartphones, this diagonal does not produce Equator Wall Hair Dryer impressions , but we must remember that this is a regular phone and such a diagonal is close to the maximum. I liked the screen for its size, as well as fonts that allow you to comfortably read SMS, see menu items. In the sun, the screen fades (TFT), but the information remains readable.

For rugged devices, the screen of this model looks good, there are no complaints about it.

Keyboard

The buttons are made of plastic, quite large in size, with a good move. Accidental presses can be avoided by blocking the buttons, but in a pocket with strong compression, pressing numbers is possible, while the function keys are tougher - a kind of protection against accidental presses. The backlighting of the keys is white, medium brightness, clearly visible in different conditions. The labels on the buttons are bilingual and easy to read. I like the keyboard, it is comfortable and does not cause the slightest discomfort.

Battery

Included in the package are two batteries, each with a capacity of 2000 mAh. Considering that this device is not a smartphone, its operating time is very good - the manufacturer claims standby time up to 400 hours, talk time up to 12 hours. Under conditions of moderate use of the device (30 minutes of calls a day, several SMS, up to an hour of music), it works quietly for 6-7 days.

At the same time, the use of a walkie-talkie in urban conditions dramatically reduces the phone's operating time - in the city it is 7-8 hours, outside the city up to one day. This can be easily explained by the fact that in urban conditions a large number of walkie-talkies are used on the same frequency range and the device spends more energy, and you listen to other people's conversations, albeit involuntarily - this takes battery power.

Battery charging time is about 2 hours.

Communications

PC connection. When you connect your phone to a computer, a menu appears on the phone's display where you have to choose the mode in which the connection will be made: memory card, webcam, modem. Connecting the phone in memory card mode does not require any settings on the computer, so it happens without any difficulty. The performance of the device in other modes depends entirely on the availability of drivers on your PC, they must be supplied with the phone.

Bluetooth. Bluetooth Settings: Device Name, Authentication, Audio Path, FTP Setting.

FTP Setup - Select where to save received files. It can be either a folder or phone memory or memory card. You can also set permissions: full or read only.

The following protocols are supported:

  • Headset
  • Handsfree
  • Serial Port Profile (SPP)
  • Dial-up Networking Profile (DUN)
  • Object Push Profile (OPP)
  • File Transfer Profile (FTP)
  • Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)
  • AVRCP

In the network settings, you can select your carrier's network, as well as specify your preferred networks. In this submenu, you can set the GPRS connection mode: if necessary or always.

Menu, interface

An ordinary device on the MTK platform (MT6235), localization is well done in it. The main menu is represented by a 2x4 matrix, this is done due to the orientation of the display. In standby mode, time, pressure and date are shown, as well as a line with shortcut icons. Of the special functions, it is worth noting the pedometer, barometer, altimeter. Unfortunately, the pedometer does not work in the background, which makes it not so convenient to use. Other functions work fine. Below we describe the main features of the device, and let's start with the walkie-talkie.

Radio. The radio operates in the permitted PMR446 range, has 8 frequency channels and power up to 0.5 W. In the settings, you can specify the power (normal or high), the quality of the signal and the distance, as well as the operating time of the radio will depend on this. The SQL parameter affects noise reduction, and CTCSS allows you to specify the channel from which messages will be received (your outgoing messages can be heard by everyone who is tuned to your channel).

In urban conditions, it was a discovery for me that many people use such walkie-talkies - security, sellers in the markets, and so on. The air is littered to the point of disgrace, and the walkie-talkie, when turned on, receives at least five or six other people's messages every half hour. This is a minus for any walkie-talkie in Moscow.

Outside the city, the use of the walkie-talkie is very convenient, it keeps the distance up to a kilometer confidently. While walking through the forest, I talked on the radio - the signal quality is excellent, the sound is recognized well. In general, the quality of this feature is pleasing, especially considering that it does not require a cellular network. Of course, buying a pair of walkie-talkies without built-in cell phones will be cheaper and easier, they will provide exactly the same connection. Let me remind you that this device is compatible with such walkie-talkies and works smoothly with them (it is not necessary to buy two phones, you can connect it to separate walkie-talkies).

