I decided on CXR825’s after narrowing my choices down to CXR825, CXR925, and Trisquare TSX100.
Size eliminated the CXR925 but after having the CXR825 in my back pocket through dozens of rides at Disney World and never noticing it was there, I know now that the 925 (and the Trisquare) might not have been too much different being 1 1/2 inches taller and slightly thinner. I have no way to know but from what I’ve read and experienced, I imagine the 925 would provide slightly better range in some line-of-sight situations. The 825 is shorter but thicker with ?€œpossibly?€? less range and less battery life. These tradeoffs worked for me but others may have different preferences, most noticeably appreciating 1/8" less thickness if they have taller pockets in their clothes.
I didn’t test the radios over very long distances, but they worked very well in all situations indoors & out within 1 block, with one exception. When one was used inside the GM Test Track building (lots of metal barriers, noise, and equipment generating RF inside) and the other was outside about .25 mi (and much less) away, we were unable to understand each other due to break-ups --but the call button ringer worked O.K. I don’t believe any similar radios would have worked any differently. We had them on for 8-12 hours straight each day (but with very light use) and charged them at night. There was never any indication that the batteries were anywhere near depleted.
The Trisquares have so much going for them, it was very difficult to not choose them. I plan on using my radios only occasionally and otherwise keeping them on the shelf. In a few years, whichever radio I chose would be temporarily useless when the proprietary battery finally went out. The Trisquares however also take regular AA batteries unlike the others --which allows using them immediately until replacement batteries are ordered. The Trisquares don’t require an FCC license, they should have better reception in some indoor situations (due to the frequency used and ability for the signal to bounce off of metal), no one else can hear what you are saying because of the way security is implemented, and you will also not hear anyone else talking on your frequency. (One day at Disney World with my CR825’s set to channel 19, CTCSS 19, someone else was using the same. Our call ringer went off and we heard them talking a couple of times until we changed channels).
For the Trisquare TSX100 (smaller than the TSX300 and with less features) however, listening to a comparison on a youtube video --the voice clarity was not as good, the line-of-sight range was less, and the deal breaker for me was that it did not have vibrate-ring. People have also reported ‘syncing issues’? if you have two radios within a few feet of one another and radios that would connect & disconnect constantly while walking around made me a little leary. The TSX300 has vibrate-ring and many other great features such as texting, but it is larger like the CXR925.
I’m happy with my CXR825’s. They took a few minutes to set up, but afterward everything can be locked after turning them on. When locked, you can give them to a child to put in their pocket without worrying about the channel being changed or other settings being disturbed. They also seemed durable enough to not worry that much about being dropped. I don’t believe however that I would be any less happy with the other radios if I would have chosen them.