I’ve owned this radio since one month now. I ordered this new model at 409shop.com for 45 Euros including delivery and customs.
I’m also owner of a Baofeng UV-200 and of a kenwood TH-F7E.
This new Baofeng products looks like to be a very robust handheld radio, compared to the other two ones I own. Compared to the previous Baofeng UV-200, the UV-5R is completely different transceiver. Much more sensible, and does not suffer of poor selectivity of the smaller brother. It offer a dual watch feature including the possibility to use FM 88-108 and dual watch, so when noone is talking on VHF I can listen to music or to my preferred broadcasting station.
The battery life is very long, and it last much more the the other ones. When it arrives, the Baofeng UV-5R is bundled with it’s desktop charger that is very fast in recharging.
Headphone pin-out is the Kenwood standard one, and I’ve been able to use a kenwood speaker-microphone that I used previosly with the TH-F7E.
Unfortunatly there are no programming cables available now but i know that is possible to home made them. Memory programming is not very easy, and need to spend some time before understanding that pre-recorded channells need to be deleted before rewrite them, and that you must use the upper VFO to memorize frequencies. I’ve produced a short booklet in Italian to program the Baofeng UV-5R, it’s available here
Bundled dualband antenna looks to work smootly and efficiently on both bands.
That’s my short review on thie chinese dual band ham radio transcever !