Phone book. The phone's memory capacity is 250 contacts. For each subscriber, you can enter four phone numbers (Number, Home Number, Office Number, Fax Number), company name, email address, date of birth. In the settings, you can turn off the display of all fields, except for the name and phone number. The entry can be saved by entering only the name of the subscriber.

The first number becomes the default number and will also be used as the speed dial number. In order to call another number, you will have to go to Options, select the desired action (in this case, IP dialing is a call to the subscriber) and after that select the desired number from the list. You can assign a picture (no more than 20 KB) or a video from the phone's memory or from a memory card to a contact's call, and the video has a higher priority. You can assign one of your five melodies (platform limitation) to an entry in the address book, both from the device's memory and from a memory card. The manufacturer also preinstalls standard ringtones, their number depends on the specific phone model.

A subscriber can be added to one of the five groups (Friends, Family, VIP, Business, Other) or not added to any of the groups (None). You cannot add new groups, but you can change the name of existing ones. Just like on contacts, you can put a ringtone, image or video on a group. Entries in the phone book are displayed both from the memory of the device itself and from the SIM card. They can be duplicated both on the SIM card and in the device's memory, limited only by the memory. You can search the phone book in two ways: from the address book itself using five letters or from the Search Entry item using ten letters.

Messages. In the Messages section, you can read and send SMS and MMS messages.

Let's start with SMS. The machine understands messages up to 1224 characters long. You can insert the name or number of a contact or a link into the text of the message by selecting the appropriate item in the options. EMS messages are supported.

Short messages and multimedia messages share the Inbox, Outbox, Sent Items, and Drafts folders. Before creating a message, you need to select its type (SMS or MMS), you cannot change its type while creating a message.

Template SMS and MMS messages are present in the phone.

MMS messages. In addition to text, you can add a picture, sound or video to the message content both from the device's memory and from a memory card. The message cannot be more than 300 KB. In the message settings, you can specify the maximum resolution of the sent image, as well as a caption at the end of the message. The report on the delivery and reading of the message is configured right there.

Challenges. The phone memory is designed for 20 incoming, outgoing and missed calls. The list itself displays only a phone number, when a number is selected, the number of calls from this number, the date, the time of the call and the time of the conversation are also shown. Here you can see the cost and time of all calls, as well as find out the number of received and sent short messages. The volume of received and sent data can be found here.

User profiles. The phone can detect 6 profiles (General, Meeting, Outdoor, Indoor, Headset, Bluetooth), they can be configured, new profiles cannot be added.

Alarm type - vibrate only, ring only, vibrate and ring, vibrate then ring. You cannot turn off the sound and vibration at the same time.

Ring type - single, repeat, ascending.

Alarm tones and ringtones are configured here. The number of rings corresponds to that in the address book: you can choose five melodies yourself from a memory card or from the phone's memory, the number of preset melodies depends on the manufacturer.

The number of ringtones for SMS is limited, but you can add your own ringtones to this list or set an mp3 call.

File manager. On the start picture, you see a diagram of the free and occupied memory space of the phone or memory card.

At the top of the screen, service information about the selected object is displayed: for a folder, the creation date, and for a file, the creation date and size. When you hover over an image, its thumbnail is immediately displayed.

The phone organizes media files into folders. So, a video file recorded on the phone will be placed in the Video folder. The same goes for music, ringtones. This is due to a platform limitation: the audio player, just like the video player, does not have access to the entire file system, but only to specific folders on the phone and on the memory card.

The file manager provides today's basic functionality: sorting folders and files by type, name or size, creating, renaming, deleting folders. Files can be moved between folders, transferred to other devices via Bluetooth, E-Mail. The file manager cannot copy or move folders.

Settings. Phone settings are also standard: time and date, languages, display options, text entry modes and speed dialing keys. You have seen all these settings in other devices, and you should not focus on them.

I would like to note the function of scheduling the phone on and off.

It's a bit confusing here: in the first field you need to enable this feature, in the second field you need to specify an action (enable/disable), and finally in the last field you need to specify the time. In my opinion, it would be much easier to get by with two fields: on/off. and time.

Organizer. The phone has five independent alarms that can be set to repeat by day of the week, weekly, once a month and once a year. The melody and the type of signal are immediately selected: call, vibro, vibro + call.

