Walkie talkies are used both in business and as toys as well. Here is a brief summary of walkie talkies by feature, their benefits, and who needs them.
Business walkie talkies: Both medium and large scale businesses use them, particularly transportation and logistics companies. The personnel of the latter uses them to communicate with each other while shifting goods in the warehouse, whereas, the security personnel at airports use them to contact each other. Many other industries use walkie talkies in order for their workforces to stay in contact with each other.
Leisure walkie talkies: They have limited communication ranges and both teenagers and adults use them to speak with each other, while hiking or while engaged in other sports in areas where no mobile signal is available. Leisure radios are also used by people who are off roading in 4x4 or on quad bikes.
Digital walkie talkies: People who work in noisy environments use this gadget, since it recognizes the background noise and filters it out, allowing for crystal clear voice transmission within its specified range, which is typically more than its analogue counterpart. More and more professionals are moving over to digital radios for the benefits memtioned, as well as there other features such as emergency calls and text messaging.
Certain models also feature global positioning system (GPS), allowing rescuers to easily locate an individual sending SOS message through it. Quite a few of them are water proof and feature long range broadcast, ideal for seafarers and boaters.
Long range: They are ideal for businesses who wish to keep in touch with their manufacturing units located far away from their office as it helps them cut down on costly landline and mobile bills. Police use this specific model to alert their colleagues about the whereabouts of criminals.
Rechargeable walkie talkies: While most models require a fresh set of batteries once the current set gets exhausted, it is a different scenario with the rechargeable models. They ship with a recharging dock charged through a wall socket or alkaline batteries. They are perfect for persons who have no access to power to charge their walkie talkies while camping or hiking. Many of them allow one user with another up to a distance of 8 kilometres. Certain models also contain hands free accessories that allow you to communicate without physically touching the walkie talkie... ideal when you are climbing a steep rock that keeps your hands engaged.
High Power & Long Life Walkie Talkies: You might have a charging dock with you. However, most sets perform for five hours on an average before they need to be recharged again. The high power & long life walkie talkies perform efficiently up to eight hours on a single recharge.
Mini Walkie Talkies: Ideal for situations when you are overburdened and have no space to keep the communication device handy. These models are typically 5cm in width and 14cm tall (from the base of the unit to the tip of its antenna). They include all the features of a fully fledged model, yet allow you to comfortably store it in your hip or breast pocket.
Voice activated walkie talkies: This is a must for those who want to communicate with their buddies without pushing buttons. Opt for models that have a rugged build and run for several hours on a single charge.
Use your Smartphone: You can also use your Smartphone as a walkie talkie. Simply download the Bluetooth & WiFi application for your Android or iOS phone and enjoy chatting with your friend. However the range of communication over bluetooth is much smaller then commercial walkie talkies or you have to be contected to a wifi network.