Last Updated on November 19, 2020

The tech world today seems like an endless array of possibilities. As a fragment of it, two-way radios evolved to be so different from one another in terms of features. This evolution made it difficult not to feel the opportunity cost in action. At gadgetsspy.com, we came upon two very similar two-way radios that make this choice more effortless: the Motorola T600 and Motorola T605. Both of them are outstanding, very similar devices that stood up on the top of the market for a reason. In the following sections, you’ll be able to see the comparison between them in terms of:

  • Features
  • Additional gadgets
  • Overall rating

Our choice would be the Motorola T605, and if you keep reading, you’ll find out why.

Product Dimension: 7.78 x 2.4 x 1.5 inches 
Product Weight: 8.6 ounces
Battery: 4 AA batteries required. (included)
Range: Up to 35 miles
Channels: 22 Channels, each with 121 Privacy Codes

It has exceptional capabilities that you can truly count. It delivers reliable communications during adventures.

Product Dimension: 7.78 x 2.4 x 1.5 inches 
Product Weight: 8.6 ounces
Battery: 4 AA batteries required. (included)
Range: Up to 35 miles
Channels: 22 Channels, each with 121 Privacy Codes

The Motorola T605 is an upgrade of T600. It has an added black carrying case to store the T605 safely.

Features: The Small-Scale Differences

Since it makes the first impression of a device, we’re going to start with the comparison of external look and design. There are some minor differences in terms of height (Motorola T600’s is 7.5″, while Motorola T605’s is 7.78″), width (2.25″ and 2.4″), and depth (1.25″ and 1.5″). Even though the T605 is a little larger, both of the radios weigh 0.54 pounds – which rates high for portable ham radio. On the outside, the walkie talkies are identical – a black base with olive green outer edges. You can find the push-to-talk and flashlight button on the left; the emergency button is easily accessible, next to the accessory port on the top; a micro USB port on the right; and on the very bottom of the devices, you can find the water sensors. (1)

These exceptional devices can endure extreme conditions such as freezing temperatures while skiing, water splashes while fishing and kayaking, and all other external factors while hiking, mountaineering, and much more. The previous is due to their IP rating of 67, which allows for normal functioning even after 30 minutes underwater. Even though they can survive, Motorola stepped up the game and designed them to float above water! Besides the waterproof ability, they are also snow, rainfall, and dustproof, and this makes them one of the best walkie talkies for outdoor activities on rough terrains.

The key specs are also identical:

  • They are both compatible with both GMRS/FRS, so you can communicate with any device that’s on the same channel or frequency. (2, 3)
  • Their frequency range is 462 – 467 MHz
  • Both have a range of 35 miles in ideal conditions – the actual will depend on many factors, such as terrain, programming, and antenna used.
  • Both devices have 22 channels available. They also have 121 privacy codes. If you add the 121 privacy codes to the 22 channels available, you’ll have a total of 2662 sub-channels ready for use for private conversations.  If you do this, rest assured that a third party won’t be able to overhear your communication.

Motorola implemented many other features on both radios that make these exceptional pieces of technology.

Advanced Built-in FlashlightThe built-in-flashlight may just be one of our favorite features! It is not just a regular flashlight – it has both white LED light and red LED light. The white LED will help you find your way at night, while the red LED will preserve night vision. Additionally, the light turns on automatically if you drop it in water – this will help you not to lose it on your nightly outdoor activities.

PTT Power BoostAs we mentioned before, the range of these radios is 35 miles in ideal conditions. Since this is the perfect scenario and daily use is far from perfect, you can use the PTT power boost to extend your range of communications. Note that, as is the case with all other devices, using this feature will cause additional drainage to your battery.

Hands-FreeIf you’re a multitasker, this feature will come in handy. With the VOX/iVOX, you can activate your device by using your voice and start communicating hands free right away.

NOAA Weather ChannelsWe suppose the majority of users of these two way radios are outdoor people. Being in the outdoors makes it crucial to look out for bad weather. By turning on one of the NOAA weather channels, you’ll get updates for real-time weather conditions. This will help you prepare for any weather conditions in advance.

BatteryBoth radios come with 3 AA batteries that allow up to 23 hours of operating time, and a rechargeable NiMH battery that allows a total of 9 hours of active time. The 3 AA batteries do a great job, but the rechargeable NiMH are not that satisfying. Note: 23 hours of active time will be available if you don’t overuse the device with too many additional features such as the push-to-talk.

Motorola T600 vs T605: Are There Any Differences?

Both yes and no. The real differences between the T600 and T605 are in the carrying case and the car charger. We’ll explain why this can or can’t be a big deal.

Carrying CaseSince the T605 is somewhat of an upgrade of the T600, Motorola played this well and added a black carrying case to store the T605 safely. Sure, for many people, this is not a big deal, but to all of the outdoor individuals, this could be of vital meaning. The carrying case will also allow you to store your accessories and keep them safely in one place.

Car Charger: This feature is also missing on the T600. Again, this can be a game-changer for the outdoor individuals, since you can charge your T605 via your vehicle’s cigarette port if you run out of battery. You can quickly connect your rechargeable NiMH battery and use additional 9 hours of active time.

Conclusion

It is indisputable that both the T600 and T605 are outstanding devices in every aspect – thus we rate them 5/5. We picked the Motorola T605 because it offered additional accessories and gadgets at a relatively insignificant higher price. Still, if you have a solid case and your lifestyle does not demand a constant recharge of the battery, you can always choose the T600 and get all the benefits whatsoever – the features are identical to those on T605. Finally, we hope this review helped you choose the right walkie talkie for you.

You may also want to check our other product reviews such as; Yaesu FT-270R Review, Uniden BC75XLT Review, Sony ICF-F10 Review among others. If you also want to check our product guide for the best BaoFeng radio, please do click here.

References

(1) USB port – https://www.lifewire.com/what-is-a-usb-port-818166
(2) GMRS – https://www.fcc.gov/general-mobile-radio-service-gmrs
(3) FRS – https://www.fcc.gov/wireless/bureau-divisions/mobility-division/family-radio-service-frs