You can find a calendar in the organizer. Display is possible only for a month. You can set up an alarm for a calendar event, as well as repetitions by day of the week, weekly, monthly, or turn them off.

Calendar events are duplicated in the list of tasks, you can see them in this item of the organizer.

World time. At this point, you can see the world map and the location you specified. The transition of the clock to winter and summer time is immediately configured.

You can also find applications here. E-book Reader is a reader for books in *.txt format. Customizable font size and style, encoding, and auto-scroll. The application can expand to full screen. ASCII, Unicode and UTF8 encodings are supported.

The calculator is implemented simply - four basic mathematical operations plus working with memory.

Currency and unit converter is standard. You can convert kilograms to pounds and ounces, and learn how kilometers, yards, miles, feet, inches, and centimeters relate to each other. Before you know the amount you need, for example in US dollars, you will have to enter the currency ratio.

The stopwatch is also nothing interesting. With it, you can cut off both the intermediate result and the result for the circle.

Media

This section, you guessed it, contains multimedia features such as a video player, ringtone editor, camera, video recording, radio, and voice recorder. We will not dwell on these functions in detail, there is nothing to describe there.

The device's standard player is unremarkable. As mentioned above, it only plays files located in the Music folder on the memory card or in the phone's memory. There are Repeat, Shuffle functions. The phone has equalizers in the Reverb section (Normal, Bass, Dance, Classical, Treble, Party, Pop, Rock). You can also adjust the playback speed, which is interesting for podcasts (five speed options in total).

The player also works fine in the background, with the name of the song being played displayed on the standby screen. The phone supports the A2DP profile, which means that the phone will send a stereo signal to your Bluetooth stereo headphones.

The phone's radio is standard: there is auto-search, there is a memory for the radio station, the radio works without headphones. You can listen to the radio without a radio antenna, but then the reception is worse. There is no RDS function here, so you have to type in the names of the stations manually. To switch between stations, just move the joystick to the right or left. The radio station signal can be stored in the phone's memory or on a memory card in wav, amr or awb format. The recording quality is quite poor. Just like the player, the radio runs in the background and the station name is displayed on the standby screen. The sound can be output both to the headphones and to the speaker of the phone.

The machine's voice recorder can be used to record a telephone conversation. Recording can be paused and then resumed. The recording time is limited only by the storage location (phone or memory card). You can select the codec through which the recording will be made: AMR, WAV, AWB.

Impressions

A very loud ringer that is clearly distinguishable even in noisy environments. The same speaker and good vibration. There are no complaints about the quality of communication with the device. Of the shortcomings, it is worth noting that with an uninstalled radio antenna, the plug of the connector can fly out. A tight cover is both a plus and a minus, it will not work to quickly change the battery, but the presence of a second battery in the kit pleases.

The model is unique in the presence of a walkie-talkie, and it had no direct competitors at the time of its appearance, but a little later, the RugGear Explorer P860 device appeared in Russia, which also has a built-in walkie-talkie. The difference between the models is that the P860 does not have an external antenna, a 1900 mAh battery, the same camera and the same MTK platform. By and large, in terms of functionality, the models are similar, RugGear retained the GPS receiver, but you can’t use it in practice - maps from a Chinese supplier, Russia is represented very schematically on them. You will also not be able to install your applications with cartography.At the same time, there are games in the standard package, which is not on the Senseit P8. On the other hand, both devices support Java and game installation. The main difference between RugGear is that the protection level is IP67, not IP56, as in the device in question. By and large, this is the biggest difference, except for the price. The cost of RugGear is about 8,990 rubles (Svyaznoy, at the time of writing), and the price of Senseit P8 is 7,490 rubles (same store).

The difference of one and a half thousand rubles is quite noticeable, the main question that arises is what level of protection you need - which follows directly from how you are going to use the device. If this is a river rafting, then it is better to choose a model with the maximum level of protection, if fishing, then IP56 will be enough. In any case, devices with a built-in walkie-talkie are not yet in abundance, and the choice is only between two models.

Review of secure GSM phone and Senseit P8 walkie-talkie

There are not many hybrid devices on the mobile phone market that provide both mobile communication and walkie-talkie operation. Most of what has been offered in previous years is Push to Talk, which works like a walkie-talkie but requires a cellular network. There were no real walkie-talkies operating in the civilian range, although the scope of such devices is quite large. You can come up with scenarios for such devices in a huge number - this is fishing, hiking in the forest, playing sports, walking in forest park areas. The advantage of devices with a built-in walkie-talkie is that they provide communication even where there are no cellular networks, while the declared maximum distance of 2 kilometers in the city is not achieved, but in open areas it is real.

