Portable handheld satellite radios have really stood the test of time and continue to do well through the course of many years. As the name suggests, you can take these devices with you anywhere you go. In this post, we focus on handheld satellite radios and how you should choose the right device.
Portable handheld satellite radios are very similar to your standard MP3 players and are made for avid listeners of music. These devices come with built-in antennas that receive satellite signals. These radios are really lightweight and include rechargeable batteries. Of course, reception may be unclear sometimes, especially in crowded areas and sometimes, even by your own direction of movement. Needless to say, these handheld radios work the best outdoors, in an open environment.
Many satellite radios receive live satellite signal and some help you store hours of music and even store and playback MP3 and WMA files. Only know that you can keep only up to half the device’s memory for storing digital music, as the other half will be taken by storing MP3 and other files.
Most portable satellite radios come with either a home kit or car kit or even both together. You only have to pay a nominal subscription fee to start enjoying the music.
Before purchasing your handheld portable satellite radio, you should note the following features:
- Display size is important. See to it that the number of display lines are enough to give you all the info you need to know. Also, display should be bright and clear.
- The device should be lightweight, as you will be carrying it wherever you go. A nice, stylish body is a definite plus.
- See how many FM transmitter frequencies the device can broadcast. The more choices you have, the better your device is. Some devices also give you the advantage of including XM and Sirius.
- The number of channels the portable satellite radio offers you is also another important point to note. The more channels you can preset and save, the easier it will be for you to find your favourites. Presets are normally stored in banks.
- You should check out the handheld satellite radio’s internal memory. The device should ideally have anything from 10-50 hours of built-in memory. Some even offer 100 hours. This way, you can capture and store live broadcasts, music and more. You can maybe access the stored information when you do not get a satellite signal reception.
- Check out how many song titles, artists and so on the device can save. Normally, a portable satellite radio can display up to twenty names.
- See if your chosen radio supports scrolling display. Most of the devices do.
- Many handheld satellite radios come with wireless remotes. This is a nice bonus, as controlling it while driving becomes much easier.
- Some devices include extra accessories such as belt, shirt and hat clips, to enable the user to use it hands-free. Find out what extra accessories you will get with the purchase of your handheld portable satellite radio.