In everyday life, a secure phone with a walkie-talkie is not really needed - it's a device for outdoor activities that can be dropped, filled with dirt - not to be belligerent and not worry about what will happen to it. This is always a second phone, and in the case of a walkie-talkie, it’s completely paired or a phone in addition to those walkie-talkies that you already have. The product is unique, not too expensive, but not very cheap either - it is aimed at those who already know what walkie-talkies are and how to use them. Such a universal solution. Let's see if this device can replace a regular phone and what advantages it has.

Design, dimensions, controls

Protected phone models are easily recognizable, usually due to the color scheme - the body is black with orange accents, but in Senseit P8 it is black with yellow. The size of the phone is 132x68x20 mm, but this is without the installed radio antenna - as soon as you screw it on, the height of the device will increase by 6.5 centimeters. With an antenna, the phone is almost 20 centimeters long, it cannot be hidden in a trousers pocket, but it fits easily in hiking clothes.

Comparison with RugGear P860

On the back there is a clip mount, it is plastic, but quite reliable. The phone cannot accidentally fly off the belt, it is quite easy to remove it - you just need to get used to it. Especially for the clip, a washer is screwed into the case, it is quite large, and the phone rests on it, it can rest in a pocket. If you do not plan to use the clip, then you can arm yourself with a screwdriver and remove this holder, then the case will be smooth, without protruding parts.

The weight of the device is 180 grams, which is typical for such models. But the protection class is only IP56, you cannot heat the device, it is not designed for this. You can drop it into the water, take it out right away - this will not bring problems, but the manufacturer does not give any guarantees.

At the top end there is an SOS button, with its help you can configure the sending of emergency messages to various numbers that you previously enter into the phone. The button is tight, and accidental pressing is impossible.

On the left side, behind the rubber plugs, there is a miniUSB connector for charging the phone, a little lower - a 3.5 connector for a headset. On the right side there are two volume buttons, as well as a radio button.

The back cover is secured with two turn screws that can be opened with a coin. The lid fits snugly, even after unscrewing the screws, you will have to pry it from the side, in the recesses, it is problematic to do this with your finger - you need some kind of object.

Inside you will see an elastic band that protects the battery from water, and if you drown the phone, then there will be no water here. But the absence of the IP67 protection class is not due to the design of the case in this part, there are no GoreTex membranes on the speaker and microphone. Therefore, with a long stay in water, it is these components that will be at risk of breakage.

It is better to remove the battery without turning the phone over, otherwise the rubber gasket will fly out. After removing the battery, we will see two slots for SIM cards, as well as a microSD slot, where a 4 GB card is already installed.

I have mixed impressions of the design of the phone - on the one hand, sacrificing the level of protection, they added a second battery here, which is important for using a walkie-talkie, since it is voracious. On the other hand, opening the case is not so easy, and this speaks against a quick battery change. But there are obvious pluses - the volume of the speaker in the absence of a protective grid is very high, the device is well audible in any conditions. This applies not only to the ringtone, but also to conversations.

There is a 2-megapixel camera on the back, along with an LED flash that can also be used as a flashlight.

Display

The phone has a rather large screen of 2.4 inches with a resolution of 240x320 pixels. Compared to modern smartphones, this diagonal does not impress the Equator Wall Hair Dryer, but we must remember that this is a regular phone and such a diagonal is close to the maximum. I liked the screen for its size, as well as fonts that allow you to comfortably read SMS, see menu items. In the sun, the screen fades (TFT), but the information remains readable.

The phone has a rather large screen of 2.4 inches with a resolution of 240x320 pixels. Compared to modern smartphones, this diagonal does not produce Equator Wall Hair Dryer Equator Wall Hair Dryer impressions, but we must remember that this is a regular phone and such a diagonal is close to the maximum. I liked the screen for its size, as well as fonts that allow you to comfortably read SMS, see menu items. In the sun, the screen fades (TFT), but the information remains readable.

For rugged devices, the screen of this model looks good, there are no complaints about it.

Keyboard

The buttons are made of plastic, quite large in size, with a good move. Accidental presses can be avoided by blocking the buttons, but in a pocket with strong compression, pressing numbers is possible, while the function keys are tougher - a kind of protection against accidental presses. The backlighting of the keys is white, medium brightness, clearly visible in different conditions. The labels on the buttons are bilingual and easy to read. I like the keyboard, it is comfortable and does not cause the slightest discomfort.

Battery

Included are two batteries, each with a capacity of 2000 mAh. Considering that this device is not a smartphone, its operating time is very good - the manufacturer claims standby time up to 400 hours, talk time up to 12 hours. Under conditions of moderate use of the device (30 minutes of calls a day, several SMS, up to an hour of music), it works quietly for 6-7 days.

At the same time, the use of a walkie-talkie in urban conditions dramatically reduces the phone's operating time - in the city it is 7-8 hours, outside the city up to one day. This can be easily explained by the fact that in urban conditions a large number of walkie-talkies are used on the same frequency range and the device spends more energy, and you listen to other people's conversations, albeit involuntarily - this takes battery power.

Battery charging time is about 2 hours.

Camera

An ordinary two-megapixel camera that lacks stars from the sky. You can shoot video at a resolution of 176x144 pixels, that is, there is no practical sense in it. Pictures are taken with a delay of about a second, this is rather a drawback of the platform - you press the button and then wait for the picture, you should not move the phone, as you can blur the picture. Below you can see examples of photos and videos.


Memory, memory cards

The phone has only 19.5 MB of internal memory, which is obviously not much, but enough for contacts and messages. Memory cards are supported up to 32 GB (initially a 4 GB card is installed), this should be enough for music, but you definitely won’t watch video on this device. Hot-swappable memory cards are not provided.

Communications

Connect to a PC. When you connect your phone to a computer, a menu appears on the phone's display where you have to choose the mode in which the connection will be made: memory card, webcam, modem. Connecting the phone in memory card mode does not require any settings on the computer, so it happens without any difficulty. The performance of the device in other modes depends entirely on the availability of drivers on your PC, they must be supplied with the phone.

Bluetooth. Bluetooth Settings: Device Name, Authentication, Audio Path, FTP Setting.

FTP Setup - Select where to save received files. It can be either a folder or phone memory or memory card. You can also set permissions: full or read only.

The following protocols are supported:

  • Headset
  • Handsfree
  • Serial Port Profile (SPP)
  • Dial-up Networking Profile (DUN)
  • Object Push Profile (OPP)
  • File Transfer Profile (FTP)
  • Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)
  • AVRCP

In the network settings, you can select your carrier's network, as well as specify your preferred networks. In this submenu, you can set the GPRS connection mode: if necessary or always.

Menu, interface

An ordinary device on the MTK platform (MT6235), localization is well done in it. The main menu is represented by a 2x4 matrix, this is done due to the orientation of the display. In standby mode, time, pressure and date are shown, as well as a line with shortcut icons. Of the special functions, it is worth noting the pedometer, barometer, altimeter. Unfortunately, the pedometer does not work in the background, which makes it not so convenient to use. Other functions work fine. Below we describe the main features of the device, and let's start with the walkie-talkie.

A walkie-talkie. The radio operates in the permitted PMR446 range, has 8 frequency channels and power up to 0.5 W. In the settings, you can specify the power (normal or high), the quality of the signal and the distance, as well as the operating time of the radio will depend on this. The SQL parameter affects noise reduction, and CTCSS allows you to specify the channel from which messages will be received (your outgoing messages can be heard by everyone who is tuned to your channel).

In urban conditions, it was a discovery for me that many people use such walkie-talkies - security, sellers in the markets, and so on. The air is littered to the point of disgrace, and the walkie-talkie, when turned on, receives at least five or six other people's messages every half hour. This is a minus for any walkie-talkie in Moscow.

Outside the city, the use of the walkie-talkie is very convenient, it keeps the distance up to a kilometer confidently. While walking through the forest, I talked on the radio - the signal quality is excellent, the sound is recognized well. In general, the quality of this feature is pleasing, especially considering that it does not require a cellular network. Of course, buying a pair of walkie-talkies without built-in cell phones will be cheaper and easier, they will provide exactly the same connection. Let me remind you that this device is compatible with such walkie-talkies and works smoothly with them (it is not necessary to buy two phones, you can connect it to separate walkie-talkies).

Phone book. The phone's memory capacity is 250 contacts. For each subscriber, you can enter four phone numbers (Number, Home Number, Office Number, Fax Number), company name, email address, date of birth. In the settings, you can turn off the display of all fields, except for the name and phone number. The entry can be saved by entering only the name of the subscriber.

The first number becomes the default number and will also be used as the speed dial number. In order to call another number, you will have to go to Options, select the desired action (in this case, IP dialing is a call to the subscriber) and after that select the desired number from the list. You can assign a picture (no more than 20 KB) or a video from the phone's memory or from a memory card to a contact's call, and the video has a higher priority. You can assign one of your five melodies (platform limitation) to an entry in the address book, both from the device's memory and from a memory card. The manufacturer also preinstalls standard ringtones, their number depends on the specific phone model.

A subscriber can be added to one of the five groups (Friends, Family, VIP, Business, Other) or not added to any of the groups (None). You cannot add new groups, but you can change the name of existing ones. Just like on contacts, you can put a ringtone, image or video on a group. Entries in the phone book are displayed both from the memory of the device itself and from the SIM card. They can be duplicated both on the SIM card and in the device's memory, limited only by the memory. You can search the phone book in two ways: from the address book itself using five letters or from the Search Entry item using ten letters.

Messages. In the Messages section, you can read and send SMS and MMS messages.

Let's start with SMS. The machine understands messages up to 1224 characters long. You can insert the name or number of a contact or a link into the text of the message by selecting the appropriate item in the options. EMS messages are supported.

Short messages and multimedia messages share the Inbox, Outbox, Sent Items, and Drafts folders. Before creating a message, you need to select its type (SMS or MMS), you cannot change its type while creating a message.

Template SMS and MMS messages are present in the phone.

MMS messages. In addition to text, you can add a picture, sound or video to the message content both from the device's memory and from a memory card. The message cannot be more than 300 KB. In the message settings, you can specify the maximum resolution of the sent image, as well as a caption at the end of the message. The report on the delivery and reading of the message is configured right there.

Calls. The phone memory is designed for 20 incoming, outgoing and missed calls. The list itself displays only a phone number, when a number is selected, the number of calls from this number, the date, the time of the call and the time of the conversation are also shown. Here you can see the cost and time of all calls, as well as find out the number of received and sent short messages. The volume of received and sent data can be found here.

User profiles. The phone can detect 6 profiles (General, Meeting, Outdoor, Indoor, Headset, Bluetooth), they can be configured, new profiles cannot be added.

Alarm type - vibrate only, ring only, vibrate and ring, vibrate then ring. You cannot turn off the sound and vibration at the same time.

Ring type - single, repeat, ascending.

Alarm tones and ringtones are configured here. The number of rings corresponds to that in the address book: you can choose five melodies yourself from a memory card or from the phone's memory, the number of preset melodies depends on the manufacturer.

The number of ringtones for SMS is limited, but you can add your own ringtones to this list or set an mp3 call.

File manager. On the start picture, you see a diagram of the free and occupied memory space of the phone or memory card.

At the top of the screen, service information about the selected object is displayed: for a folder, the creation date, and for a file, the creation date and size. When you hover over an image, its thumbnail is immediately displayed.

The phone organizes media files into folders. So, a video file recorded on the phone will be placed in the Video folder. The same goes for music, ringtones. This is due to a platform limitation: the audio player, just like the video player, does not have access to the entire file system, but only to specific folders on the phone and on the memory card.

The file manager provides today's basic functionality: sorting folders and files by type, name or size, creating, renaming, deleting folders. Files can be moved between folders, transferred to other devices via Bluetooth, E-Mail. The file manager cannot copy or move folders.

Settings. Phone settings are also standard: time and date, languages, display options, text entry modes and speed dialing keys. You have seen all these settings in other devices, and you should not focus on them.

I would like to note the function of scheduling the phone on and off.

It's a bit confusing here: in the first field you need to enable this feature, in the second field you need to specify an action (enable/disable), and finally in the last field you need to specify the time. In my opinion, it would be much easier to get by with two fields: on/off. and time.

Organizer. The phone has five independent alarms that can be set to repeat by day of the week, weekly, once a month and once a year. The melody and the type of signal are immediately selected: call, vibro, vibro + call.

You can find a calendar in the organizer. Display is possible only for a month. You can set up an alarm for a calendar event, as well as repetitions by day of the week, weekly, monthly, or turn them off.

Calendar events are duplicated in the list of tasks, you can see them in this item of the organizer.

World time. At this point, you can see the world map and the location you specified. The transition of the clock to winter and summer time is immediately configured.

You can also find applications here. E-book Reader is a reader for books in *.txt format. Customizable font size and style, encoding, and auto-scroll. The application can expand to full screen. ASCII, Unicode and UTF8 encodings are supported.

The calculator is implemented simply - four basic mathematical operations plus working with memory.

Currency and unit converter is standard. You can convert kilograms to pounds and ounces, and learn how kilometers, yards, miles, feet, inches, and centimeters relate to each other. Before you know the amount you need, for example in US dollars, you will have to enter the currency ratio.

The stopwatch is also nothing interesting. With it, you can cut off both the intermediate result and the result for the circle.

Media

This section, you guessed it, contains multimedia features such as a video player, ringtone editor, camera, video recording, radio, and voice recorder. We will not dwell on these functions in detail, there is nothing to describe there.

The device's standard player is unremarkable. As mentioned above, it only plays files located in the Music folder on the memory card or in the phone's memory. There are Repeat, Shuffle functions. The phone has equalizers in the Reverb section (Normal, Bass, Dance, Classical, Treble, Party, Pop, Rock). You can also adjust the playback speed, which is interesting for podcasts (five speed options in total).

The player also works fine in the background, with the name of the song being played displayed on the standby screen. The phone supports the A2DP profile, which means that the phone will send a stereo signal to your Bluetooth stereo headphones.

The phone's radio is standard: there is auto-search, there is a memory for the radio station, the radio works without headphones. You can listen to the radio without a radio antenna, but then the reception is worse. There is no RDS function here, so you have to type in the names of the stations manually. To switch between stations, just move the joystick to the right or left. The radio station signal can be stored in the phone's memory or on a memory card in wav, amr or awb format. The recording quality is quite poor. Just like the player, the radio runs in the background and the station name is displayed on the standby screen. The sound can be output both to the headphones and to the speaker of the phone.

The machine's voice recorder can be used to record a telephone conversation. Recording can be paused and then resumed. The recording time is limited only by the storage location (phone or memory card). You can select the codec through which the recording will be made: AMR, WAV, AWB.

Impressions

A very loud ringer that is clearly distinguishable even in noisy environments. The same speaker and good vibration. There are no complaints about the quality of communication with the device. Of the shortcomings, it is worth noting that with an uninstalled radio antenna, the plug of the connector can fly out. A tight cover is both a plus and a minus, it will not work to quickly change the battery, but the presence of a second battery in the kit pleases.

The model is unique in the presence of a walkie-talkie, and it had no direct competitors at the time of its appearance, but a little later, the RugGear Explorer P860 device appeared in Russia, which also has a built-in walkie-talkie. The difference between the models is that the P860 does not have an external antenna, a 1900 mAh battery, the same camera and the same MTK platform. By and large, in terms of functionality, the models are similar, RugGear retained the GPS receiver, but you can’t use it in practice - maps from a Chinese supplier, Russia is represented very schematically on them. You will also not be able to install your applications with cartography. At the same time, there are games in the standard package, which is not on the Senseit P8. On the other hand, both devices support Java and game installation. The main difference between RugGear is that the protection level is IP67, not IP56, as in the device in question. By and large, this is the biggest difference, except for the price. The cost of RugGear is about 8,990 rubles (Svyaznoy, at the time of writing), and the price of Senseit P8 is 7,490 rubles (same store).

The difference of one and a half thousand rubles is quite noticeable, the main question that arises is what level of protection you need - which follows directly from how you are going to use the device. If this is a river rafting, then it is better to choose a model with the maximum level of protection, if fishing, then IP56 will be enough. In any case, devices with a built-in walkie-talkie are not yet in abundance, and the choice is only between two models.